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Simple Genius (King & Maxwell Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genius.
Now, only by working with his partner, Michelle Maxwell, who is battling her own personal demons, can he catch a killer...and stop a national threat.
"Exciting...good fun and fast-paced."―Midwest Book Review
"Keeps a reader turning pages."―Washington Post Book World
―Pittsburg Post-Gazette --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000Q9J06K
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
- Publication date : April 24, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 4081 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 444 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,878 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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tender scenes revealing personal depth. I loved how he brings out the humanity and comical interchanges.
This is one of the top writers in his field and I am making sure I get every one of his massive book collections. Since I read a few books a week (am retired) I am making good progress and passing them to friends and relatives to enjoy also
There's always a point in a really good book where you just have to finish it. Every one of Baldacci's books has one for me; usually around the 75% to 85% read point.
Go ahead and find your point of being unable to put the book down.
There is a lot of swimming and deep thinking. The guy who died had a cute little girl who is, herself, a genius. When Michelle joins him, she begins by helping Sean care for the little girl. She teaches the girl to kayak. More people at the genius camp start dying. Sean chases the lonely wife of the CIA chief who runs the CIA camp. Wait a minute! Maybe SHE IS the CIA chief. No one is who they say they are including the friendly county sherriff who invites Sean to work with him to investigate the murders.
There is a lot more swimming and shooting. Along the way we learn why Michelle has to keep her trucks and cars all messed up. Sean and Michelle are tortured by the CIA. It seems to cure Michelle of her Death wish.
Very good story!
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This is the third in the series of books from David Baldacci featuring former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. I first read it several years ago and because I read it out of sequence I found it less than enjoyable mainly because it dealt with issues from earlier books that I was unaware of because I had not yet read them.
King and Maxwell have moved from Wrightsburg to Washington to grow their private investigation business but times are tough. Maxwell is experiencing emotional difficulties which appear to have originated from their last case. Whilst she receives treatment King is asked to investigate a mysterious death in Virginia within a research facility.
It turns out that the facility is close to a secret CIA facility and local police, FBI and CIA are also involved. Further deaths occur and King himself survives an attempt on his life. Whilst this is happening a not yet recovered Maxwell arrives bringing her own bull in a china shop expertise to the affair.
In a much better read from my first time the story cracks on at a remarkable pace culminating in a startling climax. Over the top perhaps but it does show that power corrupted can and is a forceful weapon with those with least access to it being the biggest victims.
Involving quantum computers, a new thing for the future where a lot of numbers are being decoded by brilliantly minded scientists at a CIA/FBI facility in Virginia, USA which could have a devastating impact on the world as we know it today. These codes are much like the codes used in WW11 by the Germans which were cracked at Bletchley Park thus bringing an end to the war much sooner than expected. I was fortunate enough to have visited Bletchley a few months back and had to marvel at the many men and women who worked there during the war, their absolute commitment, hard work and sacrifice had a massive effect on what they did. Some of the girls were only 19 years old at the time and highly intelligent.
The story starts with Michelle who unfortunately starts to loose her grip after their last job, and becomes almost suicidal which confuses and concerns Sean. He manages to get her a place in an intuition where she can have therapy but as some of you know THAT is NOT what Michelle wants or thinks she needs!
Sean gets her the best help but she rebels against this and heads off to help Sean who has taken a job from Joan Dillinger so that he can earn enough money to pay for Michelle's care.
The story is long and very involved but secrets from Michelle's past come to the fore and we get a glimpse in to her younger life which explains in part why she is like she is...this is fascinating stuff!
I like to think there is more to Sean and Michelle's relationship than Baldacci has thus far revealed so I am hoping that it develops further along the romantic lines. I love them both too much not to want that NOT to happen.
Thank you David for one of the best reads I have read in a while apart from King and Maxwell so you have scored many points from me.
Highly recommended, if I could have given it 10 stars I would have!!
... very irritating, however, and it's surprising how it breaks up the flow, are the annoying number of "misprints" - in this case the text has obviously been scanned and OCR'ed, but it has not been proof-read. It has probably been spell-checked, but that doesn't pick up when the OCR has inserted the wrong correctly spelled word, for example, where the text contains "lie", the OCR has produced "He". Frankly, what surprises me most is that they have to OCR it, and don't have a digital version of the original text available. But for a "full price" Kindle edition I expect better.
I liked the link to Babbage and Turing, for once the English weren't the bad guys (excluding the references to the American War of Independence). It's always fascinating to think how some people's minds are wired to work and can solve the world's puzzles and how mine isn't able to, paraphrasing Horatio in the book.
This was surprisingly poorly edited for a published book. Normally I can skip over errors, especially in self published books, but there were simple things like the word 'He' which kept popping up incorrectly in place of other words, an example, 'he had them He on the deck...' also r and n used instead of intended m's, even full stops missing. Silly but noticeable - shame on you Pan books.
However I really enjoyed reading it, Maxwell and King are a winning combination.
For anyone to read that like a good mystery/detective story that isn't too complicated to understand and is entertaining.