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Don't let the beautiful beaches of Rio fool you - these games are deadly.

Two years ago Jack Morgan - the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private - was in charge of security for the World Cup. During the championship match, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his Private team averted disaster on soccer's biggest stage. Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before the torch is lit, the threats come fast and furious when Jack discovers that someone in Brazil will stop at nothing to sabotage the games.

As the opening ceremonies near, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a lethal plot set in motion during the World Cup that could decimate Rio and turn the Olympics from a worldwide celebration into a deadly spectacle.

©2016 James Patterson (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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I am a fan. I enjoyed the story. I felt as though I was in Rio.

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  • Liz
  • SANTA ROSA, CA, United States
  • 07-03-16

Poor Jack!

What did you love best about The Games?

The way the authors make you feel as if you are right there in Rio and experiencing the energy, danger and emotions that the characters are. Not to mention the parallels to real life that are playing out at this time in Brazil and Rio.....

Who was your favorite character and why?

Why Jack Morgan of course! His brains, his empathy, his wit.....his detective skills...

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

Jack Morgan - Jay Snyder does a great Jack. I am not so keen on the narration of the various women...

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

Cry at the end...left me with a feeling of sadness as he was in the boat at end ......but also hope that in the next book (AND PLEASE MAKE IT SOON!) that Justine and Jack will finally make it work.....I love the Private series when Jack is the main character, when he plays second fiddle, as in Paris,...not so much.

Any additional comments?

GREAT LISTEN/BOOK - wish we didn't have to wait so long between books on this series and the women's mystery series! They are literate enough to feel that I am reading something more than the "cozy" mysteries, but not so intense that I have to take a break from reading/listening after something like the Girl on a Train, etc. They are fast paced, entertaining and a great break from the stress of life and business that I am in.

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new private better than the last.

I like it when Jack is the main guy. Good twist in two story lines. Lots of action.

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Sandy's review of the lastest Patterson book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to someone who has never listened to or read a Patterson book before, only to get them started with wanting more and more of his stories.

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

Yes, very much so.

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

The emotions of the people in the story.

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Hero seems incompetent. Writing clunky.

The main character appeared half a robot and incompetent. The plot was strained. the dialogue is clunky.

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Another amazingly exciting story

I love that Jack and his staff are involved. There's something comforting about familiar characters. I have these images of who they are in my head and so it's not so easy to warm up to a whole slew of new people in one story.
I was out walking during the fight on the mountainside with the 'American with dreads' from Colorado. I got so into it, that by the time it was done, my speed had picked up to nearly a run. LOL.
As long as Private is in business, I shall be a faithful listener.

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Tense But Gets Lost At Times

Found the story an exciting follow on. Problem at times was mixing threads of 2 different plots. Some misses of logic that were made in other books. All in all a worthwhile listen.

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Over the Top Production

I couldn't get past the intrusive sound effects, especially the background helicopter, the overly dramatic music and the "enthusiasm" of the narrator. Returned it -- which I do very rarely.

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Recycled ideas. Derivitive plot. No tension

Seems like they dug into the plot bucket and pulled out a few at random and gave them a PR worthy setting - the Rio Olympics. Hey, the Olympics worked 4 years ago, let's do it again. Problem is they cherry-picked plot points and personalities from past Patterson books. Has the worlds most prolific writer run out of ideas? It seems so here. Maybe he saves the fresh stuff for Alex Cross?

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The Race in Rio

This book takes place in the same country but in several different years. Jack Morgan head of Private is in Rio for the World Cup, during this match he has a close call with containing a deadly virus that threatens the citizens of Rio. Two years later Jack is called back to Rio now for the Olympic Games. Before the torch is lit Jack is pressed for time to stop an even deadlier virus from threatening the citizens once again. At the same time he is also trying to figure out who has kidnapped one of the richest men in the world and save him before his murder is broadcast all over the internet for the world to see. The action in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat, while you try to figure out who are good guys and who are bad guys.