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Private Berlin (Other Private Offices)

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Private Berlin has the extraordinary pace and international sophistication that has powered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Patterson's #1 bestseller The Postcard Killers.


Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles
Published January 21st 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published December 3rd 2012)
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I have read all the books in this series and while I thought the story was ok it seemed to be a different style and not in sync with the other books. Maybe its because Patterson uses so many co authors. Two of the other Jack Morgan books were written with Maxine Paetro where this one was Mark Sullivan.
Personally I do feel a little cheated with the mass production of James Patterson books with a team of writers as you are never quite sure how much comes from the man himself. Maybe this is why I h
Marla Madison
On the whole, I enjoyed reading this rather dark, suspense tale. I liked the heroine, Mattie, and liked the journey of her relationship with Burkhart.
Where the story line lost it, for me, was the ending.
The author used every worn out cliched twist in the ending. First, the protagonist (yawn) goes after her young son. Of course, they anticipated this but not well enough. The boy, son of a woman in the protection business, got in the car with a man claiming his aunt w
David Savage
Private is an international detective agency operated and owner by Jack Morgan in L.A. This new novel from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is from the Berlin branch in Germany.

Chris Schneider has been waiting for someone for nearly 30 years since he was a child. Growing up in an orphanage he has a deep, dark secret that is now rising again and as a detective with Private Berlin he starts to investigate a very painful past. His investigations take him back to an abandoned slaughterhouse where h
In the newestPrivate readers are introduced to the team of investigators at another branch of the international agency. This time, the team is from Germany, and they find themselves investigating the disappearance of one of their own, Chris Schneider. His former girlfriend, Maddie Engel takes point on the investigation in the hopes of finding out what happened even as the local police seem quite reluctant to include her and her team as a part of the investigation.

Jack Morgan, the owner of Privat
Patterson has written a brilliant story of the horrors that occurred in Berlin during the time of the Cold War & how it impacted the people of Berlin before & after the taking down of the Berlin Wall.

It reminds us that although we all must move on to live in the present & the future that we must not forget what happened. It also makes us wonder if we are entirely safe from the horrors. Although we must believe that the offspring of the individuals who committed these atrocities are g
Henri Moreaux
I received this book as a gift, and as such wasn't completely aware it was part of a series. There's no real reference to being part of a series on the cover.

The story is set in modern Germany, and involves events which took place in East Germany before reunification.

I thought with the contextual setting involving East Germany, the Stasi and a mysterious slaughterhouse with many secrets, that there was a lot of potential for a really great novel. However, I can't help but feel it was squandered
Being an avid James Patterson fan and having just read the last lines of this book I have to put my thoughts down quickly. I have to say this is by far the BEST BEST book I've read. The historical information was incredible, gut-wrenching and very informative, and has made me very curious about what actually went on when Berlin was divided and activites in East Berlin, actions of the German secret services, etc as horrific as they sound.

So, for anyone who really wants to read a page-turner full
Antonello Fiore
Another fantastic novel by James Patterson. Fans of Patterson will truly enjoy Private Berlin. This is vintage Patterson- at his finest. I just found that he sort of rushed towards the end when Private is confronting The Invisible Man. With the would build-up on the villain throughout the story, I sort of expected a huger turnout towards the end. Nevertheless, another 5 star for my mentor, James Patterson.
Dick Reynolds
A serial killer is loose in German communities in and around Berlin. Our protagonist, one Mattie Engel, works as a private detective for the title company whose headquarters are in Los Angeles. When Mattie’s finance is found murdered, Mattie is on the case immediately along with a German police officer.

