Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!
This second novel in the series was a disappointment, despite the constant reversals and unreliable characters in surprising situations. I had looked forward to more of the imminent possibilities in the King and Maxwell partnership. The first novel had a charm and sense of optimism unusual in murder mysteries , and half an hour after finishing "Split Second" I was already immersed in "Hour Game."
Unfortunately, the unique dynamic between the two former Secret Service superstars simply disappeared. Suddenly Maxwell was just a woman addicted to working out, playing second fiddle to a man who constantly put down her housekeeping skills-- and how is such a personality quirk relevant to the functioning of their agency? Being a former Olympian is not enough--she should be a fabulous cook with a cozy home for her non-existent friends to visit? Why did Maxwell essentially disappear as a lead character? And why wouldn't a young, smart and gorgeous woman at least be dating? Only King gets the dates in this book-- a messy rekindling of some former undefined "thing" (was it the year after her husband died, or when did it fit in the chronology?).
And why didn't the pair have any other active cases? They became less and less plausible as formerly interesting people, and I won't waste a credit on any more books in this series.
I enjoyed the first book a great deal but book 2 was a bit of a let down,. What happened to the kick-ass Michelle? She turned into a bit character for the male who solved the crime. I will have to think long and hard about using a credit for the 3rd book.
Too many casualites; too much plot to be credible. I've read some other Baldacci books that seemed to flow well. This one did not hold my interest.
I love the work of Scott Brick, but his reading talents are wasted here.
The characters are not believable. The dialog is silly. The plot lacks credibility.
I always finish a book once I start it, but I wish I could have back the hours -- and the book credit -- wasted on "The Hour Game."
Scott Brick does a great job with this book, but I don't know how many times Balducci uses the phrase "Shot back" or "shot across" or some other weak phrase. He has too few words for too many scenes and it quickly becomes apparent. The plot twist will keep you guessing, but I found some of the clue threads almost non-apparent; at the "big reveal" the detective goes through a series of explanations that really are a stretch. Finally the differences between what the author can imagine and what the coroner describes are huge. It is too clear that he took notes during his forensic research and wanted to put them on paper to describe every gruesome detail, but his own imagination brings us tired wording.
Queen of UTEE
This was my first book by this author and it was definitely a thriller. I felt a bit gyped at the ending....didn't expect it to be who it was...came sort of out of the blue for me - but...that being said....it is well written, suspensful and will not be my last read by Baldacci. I'm ready for more !
I have read eight David Baldacci books and until this one would have given them all at least 4 stars. This one has very little action - just one violent killing after another after another. I know David Baldacci's style of writing well enough to bet that he didn't personally conceive the plot or write this book.
This book went on waaay too long. Perhaps it was the narrator; I find Scott Brick's narration rather dull. There is a different narrator for the abridged version. I rarely choose abridged versions, but this book was, as noted by other reviewers, very convoluted, and perhaps abridgement might do this book some good. There are some interesting twists, but on the whole, I was disappointed.
I have read other Baldacci and usually he is much better than this. This effort was formulaic and lacked any real suspense. The main characters appeared in a previous novel, and had the potential to be interesting, which compelled me to try this one. In this book the author manages somehow to describe their ongoing partnership over 14 hours of audiobook without giving us anymore insight into their personalities or relationship. The "bad guy" in this one is described in some depth, but the characterization does not make much sense, even at the end of the book, when we get rather implausible explainations of the bad behavior. There were even stupid editing errors in the book that I caught-in one scene a small child was described as holding a stuffed dog, and in the next paragraph he was holding a stuffed bear instead....that may seem picky, but come on! I was not even listening for errors and this just jumped out at me. I don't want to simply write in and trash a book, but this one really seemed "phoned in".
This is the first one of his books that I have listened to and found it quite good. I liked the plot and twists as well as the pace of the story. As mentioned elsewhere I have sore ears from listening!