Thursday, November 08, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: The Games: A Private Novel by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

Title: The Games: A Private Novel
Author: James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
Series: Private, #11
Published: June 2016, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 366 pages
Source: Personal copy

Two years ago Jack Morgan – the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private – was in charge of security for the World Cup in Brazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage.

Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before the torch is lit, the threats come fast and furious as Jack discovers that someone is trying to sabotage the games. A lethal plan put in motion during the World Cup is set to decimate Rio, and turn the Olympics from a worldwide celebration into a horrifying spectacle.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I am loving the adventure of getting caught up with this series. Each book takes you to a different a different country, where you get the opportunity to explore a different culture and see a different country, as the Private Office rushes to solve whatever case they are called to help out on. 

In this instance, we are immersed into the Brazilian culture as they gear up to get ready for the Olympic Games. As Jack and his team arrive to help make sure Rio is secured for the games, things start to go wrong in spectacular fashion and this is where the book takes off.

Once again, as in the previous book, there are only two cases for the team to handle, so it was easy to keep things straight and there was plenty of development for both the story lines as well as the characters. And I loved that we not only get the good guys point of view, but also the bad guy...we get into the head of the angry virologist and that is quite chilling at times. 

This book is the typical Patterson non-stop action, and the short chapters and unexpected twists and turns. It kept my interest throughout and I loved that we saw quite a few familiar Private faces here, even if they weren't physically present.

Books in this series:
*This list contains both the Private home office books and the Private other offices books combined. Some lists keep these as separate. And some books have 2 different names, depending on where you buy them.

     1.  Private
     2.  Private #1 Suspect
     3.  Private Games
     4.  Private London
     5.  Private Berlin
     6.  Private L.A.
     7.  Private Oz / Private Down Under 
     8.  Private India: City on Fire
     9.  Private Vegas
     10.  Private Paris
     11.  Private Rio / The Games
     12.  Private Sydney / The Missing
     12.5  Bookshots - Private Royals
     13.  Private Delhi / Count to Ten
     13.5  Bookshots - Private: Gold 

     14.  Private Princess


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