I can’t wait for … Target Alex Cross by James Patterson (Can’t-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

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Can’t- Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The book I my husband can’t wait to read this week is:

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TARGET: HEAD OF STATE

A leader has fallen, and the procession route from Capitol Hill to the White House is lined with hundreds of thousands of mourners. None feel the loss of a President more keenly than Alex Cross, who has devoted his life to the public good. 

TARGET: UNITED STATES CABINET

A sniper’s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross’s wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives, faces an ultimatum: solve the case, or lose the position for which she’s worked her entire career. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to take a personal role with the FBI, leading an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. 

TARGET: ALEX CROSS 

Alex has a horrible premonition: is the sniper’s strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation? It isn’t long before his fears explode into life, and the nation plunges into a full-blown Constitutional crisis. His ingenuity, his training, and his capacity for battle are tested beyond limits in the most far-reaching and urgently consequential case of his life. As the rule of law is shattered by chaos, and Alex fights to isolate a suspect, Alex’s loyalty may be the biggest danger of all.

My husband, Kevin, is probably one of Alex Cross’ biggest fans. He started the series in 2015 and he flew through the 25 books. He is also not the biggest reader, so this shows his love for the series. Hopefully he will enjoy this novel, that was released on Monday, as much as the previous ones!

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The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…

Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. 

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The collaboration between former President Bill Clinton and best selling author James Patterson is solely the reason why I picked up this novel. You have two really big names and I couldn’t wait to read the “insider” view of what it is like to be president.

Well turns out that I didn’t really like it! My copy came in at just over 500 pages and I was ready to give it up after 200 pages. It was too political for me. I didn’t care at all about all the emergencies and crises that the president had to deal with. I wanted drama. I wanted kidnapping, murders, ransoms and I didn’t get any of that.

President Duncan started off the book showing that it is not easy to be president. While testifying in front of the House Select Committee, Duncan shows that there is no way to win. Every move of his is broken down and then ripped apart. He tries defending his actions, but can’t reveal all the details. Basically it doesn’t turn out good.

The president’s week doesn’t get any better as there is a threat against the county, which could have to do with the terrorist group that he was getting criticized earlier on. Not to mention, there may also be a mole inside his inner circle! Oh boy!

Have you watched Designated Survivor with Kiefer Sutherland? If so, this book really seems like one of the episodes. There are so many things going on in the White House that you fully can’t trust anyone and a new enemy seems to appear with another crisis to threaten the country.

Like I mentioned above, I realized that I didn’t like the novel for maybe the first half. The second half turned less political and turned up the drama, so I was more drawn in. I wasn’t overly shocked by anything, including who the mole was. Also I found the title very misleading, since I was expecting a kidnapping of the president. Minor spoiler – he did not get kidnapped and held for ransom.

Overall, this book was not for me, but I would still recommend it if it sounds interesting to you. I think my husband and my dad would both love this novel as well as those who are a fan of Designated Survivor and other political shows.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. This novel made it clear that I wouldn’t enjoy going into politics!

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Red Alert (NYPD Red #5) by James Patterson

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A few years ago, I really enjoyed reading James Patterson’s novels, especially the Women’s Murder Club series. Then after 10 or so books, they got a bit repetitive and I mostly stopped reading them. The first NYPD Red came out in 2012 and I loved the concept. A detective series based on the crimes that happened to New York’s rich and famous elite. Now that’s it the fifth novel, I’m getting a bit tired of the series, but it was a perfect pool side read!

In typical Patterson fashion there are 3 crimes that our favourite NYPD Red detectives (Zach and Kylie) need to solve. First, a bomb goes off at a high profile event where the mayor was attending. One person is killed, but were they the intended target? On the same night, a filmmaker is found dead in a sex act gone wrong. Then, there is a poker game where robberies got hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, the host is hoping the robbery will go quickly away.

Sometimes I don’t love it when there are so many story lines during a story, but I think it mostly worked here. It was easy to follow the different crimes and the suspects for each. I enjoyed the filmmaker’s story the most and was totally surprised by the killer!

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3 calculators out of a potential 5. I read Red Alert pool side (see above picture), which makes any book better! It’s your average Patterson read, with a few surprises thrown in.

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