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Redemption

Memory Man Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Series: Amos Decker, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci's number-one New York Times best-selling series. 

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective.   

Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough....  

©2019 David Baldacci (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A star performance by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy should push this audiobook to the top of every thriller fan's must list.... Brewer owns Decker's intensity. He gives the character great focus and a steely resolve... Cassidy tackles every female character with precision and care. Her take on Mary Lancaster, Decker's former partner, showcases her abilities with the pregnant pause and perfect pacing. Together they create a presentation second to none and provide supercharged entertainment." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

This is the 5th book in the Amos Decker series. Each book can be read/listened to as a stand alone but I would suggest listening to book one first for background on Amos. Not necessary, just a suggestion.
This book begins with Decker visiting the cemetery where his murdered family is buried. A man Decker is responsible for getting convicted approaches. He's on the verge of death and wants to tell Decker one last time that he did not commit the crimes he was sent to prison for. This time Decker believes him. The man has no reason to lie at this point. When Decker goes to see him once more the man has been murdered. Why? He would probably only have lived another week if he was lucky. And so Decker's investigation begins. Unfortunately for Decker there's a major problem. Every time he speaks to someone who might have information vital to clearing the dead man and catching the person who actually committed the murders, that person winds up dead. More than once Decker is targeted and purely by chance the attempts on his life go awry. Because this is a personal crusade for Decker his partner in the FBI isn't allowed to assist him. Instead Decker receives help from a man who had been on death row for 20 years. Decker had known him from his football days and was able to prove his innocence for a long ago crime
This book is fast paced and completely captivating. There are quite a few characters with conflicting stories and almost as many bodies. I did not find anything about this book predictable. You think you know but then you don't.
David Baldacci continues to write books worth reading. I have been reading his books since he began his writing career and he continues to get better.
Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy make a great narration team.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Magnificant!

Memory Man Amos Decker is back for the 5th novel in the series. This is a detective series that cannot be understood without listening to the first novel in the series first. Now an FBI special agent Amos Decker is back in his Ohio home town seeking to redeem a mistake he made 13 years ago in sending the wrong man to jail. The bodies just keep piling up in REDEMPTION as the case become more and more difficult for Decker and his old detective partner. The outcome is near impossible to predict. Baldacci has another major winner with this novel. Kyf Brewer's narration is superb. Orlagh Cassidy is also an outstanding narrator who is great with accents, but she continues to use a Southern rather than Midwestern accent in this series.

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More of the same

I like Baldacci and I’ve enjoyed Amos Decker but the books are starting to feel a bit “formula”. It was a decent story that held my attention but it was not David’s best.

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Disappointed

If the narration was by a solitary voice, it would have been so much better, The female voices were all the same and, therefore, distracting and made it difficult to sort the characters.

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Disappointed

I have read almost all of Baldacci’s books and loved them for their suspense and good writing, this book had little suspense and was boring and predictable. I’m sorry I wasted a credit on this book,

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Another Great Alex Decker Story!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! David Baldacci weaves a story of an ever changing Alex Decker caught up in Burlington, Ohio memories and the task of making an old wrong a right. Throw in the twist of international intrigue and you have another great story! I could not stop listening!

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Awful

Worst Baldacci book I've ever endured, it goes on and on and on and the on. I finished it only because I had so much time invested. Lost interest about chapter fifty, I pressed on to complete the 82 chapter marathon. It was awful. Baldacci has written some amazing books and I've really enjoyed them, This one however, is so overly complicated it's boring beyond belief.

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Worst Baldacci book yet

The Memory Man has dementia- otherwise he would have remembered basic detective work. I have read most of Baldacci’s books and this is by far the weakest. Anytime an author has to end his book with a 30 minute “conversation” among the main Characters so he can fit all the loose pieces together for the reader, you know he failed in his story telling. The unrealistic plot could be overlooked. But the the “narrative for dummies “ can not.

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Least liked of the series!

This was not the typical Amos Decker adventure. It was slow moving, and had too many characters to develop. What I liked about it was that Amos finally got in touch with his feelings and began to show compassion and empathy. But other than that, it really does not come close to the preceding books. It took me a long time to finish it and many times I felt like just stopping to read something else. I was very disappointed.

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Dialogue Galore

Too much dialogue and no action. Not to my liking.
I’ve read every other Memory Man novel and liked them. But this one is continuous conversations, musings, flashbacks.

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