I was disappointed in this book. There were three or four storylines going on and none of them got the attention they needed to really tell their stories. This book was actually quite boring. I really wanted to like the main character, Jack Morgan, but he's no Harry Bosch or Mike Bennett (I know Harry Bosch isn't a James Patterson character, I'm just using him as an example). I couldn't wait to finish this book so I could move to something else. I expected more from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
I found this book a little confusing. It had 3 events unfolding at once...It all involved Jack who ran "Private" a PI firm. I liked how it had twists and turns that are definitely Mr. Patterson's trademark. It was a good book overall.
It was ok... way too many storylines and characters as well as flashbacks. Ugh, too much. I wish that Patterson would limit his collaborative efforts on books, rather than just pumping them out. The storylines suffer. Not one of his best but, it wasn't horrible.
A copy of this audiobook was provided for review by Hachette Book Group.
I liked the characters in this one, although I didn't really connect with any of them. Jack was so confident and strong. He was the glue that seemed to hold a few different lives together. Yet he had his own "glue" so to speak. Each character had some "quirks" (for lack of a better word) that added to the team from Private's ability to solve their cases. There were so many characters, and since I was listening instead of reading, that I can't fully remember all of them. (Sadly I'm even having trouble remembering most of their names).
I liked the story, and I think that this would make a good series. I kind of get the feeling though that maybe this is going to be a series and Patterson and Paetro wanted to introduce us to many characters in setting up for later books in the series. I could be totally wrong on this, but I get the feeling that this was a set up for a series...
The narrator was pretty good also. Peter Hermann apparently has appeared in many shows that I watch (watched) but I can't place him in any of them, which helps add to the ability for me to connect to the book rather than the narrator. His voice is very good for reading, he's not monotone, but he's not "perky". He had different voices for each of the characters, and does a good job of relating the feelings of the characters through his voice.
Overall I think this was a good book, but that it could have had a few less story lines. Like I said this had the feel of the start of a series and maybe some of the story lines could have been saved for later. I liked it and at the same time I was a little disappointed in it.
I love James Patterson. I really do. However, this book felt like a rush job, an afterthought of sorts. So many ideas and story lines piled into one tale does not make for a very good book. There are so many characters it's hard to keep them straight. I had to keep backing up, thinking "who the heck is that?" With the various things going on, it felt like James Patterson initially had an outline for a new series with plots to be laid out over several books, only to scrap that idea in the end and jumble all the ideas he had into one story. Also, the narrator left a bit to be desired. There was something about his voice (reminded me of a Jack Nicholson wannabe) and his inability to go back and forth between characters and accents. He also seemed to change the voice of the main character several times. It got annoying, and with all the characters in the story, made it harder to follow along. Considering the way this story ends, it seems likely that there will be another book along this vein. If so, I really hope James Patterson can tailor that new book into something a little more easy to follow. And for heaven's sake, don't introduce anymore characters!
The fist in what promises to be a new Patterson series. Former Marine Jack Morgan runs a global investigation company called Private. He is deep into the investigation of a gambling scandal in the NFL when he is called to side of his best friend whose wife has been murdered. The woman is also his former lover and his hands are full with both case. His company is also looking into the unsolved murder of eighteen schoolgirls. Many twists and turns as Jack and CO seek to solve the cases. The usual Patterson, quick read with a cast of interesting characters some of who we are sure to meet again in other books.
Cool story. I was not all that impressed with the plot. It just seemed a little convoluted. And I am not a fan of Jack Morgan. Yes, this is a mystery, but it just seemed to be missing something. I guess Alex Cross has set the bar so high, it's not simple, not even for the master James Patterson to create a more memorable character.
Another page-turner from Patterson, et al. This apparently will be a new series from Patterson featuring the PI firm Private. Overall, I did enjoy this one with a new cast of characters although I thought there were maybe one too many storylines going on - I really didn't see the need for the football fixing angle. The schoolgirl murders were most in line with other Patterson thrillers and I thought this part of the novel could have been fleshed out a little more. But in the end, I would give this one a mild recommendation and I will probably read the next "Private" novel when it comes out.
I was truly impressed with this book. Three crimes investigated by Jack Morgan's firm "Private" - a new series with great promise. Jack is hot, brilliant - with some personal problems that make him vulnerable and quite human. A great cast of characters, love interests and some really nasty villians. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
I found Private a difficult book to get into because there were several stories happening at one time and a bunch of characters to keep track of. Once I was into it, the book was hard to put down. Jack Morgan, the top guy at Private is a complex and likeable character I would love to see more of. He is a rule breaker as well as are others of his employees in his top of the line investigators orginization. This would make a series I would definitely read more of.
While admittedly I've been a little disappointed in the last few Patterson books I've read and while this wasn't one of those that I rambled on and on about how great or how crappy it was to my friends, I did enjoy it. It was a good read just not awesome. It wasn't one of those that you read from start to finish in one seating but I did enjoy the fast paced action and the multiple cases going on, though they did seem to wrap up rather effortlessly. Not much in the way of a twisted surprise ending either.
