the definition of a page turner

The Last Mconfile by David Baldacci; 2016; $29 .00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8645-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights; 1/23/18-1/25/18

Why did I read this? I have read several of Baldacci’s books and I enjoy them especially this series, Amos Decker is a engaging series.

Amos is heading from his home to his new job in Quantico when he turns on the radio and hears about the imminent execution of Melvin Mars in a Texas prison.  Melvin was convicted of killing his parents and he is about to be executed when someone in prison in Alabama confessed to the killing. The confession contains details that only the actual killer would know.  Amos decides to ask his task force teammates if they can take on the case to find the truth in the case.  As they dig into the case, things start getting dicey.  People attack them and political strings are pulled to prevent further investigation, but Decker insists on staying with the investigation even when he has no legal protection.  As Amos pulls at the threads he has found more and more things in peoples pasts.  The threads run all the way to Washington D.C., through a multi millionaire defense contractor and to a racist police chief in Alabama.  I stayed up late, and did everything I could to keep reading.

Grade 10/10

something rattled, something new

Memory Man by David Baldacci; 2015; $28.00; 405 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-/01-/4555-5982-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Technical Services; 1/4/18-1/7/18

Why did I read this?  I am trying to read as many of David Baldacci books as I can, I finished the Shaw series and am starting on the Amos Decker series.

Amos Decker was good enough to make it to the NFL but only lasted one play.  That play ended his NFL career and rattled his brain in such a way that he never forgot anything ever again.  He also now see numbers and colors in his memories and sometimes hallucinates numbers and colors.   After he recovers from his multiple injuries he marries his physical therapist and becomes a police officer and works up to become a detective.  His phenomenal memory and abilities enable him to become a great detective.  One night he comes home and finds his brother in law, wife and young daughter cruelly murdered.   He begins a downward spiral the ends with him living on the street in a box and sees how far he has fallen.  He pulls himself partway back up and becomes a private investigator.  A Columbine type shooting happens at the local high school and the police chief requests Amos help.  The massacre ties back to the killing of Amos’s family and he begins to work with a journalist and the FBI to solve things.

Grade-8/10 It starts kind of slow but picks up and gains steam quickly and finishes well.

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci; 2010; $27.99; 406 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-446-56408-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Library Outreach; 12/16/17-12/21/17

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading my way through David Baldacci’s backlist.  This is the second and so far final book in the Shaw series.

As Shaw’s organization targets Evan Waller, he is being targeted by another organization.  This group of people goes after evil people, former Nazis and former members of the KGB who have tortured and killed innocents in the name of some inane cause.  The two sides collide as they are prepping for their individual assignments and warily work together to confront, detain and … the evil-doer.  The story is full of intrigue, injustice and justice, romance and action.

Grade A


The Whole Truth by David Baldacci

The Whole Truth by David Baldacci; 2008; $26.99;406 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0446-19597-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 11/23/17-11/29/17

Why did I read this?  I have read several books by David Baldacci and enjoyed them so now I am attempting to read through his backlist.

Nicolas Creel is the world’s largest arms manufacturer and sales aren’t good enough for him so he hires a perception manager to increase business for him, by manipulating the facts and presenting alternate facts.  Shaw, no first name works for a ubiquitous international agency that is involved in stopping Creel.   Shaw is manipulated by many around him, but he manages to prevent World War III from erupting.  So much of this material rings true today.

Grade A

The Escape by David Baldacci

The Escape by David Baldacci;2014; $28.00; 472 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2119-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library,Troutdale; 10/31/17-11/3/17

Why did I read this?  I had read some Baldacci books in the past and I picked up one while we were on vacation.  I need something to balance some of the heavy non fiction I read, so I am going to use the prolific David Baldacci for that purpose. This will finish all the books in the John Puller series and I will move on to another one of Baldacci’s series.

John Puller, Army CID investigator extraordinaire, gets pulled into an investigation that he shouldn’t be anywhere near.  His brother, Robert, an Air Force officer has been languishing in a maximum security military prison for the last two years after being convicted of treason and espionage.  One dark and stormy night all the power goes out at the prison and after some confusion it turns out there has been an escape.  Robert Puller has escaped and in the process of escaping killed someone.  A large, believable conspiracy is uncovered by John with the help of his brother and an attractive intelligence operative and Robert is cleared of all charges.

Grade A