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Memory Man (Memory Man Series, 1) Audio CD – CD, April 21, 2015
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"Perennial bestseller Baldacci unveils an offbeat hero with an unusual skill set and tragic past who takes on the evil mastermind behind a devastating school shooting..[Decker] proves a quirky, original antihero with a definite method to his madness...Readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again." ―Kirkus Reviews
"It's big, bold and almost impossible to put down...Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up...I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero and its irresistible plot....Highly entertaining."―Washington Post
"[A] strong first in a new thriller series from bestseller Baldacci....Baldacci supplies a multitude of clever touches as his wounded bear of a detective takes on a most ingenious enemy." ―Publishers Weekly
"Compelling...David Baldacci has definitely hit a home run with Memory Man."―Crimespree Magazine
"Baldacci weaves a suspenseful story right up to the climactic face-off between these complex and compelling characters. Highly recommended for all thriller fans who love elusive, taunting criminals and the slightly bent but always determined detectives who pursue them." ―Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Baldacci makes it feel fresh." ―Booklist
"Baldacci's novels always have an emotional component...But MEMORY MAN stands out among his thrillers for its deeply felt - and earned - sense of catharsis and healing...Baldacci's last few books have been among his best, and it's a pleasure to see him produce emotionally and dramatically intense work at the height of his maturity as a novelist."―Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (April 21, 2015)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 11 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1478929987
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478929987
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.5 x 5.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #427,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I won't provide a plot description as this can be gotten from the Amazon Book Description above. Rather, I'll provide some of my feelings about Memory Man which, hopefully, will be of help in deciding if it is a book you'll want to read.
Overall, there several key positive aspects that far outweigh what I consider to be its one, but not insignificant, key flaw.
On the positive side, Baldacci writes in a brisk narrative style and composes dialogue that is realistic for the characters speaking it. The plot is multi-faceted, interesting, fast-paced and has an above-average amount of twists and turns. And, perhaps, most importantly, Baldacci's main character and more secondary "good guy" characters are pretty well-developed and likeable enough to make me interested in going along with them on their next case. Further, you're not likely to forget a villain in this book anytime soon.
For me, these aspects override a number of the actions of Amos Decker and some of the motivations of a villain that I consider to be far-fetched enough to almost push me to the very edge of my ability to suspend belief. This flaw resulted in my deducting one star from my overall rating.
If you can accept a plot that while fun and interesting has some credibility issues, than I think Memory Man is a book worthy of your consideration. I, for one, found Memory Man to have enough merit to make me interested enough to read the second book in the Amos Decker series, called The Last Mile.
The story unfolds ever so slowly and at times, painstakingly slow but there is enough detail there to get one keep reading. The reward is satisfying. If you have read other Baldacci novels, they are always full of minute details and the characters are more nuanced than most. You get to know them as much as you want to know the character in a book.
All in all, it's a great book to read. I have ordered the other 2 books in the series and regretfully, I have not started reading the second book yet. I have a lot to read before that but there is always that book to look forward to.
The author remains a master storyteller, nonetheless, and this book is no exception. Suspense runs high throughout it, though the pace really picks up in the second half.
To consider it a great book, however, I would have liked to see a little more developing on the romantic side of things. Or for Amos to at least have a female counterpart at his own level, such as Will Robie's Jessica Reel...
Here is my detailed review:
Main hero: 4 stars
Heroines: 4 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Writing style: 5 stars
Suspense: 4 stars
Romance: 1 star
Ending: No cliffhanger, but the sequel is more than hinted at
Would I read another book by this author? Surely.
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The storyline was well paced and the additional characters interesting and well drawn, and it was good to see that there is a cleverly rounded storyline that will link Amos and a couple of the other main characters into the follow-up book.
I could certainly recommend this to anyone who isn't familiar with Baldacci's work and I will certainly give one of his other series of books a closer look as well.
In really is a 3.5 book, and I will give my reasons in this review...
I love David Baldacci's Will Robie and John Puller, and now Atlee Pine...
Amos Decker is a different pace of character, a man who thinks things through in fact a lot of thinking.
I do understand fully that this is a first in a series so a new character has to be introduced to the reader, and there is a lot to know about Decker and there is a lot to learn and understand.
The first half of this book was very slow, but speeds up for the second half, assisted by some great characters that I did like Bogart, Mary Lancaster and
Amos Decker went off the rails 15 months ago when the Burlington police detective returned home from his shift to find someone had cut his brother-in-law’s throat, shot his wife, Cassie, in the head, and strangled his 9-year-old daughter, Molly. The case still hasn't been solved, and in his grief and despair, Decker leaves the police department. After a bout with homelessness, he settles in as a small-time private investigator operating out of the hotel room in which he also lives. The 42-year-old Decker is overweight and out-of-shape, but he was once a professional football player. During his time in the NFL, he took a hard hit, and the traumatic brain injury induced a rare condition known as hyperthymesia—he can’t forget any detail about anything he experiences.
When his former partner, Mary Lancaster, tells him a man named Sebastian Leopold has confessed to killing his family, Decker lies his way into the jail to see the guy. At the same time, a bloody school shooting takes place at his old stomping grounds, Mansfield High School, leaving many dead. The FBI shows up and the BPD brings the obese ex-cop in as a consultant. But could everything be connected?
Once Decker starts unraveling the threads, it begins to look like it, and soon he’s following trails that no one but he can see, much less interpret. The killer’s motive seems tenuous, at best, and the killer’s trail is difficult to follow, but Decker, who has no discernible social skills and a tendency to abruptly disappear, proves a quirky, original antihero with a definite method to his madness.
A strong and complex story, with lots of twists and turns, good characters but a crime thriller rather than an action thriller, my favourite genre.
Just a different pace of book, not so action packed as a usual Badacci book, but an interesting character. But took a lot to get into this book, especially the first half of the book.
But I am sure this series will get better.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2017