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.

new family members

The Hit by David Baldacci; 2013; $27.99; 392 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2121-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 7/21/18-7/23/18

Why did I read this? I read the first book in the series and really liked the characters that David Baldacci has created.

Someone is taking about members of the agency that Will Robie works for.  They are taking out people at the top and the bottom of the agency.  Will is tasked with tracking down the killer, whom is another assassin from the agency.  As will tracks down the assassin, he begins to realize that things aren’t as they should be.  He ends up teaming with the assassin to straighten things out after the head of the agency and all the way up to the head of the United States government.  Several of the characters from The Innocent also appear in this story.

What is with the title of the review?  There are several new characters introduced in the story and I have a feeling they will return in future stories.

10/10

finding your family

The Innocent by David Baldacci; 2012; $27.99; 422 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-466-57299-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library; Hollywood; 7/13/18-7/14/18

Why did I read this?  Because David Baldacci is a great thriller storyteller and I am working my way through his various series and this is the first book in a series I haven’t read yet.

Will Robie is an assassin for the United States government, taking about people who are threats to the United States.  He is given a mission that he refuses to carry out to kill a US government employee and her children.  Once he refuses to carry out the assignment he is targeted and has to go on the run.  As he begins his run he encounters a fourteen year old girl who is also on the run.  Someone is also trying to kill her, Robie saves her and then they team up to solve two mysteries that end up being connected.  Will is an orphan as is she, and together they become somewhat of a family along with an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the case.

10/10

 

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.