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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan Narrator: Paul Panting Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Private Series Release Date:
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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 four hundred of them have been transferred to London to protect more than ten thousand competitors who represent more than two hundred countries.

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The opening ceremony is only hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder. A high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee has been killed. It’s clear to Peter that this 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 and claims responsibility for the murders. He promises to restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and to destroy all those who have corrupted the games with their lies and greed. Immediately, Karen hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Peter uncover a criminal genius who won’t stop until he’s completely destroyed the modern games.

“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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patterson…has an uncanny knack for the timely thriller, and this one is no exception…A pleasant romp.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Private mixes action, mystery and personal drama.”


  • “A James Patterson action-thriller to keep your mind alert; born to be a number one bestseller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna Cheang | 2/8/2014

    " This book is satisfactory in terms of suspense, story line, descriptions, very good in general. I enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the links to the ancient olympics that are explained in the book. one part i was very disappointed with was the motive for the killings...while the murderer got his just deserts at the end, his motive was not well developed. Yes he had an obsession with the ancient olympics and was psycho in the fact that he thought he was doing what was right in the eyes of the gods by committing these murders. Oh did i mention that the way the murders were carried out were very cool? The book mentioned a lot about a certain haunting flute music but that was not explained in the end. Why did a woman in the story have migraines when she heard the music? That was totally not explained. Neither was the "stoning" that the murderer had experienced in his early years...how did that come about? What was the effects of that? When i first read about that i thought that would be a very strong motive for the murders...revenge? making them experience what he experienced in the past? in a twisted way, i feel that that would be a more reasonable motive for the murders. I am not an olympic fan so i cannot relate to the strong feelings the murderer has regarding the evolving olympic games. I imagine not many people can relate to that either, personally i thought it was a bit stupid. I feel that character development for the murderer and the main character, Knight was good, but Pope's character was a bit disappointing. I imagined more team work between Knight and Pope but she seemed to fade a bit at the end. High level of suspense towards the end but the beginning was a bit slow. Good read overall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Patti | 2/3/2014

    " Every time I read a novel by James Patterson I hope for the best and I'm always disappointed. I wish these authors that write with him would just go out on their own. I will not read anymore books by James Patterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Peace | 1/28/2014

    " What a great book to read whilst the Olympic Games are on. I was absolutely engrossed in the plot.The Olympic games are due to start in London and Private are the security team. There are a lot of differences to the Private games as to what happened in the Olympics but nevertheless some coincidences were there. The Mary Poppins connection in the opening ceremony being one. The plot does have some really clever twists but some of them are blindingley obvious but are they meant to be ??. I thoroughy enjoyed this book. A good read and I would recommend you pick it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Desiree' | 1/18/2014

    " Good read, current event, edge of my proverbial seat. Thanks again James. "

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