absolute power and all that entails

First Family by David Baldacci; 2009; $27.99;449 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0446-53975-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/30/18-4/2/18

Why did I read this?  Because I enjoy David Baldacci’s books and am reading my way through his many series.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are contacted by the sister in law of the First Lady.  When they arrive to meet with her, they find her dead, her husband knocked unconscious and one of their daughters missing.  The action runs all over the southeast part of the United States and runs through the FBI, the Secret Service, the Oval Office, mailboxes, etc and the US Army and a vengeful old man.  While King and Maxwell are investigating and dealing with a bunch of duplicitous people a tragedy befalls Michelle’s family.  This tragedy ties up loose ends from the previous stories and gives us some insight into her character.  This is  another thriller from Baldacci that I look forward to reading more of.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  The story stretches to the highest point of the United Government and that power has corrupted those at the top.

liars figure

Simple Genius by David Baldacci; 2008, $9.99, Kindle Edition, 444 pages, Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; purchased from Amazon.com; 2/20/18-2/22/18

Why did I read this?  Because David Baldacci has gotten me to care about the characters of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell and I want to see what has happened with them.

Michelle Maxwell is feeling something, she doesn’t quite know what, but it leads her to the seediest bar in Washington, D.C.. Once there she proceeds to drink herself to a place where she decides to pick a fight with the biggest guy in the place.  She is kicking his ass and just gives up, letting him kick her ass all the way to the hospital.

Sean finds her in the hospital and talks her into committing herself into a psychiatric facility, where we meet some new and interesting characters. Meanwhile Sean is hired to investigate the death of a genius at a facility that borders a CIA training camp and another top secret installation.  While Sean is investigating that, Michelle is solving a couple of cases at the facility.  Once she does that she declares herself cured and goes to help Sean with his case.  Her doctor however continues to investigate to ascertain the cause of Michelle’s problem, what he discovers adds a chilling new dimension to Michelle’s life.  It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Sean and Michelle solve the case at the genius facility and are able to reward some victims with what they find.

What is with the title of the review?  A couple of the key bad guys use the genius as excuses and their “figuring’ as national security covers.

Grade 10/10

serial killers & civil war reenactments

Hour Game by David Baldacci; 2004; Kindle Edition; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 9780446586658; purchased from Amazon.com; 2/19/18-2/20/18

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading through all of David Baldacci’s series and I had a long plane ride from Portland to Anchorage.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to solve some burglaries but that gets them involved in a case where a killer is mimicking notorious serial killers of the recent past.  One of the characters is a member of a civil war reenactment society and gets Michelle involved.  This mystery takes a lot of twist and turns and we discover more of Sean and Michelle’s backstories.  They characters are the most engaging parts of Baldacci’s books.

Grade 10/10

don’t take your eye off the sparrow

Split Second by David Baldacci; 2003; kindle edition; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 9780446588362; purchased from Amazon.com; 2/16/18-2/19/18

Why did I read this?  I have become a big fan of David Baldacci’s work and am working my way through his various series.  This is the first book in the King and Maxwell series.

Secret Service Agent Sean King’s attention was diverted for a split second as he was guarding a presidential candidate.  That split second allowed the candidate to be assassinated.  That split second resulted in King’s career coming to a screeching halt, he has now become an administrative lawyer.

Eight years later, Secret Service agent Michelle Maxwell allows a presidential candidate to enter a room unescorted.  He disappears and so does Maxwell’s career.

When Maxwell sees a news story about about Sean King and is struck by the similarities in their cases she begins to investigate.  They end up becoming a team and solving a multi-year mystery that ties them together.

One of the authors strengths is writing characters that you care about.  He begins to give clues about what drives each of the characters.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  It is a line from the Baretta theme, but here both agents took their eye off of their protectee and suffered the consequences.

strange way to deliver a message

The Fix, An Amos Decker Novel by David Baldacci; 2017; $29.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-455-8656-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 2/7/18-2/9/18

Why did I read this? Because I really like David Baldacci’s book and am reading my way through his books.  I really like this series, the Amos Decker series.

A man sees a clown, walks to the front of the Hoover building, shoots a woman in the back or the head and then kills himself.   Amos Decker witnesses the crime and his unit is tasked to solve the crime.  As Amos, Alex, Bogart and Milligan team up with Harper Brown of the DIA the investigation takes them in many different directions.  Melvin Mars from the previous book shows up and works alongside the team.  Amos, Alex and Melvin get involved with a cartel and gang in their neighborhood.  There are so many twist and hidden agendas that you may get a little dizzy.

Grade-10/10