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Private Games Hardcover – February 13, 2012

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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

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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Product Details

  • Series: Private
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316206822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206822
  • ASIN: 0316206822
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (737 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award, and the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.'" He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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I have read practically all of James Patterson's books and have enjoyed most of them. This one left me puzzled but I couldn't figure out why. The story is engaging, characters are well-developed and it moves along at a fast pace. It does take place in London but that was not the problem. I finally realized that the style of writing is not James Pattersons. After you read a lot of his books, his writing style becomes apparent. This book is totally different. I wondered which of the two listed authors actually wrote it. It is well-written just not like the other Patterson books.
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Having read the first two books in the Private series I was anticipatng a good read with this most recent one, Private Games. I have made it through to Chapter 9 and am really struggling. I agree with a previous reviewer that states they can tell that James Patterson did not write this one. The narrative style is completely different. I enjoyed the first two Private books and not just because they were set in L.A. The writing was quicker paced, the characters more enjoyable and the grittiness of the storylines made me want more. LEt's see if I can get through this one.
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I realize James Patterson does not actually write most of his books. I understand he makes the outline and another author actually writes the page by page lines. That being said, I usually love his books anyway and have read most everything he has written This was one of the worse books I have read with Pattersons name in the title. The only one worse was "The Postcard Killers" which had absolutely NO story line. I was so looking forward to this Private because the first 2 in this series were so good. Unfortunately, the co-writer is not the same as the others and it is not anywhere near as good. If Patterson is going to have a series, at least have the same co-writer for all of the series books!
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I am a huge James Patterson fan so having to choke down this book was disappointing. It was hard to get into and the dialogue was almost juvenile. The story itself was moronic. I love to read and have read a lot of books and this one may be one of the worst I have ever read. If I had a choice on number of stars it would be zero.
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Format: Hardcover
Being a Patterson fan (I do not read the kid books) this one was just a flat failure, it just didn't have the suspense that a Patterson story usually has and the characters fall flat of being interesting. It is a quick easy read and I did finish it but the 'Private' series will fall completely flat if the stories don't get more interesting and suspenseful. I don't buy the concept of the investigation firm getting the high priority jobs especially the Olympics! I'd say don't waste your money and just pick it up at a garage sale if you want to read it.
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Format: Hardcover
Lord, but this book IS rubbish! Mark Sullivan seems no better than the other lacklustre writers (& I use the word writers loosely) who pen Patterson's
abysmal works these days. Clearly, quality writing is no longer the aim of Patterson these days.
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I wish I would learn my lesson and stop buying these kinds of books. The murders are gruesome, young children are kidnapped, and the reader (in the audio version) is hard to understand. I just don't like these kinds of books. I have read almost all of James Patterson's books, but the latest books which are co-authored, are not the same.

I was looking forward to a story centered around the 2012 Olympics, but not this one.
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From the very beginning I thought this book was very Scooby Doo-ish. Far-fetched plots, and a corny climax. The epilogue was even cornier. I'm disappointed in James Patterson. However, I will say that it wasn't boring, hence three stars. Doubt I'll read the rest of the Private books.
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