Tackling the Times with James Patterson’s Private Games

It’s already time for a new Times Bestseller — problem is that Amazon appears to have listened to the complaints about the Kindle edition and fixed the percentage count in mine, so I’m genuinely 60% of the way through, rather than 85%, like I’d hoped.

I’ll be chugging the rest of Vince Flynn’s insomnia aid to get started on what promises to be an equally gripping and well-written novel from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (?).

The description:

Private, the world’s most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect over 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries.

The opening ceremony is still hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Nigel Steele, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder. A high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee and his mistress have been killed. It’s clear that it wasn’t a crime of passion, but one of precise calculation and execution.

Newspaper reporter Karen Pope receives a letter from a person who calls himself Cronus claiming responsibility for the murders. He also proclaims that he will restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and will destroy all who have corrupted the games with lies, cheating, and greed. Karen immediately hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Nigel uncover a criminal genius who won’t stop until he’s ended the games for good. “America’s #1 storyteller” (Forbes) delivers an exhilarating, action-packed thriller that brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a wildly powerful climax.

Positive Amazon.com reviews include:

I have been a James Patterson fan for years since his first Alex Cross novel and even before but this book keep me on the edge of my seat I read it in one night

Translation: I like James Patterson, but I liked this book (?).

Sentence transitions are not his friends. Unless he really hates gripping page-turners.

Negative Amazon.com reviews include:

I wish I would learn my lesson and stop buying these kinds of books. The murders are gruesome, young children are kidnapped, and the reader (in the audio version) is hard to understand. I just don’t like these kinds of books. I have read almost all of James Patterson’s books, but the latest books which are co-authored, are not the same.

I was looking forward to a story centered around the 2012 Olympics, but not this one.

How can you know that you weren’t looking forward to reading a book about an upcoming event after you’ve read it?

Amazon users are like the Terrence Malick of reviewers: frustratingly incomprehensible.

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