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No Time Left (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (547 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99
Sold by: Hachette Book Group

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Book Description

An original short story by New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.


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I once overheard Charles Baxter say that there's no story until something goes wrong. If No Time Left is any indication, David Baldacci must have missed that memo. Throughout the first half of the story, deceptively little seems to happen. Protagonist Frank Becker is very good at his loathsome profession: he goes to work, he does the job, and he plans the next gig. Period. But Baldacci has a surprise up his sleeve, and it's not until well into this single-sitting tale that the author's cloak-and-dagger (umbrella, actually) conceit begins to reveal itself. If you like the idea of Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov collaborating on a conspiratorial jack-in-the-box of a story, No Time Left delivers. --Jason Kirk

Product Details

  • File Size: 194 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB4FBE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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261 of 271 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Little Short Story May 2, 2011
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I had pre-ordered this and forgot about it until it showed up on my Kindle this morning. It's a pretty good short story, but I do want to emphasize the short: it took me about five minutes to read it. You can usually get a pretty good gauge of how long a Kindle book is by the size (in kilobytes) on the book description page, and I thought this one would be longer at almost 200 KB - it must be the graphics at the end advertising other Baldacci books.

The story has an interesting little plot, but not much character development or interaction due to the length of the short story. However, Baldacci does a good job of getting you interested in the character - this really could have been the outline of a full-length novel, and I think it would be a good diversion for Baldacci as I really haven't liked his last two novels which appear to have been primarily written by others. You do have a pretty good idea of how the story concludes about 75% of the way through it.

To summarize, this is a pretty good short story and Baldacci fans should like it. I did!
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167 of 174 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely weak first outing for a short story May 4, 2011
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Before posting this review I read through the ten or so already listed to make sure that I am not the only one with the same opinion on this short story. To my surprise, most of the other readers have the same thoughts that I do.

This is the weakest writing that I have ever read from Baldacci. As a matter of full disclosure, I am RABID fan of his novels and eagerly await each and every one of them since being turned on to his thrillers about three years ago. However, this first efort at a kindle short story is predictable, implausible, and never links the character motivation that drives the ending. I thought maybe it was me, but upon reading it a second time I was still left confused at the ending and wondering why he had even written it.

Read his novels and stay away from this weak story. His new book "The Sixth Man" is a much better and enjoyable read.

Better luck next time.
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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet May 3, 2011
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Literature has always been about concise, good writing that draws the reader in quickly. Short stories have always been good reading material for everyone. They can be put into magazines, chronicled in anthologies and also used to train new students in how to write, how to think and how to make your story concise without loosing detail.

I had no idea what a Kindle Single was but thought I would try this one since I do love David Baldacci's writing.

This very short story deals with the life of a paid assassin who does his job well. We have a quick look at his latest job and then follow him as he meets a new client for an "challenging" job. But what could be so challenging about what appears to be a very strait forward killing. He sees nothing challenging about it.

But that is where Baldacci catches us. The man does his job quickly and well, but as soon as he has dispatched the victim he realizes that he has made a grave mistake. This story will take you about ten minutes to read and will leave you with the desire to read more.

Maybe Amazon will package these Kindle Singles into an anthology so that we have a larger gathering of short stories in one volume.

Enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a dud June 13, 2011
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David Baldacci is one of my favorite writers and I have read almost everything that he has written. However, this fails miserably as a short story.

Without giving anything away, a mystery man hires a hit man and specifies a certain train for the hit man to take to reach the town where his target lives. The hit man falls asleep on the train, and when he wakes up at his destination he finds himself 50 years in the past. But being the consummate professional, the hit man simply ignores his time travel and focuses on finding his target.

The time travel on the train is unoriginal, and is more appropriate for a Twilight Zone episode (there actually was one involving someone falling asleep on the train and waking up in another time). In addition, although the hit man makes a certain discovery about his target, followed by an experience that ends the story, everything that happens is very predictable and something that I easily figured out well in advance.

Worse, as another review notes, Baldacci offers no explanation as to why the hit man was hired to kill this particular target, let alone any information about the background of the man who hired him (which might shed some light on motivation). As a result an ending that might have saved an otherwise trite short story just doesn't make any sense.

Much as I admire David Baldacci, this short story is just not worth your time. The only reason that I gave it two stars instead of one is because it is still better than some of the 99 cent dreadful purchases I have made of would be authors.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci Fan May 3, 2011
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I was very disappointed in how short this single was, It took less than 10 minutes to read. This is my first single and if this is any indication of the lenght of a single, then no more. The story line was good, but you were left wanting for more.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Give this one a miss May 2, 2011
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At a dollar this was way overpriced. Mr. Baldacci must have had a bill that needed paying to put this one up for sale. Short story isn't an adequate description. It took all of ten minutes to read and the ending was easily foreseeable.
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More About the Author

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children.

David received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed via area food banks.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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