This book is a quick read with extremely short chapters and the plot is fairly predictable. The interesting twist in the story is the way it’s written, switching back and forth between the killer’
Patterson redeems himself in this PRIVATE installment. While most others have been lugubrious and highly annoying, this one jumps off the page and keeps the reader wanting more. The story is nothing unusual, but the plot flows nicely and the characters are realistic. A tri-forked storyline converges just at the right moment to keep the reader guessing who might have murdered the fellow PRIVATE member, with time running out. With a jam-packed closing section, the reader WILL sacrifice a good nigh ...more
Shelly Blackmore
I keep reading these "Private" books, but still feel that something has been lost since the focus has been taken off of Jack Morgan and the original Private crew. The international books seem to lose something in the telling, having a disjointed feel to them that comes across disingenuine to the country and people they are trying to protray. Though Jack was in this book more than in "Games", it still felt like he was just thrown in there because people like me have expressed that he was missed. ...more
Chris Durkin
Personally I am not a fan of James Patterson for the most part. Here and there he will have a decent book, but they are no comparison to many other authors of similar novels.

This novel begins slowly and with many diverse stories to keep the reader both confused and intrigued enough to keep reading. The pace picks up toward the middle and it either becomes hard to put down to know what happens or it may seems at some points just to finish.

This was the first of the Private series that I read. Reg
Linda Alexander
While I do not care for the work of some authors writing under James Patterson's name, I very much enjoyed Mark Sullivan's.

Mattie Engel and Chris Schneider are both top agents in the investigation company by the name of Private Berlin, were engaged to be married, but Mattie broke off their engagement because she has a young son and discovered Chris had secrets within him and major nightmares, but would never open up to her what had transpired in his life before meeting him. Though Mattie deeply
This was a dark, rather disturbing mystery. Having said that it didn't affect how much I enjoyed it. I love to read Patterson's mystery books and this series is starting to come into its own. I prefer the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club books but I think this latest book in the Private series is the best so far.

Jack Morgan the head of Private doesn't have too much to do with this story it centers around the Berlin Offices and Mattie Engel. Intricate plot, quick read you don't really want to
A quick read for a novel that is over 400 pages.
Patterson has slipped with this Private.
I have been to Berlin. I know the historic references.
I just do not accept the characters nor the major plot line.
Subplots are different. They are rather good, but there is too much chaff for a few bits of wheat.
If you have read this book, you know that I should write there is too much fat for just a taste of bacon.
Oh my goodness. This book had me sneeking to my room to read in private. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I didn't even want to stop reading it last night. I would have pulled an all nighter if I didn't have to get up early this morning. It was a great book. The main character Chris had a private past that he never told anyone about. His finace, Mattie Engel did not even know. She knew that he had nightmares and sometimes look like he had seen a ghost. He vanished and after three day ...more
James Patterson's PRIVATE series reminds me of old TV fare like MIAMI VICE and SILK STALKINGS. In other words, it's cheesy good fun, but not something intended for people who self-identify as "sophisticated." PRIVATE BERLIN is the best of the series, but that's not really saying much. In fact, turning off half your brain is a strict prerequisite for getting any enjoyment out of it. That being said, I was surprised by the degree to which the authors managed to integrate the book's setting into th ...more
Chris Schneider is an investigator in the firm of Private in Berlin. When he goes missing, his ex-fiancee, Mattie Engel, sounds the alarm and begins searching for him. Chris's body turns up with several others in a closed and crumbling old slaughterhouse which holds secrets going back to the cold war. Mattie feels that Chris's death is related to one of the cases Chris was working on - but which one? As she probes into her ex-fiancee's past, Mattie discovers that Chris had some deep secrets that ...more
Terri Lynn
I liked this even better than the one before. Private is a worldwide top-notch detective agency owned by Jack Morgan who runs the Los Angeles office.

In this story, we see the Berlin, Germany team in action. Years ago when the Stasi terrorized East German citizens and East Berliners, an evil man had men suspected of working against the communist government arrested then took their wives and children to a slaughterhouse to "question". The questioning consisted of choosing a different woman each da
Graham Crawford
After the first chapter I thought this was written by a fourteen year old boy with a torture porn fetish. By the end of the book, i realised he must be slightly older - if only to have a the years to collect all those cliches and hack formulas (Actually he gets one star for writing "blown to smithereens" - I don't think I've ever encountered that phrase in print before!)

