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King and Maxwell (King & Maxwell Series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death.
Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?
Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler--though they may pay for it with their lives.
Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch...by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field.-- "Examiner.com on The Forgotten"
Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies.-- "The Washington Post on The Forgotten"
Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series.-- "The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day"
This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled.-- "Suspense Magazine on The Innocent"
Zero Day is a nifty, paranoid thriller disguised as a murder mystery, and Baldacci advances it at a speedy clip with a nice mix of intrigue, tantalizing clues and the occasional explosion...Baldacci's books are fast-paced battles between good and evil.-- "Richmond Times Dispatch on Zero Day" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"King and Maxwell is a great starting place if you haven't read this Baldacci series. Once you're done with this one, you'll be so curious...that you probably will read them all."―Omaha World-Herald
"King and Maxwell continues to push the plot envelope, raising the stakes both structurally and emotionally . . . Nobody gets you turning the pages better than Baldacci and he's at the height of his powers here. A wondrously constructed and rivetingly told tale."―Providence Sunday Journal
"Great entertainment...another winner from [a] story-telling pro."
―Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (VA) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00BAXFJ5M
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (November 19, 2013)
- Publication date : November 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1237 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,523 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This would have made an ok comic book, but it was a really weak novel.
I like the fact they are former Secret Service agents; the fact that - of the two - Maxwell is the one more likely to throw a punch or burgle a house; that King is a lawyer who'd rather be a private eye than spend his time arguing legal issues in a courtroom; and that - despite serious bumps in their careers - they each rose above their failures and got on with their lives.
In this story, readers are treated to an intriguing case with a villain that they can almost sympathize with: A man who lost his family because of the down-and-dirty political machinations of the Reagan White House during the Iran-Contra scandal.
The plot revolves around a fortune - 1 billion Euros to be exact - that was hijacked in Afghanistan when a secret wartime mission went pear shaped. Who stole the money is almost not as important as why it was stolen, however.
King and Maxwell enter the case almost by accident when, as they are driving back to Washington one night, they see a young boy running through the rain carrying a pistol. When they hear his story they decide to help and, as the Bard once said, therein hangs a tale.
Author David Baldacci's narrative races along just above the speed limit: Not so fast that you miss important points but faster than the average whodunit. The plot is sufficiently complex that it can keep readers guessing and the secondary characters are well fleshed out. Baldacci's writing is a little - sometimes a lot - stilted and his use of words is not always on point, however. For example, at one point a character "opines" that the military's cyber-security experts would know if the Pentagon's computers have been hacked. That's not an opinion, however, because he's stating it as fact and, thus, "opined" is not used correctly in this instance. Call me old fashioned - and I am - but "said" would have been a much better word choice.
That said, this is a very good read with some well-defined characters, and a plot that has enough twists to make it interesting. Recommended for King and Maxwell fans and those who don't mind a little politics injected into their mystery novels.
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The sixth book and so far the latest in David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell series. Former Secret Service Agents and now Private Investigators the pair as this tale proves do not have to look far to find their latest case.
A youth running down a street in the middle of a severe storm catches the attention of Michelle Maxwell. The fact he has a gun is an important aspect in getting Maxwells attention. What follows contributes to a series of events that lead to treason, treachery and murder.
From Afghanistan through Pakistan and on to India a father tries to get back to a son who believes his father to be dead. An individual sets out to exact revenge against a political establishment who betrayed a member of his family. The complexities and corruption of modern government are exposed as individuals seek self-preservation in order to retain access to political power.
Not really sure if Baldacci intends giving us more King and Maxwell adventures? The conclusion leaves that option open. From a personal perspective I hope that there are more. Baldacci has gone on to to write more books with different characters so there are no shortage of additional books to get from this particular author.
Highly recommended series, treat yourself and catch a suntan while you race around catching the bad Guys.
I think any fan of thrillers will enjoy this series. The term page-turner was invented for Mr Baldacci.
I would welcome another but if not then it’s a very good ending.