I was hesitant to read this book (I'm not sure why). I did read it and, needless to say, as with everything James Patterson writes, it was a compelling story that "moved along" at a decent pace. What the book tended to be was "preachy." I've noticed more and more modern novels as well as t.v. shows are telling us we "must do" this or that or "must feel" this way or that way about an issue. I do tire of this. "Alex Cross' Trial" did preach although mildly. I thought the ending was a bit "forced." I've said this before though. I think, except for beginning a novel, ending it has to be the most complicated task an author faces.