- Series: Private
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (January 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611130484
- ISBN-13: 978-1611130485
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,529 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Private Berlin Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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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What I didn't particularly like was that quickly, as the investigation increased, too many people and names were introduced without my being able to take them in as real persons or having a sense of who they are. That aspect seems like too many details and overly complicated. Through most of the broad middle of the book, I felt as if Grisham was off his game or that he or Sullivan wrote separately; I was quite disappointed.
I've managed to avoid reading anything by James Patterson. Not easy to do given how prolific he is as an author. As some others have said, he may be "too" prolific, relying on co-authors to help him get more books out there. The same thing happened with Tom Clancy when he started using co-writers...the quality suffered, big-time.
OK, to start with, the book is about things happening in Berlin. Which just happens to be in Germany. Which just happens to be in Europe. Where they use the metric system. Just how hard can it be to convert feet to meters? To convert miles per hour to kilometers per hour? Apparently either the author(s) and/or the editors either didn't catch that or didn't think it was that big a deal.
Another thing which bugged me more and more as I got further into the book, is that the characters use American terms and slang in their speech. You could have dropped this novel into rural America, or even a major American city, with absolutely no re-editing to change to American terms.
This lack of attention to detail (using American language, not using the metric system) is off-putting, to put it mildly.
So, if you're a BIG Patterson fan, you may enjoy this...if you don't mind having the plot and dialogue be "dumbed-down".
Private Berlin opens with a missing operative: Christoph Schneider. After taking several personal days he has failed to check in with the office. A former fiance, Mattie Engel knows that Chris is meticulous about procedure and believes something is amiss. The personnel of Private have the option of having a chip implanted so they can be found, and Chris has one. But to activate it? What if they are overreacting and barge in on a personal moment?
Eventually they decide Chris is at risk and activate the chip - following the signal to a former slaughterhouse in the countryside. The house of horrors leads to follow up on Chris' investigations. He was assigned to a soccer player that was being wooed by a major team, a philandering husband and had taken a case of his own... Did one of these lead to trouble?
The three cases are investigated and Mattie finds herself learning about the man she almost married.
Typical Patterson - short chapters, easy to read. Some convenient plot devices and some thin characters but worth the time it will take you to read it if you are a fan of the series.