Princess

Princess

Book - 2018
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When Jack Morgan, the head of the world's foremost investigation agency receives at invitation to meet Princess Caroline, third in line to the British throne, he boards his Gulfstream jet and flies straight to London. Sophie Edwards, a close friend of the Princess, has gone missing. She needs to be found before the media become aware of it. Morgan knows there is more to this case than he is being told. But what is the Princess hiding?
Publisher: New York, New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781538714447
Characteristics: 350 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jones, Rees 1983-- Author

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DT_kcls
Apr 01, 2019

'Princess, Private #14' could not capture my interest. I think it's because it's just more of the same: big case, Morgan steps in, someone good dies, someone bad dies. Ho hum. I'd rather read a 'Jonathan Graves' novel by John Gilstrap or a 'Charlie Parker' novel by John Connolly with similar attributes but much, much more depth.

Somewhere along the line I missed at least two 'Private' novels, one of which evidently was the precursor to 'Princess' and is constantly referenced in it. Again, ho hum. In the past I would have immediately read the two I missed to see what I missed.

I also think think the writing style differences between Patterson and Jones are very clear: instead of merging seamlessly, it's quite easy to see when they've each taken over the narrative.

I counted: I've read 38 books written soley by James Patterson and another 87 books he co-authored with 24 other writers (none of whom are nor ever will be Bill Clinton). I've learned that I rarely take away anything from a Patterson book anymore. It's a quick read, it's done and I move on. No great quotes, even fewer great 'lessons', nothing to ponder. I realize his books are all about entertainment, but they have become too many, too formulaic and a bit cheap. There are just so many great books waiting for me to read, I'm not sure I want to waste any more more time with Patterson. That being said, I will still read the 'Michael Bennett' series. I'm on the fence with the 'Women's Murder Club' and barely hanging on to that fence with 'Alex Cross'. On the other hand, his gentle books, such as Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas are greatly missed. To quote a recent ex-president, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”, so, Mr Patterson, instead of spreading yourself so thin, churning out novels like popcorn kernels in hot oil with dozens of co-authors, perhaps it's time to go back to focusing on a few really good stories of your own.

3 stars for Princess, lowest C- possible.

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TigerMO
Nov 24, 2018

This is my least favorite Patterson books in the Private series. It's lacking suspense and focuses too much on Jack Morgan's personal obsession with the villian. Storyline is too disjointed. Maybe the collaborating author is to blame? I didn't care for Private: The Royals either.

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McCReader
Oct 09, 2018

Huge Private fan - but this one dropped the ball - VERY boring and disappointing

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jul 15, 2018

I liked the book. Typical in the Private series. The chase at the end was way too long. You could skip 40 chapters and still be chasing! Short and to the point is what I love about Patterson. This had me skipping ahead too much. Come on JP.

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KatherineHere
Jun 30, 2018

A plot for a run-of-the-mill, big-action movie, maybe, and pretty much a waste of time, but not unexpected.

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jonnyquick
Jun 23, 2018

This one was awful! Too predictable and way too shmarmy. This is my last "Private" book.

OPL_KrisC Jun 21, 2018

This is part of the Private series by James Patterson and honestly not my favorite book of the series. While it is a mystery and does contain some suspense and action-packed moments, there are definitely parts that do drag.

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reader7176
Jun 14, 2018

Not one of Patterson's best books. Maybe he is writing books to fast and not giving them his special touch. Read maybe 1/3 of book, might finish it someday.

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USAF1969
Jun 11, 2018

THE PRINCESS is a typical James Patterson PRIVATE book. Fun story to read, compulsory improbable events and escapes (Clive Cussler-esque), but not one of his better or tightly written stories that one commonly find outside the PRIVATE series. Spoiler alert - yery sad part for Jack Morgan in this one. Nevertheless, it fun distraction for a quick read.

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megangell214
May 22, 2018

Definitely not one of his best. Make sure you are up to date with Private Royals before reading this book, it is a bookshot by Patterson (less than 150 pages, very quick and easy read). I had not read it not realizing I should and I was quite confused because they use a lot of this bookshot as a story line in Princess. The ending was quite predictable.

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