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
I'm surprised at the poor reviews for this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some complain about Paul Panting's British accent - - - hello, what did you expect? The setting for Private Games is the London Summer Olympics! I enjoyed and expected the accent.
Without rehashing too much of the plot, the story is set at the London Summer Olympic games, centering on the security detail and a nefarious threat to end the games. Many of the surrounding events actually took place and while fictional, the main plot is something that we expect could happen in today's world. Patterson does a great job of introducing the protagonists and the motivation for their actions. However, watch out for the surprise on the REAL reasons for one character's actions.
Many of the minor characters are not fully developed and while that would add to the enjoyable read, it does not harm the story other than the gratuitous lesbian affair. This small part of the story seems to have absolutely no place or need in the story other than if one just has to have a gay character to be politically PC. The children are especially endearing and give some depth to main character Peter Knight. However, I think Knight's character could have been better fleshed out.
One part of the ending, having nothing to do with the main story, is just fast and quick with little purpose other than feeling the Patterson realized he missed romance as an underlining theme and simply needed to add a possible love interest at the end of a thriller.
Through many parts of the book I was engaged enough that I didn't want to stop listening and so either did another mile on my walk or another couple of miles on the bike. So if nothing else, I got great exercise while listening to a very good tale.
So obviously not the same author as the first two books. Weak, unbelievable plot (arch villan who thinks he is one of the "gods"), poorly developed characters, and way too much extraneous detail.
The narration was also one of the worst I've ever had in an audio book. The narrator couldn't do an American accent at all, so Jack was completely stilted and unbelievable. Most of his british characters ended up sounding like soccer fans, and not the educated characters they were supposed to be. He was awful - shouldn't be employed again!!
James should definitely not partner with Mark Sullivan again...this book was not in the same league as every other one I've read. Don't waste your money!
I very much enjoyed the book. The plot was twisting and turning as usual but not so much as to get lost as can be the case in some books. I did find the narrator's English accent a bit hard to understand at first but once you got used to it the story was worth the listen.
I think Somebody is Watching Me....
Great Story good characters and the writing continues .
Keeped me wanting more.
Never but will continue to listen to more of what he has
There is more to the games than just playing in them.....
great book and can't wait to see a movie with Private....
Loved this series (3). This book was a little hard to listen to at first because the narrator's accent is British. But, once I got into the story, I didn't notice. Very entertaining. Hope there is a 4th in the series coming out soon. If you like James Patterson's detective novels, you will love this series.
A great adventure.
The young attorney.
When he had an anxiety attack and he changed his life.
Yes, good story overall
Keeps the Private saga going, different characters but Jack's still there
most characters are great, his American accent is annoying at best
The book was timely and eye opening. It showed what COULD happpen even though the twist is that the villian is so totally unexpected. James Patterson does it again.
Good book, but I liked the first one best.
Good narrator, no complaints here.
It was a little far fetched even for me who suspends disbelief pretty easily. That said, the story kept me in its grip -- I really wanted to know what happened next. We read it right before and during the Olympics which added to its interest.
We have Daniel Baldacci's Hell's Corner
He did a good job of distintingishing the characters
The ending waste ally stretched credulity. There was too much about Knight's dead wife.
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