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Private | [James Patterson, Maxine Paetro]

Private

Former Marine helicopter pilot 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 world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
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Publisher's Summary

The police can't help you....

Former Marine helicopter pilot 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 world'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's sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose." (People)

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast." (Publishers Weekly)

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    linda SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-01-11
    linda SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-01-11
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    "Review of the narrator"

    Peter Hermann is quite possibly the most boring mono-tone narrator I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. The book may be good, but we couldn't stay awake.to complete it. My advise to anyone purchasing audio books is to preview the narrator. And unless you're looking for a nap, stay clear of Peter Hermann. I only wish I could give this less than one star.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 07-06-10
    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 07-06-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Private by James Patterson.........."

    I am convinced that listeners are influenced GREATLY by a authors past works when purchasing a book......this author's works are becoming more disappointing as he continues to churn out words......
    PRIVATE was/is very disappointing......too fragmented....flight of ideas, jumping from one thread to another...loosely connected......don't waste your time or money !!!!!!

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil 12-11-14
    Cecil 12-11-14
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    "Patterson surprises me again!!!!"
    If you could sum up Private in three words, what would they be?

    Twists, turns, surprises


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Private?

    I liked that Jack Morgan was not a perfect individual and had to deal with scars from his past


    Have you listened to any of Peter Hermann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not had the pleasure to listen to Peter Hermann before


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 08-24-14
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 08-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Private is First Class!"

    Having read Private L.A. I wanted to get to know more about the series. So I listened to the first book of the series... Private. I was very pleased in what I heard. Excellently narrated, this book was very polished. I enjoyed the many plots and subplots that were happening simultaneously, Can't wait to read the next ones,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 06-01-14
    Farrell 06-01-14
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    "Fragmented"

    OK I guess. The book jumps between too many cases, as if the author had a bunch of ideas and couldn't decide which to write about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin cedar rapids, IA, United States 10-21-11
    Martin cedar rapids, IA, United States 10-21-11
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    Hard to follow do to similar names. I will avoid this narrator he is unable to distinguish his voice for different characters. I've read (listened to) about 20 JP books and this was probably the worse did not keep my attention.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-24-10
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Potential"

    The characters and narration are good, but the underlying plot leaves you wishing they put more effort into it. Still a worthy listen... a 3.5 really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Nampa, ID, United States 11-07-10
    Meredith Nampa, ID, United States 11-07-10
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    "Awesome!!"

    James and Maxine have done it again! This is a great read just like most of thier work together. The story itself grabs you from the very beginning and holds on throughout the whole book. The characters are great and you really get invested in the story. The readers do a great job of getting the story right as well. Would reccomend this book to all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 10-06-10
    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "so so"

    I dont usually go for mysteries. I mistook this book for something else. It turned out being OK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gary richland, WA, United States 10-06-10
    gary richland, WA, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Patterson Private"

    I have read nearly every Patterson book written, this book is so out of character from Patterson I don't believe it is his, It is the worst Patterson book, worst audible book and nearly the worst book period I have finished. The drivel goes on and on and on..I will think twice of getting a book just because it's by James Patterson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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