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)
I can usally tell who the bad guy is about three-quarters of the way through the story, but not this time. With good pace and great narration by Scott Brick this is one that I will listen to again.
I rarely give five stars to any book. My criteria is that the book must keep my attention to the point that I look forward to my morning commute and dread getting out of my car when I get to my destination. This book wins on both counts!
If you want a good "page turner" this book will deliver. I have read other Baldacci before and as such, I was able to discern who the bad guys were going to be. Of course that is where the fun is in reading a whodunit; making your own deductions and being validated in the end. The final motives of the bad guy(s) were a bit thin but it still had plausability. Like me, if you had enjoyed other Baldacci you will like this too.
This was deffinatly one of the best books I've read this year. Unlike most mystery titles, the story line wasn't overly predictable. This author has a way of grabbing my attention and holding it, and the narration by Scott Brick was just ausom. I highly recommend this one, and also Last Man Standing by the same author.
This is a good book. I couldn't put it down. I found myself listening in very strange places...while making supper, grocery shopping, even in the restroom! Do yourself a favor and read it!
As others said, the reason for the crimes was a little out there. It got to the point where I had to go back a few times because there were no many characters and suspects involved in the plot, that I kept losing track.
Enjoyable fast paced listen though.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All the plot twists and turns kept me making extra trips around the block (I listen while driving) to hear just a little more. The narrator's voice and intonation made listening a real pleasure. Like another reviewer, I thought the ending a bit abrupt, but at least there are no loose ends.
Lover of good ideas
This is my second David Baldacci novel and I enjoyed it as much if not more than the first. He is a first rate mystery writer who has so many twists and turns in his story he continually surprises you. Every time you think you have the plot figured out, he takes you in a new and surprising direction. Hightly recommended reading.
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.
This is the first book I have heard written by David Baldacci, I really enjoyed this book and will look for other books from him. The people came to life for me and the ending was a real surprise. Thanks David, I spend two hours a day driving back and forth to work each day. This was one week that I didn't notice that it took that long.
Jay T. SLC
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