In Paradise, nothing is what it seems....
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident… and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.
©2012 David Baldacci (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I haven't looked into it. But suddenly it seems obvious that it's a direct tribute. Maybe Lee Child is in on it.
The second in the series, every bit as exciting as the first and third. John Puller kicks some serious ass, with the help of some new friends.
The story brought together a couple of parallel themes that meshed nicely in the end.
I identified with the motivations that drove the central charters
It's a good modern day good guy/bad guy story. There are many like it and that's OK. I like those kind of stories.
I liked the characters. Some think the Puller character was unbelievable. This is a story and reality needs to be stretched from time to time. Sure, in real life someone would have figured this guy was not someone to mess with and shot him from 30 feet. But that would have made for a 3 page novel. Not a big market. I liked to story. I'll read more. Is there really a better review than that? I'll spend time and money to read/listen about this guy again.
Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!
I wish I was forewarned about the subject matter. I could read the sordid events in the newspaper!
John Puller, the protagonist of the story, is a wanna-be Reacher. Army CID, big, brawny, sexy, tough. The storyline was OK - human slavery - but rather predictable and the writing was clunky. I finished the book, but have no intention of buying another of the Puller stories. The narrator was fine but the sound effects were a bit over-the-top. Bombs exploded, bullets flew through the air and knives pierced flesh. I'll be much more attentive to reviews that comment on sound effects.
I would definitely recommend the book to a friend. It was interesting and kept my attention.
I have listened to many of these narrators' other performances. They always do very well.
I have either read or listened to maybe all of David Baldacci's books. I love them. This one was good, not his best, but good.
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