I try not to get hung up on the fact that it is a JAMES PATTERSON book but admittedly I do enjoy his older Alex Cross books, that weren't co-authored much better. I've been wanting to read his Women's Murder Club series but as I loved the TV show and these are co-authored books, I thought I'd leave it till the show fades a bit more from my memory. Once reading a series I kinda have a picture in my mind of the characters and don't want to mess with the Lindsey Boxer image. Alex Cross will always be Morgan Freeman to me which probably ramps up the expectations on any of the books in this series.
That said, one thing about Patterson, he sells a hella of a lot of books, so I'll continue to pick them up used on a swap site rather than buying new at over $20 a pop.
I liked this one. It does have a lot of characters and, with 3 major cases plus some characters' side issues, there is a lot going on, but did not find the book too hard to follow. I enjoyed the character development and look forward to future books in the series, if that is where Patterson is heading. The narration was terrific.
Private was definitely an introductory book, scratching the surface of many different characters. The story was good, but it felt more like a book getting your feet wet to the different characters that will be seen in the Jack Morgan series. I am glad Patterson has started a new series and will continue to read the Morgan books.
I enjoyed this book immensely. There is a ton of stuff going on and lots of characters. Let's see, Jack Morgan stars as the owner of Private, a private investigations firm for the stars. First of all, Jack suffers from PTSD due to a stint in Afghanistan where terrible things happened. Him and his very elite crew have the following cases going on simultaneously: a professional football gambling scheme, Jacks' best friend's wife has been murdered, a serial killer killing school girls and in Jack's personal life: he's receiving daily death threats, he can't commit to his girlfriend and his twin has a gambling problem. And if all of this isn't enough, the head of the mob wants Jack to find his missing girlfriend.
I think the best line in the book was between Jack and his girlfriend Colleen. After a bout of quickie sex, she says, "I'm sorry I made you late" and he replies, "as long as I didn't make you late." Gotta love it.
Not the worst book I've ever read, but it's in the top ten of those bad books that I actually finished. I plunged ahead, hoping that a book by James Patterson would get better. It did not. Don't bother with this one: it's dull, insipid, formulaic, and has more short chapters (i.e., one or two pages) than any other book I've read. Patterson and his co-author, Maxine Paetro, should be ashamed.
This is my second time around on this one, I had forgotten it and ordered it again by mistake so I re-read it----it is okay but it has too many different stories going on to keep up, too much computer stuff if you're not a geek about computers, too many characters to keep track of, I did like Jack Morgan and hope to read more about him however, I did get tired of his dreams--that was drawn out too much. I won't say don't read it but yet be aware of how long it takes to get to the conclusion of each storyline.
In this book, Patterson's hero is so weathy & well known that Patterson drops real celebrity names as friends of this guy. Very similar to the Stone Barrington character in Stuart Woods books. Sorry, but these types just don't ring true for me. Or maybe it's just boring to have them be so carefree in their magnificent homes/apts, eating the best food, driving the best cars? Also, each of the people who work for him are outlandish characters themselves. Would I read the next one? Probably, but I would not pay cash for it...If you want characters who seem more real, try reading John Shannon, or Michael Connolly or John Sandford.
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical recent Patterson thriller, October 9, 2010
This review is from: Private (Hardcover)
This novel provides exactly what fans of James Patterson have come to expect from his recent (co-authored) novels. It's a quick and easy read -- nothing deep or thought-provoking here. It provides enough intrigue to be called a thriller and though short on suspense, the narrative moves along smoothly juggling a couple of different plot lines: the unsolved murders of at least thirteen school girls and two other concurrent investigations -- a football gambling scandal and the killing of his best friend's wife.
Jack Morgan runs a private investigative firm with several associates; they operate a bit outside of the law and have unlimited resources and contacts to help the team achieve the necessary results by whatever means necessary.
If you're looking for a mindless thriller, this might just fit your requirements and if you're a Patterson fan, you won't want to miss this one and you won't have any lingering effects or nightmares after you've turned the last page.
I found this book to be a little bit of a let down but dont let that discourage you from reading it. It just wasnt as fast paced as im used to his books being. It was still a great read with an intresting ending left me wondering if there will be a follow up. I read this book in a day so as I say it is a good book.
Patterson is one of my most favorite authors---but---this one is very good but it has a lot going on in it with a lot of people to keep track of along with computer works that is almost beyond me, I kept up with it but by not being a computer freak I can get lost quick. Would've been better if not so many people to keep track of
The police can't help you Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily -- and his staff of investigators uses the worl... more »d's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
The press will destroy you
Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.
Only one place to turn: Private
But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.
Another great James Patterson book. I finished this one in two days. The beginning was a bit disjointed - too many story lines, plus all new characters - made it a bit hard to follow. Once I was able to get each story line straight and a grasp of who the characters were, it became a fun read. I can't wait for the next one.
I Loved It. I'm always happy when James Patterson introduces a new set of characters and these were some of the best. It' Alex and Lindsey in the same book. I will certainly read it again. It was hard to put down when I started.