On your mark...
Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors, who represent more than 200 countries.
The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed. It's clear to Peter that this wasn't a crime of passion, but one of precise calculation and execution.
Newspaper reporter Karen Pope receives a letter from a person who calls himself Cronus, claiming responsibility. He promises to restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and to destroy all those who have corrupted the games with lies, corruption, and greed. Immediately, Karen hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Peter uncover a criminal genius who won't stop until he's completely destroyed the modern games.
"America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes) delivers an exhilarating, action-packed thriller that brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a wildly powerful climax.
©2012 James Patterson (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
This story has a ring of the actual London Olympics. There are many chapters to segregate and define the story activities. interesting story well described with details easily visualized by the reader.
Paul needs to work on his American accent. We don't all sound like a drowsy John Wayne.
Having played a role in both obtaining the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the risk management of the 1996 Games, I found the games-related aspects of the story both accurate and respectful. Also, the audio book was a great listen,
Hard Core Yogi
And absolutely thrilling from the start to the end. The characters are really developed. The story is full of constant intrigue!
It took me a while to understand what was going on. I thought I would have to go back a few chapters. I really didn't like the USA Private Team not being included in this book. I guess there are other "Private Teams" in other countries that we have to get to know.
Someone is killing Olympics personnel. It seems random and outrageous at first, then turns out to be purist-ly motivated. Quite a bit of a stretch.
This tries to be a deep dark look into the deranged mind of a damaged youth grown to sociopath. The narrator does his best to imbue it with insanity, but the story line remains weak and thin, and so the whole raison d'etre of the bad guy is doubtful. Some of the action is predictable, such as the involvement of the main guy's children. The first murder also disproves the bad guy's opinion of himself, but that issue never came up.
Either British nannies are not what we in America are led to believe they are, or this hero needs some parenting classes, or perhaps family therapy.
Nevertheless, one major cliche was avoided, namely a love interest between the main guy and either a fellow investigator or a possible victim. This omission was a relief. There are some good relationships to enjoy such as that between the main guy and his mother. The action and twists are acceptable, a better show of Mark Sullivan's ability than Fall Line, although they remained quickly and simplistically resolved. Why Patterson is involved is anyone's guess.
The narration is well-done, with different British Isles accents involved, some Eastern European and some American accents as well. The reader handles them well, and doesn't hurt the story.
This is not great detective / action / mystery stuff. It's okay and interesting, but not memorable. Probably a read once and return book. Sullivan's Robin Monarch series is much better, and the only thing of his worth anything.
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