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Product Details

  • Series: Private
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455521752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455521753
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,686,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Acclaim for Private:

"Private will grab you from page one and force you to sit there until you turn the very last page. A great start to new a series from the master of fast-paced thrill rides."—lorisreadingcorner.com

"Slick and suspenseful."—BookLoons.com

"Private mixes action, mystery and personal drama...Patterson and Paetro may well be on their way to rivaling--and possibly surpassing--the popularity of their Women's Murder Club series."—BookReporter.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is very supportive of the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

Customer Reviews

Could not put the book down once I started reading it.
Keith Smith
Too many characters, too little connection, too much change in timing..a pile of garbage.
Luv2READ
It was a good book very fast reading and had a good plot .
Richard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 115 people found the following review helpful By BookCity2012 on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Something every reader should note before buying this book is that it is not written only by James Patterson. This can be both a good and bad thing, but it depends on the book. In some we are treated to a thrill ride, NYPD Red being one of them, and in others we are slammed with a disappointment such as Zoo. Now there is nothing wrong with writing with other authors, but if you lose the style of writing that people have come to know and love than we have a problem.

This is how I felt with Private Berlin. In and of itself it was an awesome read. The style was similar to that I found in NYPD Red; not the original Patterson, but one I enjoyed none-the-less. That being said it was a fast paced, explosive, and adrenaline filled thriller. It could have been better but in a book I expect to read in less than 2 days I got the best for my money. If James Patterson took the time to author this one by himself I think he could have easily spun out a longer, more compact, and more cohesive story. It seems that the use of double space typing and chapters that begin with more than half the page blank is just a simple way of making the story appear longer. To me that is frustrating to pay $27.99 for a hardback book when I can go and buy The Legend of Broken or The Yard for the same price and have the book last for 4 or 5 days.

Overall I think this was another job well done for James Patterson. Not the best; but certainly not the worst one. For all of you who enjoy a Patterson novel I think you would regret not reading this one; even if it is simply to say you have. I think you will find you appreciate this one and it might help you to open your eyes to the books he has coauthored with others.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Booksplus on January 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had high hopes for this one, based on the advance promotional material, but have to say that it was a disappointment. Who cares if there are two authors, as long as the presentation lives up to one's expectations? It was clear at the outset that somebody had informed the writers about well-known sites in and around Berlin. That bodes well for authenticity, if nothing esle, doesn't it? I've known the city for a very long time through visits there beginning in 1963, so perhaps that influences my opinion too much. However, I feel that I can separate the authenticity issue from the artful crafting of a novel, and this one doesn't have anything
new to offer.
Authenticity is much more than place names. Authors who have captured the nuances of German characters in their books know what I mean. Once cannot simply transpose emotional states of a character from one culture to another, without having experienced, for example, how a German
individual, be it an artist, a cop, or a politician typically responds to fear, death, betrayal,
happiness, and so on. For example,a bereaved man, woman, or child in the U.S. thinks, speaks, and behaves quite differently from the German counterparts. Herein lies the greatest weakness of this novel, in my view.
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87 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Luv2READ on January 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I usually like a good Patterson book but the quality is now very iffy. He lets other people do the writing so he can publish a book a week and it shows this book was Awful. Too many characters, too little connection, too much change in timing..a pile of garbage. After 39 pages I stopped reading. Don't waste your time.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rongr on February 4, 2013
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This book was one of the most dissapointing books I have ever read by James Patterson. I used to like him as an author, but in the past ten years that he has been writing with co-authors, he has lost all quality control over what is written. After reading about 50 pages I wanted to put the book down, but kept reading to see when it became more interesting. It never improved. It was a very dark book describing body bones, burials, killings all with little purpose. The Private Berlin agency appeared very unrealistic. The city of Berlin being described has no relationship to the Berlin I know after living in Germany for four years. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Gebhardt on February 27, 2013
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This has been on the best seller lists for some time, which puts me at odds with most readers. I used to enjoy Patterson's books when he wrote them, but since he has gone to co-authors in a big way I don't enjoy them nearly as much as I did. This one has too many twisted scenes for me.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By patricia willsom on February 10, 2013
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i stopped reading it because I am sick of demented, pathological creatures who thrill with torture and killing. I am fixing to delete it from my lor and am sorry I spent the money buying it. If you can refund my money that would be very comforting.
Patricia Willson
prwillson@sbcglobal.net
Mrs. Patricia Willson

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Martin on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I like James Patterson books. However, his "dual authorship" mode is simply marketing ploy. When it's two authors, you don't get a Patterson book... It's a way for Patterson to churn out (X)number of books per year.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Warren Russell on February 10, 2013
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I think James needs to cut back and put a whole lot more into the plot. Basic premises and what are becoming transparent story lines are not his original style. Just an opinion. Think he is better than this and a couple of others he has penned in collaboration and alone over quite a few books. First two privates good reads.
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