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The #1 kids' detective series of the decade! Ali Cross is back in the gripping sequel to James Patterson's bestselling mystery that introduced readers to detective Alex Cross's son.   Ali Cross just solved his first real case.   Alex Cross knows it's only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble.   Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another The #1 kids' detective series of the decade! Ali Cross is back in the gripping sequel to James Patterson's bestselling mystery that introduced readers to detective Alex Cross's son.   Ali Cross just solved his first real case.   Alex Cross knows it's only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble.   Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another case so quickly.   Ali and his friends were just hanging out in Anacostia Park...then they became witnesses to a crime.   Alex wants Ali to stay far away from the investigation. But Ali isn't going anywhere, not when his new friend Zoe is in trouble. It's up to Ali to figure out why she's lying to the police-and who she's protecting.   This is Ali's toughest case yet. As long as he trusts his Cross instincts, he may just have a shot at solving it...


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The #1 kids' detective series of the decade! Ali Cross is back in the gripping sequel to James Patterson's bestselling mystery that introduced readers to detective Alex Cross's son.   Ali Cross just solved his first real case.   Alex Cross knows it's only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble.   Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another The #1 kids' detective series of the decade! Ali Cross is back in the gripping sequel to James Patterson's bestselling mystery that introduced readers to detective Alex Cross's son.   Ali Cross just solved his first real case.   Alex Cross knows it's only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble.   Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another case so quickly.   Ali and his friends were just hanging out in Anacostia Park...then they became witnesses to a crime.   Alex wants Ali to stay far away from the investigation. But Ali isn't going anywhere, not when his new friend Zoe is in trouble. It's up to Ali to figure out why she's lying to the police-and who she's protecting.   This is Ali's toughest case yet. As long as he trusts his Cross instincts, he may just have a shot at solving it...

30 review for Like Father, Like Son

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    While I have struggled with some of James Patterson’s writing over the last number of years, I always enjoyed the Alex Cross series. Patterson has come to spread himself too thin and uses his name to sell books, rather than inserting quality into his writing. However, he finds a back on occasion to surprise me. When I discovered that he was expanding the Cross series with a YA collection by young Ali Cross, I took note. I enjoyed the series debut and thought that I ought to give this second nove While I have struggled with some of James Patterson’s writing over the last number of years, I always enjoyed the Alex Cross series. Patterson has come to spread himself too thin and uses his name to sell books, rather than inserting quality into his writing. However, he finds a back on occasion to surprise me. When I discovered that he was expanding the Cross series with a YA collection by young Ali Cross, I took note. I enjoyed the series debut and thought that I ought to give this second novel some of my attention as well. I must say, Patterson did well and kept me hooked throughout. After solving his first case, Ali Cross is riding a slight high, much to the chagrin of his father, Metro PD Detective Alex Cross. The younger Cross is also getting a tad mischievous as he ages and tells a white lie to get himself out with friends at a music festival. Everything was going smoothly until Ali and his friends witness a stunning crime. After shots are fired, Ali’s friend, Zoe is struck. Her injuries are not the only concern, as Zoe is being quite sneaky and covering for someone. Ali cannot accept this at face value and begins poking around, which only uncovers more and makes it seem as though Zoe is keeping secrets. While Ali refuses to back off the case, he is more concerned with his friend than anything else. Accepting some counsel from his father, Ali does his best to connect the dots and tries to help Zoe at the same time. A shorter is out there, a secret Zoe wants kept may come out, and someone will be held accountable. I found myself quite impressed with this Patterson solo effort, a style of where he strives. The story, while somewhat simplistic, worked well and is perfect for the target audience. It’s just as gritty as many of the other Cross novels, adding humour and some family tenacity to keep the reader engaged. Patterson creates some great characters that keep things moving along well. While the piece is short, there are some wonderful personalities that fill the narrative, including the Cross family who are definitely a handful of their own. The reader is re-introduced to some of Ali’s friends, who are sure to continue playing a key role as the series progresses. Patterson pens a nice little story, sure to impress his Cross fans, as well as YA readers who need a little mystery. It was well-paced and flowed well, keeping the reader wondering without unnecessary twists. With great characters and a decent plot, Patterson impresses readers in this budding series, which I can only hope will continue for years to come. Kudos, Mr. Patterson, for a nice little story to appease readers of all ages. Now, let’s hope the elder Cross series can return to its former glory. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    These Ali Cross books have actually been better and less ridiculous than the last couple of Alex Cross books. I like that the mysteries are smaller and involve Ali's friends. I also like how Patterson included some of the issues black kids are facing today as part of Ali's everyday life. We should talk about things like gun violence, black lives matter, and homelessness. Patterson rightly doesn't suggest solutions. They are too large of issues to be easily solved. At this point, I feel it will t These Ali Cross books have actually been better and less ridiculous than the last couple of Alex Cross books. I like that the mysteries are smaller and involve Ali's friends. I also like how Patterson included some of the issues black kids are facing today as part of Ali's everyday life. We should talk about things like gun violence, black lives matter, and homelessness. Patterson rightly doesn't suggest solutions. They are too large of issues to be easily solved. At this point, I feel it will take kids growing up now to champion these issues as adults are too busy pointing fingers to take any meaningful action.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laci Hargis

