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The Sixth Man (King & Maxwell Series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
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Book Description

Watch King & Maxwell, TNT's new series based on David Baldacci's blockbuster novels, on Mondays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.


Edgar Roy--an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins--en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

Editorial Reviews


"Equal parts Hitchcock and James Bond, it's the perfect literary cocktail...One of Baldacci's best." (Richmond Times-Dispatch on Deliver Us from Evil )

"It's his eager, expansive imagination that drives his books . . . Like other thriller writers, Baldacci depends on a mixture of inventive plotting, appealing characters, luck, and consistency. Unlike others, his books rely more on characters' relationships than whiz-bang technology or procedural twists . . . What he offers is in some ways more unusual." (Newsweek on First Family )

"A rousing success . . . Baldacci shows once again that he is a sort of thriller Renaissance man: a master of plot, dialogue, and character." (Booklist (starred review) for Divine Justice )

"High-stakes action, shadowy government agencies, and [a] neo-Cold War backdrop . . . Baldacci pushes his plot ahead at such a blistering pace." (Washington Post on The Whole Truth )

"Gripping, chilling, and full of surprises." (Publishers Weekly on Stone Cold )

About the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at, and to look into its program to spread books across America at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00480O96Y
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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166 of 196 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars David Baldacci enters "Chuck" territory April 19, 2011
Okay, not to be overly simplistic, but David Baldacci's latest thriller featuring former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell does have a plot highly reminiscent of the television show "Chuck," though certainly not a similar tone. No, there's no "Intersect" computer imbedded in anyone's brain, but there is a defense contractor running what's called the E-Program. As the novel opens, the contractor, Peter Bunting, is seeking the individual who can become the next "Analyst."

The Analyst is the person tasked with watching the "Wall," a six- by eight-foot screen on which flows "information on suspicious activities being carried out by either Americans or foreigners operating domestically." It's a "compilation of top secret communications, all of colossal importance. And on it poured, from all corners of the globe, delivered en masse in high definition. If it were an Xbox or a PS3 game it would be the most exciting difficult one ever created. But there was nothing made up about it. Here real people lived and real people died, every second of every day."

The idea is that our intelligence network is too spread out and diversified, and that in order to truly get the Big Picture, one individual needs to be able to process every scrap of data we collect. It's a staggering job that literally brings brilliant men to their knees. Obviously it's not a job for the average Joe, but a few extraordinary individuals can utilize 90-some percent of their brain, rather than the paltry ten percent most of us access. And all of this is exposited in a brief prologue.

