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The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross)
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Alex Cross' family is in terrible danger--at the same time that his new job with the FBI brings him the scariest case of his career. A team of kidnappers has been snatching successful, upstanding men and women right before their families' eyes--possibly to sell them into slavery. Alex's knowledge of the D.C. streets, together with his unique insights into criminal psychology, make this mindbending case one that only he can solve--if he can just get his colleagues to set aside their staid and outdated methods. With unexpected twists and whiplash surprises, this is another brilliantly irresistible novel from America's bestselling suspense writer.

Customer Reviews:

  • Fast, frenzied and entertaining...
    With James Patterson, you know you'll always get something that is fast, frenzied and entertaining and The Big Bad Wolf is no exception. It was the perfect book for a long airplane flight.

    Dr. Alex Cross is back, but this time, he has decided to switch over from the Washington, DC police force to the FBI. While still in training at Quantico, he gets called in on a case by the director, Ron Burns. White women have been disappearing all over the country. But until the beautiful, young wife of a federal judge is kidnapped, nobody has fit all of these cases together. Dr. Cross is just the man for the job. Unfortunately, some agents within the FBI aren't happy that Cross is now one of them. Rules were bent and jealousy abounds. It turns out that the kidnappings are actually being orchestrated by The Wolf, a former KGB member and a member of the Russian Mafia who is now operating in the US. Unlike some Patterson books, this one is a bit open-ended and I predict that we'll be seeing The Wolf in future books.

    The switch from the police to the FBI is an interesting one. While Cross usually worked well with the bureau, he's getting to see the flip side of the coin--one that often makes him angry. When he expresses his frustration to the director, Burns tells him "I don't blame you after what's been happening. The Bureau runaround, everything you were warned about. You have to understand something, Alex. I'm trying to turn around a very slow-moving ocean liner. In the Potomac. Trust me for a little longer."

    As with most Patterson books, this one has elements of disbelief. But you won't find a better summer read.


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  • Big Gad Wolf
    Great book, couldn't put it down. I'm hooked on James Patterson's Alex Cross series. I bought this book used because I think we need to conserve our resourses. Recycle, reuse and enjoy!...more info
  • This "best seller" had no ending
    I think Patterson needs to take a vacation then return and write the way he did in Kiss the Girls which was the first Patterson book that I read.

    Cross as an FBI agent is in the loop, then out of the loop, etc. etc. without any explanation of why or who is doing it. You have to suspend your disbelieve as things just do not happen this way even with the worst of investigations. Wolf, the master villain, is unstoppable but never any explanation of how he does all the things during the story. He breaks every bone in a prisoner's body in the middle of a maximum security facility with no explanation of how it is done; just that the prisoner is found the next morning.

    Can you believe that Wolf drives by in a limo and takes a shot at the FBI and their prisoner and then the chapter ends and nothing is ever said about the shooting, a chase, road blocks, etc.

    This is another "best selling book" that should have been 200 pages that was stretched into 390 pages with generous margins and 117 chapter breakes generating a lot of white space.

