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
I love the K&M series of Baldacci books and this final installment did not disappoint. I would love another! As for the audio version - it's great to hear the male and female readers using different voices for different characters and with sound effects and thrilling music at times it really livens up the experience.
liked the book, great performance by audio readers / actors, wish story was a little more believable
I read / listen for entertainment, encouragement and education.
This was a good story but not the best King and Maxwell of the series... I'm a little disappointed- there was no twists and no way to leave the series... about as disappointing as the series being cancelled in the first season.
Yes, this was a better King and Maxwell interpretation but they will always be better at Robie and Reel... Myabe because the series started out with Scott Brick.
Once Mans vengence is nothing for King and Maxwell
Who in the World thought it was a good idea to cast Rebecca Romijn as Michelle Maxwell? Beautiful but not believable
Why do involved, informed, educated people insist on not noticing redundant language when using acronyms? "HRT" means hostage rescue team. It is unnecessary to state " the HRT team" ...or "the patient was in the ICU unit. " No one would state "the CIA agency"... but the same people have no qualms being redundant with other acronyms. David Baldacci writes such interesting books. I wish he would notice his redundancies and remove them from his product. At least Baldacci does not include such poor statements as Flynn used. Flynn was fond of stating that someone " would curse in Hebrew..." . When I lived and worked in Isreal, learning Hebrew was mandated. Cursing was included, but since there are no curse words in the Hebrew language, we had to learn the words in Arabic or Yiddish. That is a glaring error. Baldacci 's redundancies are made by many just not being aware. Please have his editor correct these errors.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
It seems like the narrators took earlier feedback to heart. I gave a rotten review on the last book. Ron narrates fine, I love his voice and can listen to him forever. I did not like Orlagh's over acting in her narration and used a southern accent that was very annoying. The over acting female roles vs the easy narration of the male roles clashed and were annoying.
With this book, Orlagh toned down the broadway and got rid of the accent and Ron stepped up with more charactor in his narration.
I liked previous books with Scott Brick, but honestly my favorite was the one Ron McLarty did by himself. But the last book with the duo of Ron and Orlagh was very good.
A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.
Baldacci formula is always entertaining and "feels" plausible. This installment of the K&M series is no different.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
No, because it was so slow moving & because I don't like stories about Iran/Afghanistan. Wish U.S. had stayed out. And while my heart went out to Wingo for being framed, I was angry at him for leaving the military a year shy of his 20 to set up a cover and for accepting this obviously danger-fraught (not to say boneheaded) assignment (not to mention the upheaval to his son's life due to the cover of a fake wife!). As a single parent, he should have known and OWED his son A LOT better.
I liked some of the others better.
When POTUS told Michelle (who'd never advanced to guarding the President): "You can be on my protection detail anytime..." I got a lump in my throat. Very exciting scenes where Michelle saving POTUS.All the scenes with Dana were great; she is a rockstar. (I see her as Delta Burke, circa Designing Women.) I also liked the surprise of who was the last conspirator. I'm usually not surprised when reading mystery/thrillers and love when I don't see something coming.
Admire Wingo's ability to move through enemy territory (everyone is an enemy!) & make it home(!) Alan Grant's villainy was oddly motivated. Orphaned as a child because his father was the only one branded with blame for a political fiasco, he sets up a situation where an innocent man, who happens to be a single parent of a young son, will likely die and at the very least take the blame for a political fiasco. Was he expecting Tyler Wingo to grow up & do the same thing he did in 20 or so years? Also, while in the U.S. the sins of the father are not usually blamed on the son, they aren't forgotten either. Don't know how he got his high level in the military-industrial complex. And, knowing his history, I doubt his father-in-law would have ever wanted his daughter dating Alan, much less marrying him. I love Edgar - loved him in the TV show & love him in the series. Jon Tenney (did I get his name right?) was great as King in the TV show but I always picture Deborah Messing as Michelle Maxwell when reading these books. Also agree with Michelle that King's buddying with Dana for rehab will likely lead to false hopes. Liked that he succeeded in getting money for Dana (but didn't her husband have a trust fund? Weren't they already rich???) but think the Wingo family deserves some of that.
King andMaxwell is a great ride of intrigue, mystery and interpersonal relationships. Baldacci tells a great story while bringing the characters to life.
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