What’s next

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci; 2013; $28.00; 419 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2131-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library,Troutdale; 8/25/18-8/27/18

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading my way through the various David Baldacci series and this is the latest in this series.

A career U.S. Army soldier disappears  with a over a billion dollars in Euros in Afghanistan and his son is told he is dead.  The son takes off running in the rain where he is almost hit by a car driven by King and Maxwell.  The son then receives an email from his supposedly dead Dad and engages the services of King and Maxwell.  As they investigate they began to uncover a conspiracy that seemingly involves every one of the alphabet agencies that infest Washington, D.C..  They uncover a plot that out does Iran Contra for sheer chutzpah.  The plot ranges all over the country and the atmosphere and involves people at all levels of government.  Maxwell ends up saving the life of a highly placed government employee.  Ultimately though this is a story of trust, between a father and son and partners.

Grade 10/10

What is with title of the review?  This is the latest in this series and it is five years old and I am wondering if there will be any follow up or if this is the last word from King and Maxwell.

 

a changed man

The Fallen by David Baldacci; 2018; $29.00; 417 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-5387-6139-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 5/18/18-5/20/18

Why did I read this?  I have been trying to read through as many of David Baldacci’s series as I can and this is the last book in the Amos Decker series.

Amos Decker and Alex Jamison are on vacation in the rust belt of Pennsylvania when murders happen too close to home.  The unemployment mess, the opioid epidemic, fulfillment centers and robotic works all take center stage in this story.  Amos sees a dead body in the home behind Alex’s sisters home and the story is off and running.  The local police at first are resistant and then welcoming, but still reluctant.  The DEA becomes involved and jurisdictional things become part of the story.  This story has everything from buried treasure to life long animosity and everything in become.  Amos and Alex are a wonderful team.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  Amos suffered a brain injury at the beginning of the series that gave him a photographic memory and causes him to associate colors with death and other sensations.  At one point in this story he is hit in the head and his injury again causes some things to change in his brain.

turf wars

6thThe 6th Man by David Baldacci; 2011; $27.99; 416 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-466-57310-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/25/18-4/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I enjoy reading stories by Baldacci and am trying to read through his multiple series.  I am currently reading through the King and Maxwell series, of which this is the penultimate book.

King and Maxwell are contacted by King’s old law school professor to look into an alleged serial killers life.  The professor is defending the serial killer but before they are able to meet with him he is assassinated.  The serial killer is a former intelligence analyst, one of the all time best the government has ever seen.  The DHS Secretary and other intelligence agencies are jealous and overly protective of their turf.  The agencies are pulling out all the stops to sideline the agency and company the analyst works for.  King and Maxwell are subjected to all kinds of terrorism by their own government and forces within it.  King and Maxwell manage to figure out the conspiracy and shut down the rogue elements within the government.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  It is well known that the intelligence agencies within the United States Governments don’t play well with each other and that they will do whatever is necessary to protect their turf and Baldacci builds on that.

 

 

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