    I want to say thank you so much to NetGalley, Hachette Audio, and Jame Patterson for this advanced audio book! I grew up a huge James Patterson fan and absolutely love the Alex Cross series. Ali Cross was such a quick and easy read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Not a horrible story, but I felt like the author tried too hard to push a political agenda and I don't like that in my FICTION books. Not a horrible story, but I felt like the author tried too hard to push a political agenda and I don't like that in my FICTION books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was short and the crimes were less fantastic than the last couple of Alex Cross books. Hopefully Patterson can reinvigorate the Alex books with some of the flavor of these Ali books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shalawn

    Nice, quick read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Badass Bloggettes

    The story opens with Ali and his friends, Gabe, Sedgwick, Ruby, Matteo, and Zoey sneaking off to attend a music festival at a Washington DC park. Ali is strictly forbidden to go to this area alone, but, like many teens, he is pushing his restrictions to get his parents to look at him as older. Besides, he is crushing on Zoey, and does not want to appear wimpy in front of his friends. After the group hit the food booths, Zoey runs off to get the venue passes from her mother, one of the singers. W The story opens with Ali and his friends, Gabe, Sedgwick, Ruby, Matteo, and Zoey sneaking off to attend a music festival at a Washington DC park. Ali is strictly forbidden to go to this area alone, but, like many teens, he is pushing his restrictions to get his parents to look at him as older. Besides, he is crushing on Zoey, and does not want to appear wimpy in front of his friends. After the group hit the food booths, Zoey runs off to get the venue passes from her mother, one of the singers. Within minutes, the kids hear a gunshot. They run to check on Zoey who is hurt. Ali believes he sees the shooter running away, but Zoey insists there wasn’t anyone near her. The police are called, Zoey is taken to the hospital, the kids get in trouble, Nana mama and Alex Cross ground Ali for life, (not really but he gets a long punishment without technology). Ali and friends are determined to find out what happened and why Zoey is so nervous. This is a good little mystery. While written for middle schoolers I enjoyed the story and audio too. My 9th grade granddaughter listened with me and loved it. She could relate to the kids anxious for more privileges while their parents are reluctant to recognize they are growing up. Ali encounters the D.C. homeless community, which set off a long discussion between my granddaughter and me. The story is reminiscent of the Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys mysteries that I loved. Ali is the primary investigator with his friends helping him investigate. Alex Cross makes an appearance too. This isn’t his case, but he does use his police connections to get and give information. There are good father-son moments and a little tension among Ali, his parents, friends, and police. It is entertaining. The narrators, Zeno Robinson and Wayne Carr do an excellent job bringing the characters to life. According to my granddaughter, she loved this so much, she will listen to more audio books in the future. The performances made the story and the characters real. There is action, mystery, tension, and various family issues that move the story at a fast pace. The characters are relatable, and fun to read. We couldn’t stop listening. A great story. We both recommend this book (audio or print) to Alex Cross fans and their children. It is great read for summer assignments.

