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Private London: (Private 2) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
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Book Description

SOMETIMES WHEN THE NIGHTMARE ENDS – THE TERROR IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private – the world’s most exclusive detective agency – saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can’t flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked.Dan Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking… Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don’t have is the one thing they need – time.James Patterson’s white-knuckle rollercoaster has just reached London. Buckle up, it’s one hell of a ride!

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    A hard-hitting thriller set in the London office of the world's most exclusive detective agency

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    SOMETIMES WHEN THE NIGHTMARE ENDS - THE TERROR IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING

    FRONT LINE...

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private - the world's most exclusive detective agency - saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    HARD LINE...

    In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter's ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked.

    DEADLINE

    Dan Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking... Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don't have is the one thing they need - time.

    James Patterson's white-knuckle rollercoaster has just reached London. Buckle up, it's one hell of a ride!


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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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    45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 16 Jun. 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    A typical James Patterson thriller, fast-paced, action-filled adventure filled with handsome heroes and gorgeous women. Don't get me wrong, that's not a complaint, in fact I read the book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed every paragraph, but don't expect a literary masterpiece because you're not going to get one.

    If you want to take your brain off the hook for a few hours and visit a world full of beautiful, rich people and nasty villians then this is the book for you.

    The story is not overly complicated, but JP's style of writing (short chapters, some no more than 1 page) makes it easy reading and the plot is good enough for the ending not to be too obvious.

    I suppose if I had one minor criticism it would be that though the book is set in London, the English characters still speak like Americans i.e. elevator and not lift, but at least JP has done his homework unlike one American author who, much to my annoyance, referred to a £100 note!

    Apart from that negligible complaint, JP, as always, is a safe bet and I eagerly wait for his next book to be published.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Coming back to form 25 April 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The Private series is relatively new. It follows the same formula as all James Patterson books, short chapters, easy prose and fast moving action. With each series you are dependent upon the co-author and Mark Pearson seems one of the better ones.

    The basic storyline is nothing new: rich girl gets killed, several years later daughter is in danger, (or is she?) exclusive detective agency led by rugged, attractive former war hero is engaged to sort it out? But the plot moves swiftly and there are enough plot twists - personal connections, unsure allegiances, regular murders or war stories - to keep the mind engaged.

    The main characters are not especially deeply sketched and all are unfeasibly attractive and indestructable but it doesn't really matter. When you read a James Patterson novel you are not going to confuse it with reality

    So for a pleasant book you can read in a couple of sessions on the train, or an afternoon on the beach, this is a good choice.
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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful 19 Oct. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    There are so many things wrong with this dreadful, unimaginative book that I barely know where to start, but here goes:

    The characters are woefully thin, making any empathy with them impossible. There are constant attempts to impress the reader with pointless materialistic references to how new, shiny and expensive things are, and the plot is risible.

    However, by far the most irritating aspect is the entirely american vocabulary used by supposedly british characters. This occurs throughout, and is frequently applied to slang expressions (a woman is described as a "cooze" at one point - a word only heard in the UK when watching the Sopranos). The most toe-curling example is the main character's mental calculation of the cost of something (see pointless materialism, above) which he thinks of in "bucks," as no Londoner has ever done in recorded history.

    Note to Messrs Patterson & Pearson: if you can't be bothered to reflect even the basic vernacular of a foreign country, please stick to US-based plots in future.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars good read, but got confusing 12 Aug. 2012
    Format:Paperback
    Having read the first in the series, 'Private', which was really good, I read this with high hopes. Initially a good start, believable plot, characters defined, etc, and you can start to see where the ending is going.
    But then about 3/4 of the way through I got confused - the book got confused - and it all went political and i felt like I was looking for where the plot was in a bowl of spaghetti. Point is, you have to be on the ball a bit to follow the different plots and sub-plots and tangents of this book.It is a well written book and in the usual short-chapter format which is great for commuting.
    Of course, it all ends in typical JP fashion and the bad guys get their deserts, but it was too confusing for me at one stage and there seemed to be too much going on. No need for this really because JP has written lots of books where there is one good guy, one bad guy, and lots of murders and a straightforward plot.

    i have started reading the 3rd in the series - Private Games (review in due course), and am glad to see that Jack Morgan returns in the 4th installment in Jan 2013. Personally, i think JP should stick with Jack Morgan, rather like he stuck with Lindsay Boxer and Alex Cross, and devote more time to this character.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not good. 5 July 2014
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I thought this was a silly book which was unbelievable. I did read it to the end. I have already sent for Private Berlin, which I now regret. I know these are only stories and not based on real life, but this does stretch the bounds of possibilites I think. I have read loads of James Patterson books and enjoyed many of them, but these collaborations with other authors vary in quality and I won't read any more when there are so many better authors to choose from.
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    Format:Paperback
    Implausible plot? Yes but within the bounds of realistic - though sometimes only just.

    Cheesy dialogue? Without a doubt and yet this only somehow adds to the books overall wit and, in the case of main character, Dan Carter, his charm which is odd given that it verges on the sexist .... not normally something that endears a character to me.

    OK so whilst arguably not a work of literary genius Private London is nevertheless a highly readable, page turner of a novel (made even more so by its incredibly short 116 chapters?) that despite it being the second book in a series is perfectly coherent as a standalone read.

    With twists and turns aplenty - some of which I saw coming, others not. Not too action packed as to detract from the overall story and not as grisly as many others of its type. Private London is doubtlessly good value in that you get what is essentially two stories - the main one and a sub-plot. And yet, making for a slightly disjointed read that sometimes left me feeling a bit lost off, this is the one thing that I didn't particularly like about a book that I otherwise thought to be a satisfying read perfect for those nights when you can't sleep.

    Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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