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

David Baldacci
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (759 customer reviews)

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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
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009D8S50W
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00480O96Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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163 of 194 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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27 of 33 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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12 of 14 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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9 of 10 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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25 of 32 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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22 of 28 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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not his best book May 13, 2011
I was disappointed in this book. It wasn't nearly as good as his others. I think his latest 2 were written quickly to fulfill a contract. Not worth your time when there are too many other good books out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 21 hours ago by Michael George
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an awesome read! Satisfying on so many levels!
What can I say about this book? It is my favorite in the series, so far. We meet new characters, and have an incredibly involved plot that relates to national security and covert... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Thomas D. John
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great action adventure by David Baldacci
Nonstop action, great adventure. Once you start reading it, it's hard to put it down.
Published 3 days ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well done.
Published 4 days ago by D. R. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Baldacci has become my wife and mine favorite writer.
Published 6 days ago by Kevin F. Labbe
5.0 out of 5 stars The characters of King and Maxwell are both serious and funny, adding...
Well done. Many twists and turns to the plot, unable to set the book aside for very long. The characters of King and Maxwell are both serious and funny, adding a definite touch... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Novel Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by jim hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book...very suspenseful
Published 8 days ago by Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars I found the books even better than the TV series
I purchased and read these novels because of the short-lived TV series based on them. As is often the case, I found the books even better than the TV series.
Published 8 days ago by GrumpyOldMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book
Published 9 days ago by Connie
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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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Why is the hardcover cheaper than the Kindle edition?
I would also like to know why kindle are sometimes more than hard cover. It makes no sense. It is a disappointment because I expected kindle and paperback to be the same price. Should be, it must be cheaper to produce book without paper.
Feb 16, 2011 by Golf Granny |  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 Rainechief |  See all 10 posts
Sixth Man
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
Sixth Man
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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