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
A linehaul truck driver that spends most of his driving time at night. FM and talk radio can only take you so far at night, so I have filled my night miles with audiobooks - it is a great fit!
The escape from the "Beast". Makes you wonder if the USSS now has a plan if this situation would ever present itself.
This is a great book series and makes you wonder what is "reality" and what is "fictional".
Now that the television series has come out, it was fun to equate these characters and their personas to the faces that we have on our television. I especially enjoy hearing the Edgar character and visualizing Ryan Hurst.
Mr. Baldacci never fails to spin an awesome web throughout the story. There is rarely, if ever any lull in the story. The characters are familiar, but continue to develop, leaving us always wanting a bit more, and always wondering "what's next" for them.
Mr. McLarty is simply the finest at this craft. After Tom Bodette, Mr. McLarty may be one of America's very finest minstrels. I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the two-voice (male/female) approach. Ms. Cassidy is stellar as well. However, at times when there are two female characters conversing, the voices get a bit confused for a moment or two.
The descriptors during the underwater scene were so strong, that I actually became a bit claustrophobic.
Keep 'em coming Mr. Baldacci. Who needs Lumisoty when we have you to exercise not only our mind, but our very soul.
Baldacci seems to have problems getting into his story. 2/3 of the way through the book he is still identifying new characters. My last Baldacci book.
Anything but Baldacci
Yes. Orlagh Cassidy was terrific and Ron McLarty was steady.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
Love, King and Maxwell, books. This newest release is a real page-turner, full of excitement and action. The narrators are great and I enjoyed this book, immensely.
I did not enjoy this book at all. The dialog was just terrible and didn't flow at all, felt like it was written by someone in high school. And the plot involved actions taken to produce a result that the Mythbusters busted years ago. And if you know anything about how computer systems actually work, there were cringe-inducing moments.
Yes, I usually like Baldacci novels, especially the Camel Club series.
They always give a good performance.
Overall the book feels like there was a deadline approaching, and it was just thrown together to get something out the door on time.
Say something about yourself!
I tend to listen to anything by Baldacci. This one is definitely not one of his best. Very predictable and sophomoric. If you are a Baldacci fan, give this one a miss. Not worth the credit. I gave it 3 stars only because it is Baldacci and hope he does better on his next book.
Great story. So glad Edgar is in it, as he is the new TV show. Having read the books and seen the show who ever cast the show did a great job. Readers always create their own vision of the characters and these 3 certainly fit the bill. I think it helps the book flow. I love Michelles cluttered truck!
The satellite info was interesting. Believable storyline and the narrator was great.
I love most everything Baldacci, but I especially love Oliver Stone, Michelle Maxwell, and Shawn King. Since we seem to be in a Camel Club drought, I have resigned myself to enjoying the last couple K&M installments. This more recent one does not disappoint.
The story is classic K&M fare; starting off quickly but running headlong in all directions to a climax you will never see coming. Brilliant, and the characters progress nicely in an unpredictable fashion due to a couple curveballs Baldacci throws our way this time.
The narration is great, better for Orlagh's reinterpretation of Michelle this round, but as always for some reason the production is cheesy. Not as bad as the 6th Man, but still includes silly music and sound effects that are completely unecessary. I wish there was a rating for "production" instead of performance.
The story was pretty far fetched, but somewhat engaging.
I thought the way the main characters, King and Maxwell, were portrayed was pretty lame. King was made to be pretty much a whiner. Maxwell was a little better, but not much
The narration was o.k., but there characters were fairly limited
It was so so. I probably won't listen to it again, while I listen to other books more than once
If you want to purchase this book, in my estimation, it only rates 3 stars. There are many books that rate 4 and some 5 stars.
I have listened or read most of Baldacci’s books. I read them for the story but more importantly the characters which is why the last 2 King and Maxwell books have been disappointing. I get the tension between King & Maxwell and that Maxwell is damaged from childhood trauma. But come on, the women was Secret Service, has received counseling, intelligent and is an adult. If Baldacci is going to write any more in this series he needs Maxwell to mature and stop being a cliché. The relationship also needs to move some place - any place. This limbo with no effort to resolve it is also getting tiresome.
Regarding the story line – it is pretty good; I like some of the twists – a bit better than average.
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