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

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.