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Private London
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
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I really do like James Patterson's books. I have read every one of them. That being said, I think releasing a book a month and adding his name to other author's work so that it will sell is starting to get old. Mr. Patterson, write you own books, which are much better that the one's you co-author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
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I like the story line but found there are way too many characters involved. In fact I have had to make a chart to keep track of who was who - and I have not yet finished the book. Getting through the "Brit" wording was fairly easy (in most cases) but I found the narrative choppy and not the usual smooth Patterson style. The story keeps jumping back and forth from character to character and normally these flashbacks are not a problem - kinda is an issue here.
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