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.
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"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)
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.
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.
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!
Someone with a lot of patience. Someone who can care about characters who appear to not care about each other.
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?
Sadly I can't remember anyone other than the main people--and as I said, I am starting not to like them much.
I couldn't finish the darn thing. I keep having to relisten--and it wasn't because I wanted to hear it again.
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.
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