Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review: Private by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Private (Jack Morgan, Book 1)
by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Release Date: June 28, 2010 (Hardcover)
2010 Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 978-0-316-09615-7
ARC Softcover Edition; 393 Pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Source: Review Copy from Little, Brown and Company

4 / 5 Stars

Former Marine helicopter pilor Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe.  It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion.  The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators use the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of thirteen schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife.  Jack devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules.  As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, he also has to navigate a workplace love affair, his own.

My Thoughts
I never turn down the chance to read a James Patterson novel and I have always enjoyed them, and Private is no exception.  This was a fun and enjoyable read and I was engaged in the story right from the beginning.    The chapters were short, the reading was quick, character viewpoints were different in each chapter as they changed back and forth, and the events happened quickly.    While some readers may object to this style of writing and prefer a more convoluted form of writing, I actually enjoy this every once in a while as the story does not get bogged down in overly long descriptions and explanations:  the story is to the point, quick, telling it like it is.    This does not mean that the plot is simple; although it does at times tend to be prescribed and predictable, there were enought twists and turns to make it very enjoyable with some surprises that did catch me unawares. 

I always love learning about new characters in a new series and the ones we meet in this novel are quirky and fun.  Although we spend more time with Jack and Justine, the ending of the novel certainly indicates there will be future novels and I am hoping we will learn much more about such interesting characters as Sci and Mo,  Cruz and Del Rio and Nora in the future.  It's such a treat knowing there is so much more to explore about characters and their development and it gives me something to look forward to.  And one of the things I have always enjoyed about Patterson's books is the way he lets the reader feel like they are right there in the action, knowing and understanding the character at that moment.  I have never felt distanced from his characters emotionally and I usually connect with them.  I may not always like what they are doing, but I still have some understanding for them. 

I enjoyed this first novel in the new Jack Morgan series and am curious to see what he does with this series.  Patterson certainly set things up for some explosive action in future novels and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.


  1. I just purcased this book yesterday and have already finnished it.
    I am an avid JP fan.
    I was a little reluctant to purchase this book, as I have been really dissapointed with his last couple of novels, in particular 9th Judgement, this book ( 9th Judgement was truly awful, with no substance and seened to be just churned out as a money maker taking advanteage of his many fans that stay true to him.).However, I am pleased to say that with Private JP is back to his page turning, fast paced writing style.
    I love the short chapters and they way that this book kept hooked. I also feel that It has also been left open for a sequel of Jack and his work.
    Although he now seems to mostly co-write with other Authors, the writing style remains the same.
    I am looking forward to his next stand alone thriller, along with the next Alex Cross novel,but can't say the same for the Womens Murder Club series which I feel has fallen flat and I am beomming disinterested in that particular series.
    Once again Glad that Private has restored my faith in JP.

  2. I am looking forward to this one as well.

  3. Anonymous, I had trepidations with this one too, especially as I stopped reading the Womens' Murder Club series because I was getting discouraged, but this was a pleasant surprise. Hopefully his sequels won't disappoint.