Private India

Private India is the eighth novel in the Private series by renowned author James Patterson. Santosh Wagh is fighting the head of Private India, Mumbai branch. As Santosh and his team are racing against the killer, a greater danger faces Private India – threatening the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.

Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.

Review 1: Private India audiobook by Deborah

I couldn’t take it any more! 😖😱

The narrator’s cadence and accent is just too irritating, I couldn’t even finish the book. Because of that I also didn’t rate the story highly. To me the narration is a part of the whole, especially on this platform. My advice is that you take a listen to the sample before you buy and decide for yourself.

Review 2: Private India audiobook by Respiratory Relic

The story was very well conceived and flowed. The problem I had in staying in touch with who was whom was the language. Perhaps the Indian names were properly selected and mean more to the native reader, but to a foreigner (American) I got confused who each was. The locations would have been helped by a map and some other geographical visual. I kept trying to visualize the scene and people and at times was at a complete loss. I have never been to London or Paris and didn’t have as much problem with those venues. I suspect I was trying too hard to identify with the characters and their names didn’t fit anyone I had in mind. Would a picture of each person or byline of who he was in relation to the main characters or action might have helped me. Anyway this language thing did distract me far too often and took me away from the artistry of the story and novel.

Review 3: Private India audiobook by Sachin Rath

Bollywood (India’s Hindi movie industry based out of Mumbai formerly Bombay) is not known for action-thrillers though it does make a lot of thrillers with murder-suspense, terrorism, and mostly gangster themes and it would do well to read this book and consider a movie adaptation of the same! The joint duo of American, James Patterson (Alex Cross novels) and Indian, Ashwin Sanghi (apparently India’s “Lord of The Rings” meets “Da Vinci Code” thriller writer who has so far written three novels that I have not read) do such a superb Indo-American co-authoring of a pulse-pounding, page-turning, and edge-of-the-seat body-pileup thriller filled with myriad colorful Indian characters based in India’s NYC-meets-LA city of Mumbai, that it makes you wonder: is this book a mish-mash of Bollywood thrillers or is it custom-written to be adapted into a Bollywood movie? The book moves at such a lightning pace that I finished it over a weekend (my fastest read ever)! The only element missing in this novel, are the songs-and-dances!! However, to be fair, the motive (trying not to give any spoilers) behind the serial-killings was a little unconvincing and the climax, a bit of a let-down but it would make sense to Indians and those who are aware (SPOILER ALERT!!) that there were indeed a string of murders committed by an unknown and un-apprehended killer (or killers?) who stalked the streets of Mumbai and Kolkatta back in ’85-’90 and who murdered about 26 homeless people in both cities put together, by smashing their heads with a stone (earning the name “the stoneman” or “pathar-maar” in Hindi). Rumor has it, the killer(or killers?) had a religious/superstitious belief that pleasing a goddess with a certain number of human sacrifices would rid themselves of their impotence. Another historical accuracy and factual reference of this novel is the that of India’s “Thugee” cult of murderers who used to kill and rob hordes of travelers by either first hoodwinking them to gain their trust and strangling them with a handkerchief (“rumaal” in Hindi) in their sleep or just ambushing and strangling them. The British did eliminate this cult in pre-independence India (refer to Pierce Brosnan starrer “The Deceivers”). The Hindi word for cheat is “thug” which was anglicized to become the current English word “thug”, which means hood. Apart from that, the city of Mumbai and India in general being a frequent target of terrorists sponsored by her neighbor to the west, was dead-on. I enjoyed reading all of this material and was beaming in approval at the accuracy of this novel in blending history and fact with fiction.

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