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Private Games: (Private 3) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
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The Olympic Games are under attack. Only Private, the world's most exclusive detective agency, can save them.

July 2012: The Games have arrived in London and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence.

When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. But there is a more personal link: Denton was also the fiancé of Knight's mother.

Knight is devastated by Denton's murder, but it soon becomes clear that this is no isolated incident. The killer is targeting the Games itself, and the lives of everyone involved are under threat.

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    James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terryc 29 Aug. 2012
    This is one of James Patterson's poorest ever. Full of inaccuracies, and an opportunistic attempt to create a very poor plot, very hurriedly written and poorly researched, on the back of the Olympics. His collaborator's chapters, and you can mostly tell whose they are, are really poorly crafted.
    It was a struggle to finish this book. Still, most of his are excellent reads, so I suppose you can forgive the odd rogue effort.
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    54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Race to Save The Olympic Games 19 Jan. 2012
    By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    The 2012 London Olympic Games are due to start. Everything has been meticulously planned and ready to go. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is a client of Private International's London branch headed by Jack Morgan with Peter Knight chief investigator. They organise security ,investigation issues backed up by expert scientists and forensic facilities. All seems in order until the gruesome decapitation of Sir Denton Marshall in his back garden, a key figure in the LOCOG. He just happens to be the fiance of Knight's mother. Knight has already lost his old boss Dan Carter and colleagues in a suspicious plane crash. Marshall's death seems linked to the Olympics. Enter a character calling themself Cronus, a titan,on a mission to destroy the Olympics and their modern ideals believing them full of arrogance, cheats and corruption. Cronus is fixated with a destiny that is "fated,chosen,gifted by the Gods. I am clearly a being superior in every way" and with a small following ('The Furies'), is hell-bent,by whatever means to carry out the threat.

    The race is on to find the perpetrator of the heinous acts that follow before the Games are forever tainted and destroyed. James Patterson (JP) unveils the protagonists of the action, and action there is aplenty. Fast paced throughout, the chase is on to reveal Cronus's identity and put a stop to further destructive, murderous activity before it is too late. Patterson details Cronus's past that has created this single-minded fanatic and the cold-blooded way he recruited 'The Furies' who are devotees of the obviously intelligent Cronus. They are just as ruthless if not so devious or methodical in following Cronus's plans.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    By Nottah1
    Poorly written with a plot that was quite predictable coupled with very weak characters ,and the ending had me laughing out loud it was so ludicrous. It was almost as if messers Patterson and Sullivan had a brainstorming session to see who could come up with the most implausible way to kill a villain, my wife gave up reading it after about 70 pages if only I'd had the good sense to follow her lead.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    If I could award this book less than 1 star I would, it is, by a long way, the most awful book I have ever read. There is a laughable plot set at the 2012 London Olympics featuring an insane madmen intent on the destruction of the "Olympic Spirit". Every single character, even the "hero", is made entirely from cardboard. Cardboard of such a low quality that you could probably better describe it as toilet paper. Despite this limitation the author still manages to make almost everyone thoroughly dislikeable in every way from the self centred jerk of a hero to his nauseating children and vile mother he offers absolutely nothing for the reader to care about other than prospect of a long joyless slog to the eventual ridiculous conclusion.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I bother? 2 Jan. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I nearly always try to finish a book that I have started to read but I do wonder why I bothered to struggle through Private Games. It was poorly written and so implausible as to be laughable. The basic idea of the plot could have been used to produce a thrilling book but the characters were not developed and the plot had so many convenient and completely unrealistic turns that the reader is left with the view that the author did not plan the book but made it up as he went along.
    My recommendation - don't waste your time.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Private games 4 Oct. 2012
    This is one of the worst book I have ever read. The plot is unrealistic and very contrived and factually incorrect in many places. England dosen't participate in football in the Olympics. It's team GB. And they would never win!! I would give this book no stars if I could . Don't waste your money
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing poorly written nonsense. 24 Sept. 2012
    I have long been a fan of James Patterson, and I thought I was buying his work. But it is co-written by James Sullivan and I wonder how much Patterson wrote! The story centres around the London Olympics which renders the story line of doom and disaster all the more unbelievable post the actual event. The story line and events are just not credible, beyond even the wildest imagination. The series of killings and their manner are just not believable and the ending, where the villain dies in a fight with the hero by a lightning strike to a leatherman tool stuck in his eye. A stupid badly written and constructed tale, not worthy of Patterson's sponsorship. In future I will stick by my rule of never buying a co-authored book - I have always been disappointed.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars No continuation from Private 1 24 Nov. 2013
    By Matt
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book follows a completely different set of characters to the first 'Private' book - which I was not expecting - and so found myself disappointed from the outset.

    However I persevered but just didn't warm to the new characters and wasn't enamoured with the story either.

    Judging by the other amazon reviews there are clearly divided opinions, but for me I suppose I couldn't get over the disappointment of buying a second book in a series only to find no recurring characters - others may be more forgiving!
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