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Private Games | [James Patterson, Mark Sullivan]

Private Games

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.
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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.

Get set...

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.

Die!

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

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    Louie 06-01-12
    Louie 06-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    Really enjoyed the introduction of the new Patterson characters and new setting. A very fast moving gripping story. Enjoyed this very much.

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    jeanne 05-29-12
    jeanne 05-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I thought it was a futuristic book at first."
    What made the experience of listening to Private Games the most enjoyable?

    The villain was describing himself and I thought I was hearing a sci-fi, until it came together later. For some reason, it took me awhile to get into the story because the characters did not enter the story logically. It could be because I had not heard previous novels in the "Private" series. However, I did enjoy it after getting into the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan ? Why or why not?

    Not right away. I'm thinking about it.


    What three words best describe Paul Panting’s voice?

    British, echoing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie J. Glumm Garden Grove, CA 04-30-12
    Laurie J. Glumm Garden Grove, CA 04-30-12 Member Since 2011

    I have been in LOVE with mysteries & who done it books since I was a child !! Hope I get some good recommendations !!

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    "WOW"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private Games to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What other book might you compare Private Games to and why?

    I would compare it to the other book in the series "Private"


    What does Paul Panting bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is great !!! Changes voice tine wonderfully!! Hits the peaks & valleys !! Just a great performance!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you LOVE James Patterson as I do this is a must listen to for sure !!!

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    Gary 04-28-12
    Gary 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what you think it is."
    What would have made Private Games better?

    If it had something to do about Private and had Jack Morgan as the main character.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Panting?

    yes, he was pretty good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is good but when you think you're buying the third in a series and then find out that the word Private could have been removed and not changed a thing you realize you've been duped. For the first quarter of the book I kept waiting for the characters I signed on for to show up and they really never did other than being referrenced. Private is in the title only to get those fans of the series to buy the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have recommended this book if I had not been betrayed. I have bought and read 24 of James Patterson's books.... this will be my last. gef

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kechia Harrisburg, PA, United States 04-20-12
    kechia Harrisburg, PA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I wasn't sure"

    I usually don't read James Patterson, but I finished this series in a week. I loved it.

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    Rick 04-10-12
    Rick 04-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story"

    This was a great story with a very current topic. Many twist and turns that keep you ready for more. You will enjoy it.

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    Don Hendersonville, TN, United States 03-31-12
    Don Hendersonville, TN, United States 03-31-12
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    "Slow Start but listened to it in one day"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Had to get used to back and forth... Not typical with a Patterson Book. But once started I could not put it down.


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

    Yes


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

    No


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

    Kept me interested thoroughout


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becki Berryville, VA, United States 03-08-12
    Becki Berryville, VA, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic story ripped from today's headlines!"
    What did you love best about Private Games?

    The current timeline of the 2012 Olympic games


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a single father, Peter Knight's love for his children and human flaws made his character not only believable, but also lovable.


    What does Paul Panting bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The British accent, which was imperative to bring the listener into the city of London.


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

    It made me want to believe Peter Knight gave his children a new


    Any additional comments?

    Great book....much better than

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Redondo Beach, CA, United States 02-28-12
    Donna Redondo Beach, CA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "lack luster-not one of the best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love the private series. The whole British accent ruined the characters I had envisioned in my mind. The story was weak and lack luster. Usuallly Patterson has you in suspense. I was just plain bored. I have read every Patterson book--this was the first to disappoint. I didn't like hearing the owner of Private--Jack speak in a British accent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan ? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I love all the characters and stories Patterson writes. As for Sullivan, if he wrote the prior 2 privates then yes. If not, then probably not


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader lacked the suspense that past readers of Patterson books has had. It was very boring. It was one dimensional. The narrator never changed his voice for different characters or his inflection. I never really felt like it was a suspense, mystery or thriller.


    Was Private Games worth the listening time?

    I didn't turn it off so I guess so.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia 02-25-12
    Marcia 02-25-12

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "Very Disappointed"

    We love Patterson's books and couldn't wait for this one.

    So Disappointed. Couldn't even finish the first chapter. No more PRIVATE for us!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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