  8. 5 out of 5

    cindyoffermans

    I used to love reading James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and when I saw there was a book with his son Ali as the main character, I was interested immediately. Ali is at a festival in a park in DC when his friend Zoe is shot and taken to hospital. Ali and his friends decide to start their own investigation into what happened as they have the feeling Zoe is not telling them and the police the truth. As Ali is trying to find out what actually happened, he also deals with a crush and a tough social I used to love reading James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and when I saw there was a book with his son Ali as the main character, I was interested immediately. Ali is at a festival in a park in DC when his friend Zoe is shot and taken to hospital. Ali and his friends decide to start their own investigation into what happened as they have the feeling Zoe is not telling them and the police the truth. As Ali is trying to find out what actually happened, he also deals with a crush and a tough social science project. This was my first audiobook EVER but definitely not my last. I liked listening to it a lot. I sped through the book and I thought it was wonderful to read about Ali when I remember reading about him being born. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for this ARC. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brighton

    This was just as great as the first one, though the message on homelessness and police bias was incredibly heavy-handed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    thewanderingjew

    Ali Cross, Book2, Like Father Like Son, James Patterson. Author; Zeno Robinson, James Carr, Narrators. Ali Cross likes to break the rules, especially when he thinks he is in his role as boy detective. Ali’s dad is Alex Cross, an African American hero cop, in Washington DC, and Ali wants to be just like him. Ali makes excuses for himself when he lies, but he still willfully disobeys his dad and his nanamama, his great grandmother, who takes care of him while his parents work. He often makes them w Ali Cross, Book2, Like Father Like Son, James Patterson. Author; Zeno Robinson, James Carr, Narrators. Ali Cross likes to break the rules, especially when he thinks he is in his role as boy detective. Ali’s dad is Alex Cross, an African American hero cop, in Washington DC, and Ali wants to be just like him. Ali makes excuses for himself when he lies, but he still willfully disobeys his dad and his nanamama, his great grandmother, who takes care of him while his parents work. He often makes them worry more about his whereabouts than they should. Sometimes, he tells them he is one place, but is really in another. When Ali’s friend Zoe’s mom, “DC”, a famous singer, is scheduled to perform locally at a music festival, he and his friends, Mateo, Ruby and Zoe, Gabe and Cedric, all intend to try to attend the concert. Ali lies to his nanamama, once again. She thinks he is working on a school project, but he has really sneaked off to the concert venue. While there, he hears a loud bang, and Ali knows a gun has been fired. He watches a lot of detective television shows. Zoe had walked away to find her mom. He thinks, where is she now? He worried so, because Ali really likes Zoe. Was she safe? When Ali finds her, he sees she is wounded and possibly in shock. Ali thinks about what he has learned from some of the shows he has watched, and he uses his sweatshirt to bind her wounds to stem the bleeding. He is, once again, a hero, because he saved her life, but he is also in lots of trouble because now he has to tell his dad he lied to his nanamama again. Then, even worse, he has to tell his nanamama. Using a theme that is similar to one used in book 1, of this series, the reader then learns that another friend of Ali’s has disappeared. After being released from the hospital, suddenly Zoe is gone. The friends reunite to investigate her disappearance and begin to search for clues. They know that Zoe’s parents are divorced. Ali is also the only one who knows that her dad is homeless. Although he works, he can’t seem to earn enough money to provide a home for himself. Although sworn to secrecy, this time Ali does tell his friends and his father most of what he knows. He learned his lesson when his friend Gabe disappeared when they were in fourth grade. Keeping secrets was dangerous and upset friends and family. In the search for Zoe, Ali is once again placed in danger. A complicated and diabolical scheme is uncovered to blame Zoe’s mom’s ex-boyfriend for a crime he did not commit, but was staged to look that way. Her ex-boyfriend was not a very nice man. The children believe that since the adults are doing nothing, they must help to stop the shootings. They stage a walk out to stop the shootings and control gun sales, but the author does not use that moment to address the code of silence which allows the perpetuation of a criminal culture, nor does he address where the guns come from. Finally, Zoe and others do not like cops. In general, the feeling is that cops do nothing but shoot black kids. Statistics are quoted that are inaccurate about the ratio of the number of blacks that are shot. This is not an idea that should be promoted in a middle grade book without an explanation of why they are sometimes shot more often. No mention is made of the fact that they often resist arrest. The number of kids shot is also related to the number of crimes committed more than to the color of the victim. Prejudice is promoted, in this book, when it is stated that white kids get everything as a simple fact. No reasons are given for why they might get more. In some cases, in those families, there are more two parent families. More are better educated. They do not quit school as often. They have better jobs because of that. Also, teachers are portrayed as perfect and compassionate, but cops not so much, they are more imperfect. So, while the story flows smoothly and holds the interest of the young, is it teaching the right lesson to them? The series so far feels like a primer for the propaganda for the Democrat’s platform. Currently, they are not encouraging better behavior, but are dismissing criminal behavior by blaming others for it instead of the criminal. This is a middle grade novel, and when the author encourages poor examples of conduct and uses unfair comparisons, I believe he may only encourage more jealousy and rage, rather than better examples to follow in order to succeed. I am a bit concerned with the overall message of this middle grade series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connor's Library Corner

