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Private London Paperback – December 4, 2012

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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 (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455515558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455515554
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,263 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 picked up the latest in the Private series by James Patterson in the airport in London and got through it in one pretty easy read on a Saturday while looking out at Hyde Park--a seemingly appropriate setting to read this book. Like most of Patterson's books, there are generally multiple stories going on in any one book. The primary story here is about a girl--Hannah Shapiro--who early in life watches unspeakable acts committed on her mother during a kidnapping. Later in life, she travels to London to attend school and her past seemingly follows her and it is up to Dan Carter who heads up Private's London office to save her. The story takes at least 3 very surprising turns and keeps you interested throughout. The second story that has to do with women being taken off the streets and human organs going missing is much less interesting and to be honest was somewhat convoluted. I don't think the reader will find it nearly as enthralling as the story about Hannah Shapiro. The books ends with a "renuion" of sorts and makes you wonder if there will be a follow up to Private London--although I tend to think not. Overall a good book very typical of the "Patterson genre."
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There is most definitely a good story in here somewhere but it is very poorly told. If this had been any other author I would have stopped reading ages ago but I kept on giving it a chance.

The novel started off as being more British than the British. Given it was set in London there was definitely a lot off effort put into making it sound tres Anglo-Saxon. I don't think people realize that the barriers that they believe exist between Americans and Brits are very grey. Nowadays language is becoming more international and frankly there were a few words at the start that I don't think even English coppers use anymore.

Next qualm: the two story lines - the one about the murdering wife of a "kiddie fiddler" and the other about the kidnapping had no link whatsoever and I failed to understand why they were in the same novel except as cushioning to make the story longer.

The main story line of the kidnap seemed miles too far-fetched for me. It was bizarre. Especially the linkage to Al Qaeda and Israel; the impressionable American girl whose mind is manipulated to make her believe she was sexually abused as a child... There is far too much in this and it failed to grab me like the first James Patterson I read (Now You See Her).

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this as a good read.

Heather
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I like James Patterson books. I find them easy to read and entertaining. Typically I mix them in with other books I read--Demille, Baldacci, Childs, Follett. I've enjoyed the Private books, but found this one just o-k. It seemed disjointed and was a little hard to follow at times. This is the first of Patterson's books that I've read (and I've read most) that I don't think I would recommend. It was a definite just o-k.
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I love James Patterson and his other Private books but this one jumped all over the place, introduced so many people and their involvement it was confusing.
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I love reading James Patterson books and pre-ordered this one as I do with them all, unfortunately I was very disappointed. The story was all over the place and too hard to follow, unlike most Patterson books. The language was also forced and awkward. While this book took place in London, other stories in the Private series that also took place in London were not this poorly written. There are very few Patterson books I dislike, but this one is right up there with Toys. Sorry.....
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By jeepthedog on December 21, 2012
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not Patterson's best effort but not a waste of time either. Good to read on an airplane. Sometimes I think he just is trying to capitalize on his reputation by writing another book.
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By Lori Workman on December 20, 2012
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This was the worst Patterson book ever. Very disappointing to me. His books are expensive and so I feel like I just threw my money away on this one.
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I didn't find it as gripping as previous versions unless it's being positioned to be the beginning of a new line of books. Overall, it's an ok read.
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