Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: Private Gold


Title: Private Gold
Author: James Patterson
Series: Private, #13.5
Published: May 2017, BookShots
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Source: Personal Copy

Summary: 
Money. Betrayal. Murder.

That's a Private conversation.


Hired to protect a visiting American woman, Private Johannesburg's Joey Montague is hoping for a routine job looking after a nervous tourist. After the apparent suicide of his business partner, he can't handle much more. But this case is not what it seems--and neither is his partner's death.



***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 really enjoy the Private series and love that it takes us to so many different locations - this time to Johannesburg, South Africa. I think this is the first time I've read a book set there, but the problem with the BookShots is that they are so short that there is little in the way of extras, so there wasn't much about the setting or culture that we normally would get from a full-length novel. Hopefully there will be another book involving the Private Johannesburg office were we get to experience this area.

As for the case itself, this one follows the typical BookShots pattern - it quickly jumps into the action, and moves at a pretty fast pace. The new characters are introduced, but we aren't given much about their background and their is little in the way of character development as the story progresses. I like having a solid backstory on my characters because I like knowing what makes a character tick, what motivates them, and that's usually my one complaint with these BookShots, but I know that going into them, so I'm ok that...it's part of the series and I choose to read them.

I hope this isn't the last we've seen of Joey or Johannasburg...I think there is definite potential here and I really would love to see this office, and these characters, be developed more fully!



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: The Royals
     13.  Private Delhi / Count to Ten
     13.5  Bookshots - Private: Gold 
     14.  Private Princess

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