The world's most renowned investigation firm is in charge of security for the Olympic Games. But when a killer strikes hours before the event, they must stop him in his tracks.
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 more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries.
The opening ceremony is 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 man claiming 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 lies, corruption, 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" delivers an exhilarating, action-packed thriller that brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a wildly powerful climax (Forbes).
In Patterson and Sullivan's thriller, a madman commits a series of gruesome acts to stop the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Working to thwart him are Peter Knight, a troubleshooter for Private "the world's most renowned investigation firm" and tabloid reporter Karen Pope. Timed to coincide with the real London Olympics in July, the book is filled with action, suspense, gruesome death, and surprisingly a touch of romance, all ably narrated by Paul Panting. For chapters focusing on Knight, Panting employs his own voice, adding a bit of edge to his speech, while for those narrated by homicidal villain Cronus, he switches to a chillingly soft tone. Cronus's reflections are initially unemotional, but progress from arrogant to furious as his careful planning is undone by Knight. A Little, Brown hardcover.
The story is somewhat predictable, but has a good ending.
Having bought and enjoyed the previous books about Jack and Private, I decided to invest and enjoy another unfolding story with perhaps a further development of characters.
I unfortunately found this book doubly irritating. First, I'm lured in by the name of an acclaimed author and a known prequel. Second, after paying the price of a Hardback Edition, I'm subjected to what appears to be the feeble attempts of a co-author to flesh out a spin-off along an abysmally incongrous storyline. A storyline so littered with obvious clues and false leads that I actually cringed from time to time, feeling embarrassed on behalf of whoever wrote them in.
Good grief Mr Patterson and/or Sullivan, - how are the migthy fallen?!
Could not get book to download, but money was taken out of my account. How do we get refund?