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The Last Mile (Memory Man Series, 2) Audio CD – CD, February 28, 2017
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Abridged edition (February 28, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1478941030
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478941033
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.93 x 5.93 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MY REVIEW 5-Stars
I finished reading this second installment of the Memory Man series featuring Amos Decker just this past Friday, November 22, about three years following its release. The fact is, I just read the inaugural outing of the character of Amos Decker a couple months ago. If you at it in that light I bringing myself up to speed fairly quickly.
Memory Man  and its sequel in 2016 (The Last Mile) have a lot in common, and it is all good. Baldacci is the author at the helm, the truly unique and likeable loner Amos Decker is cast as the lead protagonist, and memorable three dimensional characters we met in the first book return in this follow up mystery/crime novel.
Today's date shows there is no need for a long Customer Review on this one. It was published over three years ago and read by a zillion fans of Baldacci's all over the globe. The Last Mile boasts over 58,653 ratings on goodreads.com with an overall rating of 4.2. Amazon has 6,470 Customer Reviews of the Kindle Edition with an impressive 4.6 rating (92% 4 or 5 Stars with nearly three quarters of those readers allotting the novel a 5-Star Review). I am pleased to add still one more 5-Star Review to those impressive statistics. The Last Mile is a totally absorbing story which pulls you in quickly, and keeps you engrossed until you read the last line of the last page. Baldacci is indeed a thriller writer extraordinaire, but I find that what has been called "extreme readability" is one of the major keys to his amazing popularity and global success. In short, his books are simply "unputdownable". I remember reading David Baldacci's works in the late '90s but the only book title that immediately pops into my head is ABSOLUTE POWER (1996). This first foray into the field of crime fiction led to the feature film starring the award winning Clint Eastwood. The rest is well, history.
I would imagine that it is no small feat to create a truly unique protagonist to spearhead a new book series, but Baldacci's Amos Decker is exactly that...truly unique. When we first meet Amos in Book 1 (Memory Man) he is barely on the mend, and not far out from living on the streets in a cardboard box. He is morbidly obese, disheveled, and doesn't really care about having barely two pennies to rub together. His back story is as remarkable as it is gut-wrenching. He had been afflicted with hyperthymesia (perfect recall) prior to his entire life being imploded by the horrific murder of his entire family. Decker had already been dealing with the reality of a personality transplant and the eruption of various personality traits as a direct result of his acquired disability. However, we learn that possessing a perfect memory is an invaluable asset to a seasoned cop and highly intelligent detective like Amos Decker. Baldacci doesn't create a hero in the mold of a magnetically handsome, tall and "built" stud in his prime, flawed and maybe either seeking solitude, hitting the liquor too hard (or both). He heads in the direction of memorable protagonists that don't always get the girl, like the Sandwich King created by Lawrence Sanders NYPD Capt. Edward X. Delaney, or the portly, perceptive, and not an ounce of fashion sense, retired FBI Agent E.L. Pender (FBI E.L. Pender Series by Jonathan Nasaw of THE GIRLS HE ADORED fame). In my opinion, Amos Decker is the most intriguing, and certainly the most sympathetic protagonist from a field of genuinely unique heroes in the annals of crime fiction.
A third trait of the book that I mentioned is the return of familiar faces in the second installment The Last Mile. We meet several new characters in this follow up to Memory Man that are just as well developed, so real that you become deeply entrenched and entranced by the narrative as it unfolds. Baldacci has a truly gifted ability to create characters in his novels that we care about. Doggone it, he gives us reasons to care, he allows us to vicariously experience their raw emotions, their distress, and hardships that are relatable and lamentable to his readers. I loved the character of Melvin ("Mellow") Mars, imprisoned and abandoned until he was literally about to walk "the last mile". In this particular book we find ourselves traveling the Deep South and being reminded of the injustices carried out by a few misguided white racists in the '60s. Thankfully, Baldacci handles this sorrowful part of our nation's history candidly but I felt fairly. It was truly an enjoyable reading experience and along the path to its conclusion there were plot twists I didn't see coming, and finally I loved the end of the book. It was powerful, poignant, and reflected true poetic justice.
i won't read anymore.
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20 years ago Melvin Mars, a budding NFL star, was given the death penalty for killing his parents but on the eve of his execution another man comes forward to take responsibility with enough detailed knowledge to stay Melvin's execution. Amos Decker, newly accredited to an experimental FBI task force made up of agents and civilians to look at cold cases, insists that the team take another look at the deaths of Melvin's parents.
Obviously you have to suspend your disbelief to read this kind of novel but if you just go with the flow it is a cracking read. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as the twists never let up and just keep coming, like a tsunami and it is all tied up nicely at the end. Mr Baldacci is on top form.
It is difficult to identify with Amos Decker as he has so many problems caused by a collision on the football field in his first professional game. Apparently the fall knocked out his brain wiring so he has a perfect memory and sees moods and atmospheres in colour, nothing that troubles me! The other slight difficulty he has is that he has no interpersonal skills and the affect of someone on the spectrum. Yet, despite this, I couldn't help rooting for him.
The Last Mile is a good read and I have no hesitation in recommending it as such.
The supporting cast members in this book are pretty memorable and Mars the center of this story is an interesting character in his own right rather then regulated to the side as a helpless individual.
We see something fairly unique (or maby I have not read enough titles in the genera) of what seems like genuine friendship towards the end of the book.
The book is not perfect and there are some small niggaly plotholes and in the kindle version some typo's as expected (much like my own reviews!!!) but its still a great read and solid number two entry. If you liked Memory Man and Amos in the first title, you will like this book I expect.
There a story in there but not a patch on the first in the Amos Decker series. It just seemed to go on and on and some information gathered by Amos and then recounting it back to the other members of the group he working with. Usually with David's books I find there like a roller-coaster the first 200 your on the exciting downward part, the next 200 the uphill bit and lot of chit chat and then the last 200 down again and the non stop excitement to the end. But this just seemed up hill all the way. Although I have to say there is a good plot in there but gets bogged down by too many pages of fill in.