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Published by Penguin Random House, 15 November 2018. ISBN:
The Prologue sees Alex Cross, psychologist and
consultant for the Metro Police Department, with his family at the funeral of
the President who died at the age of 47 of a brain tumour.
Five days later a U.S. Senator is
shot and killed. Bree, Alex's wife and Chief of Detectives and Alex himself are
called in. News comes in that a known assassin has been seen entering the
country but as it was after the shooting of Senator Walker, they are worried
that there may be two professional killers in the vicinity.
Bree, Alex and the team then think
they have solved the murder only to have their hopes dashed.
When there are more murders of
leading politicians, it becomes clear that someone is intent on bringing down
the United States government. They are certainly dealing with even more than
two paid assassins.Every time Bree and
team think they have identified the killer of each of the victims they are
When suspicion then falls on a
Russian involvement, threats pass between the countries and everyone is
terrified they may be on the brink of World War Three.
It now becomes more imperative
still to identify and prove who is organising the multiple murders and what the
real purpose of the mayhem is. Can they achieve it before the unthinkable
At the same time, Alex has a
problem of his own. He keeps receiving puzzling unsigned notes asking him to
help whoever has written them. However, he is so involved with helping find the
person behind the assassinations that he ignores them all. The book ends with a
tragedy which makes him much regret not having taken any notice of the urgent
Whew, another exciting thriller
from James Patterson, he never disappoints, and he certainly is one of the top
writers for holding the readers in suspense.
I thoroughly enjoyed Target and
can't wait for the next Alex Cross story. However, at the back of the book
there is the start of Patterson's latest book introducing a new hero, oh no not
another one to get hooked on!
I really recommend Target as a fast-moving
tale of murder and mayhem.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen. In
1969, he graduated from Manhattan College. He was given a full-ride scholarship
to Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English. He left Vanderbilt
before getting his PhD. He moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for
the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North
American company. In 1976, while still working for J. Walter Thompson,
Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with
Little, Brown and Company. After being turned down by thirty-one publishers, it
won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Patterson’s 1993 novel, Along
Came a Spider, his first book to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New
York Times bestseller in fiction. He has sold over 380 million books
worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to
writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill
Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages. James
Patterson has donated more than one million books to students, focusing on some
of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. To date,
he has donated $7.25 million to school and classroom libraries throughout the
United States, and $2.1 million to independent bookstores and employees.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.