    There were so many unexplained actions through out the book that I was not surprised that the end of the book had no ending. By this time I didn't care who the Wolf was or who his FBI "mole" was, guess those items and more will be in the next book. ...more info
  • The Big Bad Wolf
    This is definitely a MUST Read! I first started reading James Patterson'sooks recently, starting with his latest, Beach Road, which is definitely my favorite by far. After reading Beach Road in less than a few days, I decided to read more of his works, including, Honeymoon, The Beach House and also The Big Bad Wolf. The Big Bad Wolf was more or less original with definitely a surprising, yet unsettling ending. James Patterson, no wonder why he is in the Fobes Top Million/Billionaires, he deserves it and I hope that he does not stop writing any time soon and the movies definitely have to make more movies from his novels. The ending of this book is somewhat origibal/unexpected - Read and you'll enjoy!...more info
  • Big Bad BS
    I thought this book was really far fetched. Parts of this book are wonderful and very entertaining. Other sections of the book just do not seem accurate. I realize this is a fictional book, but I really think with a little more editing this story would have been great. I enjoyed reading the description of the kidnapping at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta as it seemed very accurate and scary down to every minute detail. On the other hand, the chat room crap seemed a little far fetched although who knows there are plenty of sick people in this world. I just do not really believe there would be people willing to pay money for other women in such a fashion, but who knows as maybe there really are people out in the world like mentioned in this book. I hope I never encounter them!...more info
  • Basic but vicious
    You have try to understand what Patterson is doing. He isn't attempting "great writing." It's suspense fiction, and is supposed to use a direct and powerful style. If the style was more elaboate it would get in the way of the plot. Having said that, this isn't his best book. The Wolf is an intersting character or could have been if more developed. But the premise of someone abducting sexy women to be used as sexual entertainment has been done so many times, it isn't an orginal plot. It does have the usual Patterson intensity, though, so many people will find it exciting. His novels are sort of dreamlike and he said they aren't meant to be taken seriously as reality driven stories. Just a more violent version of a cartoon, or maybe a puppet show. Anyway, careful on your way to grandmother's house, because there are a lot of Big Bag Wolves in the wolrd, and one will surely bite you some day....more info
  • Just awful . . .
    This book just stinks. Unlike some of Patterson's other books in the Alex Cross series, this book has no redeeming qualities. The story is about a group of men who pay for the kidnappings of beautiful women and men to satisfy their sexual pleasures. In Patterson's hands, the resulting story is enough to put you to sleep. What is worse, many scenes are unbelievably stupid and outrageous. Take one scene in which a bad guy drives by a man surrounded by FBI agents and takes a shot at him. No mention of how this guy got away. I guess he lost the FBI agents at a red light. During another scene, a stool pigeon is blown away by a rocket launcher. Nice touch. I am sure that Patterson thought this scene was cool, but it's just dumb. It's the kind of hyberbole that lesser talented writers may rely on, but not James Patterson! ...more info
  • The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
    The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson was written in 2003.

    The main character of The Big Bad Wolf is Doctor Alex Cross, and
    there are many adjectives to describe his character. Doctor Alex Cross is
    a determined person. He is determined to find out where all of the women
    are after they are kidnapped. Alex Cross is a very brave detective. He is
    very brave because he is trying to hunt down and arrest The Wolf, one of
    the most notorious of all mob bosses. Aside from that, Alex Cross is a
    detective, husband, and a father.

    There were two conflicts in The Big Bad Wolf. The first conflict is
    the fact that the girls are being kidnapped and killed. The second
    conflict, which is a major conflict is the Wolf. He is the Russian Mob
    Boss. He is very dangerous and notorious for killing many innocent people.

    I would recommend this book to adults and high school students. I
    would recommend this book to people who like mysteries. Another reason
    why I would recommend this book is because it is a short book to read,
    but it is still interesting. I wouldn't recommend this book to kids under
    the age of twelve. This book is very violent, some sexual parts, and some
    vulgar language.

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  • This "best seller" had no ending
    I think Patterson needs to take a vacation then return and write the way he did in Kiss the Girls which was the first Patterson book that I read.

    Cross as an FBI agent is in the loop, then out of the loop, etc. etc. without any explanation of why or who is doing it. You have to suspend your disbelieve as things just do not happen this way even with the worst of investigations. Wolf, the master villain, is unstoppable but never any explanation of how he does all the things during the story. He breaks every bone in a prisoner's body in the middle of a maximum security facility with no explanation of how it is done; just that the prisoner is found the next morning.

    Can you believe that Wolf drives by in a limo and takes a shot at the FBI and their prisoner and then the chapter ends and nothing is ever said about the shooting, a chase, road blocks, etc.

    This is another "best selling book" that should have been 200 pages that was stretched into 390 pages with generous margins and 117 chapter breakes generating a lot of white space.

