Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Private

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Former Marine and CIA agent Jack Morgan inherits his father's renowned security and detective business—along with a case load that tests him to the breaking point. Getting to the bottom of an NFL gambling scandal and an unsolved LAPD investigation into 18 school girl slayings would be enough. On top of all that, Morgan takes on solving the horrific murder of his best friend's wife.
As Morgan fights the urge to exact brutal revenge on that killer, he has to navigate a workplace imbroglio that could blow the roof off his elite agency. And it's an especially explosive situation . . . because the love affair is his own.




My Take:
I am a big Patterson fan, but I can't say this was my favorite.  It was definitely exciting and fast paced (just about a guarantee with a Patterson) but didn't have that extra oomph that most of his thrillers have.  There were three different mysteries going on, which helped with the pace of the book, but some of them ended a bit anticlimactically.  One of the mysteries ended exactly as I thought it would, which, for a Patterson, was odd because ordinarily the readers is thrown completely for a loop.  While I didn't find the events in this book especially thrilling, I really enjoyed the new characters we were introduced to.  They were complex and flawed but extremely likable and the sort of hard core good guys a person can really root for.  With great characters, and the fact that they run the most powerful investigation firm in the world, the stage is set of a great series, and Private was a pretty good jumping off point.  As far as the book goes, I'm torn between a 2 and 3 rating, but I think because it wasn't as explosive as I'd hoped, I'm going to have to rate it a 3, Find a Used Book Store, Private is a must read, just don't spend over 20 bucks on it :)

The review copy I was given by the publisher was in audio format.  I love a good audio book, and for the most part, the narrator was pretty great.  He was a little over dramatic at times, but overall very entertaining and worth the money.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie it would be rated R for strong language throughout, some sexual content and violence.



***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own*** 

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54 comments:

Victoria's Voice said...

I love James Patterson and Would Love an opportunity to Win Private. My favorite James Patterson Book is 5th Horseman. It was chocked full of suspense and I fell in love with the main character Lindsey.

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I love all the Alex Cross books, especially "Double Cross".


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I love all the Alex Cross books, especially "Double Cross".


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Jenn said...

Not interrested in the giveaway actually. Just stopped by to say thanks for the review. Honest as always! Love it and looking forward to what's next!

THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

I would say my fav James Patterson book is Kiss the Girls
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Sky Princess said...

My favorite J. Patterson book is Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas.

ElizOF said...

I haven't read his books yet so this might be way to be introduced,yes?
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janetfaye said...

Along Came A Spider is my favorite because it is the first Patterson book that I read.

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Anne Royce said...

This book's on my wishlist. Too bad I'm in Asia so I can't join ):

Carole Spring said...

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and I have read most of his books.

One Patterson book that I really enjoyed was The Jester. I thought it was quite different from all his other books.

The Alex Cross books are my favorite Patterson stories. The book I like best is Along Came A Spider.

I would love to win the audiobook of Private. Thank you for the chance.

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MyBookAddiction said...

I have not read this book yet but it is on my "to read" shelf. I tend to like Patterson best when he is writing with another author. However, since I can usually finish one of his books in one setting I tend to get them from the library. I think my favorite Patterson book was Beach Road. That was a roller coaster that I didn't see coming at all! Lori@mybookaddiction dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I love James Patterson's books but if I have to choose just one it would be Along Came A Spider.
Would love to win this audiobook.

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Angela Livingston said...

I love Kiss the Girls
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Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

I can't remember what book was his but it was either Alex Cross's Trial or Nine Dragons and both those books were amazing!

Capucine said...

I am a James Patterson fanatic. I follow his blog and i have read all the Maximum Ride books (fav character is Fang), all the Alex Cross Series, all the Womans Murder Club series, The Beack House, Witch and Wizard, and Three Blind Mice. I LOVE this author soooo much. literally this is not a joke!!! I am a follower of TBB
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Lynette said...

Which is my favorite....oh my goodness....I love all of his.
Weather it be an Alex Cross or one of the WMC or a love story like Beach House.....all is good.
I could go from 9th Judgment to The Thomas Berryman Number.

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<3 Marie said...

My favorite James Patterson book is Sunday at Tiffany's. Good fast read. I love you book blog Kaitle.. we will have to chat on how you decided to do this. I'm dying to know. Love ya tons and them some.
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Calvin said...

One of my favorite books by James Patterson would have to be Jester, because it was not his usual writing. It was so much different than his Alex Cross novels. I was not sure I would enjoy it at first, but once I started reading it, I could not put it down
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Ruthie said...

I would love to listen to this. Alex Cross books were my favorite.
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JMN said...

I've never read a Patterson book and I honestly haven't read much mystery - but I'm open! I've heard great things about him

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The Book Buff said...

THe giveaway is now closed, congrats to Jessie Szmanda and Vickie Cook!

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