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Private Games (Private #3)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  13,274 ratings  ·  987 reviews
Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect over 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries.

The opening ceremony is still hou
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Century
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I won't say this is the worst techno-thriller I have ever read. I read a lot of them. But my goodness, this book was awful!

I've read other James Patterson books and some of his earlier stuff was pretty good. But in a techo-thriller, the author has to get the "techno" part absolutely right. And the "thriller" part has to at least hold up. In this book the techno was clangingly, distractingly inaccurate and fanciful. To the point of wanting to hurl the book across the room. The thriller part was s
This book is the third in Mr.Patterson's new series (the Private/Jack Morgan series) and, in my opinion, is the best one yet. The first two books deal with a private security agency, aptly named Private, and its owner, Jack Morgan. Based in Los Angeles, the first two books are good. The first sets the scene, so to speak, for the entire series by giving the background of Mr. Morgan and Private, while the second finds Mr. Morgan in a bit of hot water himself. (And, no, I'm not going to go into all ...more
Sian Bradshaw
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In an effort to broaden my horizons into best-selling fiction that my patrons read, I decided to pick this up. This will probably be my first and last foray into the publishing behemoth that is James Patterson.

I know something is poorly written when I'm constantly thinking to myself, "I could write this". My expectations were pretty low and I was simply hoping to be entertained, but found even that a struggle. A few issues: 1. Their research of London seemed limited to Fodor's guide and a crappy
Delaney Diamond
I couldn't decide at first if I wanted to give this book a 3 or 4, but once I thought about it, I decided it did deserve a 4 because the things I didn't like were minor when I took the book in its totality.

What I didn't like:
Peter Knight's twins did a couple of things that I don't think children their age should be able to do. I was so surprised that at one point I ended up flipping back to reread passages to make sure I hadn't misread their age. They have very well-developed motor skills for
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Initially, I wanted to just write "ho-hum" but it was a little better than that. Just.

Private is a world-renowned security company hired to help provide security for the 2012 Olympics being held in London, England. Peter Knight, a widowed father of twins, is the British investigator assigned to the project. From the beginning, it seems that random tragedy is haunting the games but Chronos begins taking "credit" for the deaths. It becomes a race
After reading the first book I decided to have a quick peek to check the order I should read the series because even on the website it seemed a bit slapdash. After reading the first couple of pages I found that Private London actually was a precursor to Private Games and I am glad that I read them in that order: 1 Private - 2 Private #1 Suspect - 3 Private London - 4 Private Games.

When I started reading Private Games I thought who the hell is this Peter Knight, what has happened to Dan Carter? T
Jane Fenn
If you are bored of hearing about the London Olympics already, this, ironically, is *exactly* the book you need. Set during the London Olympics, a crazed former athlete starts a murder spree, starting with the Head of the London Organising Committee, but can 'Private' investigators find him before his final act of retribution. Lots of references to real places in London and what I presume James Patterson imagines as the opening ceremony and organisational arrangements. Otherwise, it will provide ...more
Martin Patrick
I read James Patterson to remind myself that I can do this too, and I hope a tad bit better. Patterson books are always a fun read, and this was one per usual, though the final boss battle scene ended in such a comical way that I literally laughed out loud.
Johnnie Gee
Private has gone international and has been commissioned to provide security to the Olympic Games in London. After reading the other two books I was really looking forward to this one and what a disappointment, first none of the main characters are carried over with the exception of Jack and maybe a couple of others all with minor parts. Knight who has two small hellish children is the main man in this overdone, unrealistic story from start to finish.

I am not sure who wrote it but it certainly w
b00k r3vi3ws
The year is 2012. The Location is London and the backdrop is that of Olympic Games. Can things get any bigger? Huge number of agents has been assigned to the security detail of anybody who is somebody at the games. They are the best at what they do and have the latest technology to back them up. A high ranking games official is brutally murdered and a man named Cronus sends a letter to a reporter Karen Pope claiming responsibility. Peter Knight gets involved in this case twice over as not only t ...more
Cecile Msays
"Private Games" by James Patterson is about a detective agency named 'Private' and a detective in the agency named Knight. Knight is a man who's wife died after giving birth to his now 4 year old twins. The story begins with the murder of Knight's soon-to-be step-father, accompanied by a note regarding the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This story shifts to the point of view of the murderer, who calls himself Cronus, and Knight, who is trying to stop him. Knight soon realizes that Cronus is tryin ...more
Benjamin Thomas
So my mother-in-law came for a visit last week and, knowing I read a lot of books, she insisted I read this latest and greatest book by James Patterson. Of course, just about all of me defenses went up because:
1) It's a James Patterson book. Now, I've enjoyed some of his early Alex Cross books but his novel manufacturing machine that cranks out 12-15 new books per year from his "co-authors" is a real turn off for me;
2) It's a recommendation from somebody who reads a moderate amount but rarely
As my two stars would suggest this was okay! But that's pretty much about it. This is far from the best book off the Patterson production line.