    There were so many unexplained actions through out the book that I was not surprised that the end of the book had no ending. By this time I didn't care who the Wolf was or who his FBI "mole" was, guess those items and more will be in the next book. ...more info
  • Not that great.
    This was the first Patterson book I read. I liked some of it but this guy has a real problem writing women and children. A lot of what he writes is just plain dumb. Nana Mamma?!?! Pu-leeze. That's so stupid! How many times can he mention "Zamochit?" Just when things start to get good he STOPS writing. Like he doesn;t have the guts to write about what evil people do to their victims. Get real. Mr. Patterson has good ideas but poor writing skills. ...more info
  • Good Read
    I enjoyed this book, it captivated my attention more than, the last Alex Cross book i read, "Violets are Blue" I think i may even go back and purchase three blind mice. ...more info
  • Sloppy writing. Mindless cliches.....
    What a disappointing book!

    James Patterson has done such a poor job of writing this book, that you wonder exactly what he had in mind. The dialog is banal and full of cliches. The plot is unbelievable. The characters are one dimensional. Even the ending resolves nothing. It just seems to be setting you up for the next book in the series....

    The main character, Alex Cross, is incredibly cliched and unbelievable.
    He is a bright young police officer, who happens to be black, who takes a job with the FBI. So far, this could actually happen in real life...

    But Patterson has decided that Cross will be a super human, so...
    - He was an honor student who hold a Phd. From John Hopkins.
    - He was a Psychiatrist,
    - He was also a police officer
    - He then decides to join the FBI
    - He doesn't have to attend FBI orientation, because he is that good
    - He plays the piano beautifully
    - He is an ideal father
    - He is the perfect husband
    - Every woman he has ever been with is stunning. And brilliant.
    - He can leap tall building in a single bound. Well, you get the idea.

    The plot itself is almost incomprehensible. The characters are thin, and one dimensional and their motivations seem incomprehensible. For example, at one point a CEO for a very large corporation, and a very rich man himself, somehow decides to become "the money man" for sex slave ring. So he can pick up a few thousand extra bucks? And make himself a target for the "Red Mafia?" This just doesn't make sense.

    Cross has an ex-girlfriend named Christine who abandoned their child because "she wasn't emotionally ready to be a mother." Well... she comes back to claim their son, and inexplicibly wins a custody battle, despite no mention of it in the book. Until it is settled. You would have thought that a super dad might have shown up for that hearing!

    I honestly think that making black characters into "super humans" is just as racist as making them subhumans.

    Maybe Patterson is playing to some collective guilt, or he just wants to be fashionable.... but he needs to treat black characters like they were real people, and not as cartoon characters. It matters little that Patterson makes his lead into a superman. It's still a racist thing to do.

    This book was written on a Junior High School level, and is aimed at very gullible readers. All the dialog is banal and cliched. All the characters are weak. The plot is simply illogical.

