James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York. By the early 1990s, Patterson had modified his approach to writing fiction, adopting a style characterized by unadorned prose, bite-sized chapters, and fast-paced streamlined plots. Realizing the sales potential of this formula, he contributed to the promotion of his novel Along Came a Spider by taking the unusual step of creating and financing a television commercial for it. Cross Country is the 14th novel in the Alex Cross series. According to the Library Journal, it was the second most borrowed fiction book in United States libraries in 2009. Several critics have attacked the story's graphic scenes of violence and torture, and also claiming that the prose style is of a very low standard. While most negative, not all reception was negative, FantasticFiction.com has stated that Cross Country "The most heart-stopping, speed-charged, electrifying Alex Cross thriller yet". In Cross Country, a human monster known as the Tiger with ties to the African underworld. When the Tiger and his teenage thugs butcher writer Ellie Cox, her husband and children in their Georgetown home, Cross is devastated because Ellie had been his girlfriend in college. The Cox family massacre proves to be just the first in a series. Cross pursues the Tiger to Nigeria, where the profiler finds himself at the mercy of corrupt government officials who may be working with the Tiger… You can listen online to free English audiobook “Cross Country” by James Patterson on our website.