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Split Second Audiobook

Split Second

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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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    BogKid 01-29-04
    BogKid 01-29-04

    I'm no kid, but I do live next to a cranberry bog.

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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"!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 04-28-13
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 04-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "From the land of the Epiphany"

    I tried Baldacci a few years ago, a book so unmemorable that I cannot remember its title. I thought I might give him another shot, based on his continued popularity.
    Lesson: Do not rely on the general public's ability to elevate anything but common denominators in any realm they invade.

    Sure, this is fiction, but Baldacci relentlessly challenges our ability to swallow endless improbable situations and remedies. While one's imagination struggles to paint his plot elements with even vague connectivity to credible reality, he solves problems by a string of intuitive leaps or epiphanies that are not necessarily composed of information that has gone before in the story line.

    Combine this with super-human characters aplenty and you find yourself wondering why you continue to read (listen) this stuff. Baldacci is resting on his laurels, the existence of which evades me.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 05-10-11
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 05-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Interested"

    I stopped listening at 1h 50m when Joan stripped down to her panties at breakfast, threw all the plates to the floor, jumped on the table, lay on her back and spread her legs. Shawn just turned and walked away telling her, “I’d appreciate it if you would clean up this mess.” A gentleman wouldn’t disappoint a lady like that and the reader was already disappointed by that time.

    6 of 7 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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Picou 01-08-04 Listener Since 2001

    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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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-05-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Oh the Narrative Theatrics!"

    Meh? Or maybe just a hair above that. . . because this book does have a somewhat intriguing plot. But the narration (with apologies to all Scott Brick devotees) was so dramatic/theatric that it was just over the top. Good solid plot. . .compelling ending, but still, just an average read in my opinion.

    2 of 2 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 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.

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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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    P. Cleaveland Tiger, GA 09-16-11
    P. Cleaveland Tiger, GA 09-16-11 Member Since 2004

    Pete

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    "Transparent"

    I'm a Baldacci fan, but this story had too many holes in it. I began to wish it would end and put me out of my misery.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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