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Private Down Under (Private #7)

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The 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 te

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Century (first published September 26th 2012)
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Will M.
I rarely give out 1 star ratings, but when I do, the book was really terrible. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, so giving him a one star rating is not as easy as it looks like. This is his weakest novel so far, among those that I've read. What a shame to be part of the "Private series".

I loved Private London, Berlin and L.A so much that the Private series was among my favorite crime series of all time. I still consider it as one of my favorites, but this book was just boring. Not o
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Gail
Jan 18, 2013 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please Mr. Patterson. STOP IT.

For the first time ever, I read other reviews to check that I wasn't being ridiculous. BUT if you are using a location as your ONLY new angle on the same old, same old please try get the location right. As many of my fellow Aussies have commented - seventy degrees in Sydney is just a very embarrassing (for you and your editor) editing issue. Today was a record breaking 44 degrees in Sydney - because we use Celsius. And cell phones, and kilometres, and Australian Ido
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Marianne
Private Oz is the fourth novel in the Private series by James Patterson and is co-written by Michael White. Soon after Jack Morgan’s 2nd in charge, Justine Smith arrives in Sydney for the grand opening of Private Sydney, a horribly mutilated Asian man stumbles into Private’s party and dies of gunshot wounds. Ho Meng, the man’s father, engages Private to investigate as he doesn’t trust the Police: Private Sydney’s first case.

But soon, Private Sydney’s boss Craig Gisto, has more to investigate: a
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Ruth Turner
Nov 20, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned

DNF

A word to the wise…you just may want to skip this review…

BUT, before you do, I have discovered that there's another Private book set in Australia titled Private Down Under, published in 2013, a year after Private Oz. From what I can see they are the same book. NAUGHTY!

Now, where was I before I so rudely interrupted myself?

I started reading this book as soon as I finished “Private” and what a huge difference and disappointment. It’s easy to see that the two books had different co-authors. “Pri
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Deb
Sep 05, 2014 Deb rated it it was ok
I don't know why I keep reading James Patterson's books. I think it is just a bad habit that I need to break. Thank God it is a very fast read!! Very little character development, story lines all over the place...just more James Patterson fluff!! In looking at many of the other reviews that readers have posted, I see that I'm not alone in thinking that JP has let his standards fall...A LOT!! I did get a chuckle seeing that other readers also noticed the fixation on vomiting!
Belinda Cantwell
This was not one of favourites from this author....if your book is set in Australia, speak australian lingo and terms.
Amanda McGill
Jan 20, 2017 Amanda McGill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Not the best novel in the Private series.

Private has opened an office in Sydney, Australia lead by Craig Gisto. Right away there have 3 cases to solve:
1. A very rich business man's son was kidnapped and killed by a gang.
2. Women in an exclusive neighbourhood are being targeted and killed.
3. A rock star is convinced that his manager is going to kill him.

Story line number 2 was by far the most exciting. However, I didn't like that the killer was revealed pretty early on. The motive was interest
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Stargazer
Jun 20, 2013 Stargazer rated it did not like it
meh
Monnie
Sep 05, 2014 Monnie rated it really liked it
Hard to believe this is the fifth installment that I've read in Patterson's Private series, and nothing here has changed my opinion that this is the best series he and his various partners are serving up these days (this one is co-written with Michael White). It's also easy to read; I polished the whole thing off in one day of spare time (admittedly on a Saturday when college football games dominated the TV and I was able to keep one eye on my Kindle Fire and the other on the action). I'll also ...more
Neilr
Oct 01, 2012 Neilr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I'll start off by saying that this book was given to me as a present and although I have read similar books this isn't one that I would have bought myself.

This is the first of the Private series of books that I have read; you don't need to have read any of the previous ones to read this one although a couple of characters from prior books do get a mention here and there.

Living in Sydney it was a bit of a Novelty at first to read a book set in Sydney but after a while it felt like the Author was
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Montanasmith
Oct 20, 2012 Montanasmith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Not his best Private book.
Simone Perren
Apr 11, 2016 Simone Perren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of the Private series which you all know I love a lot. James Patterson has different authors writing alongside him for each of the Private books and for this one, Michael White is the chosen author. I must say I found it quite refreshing to read a Private book which I felt was quite different to the others in the series. However, my previous comment to my Dad is still correct: James Patterson never writes a book where just one person is killed! There is always some kind of seri ...more
Beth
Private Down Under takes us on a multiple murder mystery investigation, by the new Australian team of Private Sidney Detective Agency.

An Asian man is gruesomely murdered with links to a highly organized drug ring. Nothing like getting thrown right into the deep end on opening day, but Private is up for the task.

There is a serial killer on the loose and the victims are hitting close to home with the Private staff, the clock is ticking down before one of their own is targeted.

The story is written
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Shaun
Oct 06, 2012 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
Whenever I finish a James Patterson novel I am left with one of two things: a sense of relief that the book is over, or enjoyment at having finished a great book. There is no in between for me with this author, I either hate his books or I enjoy them. And I did quite enjoy this despite its many flaws. For a start the book is meant to be set in Australia but, apart from the name dropping of places and buildings in Sydney this book was very American. There was no local dialect, and not once did I ...more
Bill Mackela
Aug 19, 2014 Bill Mackela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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. ...more
David Savage
May 10, 2013 David Savage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Private is a very successful private investigations agency run by Jack Morgan in L.A. Private Down Under sees the opening of the Sydney, Australia branch. At the launch party a dead man crashes the party who has been shot and had his eyes gorged out, this is the start of a very busy first week for Craig Gitso and his team of investigators.

