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Split Second | [David Baldacci]

Split Second

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.
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Publisher's Summary

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

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

What the Critics Say

"Baldacci's new thriller is sustained by the pulse-pounding suspense his fans have come to expect." (Booklist)

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    Mike Bellevue, WA, United States 07-07-07
    Mike Bellevue, WA, United States 07-07-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent Story Read By Ultra Hyper Narrator"

    I enjoyed this story very much. Very creative twists and turns and a good finale. Credible and sympathetic characters. I am becoming a fan of Baldacci's works.

    BUT . . . what was with the hyperactive, don't take a breath narrative of Scott Brick ?

    Listeningtohisdeliveryofthisstorywasjustaboutasdifficultastryingtoreadthissentence !

    The first 3 hours were very trying. I almost gave up listening. My reverse button got a workout as I was constantly backing up to re-listen for what I missed due to his machine gun delivery.

    So many times there wasn't even a pause when the story changed scenes, characters and chapters. Very disconcerting.

    I have listened to Brick with other audiobooks so I know he has other delivery styles that are more pleasant. Was it the producer for this book that directed him to compress the run time down ?

    David Baldacci Story = A
    Scott Brick Narrative = F

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 01-29-04
    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 01-29-04 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Oh, David. This contrivance just doesn't fly!"

    I have enjoyed David Baldacci's books in the past, even though he had several times used our family name in a villainous way (I found that amusing, actually). I am very glad that he left us out of "Split Second".

    Not a bad start to the book. Even the middle was moving along nicely until one seemingly unnecessary scene screamed at me, "I just told you who the bad guy is!" But I remained ready to accept that as a nice little misdirection -- it wasn't.

    But as the story drew to a close and the explanation of all of the murders and various evil happenings was revealed, I couldn't help but shout at my dashboard, "Oh, David, what a contrivance! How ludicrously involved! How ridiculous!" I figured pretty soon the villain was going to tell us how he had cleverly manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, but that somehow escaped inclusion in this book.

    Buck up, Mr. Baldacci. There will surely be life after "Split Second"!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Picou 01-08-04 Member Since 2002

    James

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    "Split Second"

    I always enjoy the stories, characters and momentum David Baldacci creates and narrator Scott Brick is as wonderful as ever. I loved every bit of Split Second until I came to the very dissappointing ending. I'll admit it was a surprise ending but that is because it was so implausible - even ridiculous.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 12-10-12
    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Disappointing! Unlikable Characters!"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Scott Brick?

    This was my first David Baldacci book, and will likely be my last! I didn't like the tone of the book or any of the characters.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have liked the book better had it had some likable characters. The hateful & sarcastic attitude of all the characters permeated the book. It was ridiculous, almost to the point of being comical!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I will try to avoid books read by Mr Brick. I think his sarcastic tone in almost every sentence made a bad book even worse.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Listening to this book put me in a bad mood due to the bad attitudes throughout it; and made me angry and sad that I had wasted my time and money on it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john morristown, NJ, United States 12-01-11
    john morristown, NJ, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just Not Credible"

    This was my first Baldacci, so maybe all of his novels have endings that just are hard to imagine, and I have a good imagination. The characters were interesting, the narrator was good (Scott Brick does most of the Nelson DeMille novels, so I have learned to like his style). The author did a poor job of tying up the story and the characters, and the ending was just not plausible. Maybe he had a deadline to meet?? . A Buick Impala?? The editor and author missed that the old Impala driven by the villain was a Chevy not a Buick

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 10-25-11
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Baldacci & Brick, an excellent combo"

    I decided to give this series a try after devouring the Camel Club series by David Baldacci and also because I have enjoyed other books narrated by Scott Brick. While the Camel Club books remain my favorite I found Maxwell & King a wonderful series especially after my second time through the book to pick up all the details I missed the first time while in rush hour traffic. This series is a little darker than other Baldacci books and was slower to suck me in but I was totally hooked by mid-book.

    Maxwell & King, a formidable team, seem like polar opposites at first look but as the story continues and more personal information about the two emerges I came to realize that Baldacci is indeed a brilliant & crafty story teller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Dallas, TX, USA 04-15-04
    Ken Dallas, TX, USA 04-15-04
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    "Not too good"

    This book reminds me of the old "Batman" TV series of the 60s where the heroes were forever trying to come up with scenarios based on the tiniest details that eventually lead them to the villain. And when they met up with the villain, the heroes were captured and forced to endure a slow death by some silly contraption. That's what happened here. And let's not forget the force of nature that compelled the villain to divulge why he did it all and show off his cleverness.

    I'm really tired of stories where characters betray their friends and colleagues. You know the routine: something turned them to the dark side years ago, but they manage to mingle effortlessly with everyone until, suddenly, you turn around and find that you're staring down the barrel of their gun. Whatever happened to just plain old good vs. evil, where you knew who the bad guys and good guys were, they would fight and the good guys would win? Is that really too old fashioned?

    The villain was lame. He spent so many years plotting the "perfect" crime and going to all the trouble of recreating a past event that, when implemented, would be short-lived. I mean, the lengths this guy would go to to have all his puzzle pieces line up in just the right order was mind-boggling, and for me, made it unrealistic. There's just too many factors he had to create and/or depend on to make it all work. Not even an evil genius could come up with the stuff this guy did.

    Pass this one by.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Chesapeake, VA, USA 01-30-04
    John Chesapeake, VA, USA 01-30-04
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    "Plot Twists"

    Very nicely written with surprizing plot twists and revelations throughout. I found the narration distracting at first, because the narrator has a strange inflection when reading questions. It was odd to hear each character use the same quaint inflection. As the story became more involved, however, it was less bothersome. More diffentiation in the characters speaking would have made the story less confusing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Miramichi, NB, Canada 11-28-03
    Mike Miramichi, NB, Canada 11-28-03
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    "Just Okay"

    While I did not turn this one off and move on to another...a vague disappointment was present throughout.... definately not the caliber of Last Man Standing which was very good. The guy was just a little too handsome and wealthy -- the girl just a little too perfect -- and the story line just unplausible......and it was just too predictable. Having said that it was well read - great tone - maybe a good one for the summer hammock and a lazy day.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 10-29-03
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 10-29-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Fast Paced Enjoyment"

    This is a entertaining "listen", fast paced and the plot held my attention. Not being a writer, author or critic I can just say what I think. Buy it!

    38 of 52 people found this review helpful
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