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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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    Hollie pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-01-12
    Hollie pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done"
    If you could sum up Private Games in three words, what would they be?

    It was so well written (and performed) that it was difficult to remember that the London Games were months away. It felt like I was watching it unfold as opposed to listening to fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Irving, TX, United States 07-21-12
    Carla Irving, TX, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "HUH?????"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan and/or Paul Panting?

    Will never listen to the narrator again, but will of course get the authors books again.


    What could James Patterson and Mark Sullivan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Paul Panting’s performance?

    couldn't understand him clearly when switching from one character to the next


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

    Don't know, couldn't get past the first 2 hrs.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the time or credit, very disappointed

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Timone West Memphis, AR, United States 03-02-12
    Timone West Memphis, AR, United States 03-02-12
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    "Liked this one a lot!"
    Where does Private Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there. Kept my interest better than PRIVATE did. Liked the story, but it could have been


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

    Yes, the characters mixed with the story and sub-stories are all interesting.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    Current, and possible. Keep your eyes open!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 03-18-12
    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 03-18-12
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    "A waste of time?"

    VERY slow start and not sure it was worth the effort. Beneath James Patterson's abilities.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 04-07-12
    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "International Flavor"

    Exciting background for this story is the 2012 Olympic games in London. I wish that the date had been further in the future though. Such dreadful foreboding of terror, murder, unprotected athletes, and technology used for evil purposes is frightening. The evil characters have all had abusive and tragic childhoods. To exact revenge for the leader who believes that his Olympic glory was stolen in Spain, the 2012 summer olympics and its athletes are targeted.

    Please do listen to a sample before purchasing this audible book. I almost did not finish the story because it took awhile to adjust to the British English accent of the narrator. If you do not like the British English, then I recommend that you read the printed version. I had to stop and re-start so that I could get in to the story. Once you get used to the narrator's accent, it does add a touch of international flare to the story. However, I really could not stand how he interpreted the children's voices...especially Lukey.

    Where was the owner of Private? I don't think that he had more than five sentences in this entire story.

    It is difficult to feel an emotional attachment to any of the characters. Perhaps it is because there is not enough depth provided. There are also many characters, such as the cab driver and news reporter, who act as bridges or are used to move the story line along. The stories or backgrounds of the characters are not worthy of empathy or sympathy. The personal challenges presented are so formula-like. The lesbian aspect was gratuitious and added nothing to the story. It was as though the authors thought by "throwing" in an aspect (murder of wealthy people, lesbian relationships, kidnapping, terrorism, child-abuse and rape, child neglect, mythology references, torture, etc.) that it would really grab the reader/listener.

    For example, family relationships are odd, strained and flawed somewhat in this story. The evil characters are referred to as sisters and brother. It takes awhile to determine the true relationship. The main character's family is truly flawed. He prefers working rather than being with his twin son and daughter, although he loves them due to being part of their deceased mother. All we learned about the "hero's" children, twins, is that their mother died in child birth. The twins have run off several nannys due to their badness, but we do not know exactly what is bad, just that the children are bad and not potty trained at 3 years of age. It is also impossible to believe that two children misbehave to the point that no nanny service in London could find someone to watch them. Thus,one of the "bad guys" in the story is hired as a nanny due to the father's desparation to dump the kids on someone so that he could focus on his job!! What happens to the children is predictable. A nut does not fall far from the tree it is said. The father does not have a loving relationship with his own mother. As a result his mother does not have a close relationship with her grandchildren. The aunt(sister of the deceased mother) of the children "resents" them and has not seen or met the twins yet.

    Unfortunately, while I tried to really like this story, it is another mediocre collaboration with the Patterson name attached. It would be interesting to what percentage of the story is contributed by Mr. Patterson or if he is just a mentor to aspiring authors. Entertaining,yes, but not very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 02-25-12
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 02-25-12

    Spartan Reader

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    "Boring Story"
    What would have made Private Games better?

    This has to been the most boring Patterson story. Save your money and credit


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Mark Sullivan ’s story?

    Wordy,horrible story line


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Where did he come from. I know the story was set in London but OMG! He has no vocal variety or inflection.


    What character would you cut from Private Games?

    None. Where were the great characters from the first two novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself from this book. Waste of time!!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark TUCSON, AZ, United States 03-23-12
    Mark TUCSON, AZ, United States 03-23-12
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    "Avoid!!! Seriously, don't get it!"
    What disappointed you about Private Games?

    I wasted a credit. I didn't enjoy this book. Bad writing and bad performance. Every time the killer spoke, I about fell asleep. The reader was bad. British accent which was hard to understand at times and he seemed to be bored with the book which made it boring for me.


    What could James Patterson and Mark Sullivan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The long personal reflections from the killer were so boring, I almost fell asleep, and I was driving!


    What didn’t you like about Paul Panting’s performance?

    Hard time understanding at times. He didn't seem like he was into it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private Games?

    Every scene where the killer spoke.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get a refund?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Lake Charles, LA, United States 12-07-13
    Kristine Lake Charles, LA, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disturbing..."
    What character would you cut from Private Games?

    The killers comments...it's very disturbing...reminded me of the killer in 'Swimsuit'


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the book and wish I hadn't wasted my credit on it. I've listened to the first two in the Private Series and really enjoyed them, now I'm leery to listen to any of the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 11-14-13
    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.

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    "Okay, But Not Patterson's Best"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Peter's Mother and Sister-In-Law became interested in his children.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was okay and I enjoyed the read as I got further into the book. It seemed to be a little slow starting but picked up after you got into the book. I was surprised to find out who the villian was because I did not know until somewhat towards the end of the book. If you can make it past the beginning, you will enjoy the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scarlett 09-04-13
    Scarlett 09-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Better than #1 Private"

    The story was deeper and more interesting, and a reader may draw on his/her cultural knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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