Living a new life on a quiet lake in central Virginia, Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. He's been there before. In an out-of-the-way hotel eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service man allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the presidential candidate Sean was protecting was gunned down before his eyes.
Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. She has become obsessed with Sean's case. And he needs a friend-especially since a series of macabre killings has brought him under suspicion and prompted the reappearance of a seductive woman he's tried hard to forget.
As the two discredited agents enter a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, they uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over...
©2003 Columbus Rose, Ltd.; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks
"Baldacci's new thriller is sustained by the pulse-pounding suspense his fans have come to expect." (Booklist)
I have enjoyed David Baldacci, but I struggled with this book. The narrator narrated every sentence overly dramatic and made each sound like an over used cliche.
Maybe not this book. It is entertaining and an easy read; however, once I have read it.........move on.
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I am not certain. I enjoy listening to books when I travel.
No extreme reactions just a good book.
I would recommend to others who enjoyed reading mysteries.
Yes, but only if the genre is courtroom based
he was good but the characters all sounded the same
Wow. This was fantastic. So many pieces of the puzzle to put together, so many people in danger... Some great twists and red herrings. This was my first conspiracy/thriller novel, and I can't rave about it enough. Politics, Murder, and Kidnapping, oh my! While the plot was so intricate and clues so obscure that it had me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout, the sensational characters are what sealed the deal for me. I loved how Baldacci drew his agents/investigators - each great individuals in their own right, opposites in habit and operating styles, but with the potential to be complimentary when they put their heads together. . . Or butt heads, as the case may be. They play off of one another extremely well as both characters and investigators, something I very much value. And the secondary players were masterfully depicted too, from Joan and Kate to the professor and other law enforcement. There was a lot of wit and intelligence, and I loved King's cynical sarcastic humor. Sometimes I didn't know which witnesses, which observations to believe, but never lost faith in my new favorite former Secret Service agents.
The narration was great, only recall having voice-attribution trouble once or twice between dialogue and narrative. Character voices were sufficiently distinct, and the female ones weren't gaspy or too high pitched, he didn't force it like some male narrators I've heard.
I must admit, I had already watched the tv series on TNT about a year prior to trying the book, so my concepts of the characters were already somewhat developed, but didn't contradict the original novel versions overmuch. A pretty good adaptation, though it changed the circumstances of Maxwell's disgrace and their teaming up rather more than I'd have guessed.
Over all a great read that I didn't want to put down. I look forward to more great cases in this series.
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This is an exciting debut to a very good series. I have read 2 others and they are par with this first instalment. The two lead characters are very different in every way imaginable. However, when working together, they are like a well oiled machine. A fun and exciting read performed by Scott Brick, my favorite narrator.
The author has a sense of humor. King and Maxwell are a fun couple of character to meet. This is the their first meeting and the book just takes off. I really hate spoilers, but the twists keep coming and coming. A fun read, and it made the miles just go away.
Having read The Hit and The Innocent by David Baldacci I had high expectations for Split Second. Unfortunately the plot is much too far fetched and I lost interest as the plot progressed.
Baldacci masters the suspense and the action but if the story is too much - it doesn't help.
I have found the pace of this book much slower than Baldacci's usual work (The Innocent is fantastic for example), but I am enjoying it none the less. My problem is that I listened to this book right after a Janet Evanovich mystery... both read by Scott Brick. Brick lacks subtlety in his reading... he's just too intense and his characters sound too harsh for even mild comments. Worse yet, I felt like I was listening to the same characters in the two books, so similar was his reading. And just to round out my criticism, he doesn't read women well. They all sound like drag queens mimicking Bette Davis (and I KNOW drag queens). I am happy to see that Brick does not narrate the remaining King & Maxwell series so I will continue to listen.
The pacing is much slower.
A different narrator.
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