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Publisher's Summary

Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds - especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides - and then he teaches them how to kill.

Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin - and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before. Private Vegas brings James Patterson's Private series to a sensational new level.

©2015 James Patterson (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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  • Eve
  • United States
  • 01-31-15

Not Patterson's Best Work

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I felt the storyline lacked substance and imagination. I've heard all these stories before. Not familiar with Maxine Paetro so I can't comment of that.. I really enjoyed the first Private book and was expecting great things from this one. Two men from a foreign country that kill and rape women, but get diplomatic immunity; an employee of Private that is tried for murdering an old girl friend, and then there is the continuing dysfunctional relationship between the twin brothers. I find it difficult to believe that twin brothers could really cause the other so much pain.

Would you recommend Private Vegas to your friends? Why or why not?

Not this time. Same reasons as stated above.

Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Snyder did a good job with what he had to wok with. His attempt to make the book more mellow dramatic than it was did not succeed.

Do you think Private Vegas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. Only a part of the story actually took place in Las Vegas and there wasn't much left at the end of the book to work with.

Any additional comments?

The novel lacked feeling and sensitivity and the characters seemed shallow and forced. I was on a lengthy road trip and it served it's purpose. It kept my mind off the long stretches of open roads.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 01-30-15

Another "Private" Disappointment

I love this concept BUT.... This was my 4th listen in the Private series.... and will likely be my last. I love the concept of the exclusive high-end celebrity security firm and Book One delivered but not the past three. This one has nothing to do with Las Vegas.

Do Patterson / Paetro churn these out over a long week-end? I'll stick w/ Michael Bennett and the Murder Club.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Worst of the best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not nearly as good as the other Private books

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro again?

Absolutely! Rest of the series is good

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The sub-plots weren't exciting or carry the normal impact!

Could you see Private Vegas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. Much better choices!

Any additional comments?

The conflict between the twins should be a sub plot, not the main plot! It is not what got me hooked on the series! If this was your first Private audio book, it probably would be your last!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Why was this book called Private Vegas?

The title has no connection to the content of the book. The bulk of the story takes place in LA. Less than a third is set in Vegas or even focused on the Vegas located characters. There was little actual investigation or mystery. The focal bad guys of this book (who were in Beverly Hills NOT Las Vegas) weren't ultimately stopped by Private. There characters were interesting but their story lacked a satisfying resolution. Jack proved to be the worst boss ever by sending a novice investigator to work undercover with ZERO back up. The bulk of the story wasn't driven by Private employees.

In addition to the issues with the plot the ending was very abrupt. I initially thought my file had been truncated. But then the sample chapter from NYPD Red started playing so I figured that must have been the end. As a book ending this was ultimately unsatisfying. But it held my attention on my commute.

I really enjoyed Private LA, Private Games, Private Berlin and Private Down Under so I may not drop the series altogether but I don't think I'll bother with any of the LA based books again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Patterson. need I say more?

love this character and his entourage. makes you want to keep reading. hope his twin gets what's coming some day

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Private Vegas? Try L.A. for most of the book.

Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or Jay Snyder?

I am not so sure. J.P. hyped up this book on T.V. so much, I should have taken the message that it would be below par.

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

Have the book be about Las Vegas instead of 4/5ths of the book be in Las Angeles. There was nothing "Private",and more certainly: even less written about Vegas. I even thought this was a different book altogether,

Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

The main character: the detective or private eye.

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

Probably the entire book, or ELSE RENAME THE BOOK!

Any additional comments?

James Patterson comes on T.V. at least 5x a day trying to look like Al Capone, but ends up looking like (I am sorry, Truman) Truman Capote, trying to make the book so tantalizing and intriguing. So much so, that adrenelin starts pumping until you have to have the book. You buy it, listen and ask yourself if you got a bad copy. There was very little about Las Vegas at all. Just a couple of perverted psychos. Was I ever livid when I was done listening to one of the worse books I have ever read or listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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AWFUL

Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or Jay Snyder?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro again?

No

Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

None

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

All of them......none of them make any sense

Any additional comments?

Years ago Patterson was pretty good.......think they are written in a day now. I have no idea what this book is about, painful trying to finish

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Below par for this series

I found this book to be made up of several simplistic sub-plots padded with an overdose of background on the characters & their relationships. I would much prefer one main, meaty plot. That said it was ok.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So Very Bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I can only say I am so tired of this trite tripe. I can only guess at the cliche driven, he won't tell me his inner most feelings. blah blah blah, Thanks Maxine for making the hero an unfeeling drive his woman to cheat kind of ma. I just wonder how much Patterson is making off this poo. 8 hours I will never get back. Completely unrelated story lines. A rookie investigator goes out on her own and ends up in a trunk. Can I say more?

How could the performance have been better?

Horrible

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

The whole book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good

I don't like cliff hangers, but I loved the rest of the book. I like the multiple storylines going on at once.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful