David Baldacci brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell - former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, featured in the hit TNT TV series King & Maxwell - in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever....
It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death.
Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?
Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler - though they may pay for it with their lives.
(Book 6 of the series)
©2013 David Baldacci (P)2013 Hachette
King and Maxwell is an engaging mystery. No moments of boredom - the case just kept getting larger and more involved. It was easy to question the wisdom of several of the characters, but believable. Maxwell irritates somewhat - but I have a hard time with severely messy people. Good Read, just what I always get from Baldacci
I've enjoyed Baldacci's work in the past, and wanted to like this one.
I felt that much of the dialogue (especially between the two leads) was sappy...pure drivel. Not worthy of my time. And while I have enjoyed some of McLarty's work in the past...I didn't enjoy this one. Especially his terrible character voice for the teenage kid and the computer sleuth. Cassidy was OK, but not impressive. Just felt like another day's work for the voices.
I nearly bailed on this a few chapters in...but ended up sticking with it. It picked up somewhat around Chapter 70. But there were just too many dead spots for me to recommend it. Pretty disappointing. A very average experience.
*** SPOILER ALERT! ***
Iran/Contra being the motive for plotting to assassinate a current day sitting president because Reagan wasn't convicted, Really?! If that weren't bad enough, the writer even had to use it as causative the reason why some imaginary couple committed suicide which drove the perp looney tunes. I mean, it's not like he couldn't have pick liberal LBJ who caused the real deaths of over 50,000 troops by use of an intentional lie.
Anyway, 2 stars off for the leftist tilt but 1 star added back for the entertaining sound effects.
I love the relationship between the two King and Maxwell. The dialogue and story left me wanting more.
None. It stands alone as a super mystery adventure story.
It was interesting how the sound effects added to the story and were not overwhelming. Very well done.
Really enjoyed this. Got my attention and I had my earphones with me until I finished. Always enjoy good sarcasm and the chemistry with the duo made the book. I'm looking for Book 2. Would definitely recommend it.
Not sure; either historical fiction or a Nelson DeMille type of book
The multiple narrators were very disappointing and the sound effects were amateur at best. They tried to make a screenplay out of an audiobook.
The characters weren't the real problem; it was the narrating.
I've come to expect alot more from Baldacci. Time to find a new author...
Yes. They are terrific characters. Each stands alone yet they are great together.
Yes, right up until the end, the villain seemed 1 step ahead.
They are both VERY good at altering their voices and the inflection in their voices.
More laugh than cry. They are fun characters that make you want to hang out with them.
I think what made me like the book from the beginning was easily because of the other series books and the TV series making the characters be in focus.
Suspenseful, exciting, enjoyable
Yes. It's hard to buck the U.S. government and yet they somehow manage to succeed.
Yes but I couldn't and it drove me crazy
Mystery game player
This was a great story, full of suspense and an extremely great plot.
The voice inflections, gave this story the human side of an otherwise flat storyline. They used emotion that you could almost feel when they were talking. Some of the sound effects startled me and kept me on the edge of the chair. Very well done altogether.
They made a series of this, and I enjoyed every episode. I wish they would continue with the characters and expand on the storyline. Edgar seems like quite the character, and was most enjoyable.
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