Next, we're with series protagonists King and Maxwell as they touch down in Maine. They've been called up for an investigative job.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read but slightly predictable July 23, 2011
By Andy
Format:Kindle Edition
All the elements of a good Baldacci novel are present in THE SIXTH MAN but somehow they just don't come together quite as well as in some of his previous books. There is the usual secret service goings on and their questionable actions which leave you wondering who is in the right and who's on who's side. The two main characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both ex-secret service who share a common link that draws them together and sparks romance. Working as PIs they are hired to help in the defence case of a serial killer. When his attorney is murdered they uncover some alarming facts and find themselves against mysterious and far superior forces. The writing is sharp, the action gritty and the story interesting as we follow the couple on their journey which makes this an enjoyable read. It just lacked a little bit of suspense in the way that it was revealed. Still one I would recommend as un-complicated and fun read.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH! is this the same author??? June 1, 2011
It's hard to believe that this is the same author that wrote the first couple of "Baldacci" wonderfully intriging titles produced this drival. It is poorly thoughtout and cheesy. Now that he seems to be in the mass production mode, quantity has taken presidence over quality. Since his first books were completely brillant ... it's a big dissapointment that he gone has the way of Patterson... only without the quality.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much ado about not much April 25, 2011
By Peggy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The plot had possibilities, but as the story moved forward, the twists were telegraphed. You are left with a lot of driving or flying from one point to another, and not much to show for it. When the author confused "flaut" with "flaunt,"I sort of gave up on it. Not worth the $15. I guess I have been spoiled by earlier works.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Going Downhill Quickly July 17, 2011
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I've read all of Baldacci's book and this is my least favorite. The book is overrun with campy dialogue and almost completely lacks the quality writing that set David apart from other writers in his earliest efforts. I've never created an online review before but I felt so strongly about the lack of quality in this book that I was compelled to do so.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 if that May 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book stunk . Bunch of hokey pokey nonsense dealing with men that can be created to use 99 % of their brain to filter a zillion computer screens going at once giving info on military intelligence . Men that cant make it get sent to the nut ward because their brain is overloaded . Won't read another one by this idiot . Camel Club was good , this is about as dumb as review says .
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They should charge half price for this book... May 15, 2011
By Dee Jay
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
...because I only got halfway through before I got bored and stopped reading it. A good premise gets bogged down with tedium and nonsense, and I have no idea how it got such glowing reviews. Not to mention that $13 price tag, which is just ridiculous for a Kindle book.
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45 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book : not the best April 20, 2011
By shaggy
David Baldacci's The Sixth Man with Sean King and Michelle Maxwell in the lead is a relatively good book. It is not at par with their last outing FIRST FAMILY, which i thought was their best adventure till date. I wont go into the synopsys of the book, you can read that in other reviews. Something about the Kindle price will follow but thats noet the most important. As i siad earlier, the book is good, quite good, if you dont compare it to the previous one. But a David baldacci book is always better then some other books that come out. Even better than Dan Brown and his overhyped Lost symbol. The story does move forward. And ofcourse this is not Baldacci's best as he is comming out with 3 books this year (wont hear me complain!! along with Stebe Berry i think hes the best).
Now if you have a Kindle, like me, and you want to buy the book to read on the Kindle but you think the price is too high (which it is), you can get it elsewhere to and just use the leagal programme CALIBRE to put it in Kindle format and read. But buying it on Amazon is still the best way to have it as soon as released (i want to have it the day of release).
All in all a good read. Recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!!!
Excellent.....Really holds your attention, and an enjoyable mystery!
Published 1 day ago by John Cornue
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very long and I kept losing the plot
Published 1 day ago by dabigv
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST PACED
I enjoyed the book. It was rather fast paced and flowed.through out the book.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book with lots of action and suspense. Once again Baldacci has written a great book.
Published 5 days ago by mary elwer
5.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci at his best
It was hard to put down this book. One of the Baldacci I have read
Published 7 days ago by Cloverdell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This is the second book in the series I've read and I'll read more of them.
Published 7 days ago by Prof McC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept me going right to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 7 days ago by linda tormey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sixth Man by David Balducci
I like all the David Balducci books. The King and Maxwell series---6 books I think--are hard to put down. They seem to be so well researched. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Riley1
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
Of all Baldacci books I love the King and Maxwell series the best. I want more, and now. Thank you for a great read. I could not put it down.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ!
Another triumph for Mr. Balducci. From page 1 he had me. What a heart stopping journey through to the end. Keep them coming. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sherry Wessman of Livonia Mi.
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David Baldacci published his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 29 novels for adults, 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. David has also published four novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller THE FINISHER, which is in development for feature film.

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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Why is the hardcover cheaper than the Kindle edition?
I'm not saying it's right, but the publishers have set the price for the electronic edition to prevent sellers like Amazon from cutting the price to compete with other electronic sellers. Kind of like price fixing, but not illegal, since the same restrictions apply to all sellers od the same... Read More
Feb 23, 2011 by M. Galbraith |  See all 54 posts
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Excellent points. I'm intelligent enough to decide for myself how much I can spend. I want to know from the reviews whether it's worth my time to spend ANY money on the book at all!
May 3, 2011 by Amazon Customer |  See all 10 posts
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Amazon didn't set the price on this the publisher sets the prices of e-books now. So your gripe is with them not with Amazon it wouldn't matter if you were buying it for kindle, nook, ipad, etc the publisher sets the price there too. If you have a complaint i would take it up with them.
Feb 24, 2011 by John G. Dahlstrom Jr. |  See all 4 posts
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I agree with you but truth is the Kindle is just an item of convenience ie when traveling as you don't have to lug tons of books around. Then it's worth its weight in gold. It's definitely not for cost saving. I can get books discounted at Costco or Borders and I do, but when I am traveling,... Read More
May 18, 2011 by Judith Vincenty |  See all 5 posts
There is another reason kindle excels besides convenience in travel. I am visually challenged and the back-lighting and variable print size are a godsend. I generally would read 3-5 books, novels biographies and history before fading sight cut me to one a week. With kindle all is right with the... Read More
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