While trying to find the killer of the man that looks to be a kidnapping gone horribly wrong involving the Triads they also take on cases involving a missing b
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Amber
Aug 29, 2014 Amber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blech. For the most part, I have actually enjoyed the Private books. This one, not so much. Some of it, I can pin down, other parts I can't.

I hated how insincere it came across as an Australian book. As mentioned in a lot of reviews, the language was off. But also, it drove me nuts that the characters kept saying "Australian dollars"...guess what, they are in frickin Australia, I am pretty sure they would just say dollars.

Then the characters. I get that you have to create a new slew of characte
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Ambs ❤❤
Another Private installment, another city and branch, another lead character, still same great momentum. I've realized with all the changes, we can keep the same backbone but tell completely new stories with new people, solving different crimes, which seems to stave off boredom. I enjoyed the fact that there are multiple cases to solve, and that not every interaction is a romantic one.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator had a perfect Australian accent, which complimented the locale very
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Richard
Nov 06, 2012 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really ordinary book, paper thin plot with next to no suspense, two dimensional characters, plus a weird obsession with people vomiting.

It looks too like the Australian research consisted of Google Maps to get some suburbs and road names. As a note to the author: in Australia we speak in Celsius, kilometres and kilograms! We don't use cells, just mobile phones .. the list could choose on! Mind you, the lack of localisation meant we were spared the stereotypes normally put on Australia
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Kathy
Feb 06, 2016 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have not really gotten into the Private series, but I read it because a friend wanted the book. I have to agree with some other reviewers here. It was set "down under" but nothing was really put into print that made it seem that way. It could have been any city, anywhere. Sure, there were a couple of mentions of cities there, but that really didn't do it for me. There were several grisly crimes that the Private team had to investigate and solve. There was a lot of vomiting going on.
Tim
Sep 11, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it
Although James Patterson is a good author, this is likely his worst story. There's zero credibility when professionals literally behave like teen groupies. Best if this were "Buried Down Under," instead. 0 of 10 stars
Cecilia
If you are setting a book in australia and co writing with an australian-for good sakes use the correct terminology!
Laura
Apr 17, 2017 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't seem to get enough of James Patterson, good think he has many different books to read.
Matt
Oct 17, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Private hangs out a new shingle Down Under, Patterson treats reader to a slew of new characters and storylines. An enucleated boy drops in on a ritzy party, upper-class women end up murdered and turned into cruel ATMs, all while a rock star begins thinking his manager is out to kill him. These are but some of the cases Private Oz faces before the office photocopier loses its new, inky smell. With temerity and brawn, the team begins forging ahead and showing their mettle, all in hopes of makin ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jan 24, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there that one author who know matter how many books they release , who they release them with and what genre they may be in - you just have to read and get your hands on them . Growing up as a child it was Jacqueline Wilson but as I got older to College age , I started to read alot of James Patterson's novels and fell in love with his books and from then on I have read and will continue until one day the need might stop as it did with Jacqueline Wilson and then I will discover another author ...more
John
I totally get all the complaints people have about this book. But what I don't get are the people who claim to love the other books in the series but hate this one. As far as I'm concerned, PRIVATE DOWN UNDER is par for the course, both in terms of PRIVATE and James Patterson in general.
The trick with these books is knowing when to read them. DO NOT read a PRIVATE novel if you're in the mood to really sink your teeth into a good book. Instead, read it when you are on the toilet, standing in line
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Marti
I really like James Patterson books. I like the short chapters and the constant action and fast story lines. The murders and mysteries are usually well thought out. The Private books have really caught my attention with all their tense drama and great characters. James Patterson’s newest book and soon to be released this month Private Down Under was good. Net Galley allowed me to read an ARC version of the novel, so I had a chance to read it early. How cool was that!

Private opened an office in A
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Lynne Thomas
Maybe a 2.5 only because JP once again lent his name to another young writer, Michael White.
This is another in the Private series, that does not include Jack Morgan. It's rather difficult to actually say what number this is in the series as there are 2 Private series going at the same time. There is the Private series w/ Jack Morgan in the USA and the Worldwide series of Private. This novel I ordered from Great Britian, though it will be released in paperback in the USA later in 2014 or early 2
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Deb
Have loved the previous Private books but found this one a little weird.
More than likely because I am an Aussie and this book was written from the supposed perspective of the guy running Private Oz, who is supposed to be Australian.
Unfortunately the only Aussie thing about this book is the liberal references to Sydney suburbs...none of the language is Australian and I found terms like "sidewalk", "cell phone" and references to the temperature being in Fahrenheit and project housing to be quite
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Doina Condrea
It was typical James Patterson. No one writes a crime thriller like he does. Patterson writes in short, succinct chapters. He paints these suspenseful nail-bitting pictures with his words and I find it amazing. He gets to the point. This particular book I would absolutely recommend if you are a fan of mystery/thrillers. However, it is part of a series and some of the stories of the characters might be lost on you if you haven't read any of the other books in the series. That's not necessarily a ...more
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