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London Bridges
By James Patterson
Read by Peter J. Fernandez & Denis O'Hare

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London Bridges
By James Patterson
Read by Peter J. Fernandez & Denis O'Hare
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2004)
An unabridged recording on 7 CDs
ISBN: 1-58621-712-7
An unabridged recording on 5 Cassettes
ISBN: 1-58621-711-9
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Simone Bonin - November 29, 2004

The audio version of James Patterson's thrilling mystery, London Bridges is narrated by two excellent actors: Peter Jay Fernandez and Denis O'Hare. Combined, they brings to life the deadly world of Alex Cross as he faces his two worst enemies - the Wolf and the Weasel! Both villains are bent upon destroying the world and it is the duty of Cross to stop them - if he can. This is a fast paced, action-packed story that sets the world on the brink of Armageddon.

As the story unfolds, we find that the city of Sunrise Valley, Nevada has been leveled by a massive explosion. We also discover that Peterson's chilling Russian villain, the Wolf, is back. This time, the Wolf has joined forces with another old character from earlier Cross novels, Geoffrey Shafer, a.k.a. the Weasel. The explosion in Nevada is just a sample of their ability to destroy entire cities, and they use this example as their trump card to blackmail world leaders. Like any petty blackmailer, all they want is money - lots of it. If their demands are not met, the two arch-villains claim that they will start destroying major cities around the world.

Cross is brought in as part of the team sent to hunt down the villains and halt their evil plan. To this end, Cross must work with the CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard and Interpol to stop the criminals. London Bridges is a story peppered with red herrings, secret agents, and unforgettable Bondesque chase scenes. This is the tenth book in the Alex Cross series and is, technically, the sequel to The Big Bad Wolf. It is not necessary, however, to read The Big Bad Wolf before starting London Bridges as Paterson provides enough information in this book to allow you to follow the action without any prior acquaintanceship with Alex Cross.

This story is told in short, hard-hitting segments that keep the story moving along at a breakneck pace. The ending was not what I would have liked, as I feel that he did not give the story the closure that it really needed. I don't want to say anything much about it least I give the ending away. What I will say is that I don't hold the ending against what was, I felt, a very entertaining story and I'm sure that the way Paterson ends the novel will surprise you. Overall, a great novel in the Paterson tradition that is an exciting addition to the Alex Cross series and London Bridges is perfect for wiling away a few leisure hours or for listening to while driving or doing chores.

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