October 1, 2009

Alex Cross' Trial ~ Review and Giveaway!


Alex Cross' Trial
By: James Patterson and Richard Dilallo
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co. (Hachette Book Group)
Available: August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
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Synopsis:

Separated by time

From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written--a novel called Trial.

Connected by blood

As a lawyer in turn-of-the-century Washington D.C., Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his home town to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.

United by bravery

When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town's black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror--but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.

Read Chapter One - HERE

My Thoughts:

I've always been a big fan of James Patterson. The first novel that I read was "1st to Die", which happens to be the first book in the Women's Murder Club Mystery series. Needless to say, I was hooked. Fast paced page-turning action, interesting plots, and characters with depth were all culprits. Every series he starts is always neatly tied in with a bow at the end. All ends meet and nothing is left undone. At least, those are my thoughts.

Please remember that a review is the opinion of ONE person. Wether that person is me or someone else, I think it should only be used as a tool. You and you alone will only be able to tell if a book is right for you. If you've ever been called to jury duty, watched a trial, or are involved in this process due to the nature of your occupation, you know that each juror listens to the facts and then decides - 'Guilty' or 'Innocent'. (at least in this country) Alex Cross' Trial by James Patterson doesn't miss the mark, doesn't disappoint and kept me turning those pages. And while there is a difference in judging wether a book is right for me or deciding a verdict, one thing remains the same. The decision and thoughts are mine. You may have a difference in feelings or opinions and I can accept that.

The above theme is evident in "Alex Cross' Trial" as is heartache, horror and the disbelief that we as human beings could honestly treat each other in such a disgusting manner. We are all equal and all innocent until proven guilty but who should make the final decision?

This book is the 15th in the Alex Cross Series. But, I want you to know that after reading the 14 previous books, I can honestly say that this one could easily stand alone. It's not really about 'Alex Cross' and it doesn't necessarily go in succession. It's not written ABOUT Alex, but BY him. I found this to make it an extremely interesting read.

If you are a lover of all things James Patterson or have never read a Patterson novel before, I highly recommend 'Alex Cross' Trial' and would even go so far to suggest this be your first read. I only reason I brought up the fact that a review is the opinion of ONE person is that I find that Patterson books are either ranked very high or very low. I think in general, many either love him or leave him and sometimes, thus he's fairly misjudged. If you have yet to give Patterson a try, there's no time like the present!

About the Authors:

James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 160 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. He has won an Edgar Award--the mystery world's highest honor--and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came aSpider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his new Web site, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children's books for their kids. He lives in Florida.

Richard DiLallo is a former advertising creative director. He has had numerous articles published in major magazines. He lives in Manhattan with his wife.



GIVEAWAY!!

Do you want to hear more about 'The Trial of the Century'?

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Courtesy of Anna at Hachette Book Group and Park-Avenue Princess!
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