This is the 3rd book in James Patterson and Mark Sullivan's Private series. Private is described as the modern day Pinkerton and is involved in all sorts of corporate and personal investigations and security globally. This is not the first book in the series I have read, and it isn't the first time I read one centered around the London office.
In this installment the London office is heavily involved in the London Olympic Games as are many of the employees from other offices around the globe. Peter Knight is the protagonist with personal and professional stakes in the actions. There is plenty of drama and mystery in this thriller that keeps you reading more. Peter works with a sport reporter from the London Sun, Karen Pope to try to solve the crimes that are casting a pall shadow over the Games. Karen is the unfortunate journalist to receive letters from Cronus. He wishes to rid the modern Olympics of the corruption and lack of allegiance with the intent of the ancient games as he sees it.
The book has plenty of twists and turns and red herrings to keep you guessing til the bitter end. Overall a good and quick read.
Private Games by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a engaging thriller that keeps you guessing the whole way on who the guilty party is in the mayhem that is being directed at the London Olympic Games. While it is full of action and disaster, there is a nice balance of character interaction. We learn a lot about the main characters of the novel, including a visit from some recurring characters in the series. Peter Knight, the single father of 3 yr old twins, is caught in the middle of all the chaos, both professionally and personally. As the story goes along we learn more about his personal story and his extended family. It gives the drama an even more intense buildup for the conclusion.
Overall this is a really good book even if some of it is a bit far-fetched at times
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