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Even as pulp fiction, this book is not worth the time. The characters, how the characters act in the story, and the action is just not internally consistent. Each problem is a small one in itself; in total the careless writing kills the story. There are lots of examples, but here are a couple. 1) Two characters rush to another city in an attempt for stop a murder (although calling ahead might have been simpler and more effective). They take a private jet for its speed and efficiency. But when they arrive they don't have a private car waiting to rush them to the site of the action, but instead take a cab! 2) One of the characters is put in situations by others to investigate the loss of her former fiancee. It didn't ring true that she, rather than someone not emotionally involved, would be sent.
This book is about torture, past and present, which seems to be a theme these days. In the Dragon tattoo books, it was a necessary part of the tapestry of the story. Here it is just gratuitous and tedious. In fact, this entire book was tedious.
(The only positive note was that January LaVoy was a terrific reader.)
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Would you try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan and/or January LaVoy and Ari Fliakos ?
The private series has been written by too many authors to have an continuity. The limited interaction with Jack Morgan in the latest book was poor. I am starting to back away from the dual authors with James Patterson.
Has Private Berlin turned you off from other books in this genre?
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I thought the performace was ok but the story was rushed
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private Berlin?
I would of added some context. His readers are American and history behind the wall falling would of added to the story.
Any additional comments?
Disappointed with the book. the story was rushed and not well thought out.
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