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4.0 out of 5 stars Private Branches Out
The International Investigation Agency, Private, run by Jack Morgan in L.A. is holding a launch party for its new Sydney branch headed by Craig Gisto. Also present are Private Investigator Mary Clarke, Johnny Ishmah (youngest of the team), Brett Thorogood (NSW Police) and Justine Smith flown in from L.A. as Jack Morgan's representative. The celebrations abruptly end when...
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish
We have been James Patterson readers for a number of years and probably read in excess of 40 of his books.but after this one it is very unlikely we will read books by this author again.no wonder it was only 99 pence on kindle.
There does not seem to be any story at all just a jumble of characters,muddling their way through a confusing austrailian city backdrop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Private Branches Out, 24 May 2013
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The International Investigation Agency, Private, run by Jack Morgan in L.A. is holding a launch party for its new Sydney branch headed by Craig Gisto. Also present are Private Investigator Mary Clarke, Johnny Ishmah (youngest of the team), Brett Thorogood (NSW Police) and Justine Smith flown in from L.A. as Jack Morgan's representative. The celebrations abruptly end when a gunshot-riddled body with gouged out eyes is deposited in the Private offices apparently by two hooded men. Craig's cousin, police inspector Mark Talbot, arrives on the scene. They dislike each other for good reason. There is an agreement that the police and Private cooperate and share intelligence. This is the beginning of a dramatic and eventful week for all concerned. The main protagonists' backgrounds are introduced and necessary with a new set of characters.

James Patterson and Michael White have written a novel with a prologue and 142 short chapters. Several stories are running at the same time, skipping between chapters with some time changes and numerous characters being introduced, making continuity taxing (for me), particularly in the first half of the book. It may not be bothersome for other readers.

The main storylines are as follows.1) The younger son of a wealthy businessman and ex-Hong Kong police commissioner (Ho Meng) has been killed (the body at the party). He believes the powerful Triad gangs are responsible and are a threat to him and his other son Ho Dai. 2) A serial killer is preying on wealthy women in an exclusive Sydney suburb, Bellvue Hill. The murders are brutal, sadistic and ritualistic and apparently motiveless. All have rich husbands. 3) Famous rock star Micky Stevens is convinced his life is under threat and he will join Club 27, the age when many pop stars have died. 4) Various gangsters, crooked lawyers, financiers, bodyguards, glamorous women, seedy clubs and brothels are included as well as other pertinent characters paramount to the stories.

Private have to deal with these simultaneously. Traditional investigation, chasing leads, working out patterns of behaviour and individual profiles using top-notch technology along with a first class forensic scientist, Darlene, (a vital role), puts the organisation under intense pressure. The stories, although seemingly unconnected, are well-written and the activities and dangers that befall the Private team and police keep the momentum and suspense driving until the end. The punchy short chapters enable the plot lines to develop rapidly and there are many tense episodes and a few twists and surprises that feature. How the episodes pan out is intriguing and all explained in the final chapters with reasons for the events in the book's contents. The developments in identifying and the chase to find the serial killer (a fascinating and well-drawn character) are cleverly handled.

This is an enjoyable read with pace and thrills despite the rather disjointed layout mentioned. Another Patterson and co-author production. It did feel at times more a loosely connected collection of short stories linked by the Private team and police rather than a substantive novel. An undoubted success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish, 25 April 2014
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We have been James Patterson readers for a number of years and probably read in excess of 40 of his books.but after this one it is very unlikely we will read books by this author again.no wonder it was only 99 pence on kindle.
There does not seem to be any story at all just a jumble of characters,muddling their way through a confusing austrailian city backdrop.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest pile of dross I've picked up for nearly 30 years., 8 Sep 2014
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Dreadful, turgid rubbish. This isn't a story, it's a shopping list of events, in which the characters are - supposedly - mainly Australian, yet use imperial measurements (they stopped using yards and miles in Oz nigh on 50 years ago) are mostly, totally without common sense.

One of them, a former policeman, doesn't go to the police when his son is abducted, because he doesn't trust the police; therefore he approaches a private-detective agency but doesn't supply the sort of details that would allow his son to be found (how probable)

The equivalent of The Stepford Wives characters - the author would have you believe - live in multi-millionaire dollar homes but walk to the local poundshop to buy a cheap bottle of wine because they've run out at home (and of course they get attacked on that walk)

In short, to try and come up with a plot, a heap of unbelievable scenarios, totally unconnected to each other, have to occur and you end up with a handful of narratives, that all get neatly tied-up at the end to reach a happy conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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As my previous review this was also excellant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
This review is from: Private Down Under: (Private 6) (Paperback)
I just love James Patterson books,and this fits right in with the Private stories
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2.0 out of 5 stars tedious, 29 Jun 2014
Have read all the private series and found this very hard going, slightly boring and quite easy to put down whereas I normally can't stop reading any of pattersons books. Maybe reading all the women murder club followed by all the private has resulted in an overload but earlier private books were much more gripping.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment, 21 May 2014
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I normally love the Private series and we had just been to a wedding in the same area that the murders were supposed to have taken place but the whole thing was written in such a wooden fashion that I could barely be bothered to finish the book
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 23 Mar 2014
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I doubt that James Patterson had much to do with this....

Short staccatto style with each chapter being about two pages long

Obvious plot with paper thin characters... Sorry but this is poor in the extreme.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 3 July 2013
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This story was all over the place. Could not relate to the characters. I cannot remember the last time I gave up reading a book. I enjoyed all the other Private books but was really disappointed with this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 25 July 2014
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Have read many james Patterson books but found this not as good as the others because there was so many people in I forgot who was who in the beginning of the book. But as it got near the end it got better
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