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)
The ending-it seems that he ran out of ideas
Not sure-he is excellent!
Not unless they change the ending
It is not that I found the ending an unhappy one-it's that it turned so melodramtic and not at all believeable based upon the characters that were introduced-it probably would have been better if the "villian' won-more believeable anyway
For those of us who enjoy escape through a book that details adventures and a life style out of reach this is a must! King lives in a fancy yet understated style that sounds delightful, romantic and dreamlike. His flashbacks are projected through Maxwell's struggle and mistakes while attempting to achieve success. Maxwell has difficulties exceeding Kings (a woman in a man's world) but Baldacci covers these through Maxwell's thoughts. Baldacci's descriptions are clear and visible. This is an easy listen. Scott Brick's narration is excellent. For an escape and adventure this is a good choice.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Locked rooms, no-motive killers, high-level assassins... Yeah... if you like Baldacci... This is good. Brick, as usual, is portentous throughout... He seems to have one mood... grimace. But... in spite of that, it's like one of those movies you enjoy but forget relatively quickly.
One of the better ones I have listened too. I had trouble turning it off until the next day. If you like not knowing who and why the bad guy is until the very end you will enjoy this one.
I have to say I was more than a little disappointed in this book. It was just not up to Balacci's usual standard for a "twists and turns" mystery. There were too many characters, most of whom became suspects of the crimes at one time or another. The story was just too complex and because of this, much of what happened in the book just was not believable. The ending was rediculous with the character's actions and motive. I won't spoil it for those who may read it by saying more on that. Not Mr. Baldacci's best effort but that said, he is still a most talented writer and I will continue reading his books.
The story was interesting. The narrator not as annoying as usual (droning and depressing) but still there was not difference between characters - especially women. It amazes me how he gets such great reviews but women narrators are crucified if their male characters aren't perfect.
Anyway, the story was good - a little far-fetched in the belief department (how many stupid mistakes can trained professionals make?)
This was my first exposure to David Baldacci. A friend of mine reads everything of his and thought I might like him. So when this book went on sale for under $5, I took advantage of the great offer and scooped it up. I enjoyed the story line, the characters of Maxwell and King were most likable and the reader did a good job. If you are looking for some lighter reading in the mystery/ thriller genre this is a good pick to introduce you to this author. I will try a few more Baldacci's in the future especially with the Maxwell & King combo.
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