    I enjoyed this one well enough but the same issue that I had with book one arises here. HOW OLD IS ALI?!? If Someone knows please tell me because I feel like the story is making out to be like 10/11 but he's written to act at least 13 It makes it so hard to connect to him as a character. Ignoring that, the story was fun and quick to read Still don't like Ali though I enjoyed this one well enough but the same issue that I had with book one arises here. HOW OLD IS ALI?!? If Someone knows please tell me because I feel like the story is making out to be like 10/11 but he's written to act at least 13 It makes it so hard to connect to him as a character. Ignoring that, the story was fun and quick to read Still don't like Ali though

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Great YA book that adults could enjoy too. Not only is this a great story, but the book brings up very relevant social issues for teenagers (and adults) to ponder. These issues range from how to treat the homeless, police treatment to the community they serve, race, and ways how young people could safely impact their communities for the great good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is the 2nd book, in James Patterson’s, Ali series. It’s a fantastic book. Enjoy!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Burns

    Another fantastic young adult book from James Patterson! If you enjoy the Alex Cross books you’ll enjoy the stories about Ali Cross 😃

  15. 5 out of 5

    ʎɹuǝH

    1st book is better bcs more murder and stuff

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Loved this book!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Between The Pages (Gemma M)

    This is book two in the Ali Cross series it would read okay as a Standalone but I love this series so would recommend in order. After loving book one I had to read book two and it did not disappoint. After book one and the case solved there is bound to be more cases/mysteries and there is… Another of Ali’s friends gets into trouble this time over a gun shot… Can he figure it all out? There is so much to this story. Plenty of twists, turns and heart stopping moments for the reader. Fast paced, edg This is book two in the Ali Cross series it would read okay as a Standalone but I love this series so would recommend in order. After loving book one I had to read book two and it did not disappoint. After book one and the case solved there is bound to be more cases/mysteries and there is… Another of Ali’s friends gets into trouble this time over a gun shot… Can he figure it all out? There is so much to this story. Plenty of twists, turns and heart stopping moments for the reader. Fast paced, edge of your seat read. An easy read with short chapters. One I devoured in one sitting. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series. Fingers crossed for more. Brilliant YA mystery/crime. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yak233aol.Com

    This series reminds me of Nancy Drew/ Hardy boys books. But I only gave this book two stars because of the political issues.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patti Rowley

    A cute little read about Alex cross’ son, Ali. Patterson captures the thoughts, language and behaviour of the middle school human. He also touches on the 2.5 statistic in which “Black people are two and a half times more likely to be shot by police than other people.” (p. 282). A good, quick read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Zannini

    I have NEVER finished a book in one day! This one was a book I could not put down!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I love all the Alex Cross mysteries. It’s always a can’t put down book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Storm

    Ali Cross and his friends, Gabe, Ruby, Sedgwic and Matteo have snuck out to a music festival that Zoey's mom is performing at, despite it being forbidden by his parents, because he is at that rebellious teenage stage and also happens to have a crush on Zoey. Zoey sneaks over, then there are gunshots and before you know it Ali has decided this is going to be his second investigation. This was a good, clean, fast read - still prime juvenile fiction for adults, told in first person, alternating betw Ali Cross and his friends, Gabe, Ruby, Sedgwic and Matteo have snuck out to a music festival that Zoey's mom is performing at, despite it being forbidden by his parents, because he is at that rebellious teenage stage and also happens to have a crush on Zoey. Zoey sneaks over, then there are gunshots and before you know it Ali has decided this is going to be his second investigation. This was a good, clean, fast read - still prime juvenile fiction for adults, told in first person, alternating between Alex and Ali with Patterson's trademark small chapters and succinct prose. The story is well paced and there are a few predictable thrills but I did not enjoy this as much as the first book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phil Bowman

