Private Berlin has the extraordinary pace and international sophistication that has powered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Patterson's number-one best seller The Postcard Killers.
In Europe's most dangerous city....
Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet.
An investigator is searching....
Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone - and one of them is evil enough to want him dead.
And she's after more than the truth....
Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris - in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos.
James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world's number-one best-selling author.
©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Twists and Turns
None, all were good.
The last scene in the orphanage was good drama and suspense.
Pleasant international (european) flavor for Patterson books. I also liked Private London for the same reason. Looking forward to more of the same
Thought it was a little slow at the beginning put picked up. Some parts were a little cheesy. The voice for the bad guy was weird at first but I grew to love it.
As a fan of James Patterson and the ability to sit and read a book in one sitting, I have enjoyed the "Private" addition to his stable of story lines. True to form, the story matures quickly, maintains your level of interest and has just enough twists to keep you from guessing too much about the conclusion. All in all, a well received installment in the "Private" collection.
I've come to the conclusion that James Patterson doesn't actually write anything anymore. All these books that he "co-authors" with all these other people don't seem to have his "voice" at all. That said this was an entertaining read, though it bears no resemblance to the Patterson of old.
Yes. In fact did. Fast paced and action packed from start to finish.
Extremely well written. The villain quite extraordinary. Was awesome to see what would happen next and to whom. I was held til the end. So glad the good guys won!
No. Just really enjoyed the struggle between the good guys and the masked villian. Also enjoyed hearing about areas of Germany I had been before. I could visualize the locations.
It was an excellent story especially the way it was read
The main characters
Really enjoyed the story telling
I enjoy James Patterson books and the Private series are first class. I found the female performer painful to listen to and this detracted from my enjoyment, to the point that I had to abandon the story half way through it. The unnecessary over acting and cartoon-like voice characterization was painful. Each time the female protaganist's son appeared in the book, I had to remove my earphones. In fairness the performers normal reading voice was pleasant and she read very well, if she could have toned down the performance I would have enjoyed the book.
A long time Patterson fan. Have been very disappointed in recent offerings. But Private Berlin is a decent read and feels like Patterson is putting some effort into characters and plot after a bunch of paint-by-the-numbers books. Performance of story is very strong and helps power you through the predictable parts. Hope this is beginning of renewed interest in writing by Mr. Patterson.
I really enjoyed this book. The story kept me intrigued until the end. The performance was good and I would recommend this to anyone who likes suspense and mystery
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