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The Forgotten (John Puller Series) Hardcover – November 20, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the John Puller Series

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"Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field."―

"Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies."―The Washington Post

"Rife with intriguing, memorable characters and tense situations....deftly providing solid escapism in an exceptionally fast-pace tale."―Lansing State Journal

"The Forgotten is a prime example of Baldacci at his action adventure best."―The Huffington Post

"The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best...Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning...Five Stars."―

"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled."―Suspense Magazine on The Innocent

"Baldacci's palpable tension keeps the pages turning-and leaves you eager for the next in this new series."―The Star-Ledger on Zero Day

"Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series."―The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day

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

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Product Details

  • Series: John Puller Series
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446573051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446573054
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,551 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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329 of 351 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
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This is the second book in Baldacci's Reacher-like series featuring John Puller, a military cop. The Forgotten picks up from where Zero Day left off, but it's not necessary to have read that book previously. Whilst the events from that book are referred to occasionally, there are no spoilers given.

When the book opens, Puller is contemplating returning to work after a brief vacation taken to recover from the events of Zero Day, when his father receives a worrying letter from Puller's Aunt Betsy, who lives in Paradise, Florida. She alludes to something dodgy going on and "mysterious happenings at night". Puller goes down to Florida to visit his aunt, but when he gets there he discovers that she has recently deceased, having drowned in her backyard in what the police have decided was an accident. Given the letter she just wrote, Puller is not convinced it was an accident and starts to investigate further. Almost immediately it becomes apparent that there is more than meets the eye to the entire affair.

At the same time, there is a mysterious man who has literally washed up in town. He has arrived on a mission, but we don't know what that mission is or whether he is going to turn out to be a villain or a hero. He is Puller's match in every way.

The first half of the book develops slowly but maintains the intrigue as Puller pursues his investigations. In the second half things start to come together and the action builds. There are several twists along the way.
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227 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2012
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Now that Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are over, David Baldacci is looking for a key player for a new series. Welcome to Military Criminal Investigator, John Puller Jr, who some of you will have met first in "Zero Day". Puller is basically a military policeman, over 6 feet tall, very athletic and powerful but with battle wounds from active service, great with weapons and a diligent and brilliant investigator. After the traumas of "Zero Day" Puller went off for some post stress R & R - "He had no map, no plan, no destination".

Does all of this sound a bit familiar, a bit like Jack Reacher? Of course it does. We all love Jack Reacher but after so many iterations his adventures are getting a bit thin and repetitious. So let's see what Puller can offer. Firstly he is still in the military although this adventure starts out as a personal investigation. His aunt who raised him sent a letter saying "people are not being who they seemed". When Puller arrives in Florida he finds that she has been drowned in her back-yard fountain, which the police think is accidental. Puller he gets involved with the local police in trying to convince them that it was murder. Like Zero Day, a simple investigation quickly uncovers something far more sinister and dangerous.

The finale is fast and furious escapist nonsense with a team of unlikely goodies, including some kick-ass females, taking care of almost a football team of nasty baddies.

Did I enjoy it? Yes because I like Baldacci's page-turning style and characterisation, with well thought-out plot. Did I worry about the Jack Reacher similarity? Yes, because Baldacci should be able to create a new character without apparently having to plagiarize another one. What is my greatest concern?
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By rck12 on November 23, 2012
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John Puller is an Army criminal investigator on leave, while looking into his Aunt's disappearance. He spars with the local police of a small affluent Florida town, as he noses into their investigation while the disappearances mount, leading to a sinister story line.

It's a slow moving tale without any major surprise. There is just enough development to keep the reader interested, hoping for a Reacher like conclusion (as it is a Reacher like book, however not as blatant as the authors Zero Day), although winds up with a grade B finale, that is a bit far fetched.

I thought the character Mecho stole the show from Puller, an intriguing enigma who was the most interesting part of the book imo. The inclusion of Puller's boss, General Julie Carson, to help him in the field half way into the book was strange...a Captain maybe, but a General?

The similarity to Lee Child's 'Jack Reacher' continues, and there is also a bit of Brian Haig's 'Major Sean Drummond' evolving. Mr. Baldacci's seems to be reaching at straws looking for a winner beyond the Camel Club series, with the release of 3 new hardcovers in the past four months. I think the best of the bunch was "The Innocent", with the clean new character Will Robie, a much better prospect than John Puller.
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87 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Denis J. Kirkaldy on November 5, 2012
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For me David Baldacci is a problem. When one of his books arrive I get nothing else done until I have finished reading it - I just can't stop. This book is just as good as all the others. Baldacci tells a good story in a style that is easy to read and his plot is simple to follow. When is the next one coming?
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