REVIEW: The Games/Private Rio by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan


I am not a fan of Private Series but this book, Private Rio or famously known as The Games has forced me to rethink my paradigm about the series. In past, I have accused James Patterson and his co-authored books being not upto the mark once, or may be more but Private Rio or The Games, if you prefer, definitely raises the bar of my expectations from him and his works.

If you are familiar with Patterson’s style of writing you can rightly expect the chapters being short in format and plot be fast paced to create a sense of thrill among its readers. The idea behind this genre is all about the reader to keep guessing of what will happen next. The novel starts with a prelude though without any mention that takes the reader back in 2014 when FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil where Jack Morgan head of the renowned investigation service PRIVATE is in charge of security of that event. Two years after, Rio is hosting Olympics and Jack Morgan’s Private is again the head of security along with support of Rio’s Police. One thing, I like to compliment the authors on using the real time frame, the FIFA World Cup & the Rio Olympics. It clearly shows a sense of connecting to the reader, a very realistic approach and they have chosen the right moment to release the book.

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2014- The Year in Reading and of Reading Resolutions

The previous post I selected Ten Books I read last year and I would recommend to anyone. On recalling about the books I read did bring back a lot of memories, some related to the books, some not, the good ones, the hard-to-forget-yet-creepy ones as when I had a thought about writing this post. I haven’t revealed here or anywhere before that I did made some reading resolutions before the year started. At first, I was afraid of writing them somewhere and then disappointing myself at the end of the year by not completing them. Though, later on, I did made a list of some of the reading resolutions. Here is a glimpse:

  • Diversify my reading by focusing on other genres apart from Crime/Mystery Fiction. (which I did, by reading a mixture of non-fiction, tried paranormal, poetry, science-fiction books)
  • Read Ten Books Written by Indian Authors. (Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy, Anand Neelakantan, and a few more)
  • Pick Two contemporary authors and read all of their works. (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • Read at least twenty non-fiction books. (I ended up reading more than forty)
  • Read at least fifteen authors that you haven’t read before. (Charles Bukowski, Nora Carroll, Adele Waldman, Ava Dellaira, Ken Kesey, Mary Shelley, Andy Weir, Walter Isaacson, J. D. Salinger, Gustav Flaubert, Anna Quindlen, Henry Miller, Thomas Harris, Cornelia Funke, Sara Maitland, and many more)
  • Read Hundred Books (highly important, tracked on goodreads.com)

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Ten Books I read in 2014

2014, has been a sublime reading year for me. Not only I conquered my target of reading a hundred books (as currently, I am sixty four books ahead of my schedule and few hours are still left), I have read a variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, many kind of sub-genres. I am happy to meet Diversity this way.

Hereby, I conclude a list of ten books that I am recommending to you.

Let’s start with a classic. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a great piece of Gothic Fiction, well written novel which will give to rise to a whiff of compound thoughts when you are done with it. This book is a great example of how society has not changed much in the past two centuries in terms of greed for power, immortality, and innovation.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Exquisitely written, complete, this biography of the iconic computer genius is a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple and the brutal clashes that destroyed friendships and careers, and of course, Steve Jobs. Continue reading “Ten Books I read in 2014”

FIVE BOOKS TO READ IN NOVEMBER LIST#

Had a busy October. Of course, I did spent my time reading few books. I had my fun and also learnt a thing or two during the time I spent reading. Though I am excited to get my hands on new titles releasing these month, I am finding it difficult to adjust these titles in my current reading schedule. But somehow, I have utter confidence on my reading conscience and I hope I’ll manage.

Below I include a list of five books to look out for in this month of November

Revival by Stephen King

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

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FIVE BOOKS TO READ IN OCTOBER- LIST#3

Being lost in books for whole month, September ends pretty soon for me.

The weather is moving forward in the welcome the winter and I am moving forward to read more books and welcome new book releases this month. Let’s get started. Below I include a list of five books to look out for in this month.

Pen & Ink: Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them, Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

Based on their Tumblr blog of the same name, BuzzFeed Books editor Fitzgerald and accomplished illustrator MacNaughton team up to find the real reasons people get tattoos.

Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York, edited by Sari Botton

Remember when Botton’s first collection, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, came out last fall? Now we have, essentially, the answer rap to that, the Jay-Z reply to Nas, if you will, with a series of essays from writers about loving New York. Come for the Adelle Waldman, stay for the sterling essays from the likes of Kathleen Hale, our former literary editor Jason Diamond, and Alexander Chee. Continue reading “FIVE BOOKS TO READ IN OCTOBER- LIST#3”

260 Days, 100 Books!

The year 2014 is going well for me, at least in terms of reading. Last year, when I failed on completing my challenge of reading 100 books, reading 100 books in 365 days became a major priority for me this year. Along with reading 100 books, I decided many minor targets to diversify my reading habit  such as reading at least 10 new authors belonging to the contemporary world, or reading at least 10 books written by Indian authors and a few more.

I feel I am growing not only as reader but as sane human with grabbing more knowledge and developing  a clear ability to understand and grab literature more. Reading is beneficial, always. Some of the minor challenges are still going on, but many of them are completed along with the major challenge. I am glad to say that I have read 100 books in 260 days. Somehow, it is an achievement for me.

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FRIDAY FIVE: Five New Books to read this August

There are so many books releasing this month. Some of them are looking interesting and torturing my curiosity. Some have attractive titles while some have eye-catching covers. But here I am putting down a list of five books that I think are worth reading for you and me both. For the sake diversity (#WeNeedDiverseBooks), I try to pick one from different genres.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Why?: This one is  straight forward and considered light in comparison to his recent works. Though it’s still 400 pages. Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: Five New Books to read this August”