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Hour Game | [David Baldacci]

Hour Game

A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.
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Publisher's Summary

A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

Drawn into this violent affair are two Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Both have been hired to prove a man's innocence in a domestic burglary involving an aristocratic, if dysfunctional, family. Soon, stunning secrets will lead the partners into the middle of a frantic search for a killer unlike any they've confronted before.

As the Hour Game barrels forward, Sean and Michelle face a macabre puzzle and uncover one horrifying revelation after another. Nearing the truth, they will find that their own lives are in danger. And then they're hit with the biggest surprise of all. When you play the Hour Game, you have to play to win. But time is running out...for all of them.

In Hour Game, best-selling master storyteller David Baldacci has created his most mind-blowing and satisfying thriller yet.

©2004 Columbus Rose, Inc.; (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Utterly absorbing, complex mystery-thriller that spins in unexpected directions....A snappy surprise ending will have Baldacci's many fans remembering why they love this author so much." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Brad Northfield, MN, United States 03-21-11
    Brad Northfield, MN, United States 03-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a Baldacci"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 09-12-05
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 09-12-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Darn Good !"

    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 !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James W Beaverville, IL, USA 02-10-05
    James W Beaverville, IL, USA 02-10-05
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    "Boring - truly a waste of time."

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 01-03-05
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 01-03-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Might be better in the abridged version"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer plattsburgh, NY, USA 11-09-04
    Jennifer plattsburgh, NY, USA 11-09-04
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    "lackluster"

    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".

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Charlotte, NC, USA 12-12-04
    Jeff Charlotte, NC, USA 12-12-04
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    "Very Pleased"

    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!

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Malia Nash Hawaii 08-24-12
    Malia Nash Hawaii 08-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Malia Nash

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    "I just don't care"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with a lot of patience. Someone who can care about characters who appear to not care about each other.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    David's weak point is that he makes no effort to get his reader to understand the bad guy. No, he shouldn't try to excuse the guy's action but if he had tried to explain the bad guy's thinking, it would have really spooked out the reader.I also would have liked less Sean worship from all the women; it didn't lend warmth toward the main protagonist. I'm not particularly liking Michelle either; she not only joins the other women in wanting to bed Sean, where is the kick butt ex-agent with the great brain we loved in the first book?


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Sadly I can't remember anyone other than the main people--and as I said, I am starting not to like them much.


    What character would you cut from Hour Game?

    all.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish the darn thing. I keep having to relisten--and it wasn't because I wanted to hear it again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DaBears113 03-17-05
    DaBears113 03-17-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Who done it?"

    I have read several reviews that rated this book poorly because the readers were comparing to other books by this author. I typically do the same thing with Stephen King. However, I have not read any other book by this author so had nothing to compare it to and I thought it was very good. A good deal of action sequences mixed between character development and good old fashion grisly murders. And what could you want more than a "who done it" where you do not know until the very end who the culprit is. The author follows up the perceived ending with even more twists and turns. The readers were fantastic and really fit the characters in my opinion and I had trouble putting it down. Not the best I have read but better than most and worth the price as a member of Audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Lawson 11-29-04 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun book"

    This is a worthwile investment of your time and money.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Elsie MacGregor 05-15-15 Member Since 2012

    Moo

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    "Great beginning & draggy middle"

    This book had a great beginning. In the time since their first book together (Split Second), Michelle and Sean have formalized their business partnership, with Michelle moving to quiet rural Virginia. They bicker like an old married couple, but it seems like a healthy platonic relationship for both. While running one day, Michelle comes across some screaming children who found a body in the woods. Thus begins the quest for a serial killer, with lots of twists and turns involving the local aristocracy, the FBI, small town cops, a brothel, and assorted odd-balls.

    Overall, I liked the story. It just seemed to drag a bit near the end. I think if you're willing to stick with it, though, the ending is satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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