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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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    Jessica ROUND HILL, VA, United States 03-22-13
    Jessica ROUND HILL, VA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Listen. Credit Well Spent!"
    Which character – as performed by Peter Hermann – was your favorite?

    Peter Hermann has a great voice and read the book at a very enjoyable pace. He is able to do a woman with an Irish accent with ease. When he does the part of women its not at all awkward like in other books Ive encountered


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't get enough of this book and would have loved to read it all in one sitting but I don't have the luxury of time to do so. I listen when I'm driving and for some of the day at work. I was able to finish in two days and was thirsty for more of the Private series when I was done.


    Any additional comments?

    While I am fairly new to the whole audio book scene I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book. Well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 03-17-13
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 03-17-13 Member Since 2006

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "I Wish This Business Could Exist"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Lots of action. The premise is so good I wish it were true. Very believable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The Plot was very good & I never even saw the ending coming. What a surprise! I love it when that happens.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Hermann – was your favorite?

    Aww - the main character of course. He could've laid there & whined or just given in but he pulled up his Big Boy pants, got mad & got results! A very good thing for a man with a new potentially world changing business. And it was all very believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I couldn't put it down. I had to know.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this book unless you want to buy the whole series. It bites back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kins 03-11-13
    Kins 03-11-13
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    "I was so very excited, Another Patterson Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Private the most enjoyable?

    Love me some Patterson, not a reader normally. And his books were ones I would actually get through consistantly and be ready for another. I love me some Alex Cross. So I am thrilled to explore this new tortured soul.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple story lines. And the passion for finding the truth.


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

    No, but I thought he did a marvelous job. And never had me wondering which character was the perspective from.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I relished every minute of it to ease the rush hour traffic of my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    So, downloading the next in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LadyGem Tacoma 02-13-13
    LadyGem Tacoma 02-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio is more intense and gets the adrenaline pumping more so than the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the twist of the twins. How, even from the grave, their Dad still manages to pit them against one another.


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

    This is the first time I have ever heard Peter Hermann's performances and I really enjoyed listening to him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    What mad me cry was Colleen. She was so depressive and sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-10-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Private!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a good listen, although the owner seems to have alot of issues and a good guy complex. He still got the job done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer A. Stone New York, NY 02-04-13
    Jennifer A. Stone New York, NY 02-04-13 Member Since 2015

    astrologer and visionary

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    "Private pleasures"

    My best kept secret is that my gym workout is a Private pleasure. Three miles on the treadmill at a pulse racing trot, no problem, weight training, no sweat, 200 crunches are something to look forward to.

    This is the novel that is so engaging that it has me wanting to go to the gym, and makes me WANT to keep going to the end of the chapter.

    My sincere thanks to authors and narrators for an inch off my waistline and better posture.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-27-13
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Breesmom

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    "Interesting Detective Story"

    'Private' is an interesting story, the first book in a series, concerning an exclusive detective agency. The characters introduced here are well fleshed out and believable. Several stories are interspersed throughout the book and all loose ends are neatly tied up by the end of the book. The narrator, Peter Hermann, does a good job. I recommend this book to all who like detective stories and those who enjoy reading James Patterson novels. There is graphic violence and some adult situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen mccook, NE, United States 01-08-13
    Colleen mccook, NE, United States 01-08-13
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    "Great story!"

    Well written story like always! James Patterson never fails to have a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maribel 12-06-12
    Maribel 12-06-12
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    "James Patterson never lets you down."
    What did you love best about Private?

    The twist and turns of the story.


    Would you recommend Private to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the different things happening at the same time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Port Barre, LA, United States 12-01-12
    Cynthia Port Barre, LA, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Avid Listener"
    Where does Private rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jack Morgan is an admirable man in this new series. It is one of my favorite series. I always look forward to James Patterson's books because he holds true to the core values that are important in life and makes the listener want to cheer on the good guys.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Private?

    Jack Morgan seems to have no malice in his heart -even hating his brother is not something he would have chosen if his brother had given him any other way out. It makes me ponder the ever-present question of gentics - environmental - and the fact that people just come here a certain way from birth. I love having a hero (or 2) in a book.


    What about Peter Hermann’s performance did you like?

    His diction, inflections, and overall performance makes for pleasant listening


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My heart ached for Jack Morgan at times - feeling the struggle of deep feelings - conflict of the ever present love, hate, and pain his brother and Father caused in him. I found the men that worked for Private had respect for & truly cared for each other.


    Any additional comments?

    In all of his books, it is very obvious that James Patterson is an honorable man. This is something that can only be taught through example by living it daily. It is a trait that is sadly missing in so much of the world we live in today. My hat's off to authors of exciting books that win by doing what it right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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