I didn't really expect too much from this book though as I have not really liked this series compared to Patterson's other series novels. I despised Private, but actually quite liked Private: London, not so much for the story but due to certain parts of that book being set around where I live so I could atleast appreciate that the book had been well rese
The best thing about this book is the setting at the London Olympics, especially since they haven't happened yet. I had the John Williams themes playing in my head the whole time -- build in soundtrack. Other than that, this book is fairly lame. Maybe it's the page long chapters that disrupt the flow of the story. This seems to be a Patterson thing (although who knows how much of the writing he actually does himself) that is driving me crazy. The "twists and turns" are pretty predictable, the my ...more
This book takes place during the soon-to-come London Olympic games. The plot was basic ridiculous. I felt that the setting was in a futuristic science fiction place instead of London of summer of 1912. The protagonist could be hit by a car, beat up, shot, etc., etc., and still leap buildings in a simple bound. It was just too unbelievable. Additionally, the guy has three-year-old twins, and these twins had the intellectual and emotional maturity of 14 year olds. I kept thinking this guy has neve ...more
Cheryle Fisher
With the Olympic Games coming to London this summer, this is a very timely book. This is a new collaboration with James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. I liked the combination. Just like all of Patterson's books this one is fast paced and thrilling. Just enough Olympic facts to make an interesting read, but this did not take away from the overall plot. Instead it added to it.
Private Games is a 4* Action Thriller.


2012-this was one of the most patriotic times I’ve ever felt in my life. To have the Olympic games in London was just spectacular and when I read this book it reminded me of those times: the opening ceremony, Jessica Ennis winning gold at the heptathlon, Usain Bolt speeding down the 100m track and Mo Farah winning the 5000. It was absolutely amazing.

This is probably why this book horrified me but astounded me at the same time. The details that Patterson
Paula  Phillips
Review: Private Games - Book #3 Private Series -James Patterson and Mark Sullivan -January 2012
When It comes to James Patterson's books , no matter what the genre he has written in - I will read them without a doubt as he does wonders , the writing style never gets old or boring as we see with some authors when they have written 10+ books . One of the things that I think keeps James Patterson's books alive is the fact that he offers unknown authors the chance to place their writing in his story.
A much better book than I expected it to be, as I am not a big 'newer series' fan of James Patterson. The book was quite good at setting the hero and villain sections and did offer some great build-up as it gave first hand villain chapters, as well as some great background. A little longer than most Patterson novels, yet still the 130+ chapters to tease you into reading 'just one more before I put it down'.

Set against the backdrop of the upcoming London Olympics, Patterson sets a nice scene and
Shelly Blackmore
"Private Games" is the latest novel from the literary machine known as James Patterson; the latest in the Private/Jack Morgan series, although Jack plays a very minor roll in this installment. This one focuses on Peter Knight, an investigator in Private's London office during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Bad guy wants to ruin the Olympic's, Good guy wants to save them, family in get the picture. As most of Patterson's novels go, it's a good story with a great twist, and it's always fu ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
James Patterson is such a prolific author and a superb writer, it's difficult to not like his book. With assistance by Mark Sullivan, Private Games hits the ball out of the park. It involves Peter Knight, widower, an investigator for for Private International. Gearing up for the 2012 Olympics and still reeling from a plane disaster killing 4 highly qualified investigators, Private is heping with protection for the Olympics.When S ir Marshall Denton is murderedPeter Knight is called into the inve ...more
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Konusunu ben çok beğendim bir kere 2012 Londra Olimpiyatlarında geçiyor benim gibi sadık bir Olimpiyat Seyircisinin kesinlikle hoşuna gideceği bir konu tabii kurgusal bir şekilde yazılmış karakterler ama arada bildiğimiz isimler Usain Bolt vs gibilerde var - (view spoiler)

yanlız bu seri olayı karışık biraz kabustan sonra okunması lazım en a
Anna Cheang
This book is satisfactory in terms of suspense, story line, descriptions, very good in general. I enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the links to the ancient olympics that are explained in the book. one part i was very disappointed with was the motive for the killings...while the murderer got his just deserts at the end, his motive was not well developed. Yes he had an obsession with the ancient olympics and was psycho in the fact that he thought he was doing what was right in the eyes of t ...more
#3 in the Private series; #1 with James Patterson and co-author Mark Sullivan. 400+ pages go quickly with large print, plenty of white space and short chapters averaging 3.5 pages each. The bad guy and his acolytes lead our hero around by the nose, pointing in the plausible wrong directions and murdering and kidnapping at will, leaving only red herrings as evidence. An easy read if implausible, until the climax. Costing the rating at least a full star, the climax owes much to Our Nell being tied ...more
This is the second book I've read in the Patterson's "Private" series, and I'm hooked. The books, although written in collaboration with different co-authors, are a refreshing change from the triteness that has been the norm with some of Patterson's more recent offerings. This one combines two loves of mine - tracking down villains and the Olympics (appropriately, the setting is London) - so it's doubly enjoyable.

There's no shortage of action throughout, and the main characters are reasonably in
I read this book without reading the other two in the series. (I never do this, but the plot sounded good and easy to follow. Plus, I just had to have something to read right then.)

I actually quite enjoyed the book and plan on reading the previous two. I enjoy James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, but have never read anything else of his. I'm glad I chose this book to branch out.

It was an interesting read, especially since I had the Olympic coverage on in the background. The book is actu
The setting is London England...the event is The Olympics. Now how can something so wonderful as the games turn out so horrifying? When a plan is put in place 20+ years in advance, the "bad" ppl are capable of putting everything in place and know exactly when to carry it out and that's how it becomes horrifying. Imagine the world's top athletes fulfilling their life long dream of competing in the Olympics only to have ..... can't say....don't wanna tell you too much.
I do believe this is part of
This was the first collaboration between James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Private Games lives up to the reputation that Patterson deserves " number one best seller on the New York Times reading List. This is a fast paced, suspenseful, thrilling novel. It had interesting characters ( although at first too many- somewhat confusing, making the beginning of the book a little slow) They incorporate Greek Mythology adds some interest to the bang bang of the book.

With the Olympic Games coming to Lond
Mary Ann
An excellent, fast-paced mystery. I like the fact that he keeps his chapters short, which makes reading the story, alternating from character to character, almost like watching a movie.
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