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  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

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  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

Whiplash in Book Form

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Reviewed: 09-28-17

The best thing I can say about this is "I didn't spend money on it"

However the next time Audible tries to give me a gift like this they should just suck the hours out of me Princess Bride style instead.

Because the book was thrown into my life I desided to just jump in without reading the description. Because, you know, books normally explain what's happening. My mistake there.

I had no clue what was happening throughout the whole experience, it lost me at about 40 minutes in when it starts throwing the seemingly unrelated 3 plots at you with little to no build up. "Wait so the school girl murders aren't a part of the first murder we saw?" "why are they dropping the murders for the nfl??" "WHY ARE THE MAFIA INVOLVED NOW?" and I remained lost for the rest of the book. To be fair the plots do start to connect near the end but with the poor (no) build up in the beginning then what's the point?

It also doesn't help that the book switches POV constantly but because the narrator sounds the same and the characters all sound and act the same, you don't realize its a new person till your brain has already exploded from trying to figure out why Jack is randomly here instead of where he was one second ago.

Speaking of characters the only thing that makes them different from each other is their stereotype. Villains include vaguely Mexican drug dealer, vaguely Italian mafia, and video game junkies that have gone ~*~insane~*~ because they play WoW. Heros include rich white war vet, strong independent woman (tm) and Irish love interest who I can't recall anything about other than being irish and love interest.

And of course you will be reminded that the book is for Adults because they throw in totally Adult things like saying "fuck" and having super pointless and un sexy sex scenes.

If you have gotten this far then please invest your money in one of Patterson's 10 billion other series or you can take the money and do literally anything else and you will probably have a better time than listening to this.

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