Having read The Hit and The Innocent by David Baldacci I had high expectations for Split Second. Unfortunately the plot is much too far fetched and I lost interest as the plot progressed.
Baldacci masters the suspense and the action but if the story is too much - it doesn't help.
I have found the pace of this book much slower than Baldacci's usual work (The Innocent is fantastic for example), but I am enjoying it none the less. My problem is that I listened to this book right after a Janet Evanovich mystery... both read by Scott Brick. Brick lacks subtlety in his reading... he's just too intense and his characters sound too harsh for even mild comments. Worse yet, I felt like I was listening to the same characters in the two books, so similar was his reading. And just to round out my criticism, he doesn't read women well. They all sound like drag queens mimicking Bette Davis (and I KNOW drag queens). I am happy to see that Brick does not narrate the remaining King & Maxwell series so I will continue to listen.
The pacing is much slower.
A different narrator.
This is the first King & Maxwell story. Basically, it's the story of how two disgraced Secret Service agents come together to solve two campaign-trail crimes. Overall, I thought it was a sub-par plot, but the characters were delightful.
A good, fast paced mystery.
The narrator was poor. He only had three voices, and they were hard to tell apart. It made it harder to follow the plot.
This is the first book I've read of David Baldacci and it won't be the last. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not bloody or gritty like Sandford but it has interesting characters and a good plot.
Scott Brick did a great job as usual.
I think this was a pretty good story and would likely have enjoyed it more in traditional book form. The narrator has a magnificient voice but I found it somewhat monotonous and he didn't seem to make character transitions as easily as others. I actually quit midway through due to the narrator but may well pick it up from the library.
No, but interesting
No. Characters are not well-rounded enough to really engage reader.
I liked ending even though it was a bit predictable.
Scott Brick brings more dimension to the characters than they may have on paper.
No. I think following "King and Maxwell" stories will be much the same: predictable until the plot gets so convoluted that it strains the imagination.
Not a waste of time. I chose it because I enjoy Scott Brick and I had never read Baldaccci. Lots of good action. Plot is fine for most of the book, but toward the end, I felt like Baldacci had painted himself into a corner and got stuck in a convoluted plot with too many asssumptions without basis. On the whole, enjoyable, but not great.
I enjoy listening to Action Adventure books during my daily, (45 + mins) commute to work.
Third from the top.
It laid the how they ( King n Maxwell) became partners.
At the end when they are trapped in the burning hotel.
I will listen to this whole series!