santini redux

The Guilty by David Baldacci; 2015; $28.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing; New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8642-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Technical Services; 12/13/18-12/17/18

Why did I read this?  Because I really like David Baldacci as a storyteller and am trying to read as many of his books as I can.

Will Robie is a United States government sanctioned hit man, who is having trouble completing the tasks he is assigned after a assignment involves the accidental taking of an innocent live.  Robie mental stability is called into question, mainly by himself, so he decides to take some time off.  As he does he finds out that his father has been charged with murder and won’t defend himself.  Robie goes to a small town in Mississippi that he left 20 years ago and barely looked back at.  He finds himself locked in a fierce argument that began more that 20 years ago when he was a headstrong teenager.  As Robie investigates the  murder there are so many twists and turns that you will feel like you are on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride but it is pitch black and you can’t see what is coming.  The twists turn Robie upside down and inside out. but help he and his father work through their problems.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  Will Robie’s father is a retired Marine, who is very similar to Pat Conroy’s Great Santini and like Santini changes later in his life.

sounds like now

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci; 2018; $29.00; 405 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-5387-6157-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 11/19/18-11/21/18

Why did I read this?  Because David Baldacci is a great storyteller and this is the first book in a new series from him.

Atlee Pine is a FBI agent in the middle of nowhere Arizona, but her section of wilderness includes the Grand Canyon National Park.  When a mule is found slaughtered at the Phantom Ranch with the initials JK carved into it’s hide and one guest from the Ranch is missing Atlee begins to investigate, however just as she and her Administrative Assistant are starting to look into the case she is mysteriously called off the case and a couple of Park Service Rangers are reassigned to another Park.  Atlee and Carol, the aforementioned Assistant, decide to investigate off the record.  As they do witnesses are mysteriously kidnapped or killed.  Their investigation takes them across the country and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon before they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to involve the United States in another war.  Along with this case Atlee is also dealing with a childhood trauma.  The author surrounds Atlee Pine with a strong set of supporting characters including Carol and Sam, a former Special Forces soldier turned Park Ranger.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  I think there are always some people in our government who would like the U.S. to be involved in a war so that it would line their pockets.

life intrudes

The Target by David Baldacci; 2014; $28.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York; 978-1-455-2120-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 11/13/18-11/16/18

Why did I read this?  Because I really like to read stories by David Baldacci

Targets keep moving and keep changing.  Robie and Reel are tasked with several different tasks throughout the story.  They travel to France, North Korea, Washington D.C. and Nantucket.  They target North Koreans and go to North Korea and freeing prisoners.  Meanwhile North Korea is seeking revenge on the United States by targeting those close to the President of the United States.  Robie and Reel are dealing with enemies both domestic and foreign on several different levels.  They are trying to have some type of a normal life while leading the lives of covert operatives.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  Jessica Reel and Will Robie are trying to live semi normal lives when their occupation intrudes.

Find out who your friends are

Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci; 2010; $27.99; 438 pages; Grand Central Publishing , New York, NY; 978-0-446-19552-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Library Outreach Services; 10/24/18-10/26/18

Olive Stone (no not the director) is being forgiven of his sins by the President of the United States, with a condition of course.  The British Prime Minister seems to have been the target of a bomb in Lafayette Park.  Stone is assigned an MI-6 agent to track down who is responsible for the attempt.  HOWEVER, it seems there is more at play here than a simple assassination attempt as Stone and his associate are stymied at many turns.  Stone reluctantly accepts the help of his friends in the Camel Club to figure out what is going on.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  Oliver Stone is a man of few friends and he feels protective of them, so he doesn’t want to involve them in his troubles, but then he finds out that is when friends are the most important.

Rural Virginia

Divine Justice by David Baldacci; 2008; $9.99; 523 pages; Vision, New York, NY; 978-0-446-54488-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 7/24/18-7/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I really like David Baldacci as a storyteller and am working my way through his series.

A member of the Camel Club kills a couple of people, (who strongly deserved it) and then goes underground.  A member of some alphabet governmental is given the job of hunting him down.  A chance encounter between strangers on a train take him to a rural mining town that is ground zero for the opioid epidemic.  As he is being tracked the hunter begins to suspect there might be more to the story than he has been led to believe.  As the hunt progresses the other members of the Camel Club begin to involve themselves.  Each of their various talents come into play and make for an exciting story.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  The story ranges up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States, but most of it takes places in an extremely rural and poor portion of Virginia coal country.