TO THE BEST OF my understandably shaky recollection,
the first time I died it went something like this.
Mortar rounds were thumping all around me, releasing
what sounded like a shower of razor blades. I was carrying
Marine Corporal Danny Young over my shoulder, and I loved
this guy. He was the toughest soldier I’d ever fought beside,
funny as hell, and best of all, he was hopeful - his wife back
in West Texas was pregnant with their fourth kid.
Now his blood bubbled down my flight suit, splashing on
my boots like water from a drainpipe. I ran across rocky ground in the dark, and I choked out to Danny, “I’ve got you; I’ve got you. Just stay with me, you hear me?”
I lowered him to the ground a few yards away from the
helicopter, and suddenly there was a concussive explosion, as though the ground had blown up around me. I felt a stunning hammer strike to my chest, and that was the end.
I died. I passed to the other side. I don’t even know how
long I was gone.
Del Rio told me later that my heart had stopped.
I just remember swimming up to the light, and the pain,
and the awful reek of aviation fuel.
My eyes flashed open and there was Del Rio in my face,
his hands pressing down on my chest. He laughed when my
eyes opened - and at the same time tears ran down his
cheeks. He said, “Jack, you son of a bitch, you’re back.”
A dense curtain of oily black smoke rolled over us. Danny
Young lay right there beside me, his legs splayed at weird
angles, and behind Del Rio was the helicopter, burning bright
white, getting ready to blow.
My buddies were still in there. My friends. Guys who had
risked their lives for me.
I choked out a few words. “We’ve got to get them out of
Excerpt from PRIVATE with permission from Little,Brown and Company, New York, NY Copyright ©
James Patterson’s new thriller, Private, reaffirms the mega-hit author as “the man who can’t miss” (TIME).
Although it’s been a number of years since Jack Morgan’s failed attempt to save a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, the nightmares haven’t stopped—perhaps because Jack, who was injured in the copter crash, is convinced there’s a piece of the story still missing. In the meantime, he’s devoted his energies to returning his family’s investigative agency, Private, to its former glory. And lately, business has been too good….
First off, the Mob, riled up about an NFL gambling scandal, has “asked” Jack to check it out; a serial killer targeting schoolgirls has the LAPD stumped and they, too, want his input—all this just as the wife of Jack’s best friend is brutally murdered! And the cases could be the least of Jack’s problems. A scandalous office situation has the potential to become explosive since the love affair involves him.
As the tension mounts, Jack’s gorgeous partner, Justine, tries to shoulder some of the burden. But she can’t ease the pressure when everything comes to a head at once…and the truth about Jack’s past comes roaring back with a vengeance.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( June 28, 2010 )
Item #: 13-111828
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.9inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This was the first James Patterson book that I have read and it was really good. I will be getting more of his books. I enjoyed the fact that there wasn't explicit sex in it. A good story doesn't need it.
Reviewer: Ruth H
Absolutely loved it. A great new series. It is tough to compete with the Alex Cross and Michael Bennett story lines, but I believe James and Maxine have certainly gotten off to a great start here. I am looking forward to receiving the next release.
Reviewer: Barbara N
I thought the New Novel "Postcard Killers" was awesome. I couldn't put it down. It had the page turning suspense that I haven't found lately. I loved the James Patterson/Liza Marklund writing duo were destined for a very suspenseful story! I always enjoy meeting a new character, I wasn't too sure I liked the "scuzzy detective" as he was portrayed, but my opinion slowly changed See for yourself!
Beginning of another great series.
This book was dissapointing. The storyline was predictable, no surprises.
Reviewer: Maria C