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King and Maxwell | [David Baldacci]

King and Maxwell

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14
    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Baldacci should wind this series down"

    I've thoroughly enjoyed the King and Maxwell series and have read every book. No series can last forever and I've wondered which book in the series would seem too repetitive. For me its this one. It truly seemed like it was baked in a mold of the others with nothing inventive and the structure has become too repetitive for me to get excited about anymore.

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    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 04-12-14
    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a fan having two narrators"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the story and characters but wish there was just a single narrator. Seems choppy with the female narrator added. Still worth listening to. I got used to hearing the different characters portrayed in this book.


    What other book might you compare King and Maxwell to and why?

    Loved them all :)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Just Ron McLarty would have been better


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


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    Philippa Powder Springs, GA, United States 04-04-14
    Philippa Powder Springs, GA, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it! Couldn't Stop!"

    I listened through this over a weekend which are my busiest days with little "listening time". I couldn't stop. Even on the "re-read" I couldn't stop. The story caught my attention about a quarter through the first part (chapters 4-6) and carried it all the way to the end.

    At times (very few) the added sound effects were a bit too loud but that was easy to overlook.

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    Kathleen St Louis, MO, United States 03-30-14
    Kathleen St Louis, MO, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "1st book I've read in the series but not the last"
    What made the experience of listening to King and Maxwell the most enjoyable?

    I like a book that welcomes me each time I return. Many books I read are for entertainment and this was one of them. Baldacci did a great job spinning a tale with just enough twists and turns that it stayed unpredictable. I liked the characters and look forward to going back in the series and learning more about them.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Both are great narrators. I know a book will be good when Orlagh Cassidy is a part of it. With that said, I did enjoy Ron McLarty's character a little more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but that's not a bad thing. I go back to my earlier comment about being entertained by a book. Even when I can, I don't want to sit and watch a whole TV series in one weekend, I prefer to be caught up in the story, a little at a time.


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    Amazon Customer maywood, IL, United States 03-30-14
    Amazon Customer maywood, IL, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Thrilling Mystery"

    The client is a teen in search for answers about his father’s disappearance and King and Maxwell moved mountains to get them for him. It was an exciting story with surprising twist and unpredictable events. The narrator did an excellent job of giving each character a distinct voice so that it was easy to tell who was speaking. It was a great read.

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    M. Sandy Springs, GA, United States 03-26-14
    M. Sandy Springs, GA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "On the Edge of my Seat"
    What made the experience of listening to King and Maxwell the most enjoyable?

    Not really knowing what was going to happen even though I thought (hoped) the main characters would be okay by the book's end.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Baldacci's The Innocent. Just as good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it appeared that both the POTUS and Maxwell could be doomed.


    Any additional comments?

    I really got into the story. I'm amazed at the lengths someone would go to for revenge. Or, would that be the depths they'd go to? Who cares who gets hurt if in his sick mind, he gets the revenge he seeks. Excellent. I don't doubt there are those who are this determined. Not sure how much of the events/activities are realistic but I was concerned about both King and Maxwell. Yeah, I know ... most authors don't kill off main characters but it has happened!

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    Erin Mesa, AZ, United States 03-20-14
    Erin Mesa, AZ, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "King and Maxwell"

    I really do enjoy the escape of Baldacci's King and Maxwell series however I get fairly frustrated over the ambiguous love relationship.

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    M. Wood United States 03-19-14
    M. Wood United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2006

    Software engineer, photographer, reader.

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    "Exciting, though a bit far fetched at times"

    As other's have mentioned, the narration was fantastic -- I just can't get enough of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. However, this new idea of adding sound effects not only is unnecessary with such great narration, but was distracting to me. Just as I'd get really into a suspenseful scene, there would be an explosion sound effect that would snap me out of the scene.

    The story was a bit more far fetched than the other Baldacci novels I've listened to recently. While this isn't necessarily bad (it is fiction after all), I felt that it made me feel a bit less immersed in the experience -- almost a distraction. Additionally, I found it very hard to relate to Tyler Wingo in general. I'm not sure if that's what Baldacci was going for (the character is much younger than the average audience member), but regardless, he was written in a way that didn't lend me to root for him as much as I have rooted for other characters in the past. And with all the plot twists and turns, I still somehow found the book predictable.

    Overall, I'd recommend this book. The negatives don't outweigh the positives for me, and the narration did indeed make for a great experience if you ignore the sound effects!

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    Michael Crawfordville, FL, United States 03-18-14
    Michael Crawfordville, FL, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Impressed"

    Very disappointing, especially compared to previous Baldacci books. The story line was repeated so many times early on it was difficult for me to continue. But being the only book on my player on a long plane ride I made it through. Not sure if I will buy another King and Maxwell.

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    Saikungbob Hong Kong 03-10-14
    Saikungbob Hong Kong 03-10-14 Member Since 2002

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    "just okay"
    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so this isn't great literature, but it's okay for a long flight; however, I really wish that they'd drop those truly cheesy sound effects.

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