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 thought the story was too far fetched and the story probably couldn't have worked without suspending one's belief that it could happen.
This is my second one of Baldacci and I doubt that I would try another
The narration was done well with the material they had to work with.
I've only listened to five books so far but I really liked this book and I can't wait till the movie comes out!
I found the female reader, Orlaugh Cassidy. to be annoying, at best. This is the second in the Puller series, and if she is going to stay on, I'll be taking a break from Baldacci!
Yes, I generally have liked his books.
Not listen to Orlaugh Cassidy again.
In my top 25.
Baldacci has written some other sterling books.
I am used to their voices. They add to the build up.
The big question.
ABSOLUTELY! John Puller is a great character. You learn more about him in this second installment. The story-line is good and very well delivered by McLarty and Cassidy. Puller is a combination of Jack Reacher, Oliver Stone, and Sean King; Tough, analytic, but has a side that actually cares about people he comes in contact with. Be sure to read Zero Day first to understand some of the references .
I like the continued interaction between Puller and the continuing characters, like his father, brother, and a certain 1 star General.
McLarty and Cassidy do a marvelous job in this presentation as well as others. They add a level of realism that is not found when one narrator attempts to do all characters.
After reading Zero Day, I was very happy to pick back up with John Puller and see that he was ok, but still trying to work through the issues from the previous story. This 2nd outing with John has made him very real for me.
I'm a big Baldacci fan, having read nearly all his books. I was very excited to see this new character and share his journey. I still like his older characters like Stone and King and Maxwell, but it's always good to to meet new heroes.
In his captivating style Baldacci again writes a novel filled with excitement and the need to continue reading/listening until its final words.
I love the plot about human trafficing, which is really going on in part of the world. It may not be to the extent that was told in this book but it puts a human face on a really horrific problem. The Charater Puller is a great hero in that he knows when to do what is hunmanly the right thing, even if it goes against his belief.
The Charater in the book remindes me a little of Jack Reacher that Lee Child writes about. I can't wait for another Puller audio.
Puller and Carlson
Yes, but it took me four days to finish listening to it, only because I had other things to do.
Great listen, great charaters. Will recommend this to all my friends.
I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
Yes. Although I guessed some of the twists, there were many I did not see coming.
It's difficult to hear the character's distinctive voices without an audiobook. That's what is so great about audiobooks.
Yes. I listened to it while I drove.
Great book. Great characters.
I quit listening to this book less than half way through. It's unrealistic. The hero's elderly aunt in Florida dies. Pretty common occurrence, but the hero decides it must be foul play (okay, the aunt did write a letter to her brother - hero's father - and say there were suspicious goings-on in her town).
The dialogue is almost painful. The book start's when Hero is summoned to visit his father in the nursing home. Father is a retired 3 star war hero general. Hero is also a war hero (what is it with current suspense novels - every other protagonist is a retired SEAL, Ranger, Green Beret or Marine Recon Iraq/Afghan war hero). Hero reports to duty - stands ramrod straight, salutes, yes-sir, roger that, sir - no-sir to his dear old dad, lying in his nursing home bed, who apparently thinks he is still the commanding general of two or three divisions. But the old man still has enough snap to know his sister in Florida is about to be the victim of foul play.
It gets worse. Hero rents a car -not just any car - the Hertz agent is a nice lady whose son is a Ranger, they chit-chat, so she rents him a Corvette for the price of a Corolla.
Finally, he arrives at the town with a secret. The dialogue with the local cops is supposed to be snappy but is so bad it is almost comical. Of course, dear old auntie is dead. The neighbor who found her body by a fountain is able to describe in detail how the body lay, the color of her neck, the state of stiffness in her limbs, and so on, from which the hero deduces that the old lady didn't just fall and hit her head or croak from a heart attack, but was murdered. That's where I quit listening, and downloaded Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which, by the way, is a scathing indictment of this culture's exploitation of our vets.
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