This is only the second book in this series, but John puller has become one of my favorite characters. He is honest but flawed, and it a good investigator. The author gives you just enough clues about what is going on to allow you to enjoy the story, but never enough to figure it out or make the book predictable. True, the lead character escapes way to many ambushes and gun fights and always lives to tell the story, but hey, this is fiction. I like to just relax and let the story unfold.
I've read other reviewers who don't like the male, female readers in this series but I really like them. It adds an extra dimension to the book and the two readers have a good chemistry. In fact, I look forward to a book I know it is read by them. I can take or leave the sound effects, but I don't find them so annoying that it distracts from the book.
I hope he continues this series because I can't wait for another John Puller story.
I have to agree with most of the other reviews on this page. This book was not David Baldacci's best work. Many books are not believable but are enjoyable because it is fiction and you can overlook a lot of things. This book goes so far beyond, that you can't even let your imagination run wild. The First Lady does things that simply would never happen, ever! The story line is OK but is so far fetched that it is not believable. If you are reading the whole series, and especially if you want to find out what happens to Michelle from the previous book, then this is worth reading. If you are just looking for another Baldacci book, look elsewhere. Even the voices in this book don't feel right. Ron McLarty is one of my favorite readers but I just couldn't get into some of his voices. I don't regret reading this book, but it will go down as one of the books that was just meh.
If you love dogs, read this book.
If you love German Shepard's, read this book.
If you love broken hero's (both man and dog) that make a grand comeback, read this book.
If you love detective books, read this book.
This is one of the better books I've read lately. It has a broken dog and a broken cop that make and unlikely pair. While trying to solve a murder both dog and man must face their demons. You will find that you cheer with every success and cry at every defeat.
The plot is solid and the characters are believably. You come to love the main characters and feel every pain and triumph right along with them. MacLeod Andrews does a great job of narration. He is equally believable as our hero, the fellow women police, the gruff trainer and of course Maggie the dog. Seeing part of the story from Maggie s perspective allows us to witness what is going on, from every angle and every characters perspective.
A well done story. You can not go wrong with this book!!
I like a good CIA "figure it out as you go" thriller. This is right up there in a list of my favorites.
I once worked with a librarian who mentioned prescription writers. She went on to explain that some authors have a certain format for writing. The main story and characters are different but process and how the story is carried out is the same in most books. Baldacci falls into this category of writer. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, I happen to like the style he uses. The flow of this book is identical to "Zero Day" that I read several months ago. If you liked "Zero Day", you will like "The Innocent". If you like "The Innocent", go get "Zero Day". They may not be completely believable, but they are a good read and an interesting story. I hated to stop listening when I got to work. In my opinion both are excellent book and well worth the credit.
I've read several reviews that didn't like two readers. I completely disagree. I first heard these two performers when I listened to "Zero Day". I really enjoyed the chemistry they had. It made the book feel more real. I actually could believe these people existed. When listening the "The Innocent", it was like a listening to my old friends again. I think Orlagh has gotten better with this book. She is required to play several voices and does so very well.
I am looking forward Baldacci's next book. I wish he could write a little faster. :)
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