By James Patterson
James Patterson never seems to run out of new pathways to walk. It is well-known that Patterson creates true blockbusters; Alex Cross is one series that has sold over 100 million copies. Cross is that ultimate detective/FBI agent who has reached readers worldwide and deserves a place in the literary “Hall of Fame.”
And now, that fantastic character has spawned a way for middle grade readers to get in on this legend’s life. With this title, Patterson focuses on Alex Cross’s son, Ali. This is a great kid who’s eager to become part of the “family business” and follow in his father’s footsteps. But Ali soon learns that the old adage “be careful what you wish for” is absolute fact.
Abraham, Ali’s best friend, disappears one day, and Ali is scared and desperate to find out what happened. It doesn’t help that at the time Abraham goes missing, their entire neighborhood becomes a target for burglaries. Even Ali’s own house is tarnished by these crimes. Without the help of his dad, who happens to be on trial for a crime that he didn’t commit, Ali must use his own abilities to find clues. When Ali’s search uncovers info that may not help retrieve Abraham but, instead, may hurt his own family, he finds himself in a frightening world that will define his future career.
For adult readers who are Patterson fans: yes, there are a few holes in this story that you would never find in one of the adult thrillers that Patterson is famous for, but middle grade readers will absolutely love this tale. He is a character who’ll become as beloved as his father over time, and it will be interesting to see how he grows up.
My suggestion is for one and all to read this in order to not only be a part of Ali Cross’s very first case, but also to become enthralled with yet another Patterson character.