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Private Berlin

(Private #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  15,208 ratings  ·  1,124 reviews
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
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published January 21st 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
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Chelsey Ellice
wow, another intense book by James Patterson. Falk is a psycho!!! I really hope nothing like this ever happened in real life, so horrific. I did love the very end when Mattie was talking to Burkhart about when he told her to fight and that he loved her over the Bluetooth ear peice in the orphanage, it was really cute.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Marla Madison
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Yigal Zur
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
i found it quite boring, not really drawn into it as a thriller. a bit artificial. well...not good
Tea Jovanović
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Patterson at his best! Despite co-writing the books with other authors he keeps his style... :) I've binge read it! :)

Dobar prevod, nemam zamerki :)
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So glad this one was better than Private London which was a miss for me. The characters and the plots in this books are so entertaining. Complete redemption after Private London. This is one of my favorites so far in the Private Series. Hope for more books in the Berlin office!

My quick and simple overall: enjoyable characters and intriguing plots!
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 ...more
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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 activities 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
Nicole Alycia
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!!
I loved the setting, the characters, and the plot was phenomenal! It was so cool to see the modern setting but with a plot that took you back to the communist era in Berlin.
It was suspenseful and twisted and so so very good! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
David Savage
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristina Hoerner
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Simone Perren
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, having read all the other Private books before this one, I have to say that this was the one I was the least interested in. Something about the synopsis of this book made me think it was going to be boring, full of personal feelings of regret and loss and not a lot of gripping thriller action. I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was fantastic and easily Patterson's best of the series so far. I don't say that lightly though because you all know how much I loved the Olympics ...more
Aliya DalRae
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Graham Crawford
Mar 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Luann Schindler
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Von Bariuad
I picked up this book hoping it could give me a good sneak-peak to Berlin, but nah. It's just a novel version of Criminal Minds (which I loved) that emphasized psycho antagonist and other Law&Order or NCIS-ish gadgets and gizmos. It was breakneck fast, not dragging but there are just some parts when you just can't help but say, "Oh really, now?" All in all, a good read. First James Patterson book, surely not the last.
David Gramley
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of James Patterson books,this is fast moving and quick to read. This one involves uncovering horrors from East Germany prior to the collapse of communism. There is a psychotic killer who is a product of the Stasi and is now killing anyone with a link to his past. The background is dark and horrifying for his victims. The Private Berlin group gets involved because one of their own is a victim. Patterson wrote this but the author is also Mark Sullivan.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
It was just a good read except there was a scene that made me want to throw the book because of its stupidity. No, I actually gave my cat the nibble it. Glad to be rid of the series for good yay!

Read on your own peril.
Mahoghani 23
A thriller that keeps you riveted to the book. Very compelling and full of action, suspense, mystery, and an enjoyable read.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Linda Alexander
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...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 ...more
Dick Reynolds
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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 Matties 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 its written, switching back and forth between the killers
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Listened to the excellent audiobook version of this with two narrators. An intense thriller with good characterization and Berlin atmosphere. Someone (Patterson's co-author) did research. Private is a private international detective agency; case involves murdered agent who was investigating a crime from the East German era.
Three stories within this title and some historical background on issues in Berlin before the wall came down. Lots of tragedy happened when we allowed this city to be divided after WWII. I want to learn more about the time period when East Berlin citizens were not respected by the regime when they spoke out against the governing laws. Just another piece of history we need to learn from... walls don't solve problems... they add to them. Walls are weak attempts to abuse power.

I definitely love the
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