The Fix Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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David Baldacci's remarkable detective Amos Decker - the man who can forget nothing - was first introduced in the sensational number-one New York Times best seller Memory Man. Now Decker returns in a stunning new novel....
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.
Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.
Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.
But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government - or, worse, an international terrorist group - and an attack may be imminent.
Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 54 minutes|
|Narrator||Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 18, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,343 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#20 in Mystery Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#30 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#79 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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The character of Amos Decker is a good one but the Fix was extremely slow-moving and repetitious. There were way too many scenes of Decker sitting and bemoaning his inability to solve the mystery. Occasionally Baldacci would toss in a bit of gunfire or a mild action sequence but then he again would have Decker sitting and complaining about how he just couldn't figure things out.
I hate to say it but it is as almost as if there wasn't enough for a novel here and Baldacci felt as if he had to pad it to meet some contractual obligation.
I will not give up on the author or future offerings in the Decker series but I sure hope he comes up with a stronger story next time.
Come on guys. Write your own stuff! Stop handing off to the B team.
However, character development beyond Decker is weak and simplistic. It's like Baldacci is trying to see how far he can stretch believability. The uncanny relationship between Agent Harper Brown and Melvin Mars, with his newly acquired wealth (making an appearance from The Last Mile) is unnecessary and a little insulting. Jamison transforms from a reporter to FBI agent and has the time to manage Melvin Mars' apartment building. Jamison's bitterness towards Brown is wiped away in an instant. Really?
Just build the narrative around Decker! That's where the trilogy started and he's the reason to keep reading. If secondary characters are going to move from novel to novel, they need more thought- more quality time with the author!
I realize that series authors always have to struggle between avoiding spoilers to previous stories' plots and keeping new-to-the-series readers in the loop. This time Baldacci missed the mark.
If you read the books as a series one after another you'll enjoy this book more than if you've read the others when they came out (as I did) and then get this one after waiting for its release.
However, that said, the book was very interesting. It was engrossing with a difficult mystery and a few surprises. He added a new character who I hope to see again.
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Boy am I good at buying presents - or what! This is easily the best present I have received and I am notoriously difficult to please...
I am a long term reader of Mr Baldacci and have read most of his books. I read between 50 and 100 books per year (mix of paper and Digital!) The excitement and tension was excellent and the plot really good as I barely guessed anything - well, I did guess one of the main players but the rest of it was masterful..
The characters are all well drawn and Amos Decker is an excellent device.
Sadly, not many authors can keep this kind of quality going and many have fallen by my wayside - at this rate Mr Baldacci will never be one of them...
I think the Decker character is extremely good and fascinating to see how his condition affects him and helps their case.
Get this book - you won't be disappointed!!!