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Count to Ten
Private #13
James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi
Read by Sartaj Garewal

Hachette Audio
December 5, 2017/ ISBN 978-1478922506
Suspense / Private Investigators / International – India / Audiobook – 7 hours and 7 minutes
Note: Mature Language / Content

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi introduce readers to a new Private team in Delhi. Co-writer Ashwin Sanghi, one of India’s bestselling authors, holds his own. Count to Ten is a nail-biting thriller with a killer you hope will never ever exist in your lifetime. The twists and turns are shocking and nonstop. The India backdrop is intriguing and the characters are noteworthy.

Jack Morgan’s PI agency, Private, is often hired by big businesses, government entities, the rich and famous, and anyone else who can afford them. Private has offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Paris, Rio and now Delhi. Jack wants his friend Santosh Wagh to run Private India with investigators Nisha and Neil, but only if he’s conquered the Whiskey habit. Santosh is a great lead character, but for me, Nisha and her daughter stood out in this one.

The storyline opens with a killer and his victim, then moves to a young couple, a vacant building and dead bodies. When the killer sees his latest victim take second to the vacant house and bodies on nightly News he decides to kill again. The vacant building is owned by the state, which has the minister and the police commissioner at odds. Jack accepts the State’s case after he’s approached by a high-ranking member of government. Not everyone at Private thinks that’s the smart move. It puts everyone in the middle of state politics, media madness, and multiple murders. The Chief Minister handles the press conference and leaked police reports. A News station and reporter are more interested in politics than murder. One reporter is adamant in destroying a local politician. And a Private investigator is in danger.

Count to Ten moves in various directions in the first chapters. The character introductions might seem a little confusing at first, but as always, there’s a method to Patterson madness, so pay attention. Once you get past the intro, the rest is a gripping ride. Graphic scenes are scattered throughout and each time they occur we get a hint of who and why.

Sartaj Garewal narrates the audiobook version. He delivers each character’s introduction perfectly and transports listeners effortlessly into the storyline. From the killer’s bone-chilling scenes to the heart-tugging moments with Nisha and her daughter, Count to Ten is another dramatic listen with the Private International.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Jack Morgan

Private, #1 [Audio] - [Book] (US)
#1 Suspect, #2 [Audio] (US)
Private LA, #6 [Audio] (US)
Private Vegas #9 [Audio] (US)


Private Games, #3 [Audio] (England)
Private London
#4[Audio] (England)
Private Berlin, #5
[Audio] (Germany)
Private Down Under, #7 [Audio] (Australia)
Private India: City of Fire #8 [Audio] (India)
Private Royal #11 [Audio] (England)
Private Missing #12 [Audio] (Australia)
Private Paris #12.5 [Audio] (Paris/US)
Count to Ten #13 [Audio] (India)

Reviewed 2018