Thursday, April 4, 2013
Book Review: Cross the Line
Continuing on in my partnership with Partners in Crime Tours to bring you book reviews of some new and exciting books, today I present to you my latest read, Cross the Line by Jack Patterson.
Title: Cross the Line
Author: Jack Patterson
Publisher: Hangman Books
Publication Date: 11/25/2012
When veteran NFL quarterback Noah Larson finally guides his team to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- are dashed when his six-year-old son is kidnapped for a unique ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into an FBI sting to help rescue Noah's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left to save themselves, save Noah's son, and save the Super Bowl.
The first signs that I might like writing about sports -- and be slightly competitive -- appeared when my year two (or first grade) teacher, Mrs. Holland, asked my class to write and illustrate our day. Mine read like this: “The Red team beat the Blue team, 1 to nil. And I won.” The next 47 entries covered my exploits on the soccer pitch while growing up in Ipswich, England.
In South Carolina as a teenager, my dad told me that I could get paid to watch sports provided I could write about it. Sounded easy enough and by the time I was 16, I landed a job at my town’s daily newspaper and had a column on Major League Baseball players from our area. I also covered my first riot there at a sporting event -- and it’s safe to say I was smitten with journalism.
After graduating from one of the best journalism schools in the country, I took a job as a sports editor in South Georgia and learned firsthand about the passion of high school sports in rural America. I thought I knew before, but I didn’t. This was another world.
I also had the opportunity to cover major sporting events like the Olympic Games, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Final Four. It was a thrill!
But nothing was as thrilling to me as uncovering the truth in investigative assignments. I once broke a story about a prominent southern football team’s NCAA violation -- and found out the violating coach had committed suicide only a few months earlier. The story won a national writing award and stoked my desire to write about these issues. It made me realize that the sports world was just another fantastic backdrop for drama.
After writing non-fiction books with athletes, for athletes, and ghost writing for many others, I decided to enter the world of fiction writing. It had been something I wanted to do but never found the time. So, I made the time--and am now having a blast. I hope you enjoy reading my novels as much as I enjoy writing them!
Personal website: http://www.iamjackpatterson.com/
Excerpt from Cross the Line:
My Opinion of Cross the Line:
As shown in the excerpt above, Cross the Line starts with a bang from the first chapter. Believe you me, the action doesn't stop throughout the entire book. From Seattle to Houston to Mexico; from NFL Quarterbacks to Mexican coffee farmers to the FBI; this book has it all. I can honestly say that I wasn't bored at any time whilst reading Cross the Line.
When I first read the synopsis for Cross the Line, I was thinking it would be a book about football with some journalistic bits and FBI parts thrown in for good measure. Turns out, it's the exact opposite. Safe the actual parts based during the Super Bowl, football takes a backseat to the main action of rescuing Larson's son.
Patterson does an excellent job in building his characters when he writes. There's even one of the bad guys that I started to side with as I read. Cross the Line is the second fiction novel featuring Cal Murphy that Patterson has written. One needs not have read Cross Hairs in order to enjoy Cross the Line, although if Mr. Patterson wanted to send me his first novel, I wouldn't say no thank you. :)
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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and are honest and true. No compensation was received or offered in exchange for this review.