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Richard

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  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3474)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1683)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Oh, David. This contrivance just doesn't fly!"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed David Baldacci's books in the past, even though he had several times used our family name in a villainous way (I found that amusing, actually). I am very glad that he left us out of "Split Second".

    Not a bad start to the book. Even the middle was moving along nicely until one seemingly unnecessary scene screamed at me, "I just told you who the bad guy is!" But I remained ready to accept that as a nice little misdirection -- it wasn't.

    But as the story drew to a close and the explanation of all of the murders and various evil happenings was revealed, I couldn't help but shout at my dashboard, "Oh, David, what a contrivance! How ludicrously involved! How ridiculous!" I figured pretty soon the villain was going to tell us how he had cleverly manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, but that somehow escaped inclusion in this book.

    Buck up, Mr. Baldacci. There will surely be life after "Split Second"!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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