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David received his Bachelor's degree 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 gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.
David and his family live in Virginia.
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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!
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.
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.
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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All Baldacci books are good reading. Shipped in a timely manner and arrived in good condition.Published 21 hours ago by J. Benfield
Exciting story that holds your interest and attention. If you like Baldacci, you will not be disappointed with this one.Published 4 days ago by Notta Chan
This book is somewhat of both a thriller and suspense story. It is a good fast read with a surprise ending