Thursday, August 12, 2010

Private: A Review

Disclaimer: A copy of this audio-book was provided by Hachette Audio Books for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author or the publishers.


The police can't help you

Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily--and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private 

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

My Review

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. Even my mum who was listening in on it got so caught up in all the excitement that she wants to borrow and listen to the entire thing herself. There has been a lot of bad reviews surrounding this book but i have to admit that i experienced the complete opposite. Private was exciting, intriguing and chocked filled with twists and turns that keeps you guessing.

The audio book is divided into four parts with 100  plus chapters but true to the writing style of Patterson, the chapters are short and very suspenseful and you hardly notice the length of the story. The story also makes a lot of references to contemporary examples. Though some of these references were considered a bit cheesy, they really helped you to understand and relate to the story better.

I also enjoyed getting to know all of the characters in the story. In some suspense thrillers, the characters tend to all be one dimensional which can also translate to being very cliché. However the characters in private displayed emotional ranges that suited the various issues that they faced in the story. They all executed their roles perfectly.

The narrator was also very pleasant to listen to though at times his transition from character to character was not as seamless as one would expect. The only exception was characters with distinctive accents. Other than that the tone of the narrator provided just the right amount of emotion to transport the readers to that moment.

All and all this is a great audio book to listen to and James Patterson continues to be one of my favourite authors. Private is definitely worth your time.

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