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Sunday 3 October 2021

‘Private Rogue’ by James Patterson and Adam Hamdy

Published by Century,
8 July 2021.
ISBN: 978-1-529-12587-0 (HB)

If I was asked to describe this book in two words, it would be ‘Roller coaster’.  I read it in one sitting, and one minute my heart was in my mouth, and the next I was euphoric. Yes! And then just as suddenly disaster knocked the breath was knocked out of me.

The story opens in Afghanistan, where a US Special Forces undercover operation isliterally blown apart.

Back in New York we meet Beth and her children Daniel and Marianne, who are being collected from school. A normal day that doesn’t end normally.

In chapter 4 we meet the main first-person narrator of the story, Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, now the largest and most successful investigations agency in the world. Recent experiences in Moscow have reminded Jack of the fragility of life, and the need to value the things that are important, particular the relationship he now has with his colleague Justine.

The heartfelt entreaty from a Donald Singer to please help find his daughter and his two grandchildren, who have just disappeared doesn’t seem that onerous, but the idea that this is a simple missing person’s case is soon dead in the water. 

What follows is high-octane stuff.  I was too engrossed in the story to count the dead bodies, but there were a lot of them.

With twists and turns, and some terrific characters this is one of those unputdownable books. I heartily recommend it as a top read.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett

Adam Hamdy is an author, screenwriter and filmmaker. In addition to his own original work, Adam has adapted a number of comic books and novels for the screen, including the forthcoming film version of David Mitchell’s novel, Number9Dream. Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London.  He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman. Adam lives in Shropshire with his wife and three children.

James Patterson was born 194, He is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 385 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.  James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, Dog Diaries, Treasure Hunters and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past thirteen years in a row. He lives in Florida with his family.

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