    I felt cheated....more info
  • Great Followup on Alex Cross
    This book is a great continuation on the story of Alex Cross. For a moment I thought after 4 Blind Mice that was it..but reading about his transition in the FBI gets one to know the character even better and follow him as he accustoms himself to new procedures. Apart from that, The Wolf is one of the best foe's I've met and his way of being leads into the mind of a true psycopath. I can't wait to read London Bridges where I'll get reacquainted with the Weasel and the Wolf. James Patterson promises a definite suspense thriller on that one! ...more info
  • a little far-fetched for me...
    Normally, I'm a big James Patterson fan and I love Alex Cross. However, this book didn't grab me and keep me wanting to turn the pages like most of Patterson's novels. Grant it, I realize it was written in 2003 and I'm a little behind with reading Patterson's novels, but this one I have to say is just average. I thought the plot was a little far-fetched, but at the end it got a little better. It's hard to imagine persons and events such as plotted in this book could actually happen, but then again we all know it's a crazy world we live in and, I guess, big bad wolves do exist.
    I picked this book up (used)in a book store, so I got it at a decent price. I'll just add it to my collection and if anyone asks, it's an average read. Not the best, but by far...not the worst....more info
  • Great book, hart to put it down.
    At first when I pickup the book was because I want to find the types of brooks that James Patterson write, I the fist two pages and I like the book, then I did some research about the character of the wolf on other books in which refer it as a killer with out scruples. This book is more about Alex Cross and how he is making the transition from the Washington DC police in to the FBI and how he get involve with the biggest case of his career at the same time he try to keep his family tougher, but the trill did no finish; looks like the wolf will be came back on the future in other book. ...more info
  • Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
    Well after reading the previous books in this series and really not liking Four Blind Mice, I have to said this book probably ranked just above that one. Even though the book was a quick read, I don't really understand what's going on. The book takes you from NY, to DC, to FL, to TX, to CO then back to DC. I felt that Alex would eventually connect with "The Wolf" only he never did. I didn't like how the book ended with Christine and Little Alex or with the Wolf. Other than the ending, I have to say the book was a quick read, I still love all the same characters. I hope that John Sampson joins the FBI with Alex, that would make for some interesting writing. All in all the book wasn't totally bad, but really not one of my favorites that in a year I'll remember reading....more info
  • Very well written!
    I have read a few of James Patterson's books before, but this one made him one of my favorite authors. The tale is written in such a way that you can't put it down. The way that Patterson switches perspectives make for easy reading. This is definitely one for my bookshelf....more info
  • Sloppy writing. Mindless cliches.....
    What a disappointing book!

    James Patterson has done such a poor job of writing this book, that you wonder exactly what he had in mind. The dialog is banal and full of cliches. The plot is unbelievable. The characters are one dimensional. Even the ending resolves nothing. It just seems to be setting you up for the next book in the series....

    The main character, Alex Cross, is incredibly cliched and unbelievable.
    He is a bright young police officer, who happens to be black, who takes a job with the FBI. So far, this could actually happen in real life...

    But Patterson has decided that Cross will be a super human, so...
    - He was an honor student who hold a Phd. From John Hopkins.
    - He was a Psychiatrist,
    - He was also a police officer
    - He then decides to join the FBI
    - He doesn't have to attend FBI orientation, because he is that good
    - He plays the piano beautifully
    - He is an ideal father
    - He is the perfect husband
    - Every woman he has ever been with is stunning. And brilliant.
    - He can leap tall building in a single bound. Well, you get the idea.

    The plot itself is almost incomprehensible. The characters are thin, and one dimensional and their motivations seem incomprehensible. For example, at one point a CEO for a very large corporation, and a very rich man himself, somehow decides to become "the money man" for sex slave ring. So he can pick up a few thousand extra bucks? And make himself a target for the "Red Mafia?" This just doesn't make sense.

    Cross has an ex-girlfriend named Christine who abandoned their child because "she wasn't emotionally ready to be a mother." Well... she comes back to claim their son, and inexplicibly wins a custody battle, despite no mention of it in the book. Until it is settled. You would have thought that a super dad might have shown up for that hearing!

    I honestly think that making black characters into "super humans" is just as racist as making them subhumans.

    Maybe Patterson is playing to some collective guilt, or he just wants to be fashionable.... but he needs to treat black characters like they were real people, and not as cartoon characters. It matters little that Patterson makes his lead into a superman. It's still a racist thing to do.

    This book was written on a Junior High School level, and is aimed at very gullible readers. All the dialog is banal and cliched. All the characters are weak. The plot is simply illogical.

