Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review: Private by James Patterson

 The police can't help you

Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily--and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
The press will destroy you

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.
Only one place to turn: Private

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.
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I think everyone has heard the name "James Patterson".  Even if you have never read his books, unless you are living under a rock, you have more than likey heard his name.    A huge writer for the suspense and thriller market, James Patterson tosses out another book.

Unfortunately, this one isn't as good as his earlier works.  The book is co-written with Maxine Paetro, which may or may not be the cause of the decline.  The dialog in the book feels forced in some areas, almost as if the author(s) gave up but knew they had to continue.  Reading (or listening) to the book felt like a chore.  I used to love murder mysteries.  I would read them all the time.  (And, yes, I did have a small collection of them hidden away!)  But, this was boring to the senses, I didn't care for the story line.

I thought, maybe it is just me.. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for this book and that's why I'm not liking it.  So, I decided to find some other reviews of the book to see what others thought.  It's. Not. Just. Me.  Out of 50 other reviews, 33 of those reviews said the book was not worth buying, or reading.

The audio book is on 6 CDs and is read by Peter Hermann who has stared in shows such as 30 Rock, Sex and the City and Law & Order: SUV.

**I did not get paid for this review.  All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.  I recieved a free audio book in order to procure a real and honest review.**

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