A history lesson they’ll never forget…and neither will you.
Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she’s seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague - and until recently, her fiancé - is found dead, brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse outside the city. The slaughterhouse is filled with bodies. But just as Private begin their investigations, the building explodes, wiping out all evidence of the crimes, and nearly killing Mattie and her team.
©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
I found the story line and it's involvement in the history of East and West Berlin credible and exciting. I consider some of the graphic descriptions in this novel completely unnecessary. When I read a Paterson novel I expect crime and suspense. This novel I couldn't say I enjoyed and wished I hadn't listened to it. If I'd been reading it, at least I could have skimmed some of the more sadistic pages and may have been able to write a more positive review.
Have read and listened to James Patterson novels, not sure about the combination.
The narrators were excellent and did a fantastic job.
I wouldn't take out any character.
Yes, I would have just inferred the terrible tortures and injustices. Perhaps just a few (or one short) paragraph would have sufficed. As authors, I'm sure they could have justified Chris's, Ilona's and everyone elses behaviour.
All the books have a common theme but are also very different which gives you a sense of familiarity and keeps the interest. The characters are well written and enjoyable, even the evil ones!
Enjoyed the east/west Germany element, being old enough to remember it, just.
Easy to listen to as the narrator was clear and each character was identifiable.
"The Most Serious Private in the Series."
From start to finish, even though this is a work of fiction, it reads like pure fascinating fact!
Not as high tech as the others, but equally as high drama. Stick with it, it's worth it!
"Similar to other Private stories"
I like the Private books and this is my third one. It was a good read but I could not help thinking that the Private was just a title, it did not follow the big money, big tech of the other books. It is a good storyline, sometimes annoying in its nod to difficult to understand German lifestyle. I did enjoy the book but was disappointed it was not a real Private story.
I listened intently to the first half of this download. My fascination was growing and I was anticipating a stupendous ending in part 2. Only to find out that the download is corrupted, even after returning and repurchasing. I am left wondering what happened next and disappointed that audible have not fixed the problem.
"More Berlin than Private"
I enjoyed this fairly gory tale, which focused very much on Berlin, City of Scars, and didn't really add anything to the ongoing story of Private. (Unlike Private Vegas, which hardly mentions the City of Sin at all.)
However, despite the authors' dedication to extensive research into life in pre- and post-reunification Berlin, this audiobook's attention to detail stopped short of teaching the narrators how to pronounce German names correctly. This omission, given that the narrators portrayed two native Berliners, did not detract from the drama but did spoil the illusion on occasions.
"return to form for the series"
Good to see a return to form for the series, after a poor last book (Private London).
Didn't take me long to finish, Couldn't stop. So Addictive. GREAT SERIES EVEN TO START!
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