    meh - a book about a teenage sleuth. Reminds me of Hardy Boys.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This is the second volume in Patterson's young adult series about the son of DC detective Alex Cross. Ali is an amateur detective who gets caught up in the problems of his new girlfriend, Zoe, whose mother is a famous singer and whose father is homeless. The mystery is interesting and filled with relevant topics. Middle school readers will enjoy spending time with Ali and his friends. This is the second volume in Patterson's young adult series about the son of DC detective Alex Cross. Ali is an amateur detective who gets caught up in the problems of his new girlfriend, Zoe, whose mother is a famous singer and whose father is homeless. The mystery is interesting and filled with relevant topics. Middle school readers will enjoy spending time with Ali and his friends.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marlen Wears

    Great book for kids I love James Patterson And I have read a few of his children's books. I just wish there was some place I could donate the books that I have bought to other children. I think reading is 1 of the best things there is Great book for kids I love James Patterson And I have read a few of his children's books. I just wish there was some place I could donate the books that I have bought to other children. I think reading is 1 of the best things there is

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megsbookclub

    As many of you know I’m a huge @jamespattersonbooks fan! I have read his books for years and the Alex Cross series is one of my all-time favorites. When I saw that he was releasing a detective series based on Alex’s son, Ali Cross, I was so excited to check out these YA stories. They are both so good! In the first book, Ali Cross, you really get the full background on the family, to give you an idea of the house hold that Ali comes from. You also realize just how smart this young man is, when he As many of you know I’m a huge @jamespattersonbooks fan! I have read his books for years and the Alex Cross series is one of my all-time favorites. When I saw that he was releasing a detective series based on Alex’s son, Ali Cross, I was so excited to check out these YA stories. They are both so good! In the first book, Ali Cross, you really get the full background on the family, to give you an idea of the house hold that Ali comes from. You also realize just how smart this young man is, when he solving a mystery! Then in the new release Ali Cross, Like Father, Like Son he solves a much more harrowing case. These are both excellent YA reads, and as an adult you will fly through them. As one of my favorite authors you know I highly recommend these!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ali Mares

    Read this in one day. This is the second book in the series, but I actually enjoyed this one more than the first! I really enjoyed the little connection between Ali and Zoe that added to the plot. This is a perfect book for upper grade students who are wanting an easy mystery read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    pawsandpagesbyannie

    Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson Narrated by Zeno Robinson; Wayne Carr Publication Date: June 28, 2021 . Description “A crime at a concert near his school sparks his newest investigation, and it gets dangerous fast. Sometimes it’s good to have a father in the detective business. Ali Cross just solved his first real case. Alex Cross knows it's only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble. Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another case so quickl Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson Narrated by Zeno Robinson; Wayne Carr Publication Date: June 28, 2021 . Description “A crime at a concert near his school sparks his newest investigation, and it gets dangerous fast. Sometimes it’s good to have a father in the detective business. Ali Cross just solved his first real case. Alex Cross knows it's only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble. Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another case so quickly.  Ali and his friends were just hanging out in Anacostia Park . . . then they became witnesses to a crime. Alex wants Ali to stay far away from the investigation. But Ali isn't going anywhere, not when his new friend Zoe is in trouble. It's up to Ali to figure out why she's lying to the police—and who she's protecting. This is Ali's toughest case yet. As long as he trusts his Cross instincts, he may just have a shot at solving it . . .” . Thank you to @netgalley @hachetteaudio @jimmypattersonbooks for the ALC in return for my honest review. . My thoughts… Entertaining. I haven’t read book one in this series, and I’ve never read any James Patterson books, including the Alex Cross series. Though, I’ve seen and liked the movies. This is a middle-grade fiction, but the narrative is great for adults too. The narrators were perfect for this short mystery and they brought the characters to life. There were enough action and mystery for me. And I appreciated the thoughts and musings regarding homelessness. If you like reading about young detectives this maybe the book for you. It also reminded me of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew reimagined, and of course, with current events. I’d read or listen to this with my godchildren/nieces/nephews because it had got great discussions and learning opportunities.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Alex Cross is in this book a little, but it’s primarily his youngest son, Ali. He’s smart, way too young to be trying detective work, but he’s really pretty good. Yet, he’s still a kid and does some dumb stuff that gets him in trouble him with his dad and Nana Mama. It’s a good, pretty lighthearted read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was a political rail against cops and everything they do.

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