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.
Continue reading “REVIEW: The Games/Private Rio by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan”
James Patterson is a machine when comes to writing and publishing books. For almost half a year, one or the other from his books is on New York Times Bestseller List. People read him. His books are fast paced and you can manage to read one of them while traveling to your work in day or two (assuming the distance between your work and where you live is nearly 2 hours) or if you want to accomplish reading in shorter period of time frame and some of his books are able to satisfy the demands of voracious readers. I mean the usual: the P/PC balance between the plot and its characters.
I haven’t ready of his book in a long time. It has been almost two years since I read any of his title and the last one I remember reading is I, Alex Cross. Few years back in the post, Mistress by James Patterson & David Ellis, I admitted that Mr. Patterson’s books are worth reading only when they are written solo and not co-authored along with anyone. At that time, I met some disappointments with his Private Series. Then I came across Alex Cross series which undoubtedly are good books though I haven’t explored it very much in-depth.
Here is a complete list of books written by James Patterson that have been or are releasing this year:
NYPD RED 4 | 4 Feb ’16
PRIVATE PARIS | 21 Mar ’16
15th AFFAIR | 7 Mar ’16
CROSS KILLS | 7 June ’16
ZOO 2 | 7 June ’16
THE GAMES | 27 June ’16
HUMANS, BOW DOWN | 1 August ’16
Recently with release of his new book, The Games which is a part of Private series and is co-authored by Mark Sullivan, I am going to try again and see if his co-authored books show some signs improvement lately. By improvement I mean the obvious: plot and characters.
Do you read James Patterson?
It is almost been a year that I have read anything written by James Patterson. His last book I read, was Mistress which was mediocre. I gave my reasons and one of them being that James Patterson books are well written when they are not co-authored. And this book, I, Alex Cross proves that statement right.
I, Alex Cross is a fast read thriller though being 400 pages, can be read in a day. And the fineness of Alex Cross’s narrative is what makes it a must read if you want to read anything written by James Patterson. The plot gets better when Alex Cross gets personally involved in a crime scene. Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim . Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson”
Random House India and Cornerstone, a division of Random House UK, have announced the acquisition of a new collaboration between James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi – the latest book in the globally bestselling Private series, Private India, which is the eighth book in this series.
Random House UK acquired the rights to publish Private India across the Random House Group territories. Teaming the world’s biggest selling thriller writer with India’s bestselling author of The Krishna Key, Private India (it is the working title) will be released in 2014.
According to the release, it will combine the trademark suspense and fast-moving plots of Patterson’s writing with the exhaustive research and gripping plots of Sanghi’s thrillers. Continue reading “James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi- Team up for Private India”
It’s been past two days since I have been at home. It’s like I may have over relaxed, may have over slept, or over eaten… ’cause I am not getting any words in my head. And also, I am not able to read not more than 100 pages a day of the book I am currently reading. I am depressed. Is this a writer’s block? Is it this how it is? It makes me feel sick. But then, why not reading is helping me. Is there also a reader’s block? If there is, then I am sure dead. I won’t be able to survive the dishonesty of daily life without reading. I will be doomed. Become a slave may be. How does it even happen? Does it happen when you stop reading for a month? Do you develop a dislike for the books, though at this point I hadn’t reached there and don’t want too, not in this life(It’s pity, I don’t get more than one. If I did, I would have tried reading all the books written in the world). I want to search my mind that why I am not able to focus on my reading, I guess, my mind is in the ice age mode. May be it’s just the weather. Winter, always a cruel mistress to me. Always.
Have you ever felt a reader’s block? Have you? If you have then what did you do to kick him in his balls? Surely I have tried the reading part but cannot concentrate. May be reading was my super power which now I have lost it. Bollocks. I wish I could believe in that kind of stuff. But it’s funny and horrible to say reader’s block, at the same time. I’ll go for another round. Happy Wordless Wednesday, after-all.
Mistress by James Patterson
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
George R.R. Martin, James Patterson, Ian Rankin, David Whitaker