She's trained to kill. He's beaten the best. This time all bets are off. Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date.
Michelle had chased many things in her life. As a track star and later Olympic rower, she had constantly pitted herself against others in races. As a cop in Tennessee she had run down her share of felons fleeing the scenes of their crimes. As a Secret Service agent she had been fleet of foot next to limos carrying important leaders. Tonight, though, she was competing against a long-legged teenager with the boundless energy and fresh knees of youth who had a substantial head start and was running like the devil was on his heels....
King and Maxwell encounter teenager Tyler Wingo when he has just received the tragic news that his soldier father has been killed in Afghanistan. But then Tyler receives an email from his father... after his supposed death. Sean and Michelle are hired to solve the mystery, and their investigation leads to deeper, even more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? Was his mission all that it seemed? Has Tyler's life been a lie, and could he be the next target?
It's clear that King and Maxwell have stumbled upon something even more sinister when those in power seem intent on removing them at any cost. Determined to help and protect Tyler, their search for the truth takes them on a perilous journey which not only puts their lives at risk but arrives at a frightening conclusion.
©2013 Columbus Rose, Ltd (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
absolutely the worst book Baldacci has written with its trite characters and unbelievable plot. The story would be looked down upon the most derring do fifth formers.Can't think who would enjoy it. I must admit on name alone I listened until part 2 but in the 200 odd books I have chosen from audio books this is the first I have not finished.
Just the absolute triteness of the oh too macho characters ,including Maxwell, and the heavy so-called humour of her slovenishness.
Pity that such a good talent would put his name to this rubbish
No will not waste any more words
"King and Maxwell"
I enjoyed listening to both narrators and also the sound effects that appeared throughout the story.
The humour that emerged from time to time and overall it was like listening to a play unfolding.
I haven't heard either narrator before but will be listening to them both again.
I would recommend this book to everyone. I have always enjoyed David Baldacci's books and particularly liked the King and Maxwell story and the way in which it was narrated.
"Another great, fast paced easy read"
Baldacci may not be the best writer of words, but he knows how to write great stories that make you turn the page. Combined with McLarty and Cassidy, hitting another home run with their great narration, this book will will keep you sat in the car listening to the end of chapters when you should be elsewhere.
It's not the most high pressured book from Baldacci, but that leaves space for his two longest serving characters to breathe.
McLarty and Cassidy are a perfect fit for Baldacci. Their characterisations never get in the way of the book.
I don't know if this is more of a US thing, but it's really odd to hear people talking about SMS texts as if they're a new invention.
One character insists a teenager rings a friend instead of texting so that "they know that it's you". These days, a teenager not texting or messaging would be a sure sign that's something's wrong!
"Other fine offering"
A worthy sequel to "The Sixth Man", David Baldacci excels once more with a fast paced thriller that has plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader/listener's attention. All in all an enjoyable read where you don't have to think too much to understand it, just sit back and enjoy. As with his other books, the narration by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy is superlative and only enhances the listening experience. They really bring a book to life.
There seems to be a never ending supply of excellent books from Baldacci with this series plus the Will Robie and John Puller books, perhaps he is now the king of this genre? Watch out Jack Reacher!
"Great read from the master"
Definatley they are great together
Maxwell & the President in the beast (car)
All of it could not take my earphones off
Lets have some more Baldacci Ron & Orlagh
As always David Baldacci keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. This is the second time I have listened and the enjoyment wasn't lessened.
Far too many cliches in the plot and the dialogue. Very dull.
Just good enough to not return it.
"A White House Experience!"
Yes. The White House once again comes up trumps as a rich reserve for thrilling stories and David Baldacci proves his skill and talent by weaving an intriguing story. Add to this the rich voices of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy who. Added a new dimensions to the story and allowed my imagination to run wild, as I listened
No doubt they have already made changes to the specification of the. Beast ! They need to ensure that it is equipped with an ejector capsule that would release the rear passenger compartment in the event discribed.
"Not the best King and Maxwell"
I just can't fall for the Baldacci books read by this male:female combo. They just come across as cheesy-American. The earlier Camel club and King and Maxwell books plus Wish you well were far better. Sorry I'm a big Baldacci fan but the last few are on a downhill curve
Clever, tenacious, determined
Well written, good plot. Using a teenager as the client was a clever touch. It showed a side of Maxwell she keeps hidden.
Hard to choose, so many, but if forced it would be when the cabin blows up.
Not recommended for people with heart conditions, excitement might prove deadly
In the cold light of day, the story is ridiculous. I lost could of the number of times king and Maxwell were shot, at attacked etc. However this is the sign of a great story teller, when the unbelievable becomes not laughable, but nail biting. I had read / listened to all of Baldacci's books and .never been disappointed. I really like the use of to readers, that really works for me. Another bonus for me is the fact that there is little use of bad language, rare these days.
All in all an first rate book.
"OK story ruined by sound-effects"
This is a relatively straight-forward conspiracy tale - OK, quite pacy, some characterisation. I quite like the ex-secret service team turned private investigators. However the performance is bordering on a radio play - I can just about cope with the tag team of the man and woman narrators, but add in sound effects including a very annoying diesel engine over which the story is told, and scandinavian-thriller type music whenever a climax is being reached, and it pushes me over the edge.
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