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Publisher's Summary

Private Berlin has the extraordinary pace and international sophistication that has powered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Patterson's number-one best seller The Postcard Killers.
In Europe's most dangerous city....
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 Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet.
An investigator is searching....
Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone - and one of them is evil enough to want him dead.
And she's after more than the truth....
Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris - in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos.
James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world's number-one best-selling author.
©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By Larry on 02-16-13

Even as pulp fiction, really a bad book

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Patty on 02-04-13

rushed - story was not developed.

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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