    I felt cheated....more info
  • The Big Bad Wolf
    Kidnapping is not unusual to top law enforcement and certainly not to the FBI.
    However James Patterson has thrown a curve ball at the general kidnapping scenario. There are no threats or ransom demands of any kind. The several victims so far are gorgeous drop-dead model types that have no ties to the underworld; at least they had none before they were snatched off the street in broad daylight.
    A man and woman are watching Mrs. Elizabeth, Lizzie, Connolly, gorgeous mother of three daughters, as she exits a fashionable Atlanta department store. Lizzie Connolly wrestles with her packages as she walks directly toward the parking structure.
    The woman quickly walked past Mrs. Connolly, turned and put the victim in a vice like grip as the man placed a chemically laced cloth over her face. Lizzie Connolly screamed and kicked until she was rendered helpless by the chemical substance and dropped to the concrete floor. The kidnapper's placed the unconscious woman into her own station wagon and blithely drove out of the parking structure, changed to another car just blocks away and the abduction was complete.
    Alex Cross, old time law enforcement but new and in training for his current job with the FBI. Cross is called out of class to the chagrin of his training officer, and assigned to the kidnapping case for reasons of his unique expertise.
    There were no ransom demands or death threats for the several kidnapped women; law enforcement was stuck without a motive in the case. Rumor and innuendo provide only vague clues that seem to point toward the Russian mafia.
    An unidentified sinister figure called Wolf, one time KGB and high up in the Russian mafia here in the states emerges as a potential but elusive target. At the same time Wolf was put on the FBI's most wanted list, the kidnapping for ransom case moved into a white slave investigation.
    James Patterson has fashioned a who-done-it mystery with enough twist's and turns to keep the most avid mystery buff guessing until the very end.
    Tom Barnes author of `Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone,' `The Goring Collection,' `The Hurricane Hunters and Lost in the Bermuda Triangle.'


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  • Story telling outshines the actual story
    Very strange... I'm usually very comfortable telling people that I liked a book or didn't like a book, and leave it at that. That is, I'm not usually one to qualify my opinion and say something like "I enjoyed it but admit it was kind of junky." But I'm going to do something like that here with "The Big Bad Wolf" because, yes, I found myself quickly turning the pages and eating up the story, yet at the same time was telling myself that the story was all over the map, lacked subtlety and depth, and just wasn't very good. But, sigh, I really did shoot through it, and that definitely says something about a writer if he or she can produce that "gotta see what happens next" effect in a reader.

    Maybe this is a case of a writer being really good at telling a story but not so good at creating a solid tale to tell. In other words, what we may have here is a book featuring four-star DELIVERY of a story but only an actual two-star story. So what does one do? Average it out and give the book three stars!

    Oh, and in case I don't get around to reviewing it on its own, the sequel, "London Bridges", is exactly the say way: great pacing, economy of prose, etc., but not so much in the "memorable story elements" department, either. Perhaps things picked up with "Mary, Mary". I haven't gotten to that one yet, as I definitely wait for the paperback versions of Mr. Patterson's works....more info
  • Delivery of merchandise
    Regarding Deliveries....

    I have only one thing to say:::Please deliver my orders to my door, DO NOT shove into my small apt mailbox!! It took me 20+ minutes to get my book out of my mailbox where it was 'shoved' into it! I was really mad!
    Amazon needs to create a place on the order form for 'special' delivery instructions so things like this doesn't happen!
    Not my fault my mailman has the IQ of a bullfrog!!
    I sincerely hope Amazon is reading this....more info
  • Fast moving, gripping entertainment
    I thought this novel would be a good in-between read. Usually, I select what I believe to be challenging novels, scholarly fiction.

    How I enjoyed this suspenseful tale! Alex Cross is a realistic, dynamic protagonist with a personal life, children and a past to resolve. He is also a student, a new FBI agent who hasn't learned the ins and outs of the bureaucracy. Cross is pulled out of class to hunt down and entrap an international godfather of the Red Mafiya, the Wolf.

    The Wolf snatches and delivers beautiful women, and men, from shopping malls and college campuses to be delivered to psychopathic members of a secure internet chat service. Cross has to find these innocent, tortured victims before they are murdered by their captors.

    This book caused me to lose sleep many-a-night because I couldn't put it down. This is my first Patterson novel and I guarantee it won't be my last....more info