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A Review of Private Down Under by James Patterson, Michael White

Private Down Under

by James Patterson, Michael White

This book is the perfect beach book. Private Down Under will feel very familiar if you have read any of the previous books in the Private series. They say that this book is set in Australia, but other than a few city names and a couple of meters and Centigrade degree temperatures thrown in, you wouldn’t know it. The story could have been set in Chicago or Miami with very few changes. All of these Private books pretend that the locations matter, but they never do. This story is like all the rest. Private (the detective agency) swoops into town and gets a heavy-handed partnership with the local police. They have more resources and higher paid and better trained help, so they do most of the detecting. There is some sort of conflict with someone in the local police, but everything works out and good always prevails.

This book is light entertainment, very predictable, and formulaic, but enjoyable. Kind of like going to see one of the summer blockbuster movies. You have fun and don’t need to worry that there will be any heavy work involved. Do I recommend this book? Sure, why not. It will be a good Labor Day Weekend read. You will be able to sit by the pool, sip a cool drink, and finish it in a few hours. It will make your weekend better, because you won’t need to strain your brain.

I give Private Down Under 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. I recommend it as a light, fun, entertaining book. Grab the paperback, read it, then give it to someone else to read. You won’t need to keep it on your library bookshelves forever.

I received this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, in return for an honest review.

 

Book Description

Private Down UnderThe world’s most exclusive detective agency opens a new office – in Australia!

With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors . . .

Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

Within days the agency’s caseload is full. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn’t the killer’s first victim – and as the bodies mount up she’s clearly not the last . . .

 

Book Details

ISBN-13: 9781455529780

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication date: 8/26/2014

Series:Private Series

Pages: 384

Sales rank: 152

Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

 

About the Authors

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Book Description and Details are from B&N, Private Down Under

A Review of Invisible (Audiobook) By James Patterson and David Ellis

Invisible – Audiobook

By James Patterson and David Ellis

The audiobook version of Invisible adds a lot to the story. The two readers, January LaVoy and Kevin T. Collins, add so much to the narrative that I had to raise the rating of the book, just because of their ability. Mr. Collins plays the part of Graham to perfection, and the sound effects are perfect. Ms. LaVoy performs the rest of the book and is spot on. If I had been reading this book, I don’t know if I could have finished it, but listening in the car as we were driving up to our cottage worked perfectly.

This is a typical book from the James Patterson book factory. The characters feel like a rehash of the last installment, and the storyline is quite similar to any of many of his books. This is light entertainment, with quite a bit of gore and creepiness. There are some plot twists, but if you are like me, you will have everything figured out before the final chapter. The performances from the fine readers made it entertaining, so I recommend that you don’t read Invisible, listen to the audiobook in the car, while you are working out at the gym, cleaning your house, or pulling weeds. You don’t have to get every word, just the gist of the story will be fine.

I give the book, Invisible, 2 1/2 Stars out of 5, but due to the production, I give the audiobook 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. If you have 9 hours and 16 minutes to kill, listen to the audiobook.

I borrowed this audiobook from my local public library.

Book Description

Release date: June 23, 2014

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

INVISIBLE is James Patterson’s scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.

Product Details

Audiobook
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (June 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478900342
ISBN-13: 978-1478900344
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 280 million copies worldwide. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
The book description is from Amazon.  Invisible – Audiobook