This was seriously one of the worst books I have read in a long while. I picked it up because it was on the New York Times bes
James Patterson really has the 'formula' down pat - leave the reader hanging at the end of every short chapter. I always have trouble putting a Patterson book down because there is ALWAYS a question left unanswered at the end of every chapter that makes it impossible for me to not turn the page! The antagonist in this novel was downright creepy making this a much darker Patterson storyline than I am used to. A fast paced book with lots of twists and turns and, although it wasn't quite "I can't p ...more
Trish Jackson
It doesn't surprise me that James Patterson holds the record in the Guinness Book of Records for the author who has sold the most books ever. He consistently pulls out of the hat a terrifying villain and plays on the reader's rawest emotions.
I think the villain in this book, who calls himself "the invisible man" is one of the most wicked I have ever come across in any book. Not only does he murder for pleasure, but he tortures women and children in the most gruesome manner imaginable.
It takes al
Luann Schindler
A bit predictable, like most Patterson novels, BUT...

lots of tension that keeps you reading
a likeable heroine who suffers. A Lot.
a bit of history and geography lesson mixed in

The first 50 pages or so are SLOW...I almost gave up on it. Glad I didn't.
A few minor characters who should've had a stronger role.
A plot element that seemed out of place: the killer gets rid of everyone who gets in his way, yet he lets ONE person go and only ties up said character? I didn't buy this part of
Tim Buck
The action - and there is plenty - unfolds quickly; very exciting story!
The tagline on the cover of the book promises a heart stopping Nazi crime thriller. This, however, has NOTHING to do with contemporary Nazis or Nazi holdovers seeking some sort of 'Boys from Brazil' revival (not that I needed that, I got that in the classic novel). Actually, there are no Nazis in the book at all! Instead, it's about the legacy of crimes perpetrated by the East German Secret Police, or Stasi. Maybe Patterson or his editors don't know the difference?

Along with the hired guns at P
Title: Private: Berlin: A Horror from the past causes Tragedy in the Present


Chris is Private's top investigator in Berlin. His current cases are not high profile, but more of the standard wife cheating on husband type along with a bribery / corruption case that involves a high profile athlete. There is one case that would be considered high profile if Chris had told anyone about it. Even his ex-fiancee Mattie, also a Private investigator, has no idea that Chris's past has come back to haun
Kristina Hoerner
I actually like this one better than I have the last few Patterson titles I have read. I used to think his short chapters were great but I have come to think that it keeps him from having to write much dialogue or develop characters deeply. This one focuses on the Berlin office of Private. One of Private's own has gone missing, Chris Schneider, and Mattie, his ex-fiancé, is determined to find out what happened to Chris and what created the empty space in her his life.
Woogie! Kristin!
I only picked this up because I was in the mood for a quick read, and today is coincidentally the 25th anniversary of the Wall coming down. I've never read Patterson (this one is written "with" Mark Sullivan). While it kept me surprisingly interested with it's (very) short chapters, and it wasn't awful, it was just that: a quick, mildly entertaining read. But if I can make one suggestion to Grand Central Publishing, the paperback edition I read states on the cover that this is "a lethal Nazi con ...more
Patterson and a friend strike again. This was an interesting story and the background, relating to the Berlin Wall, East/West Germany, the fall of the wall, all played an interesting part in it. The crimes are believable for certified whacko and his reason for being nuts is plausible. It kept me turning pages and that's a good thing. It's a good read :)
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I am a long term fan of James Patterson, preorder his books as I hear about them. I loved this addition to the Private series. A dark story, starting with one of Privates own going missing. Yet again Patterson pulls it out the bag, drawing readers in and giving them a story which shocks you at times, makes you want to cry at others. Very well written
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