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4.0 out of 5 stars All is not what is seems in Paradise..., November 3, 2012
This review is from: The Forgotten: A John Puller Novel 2 (Kindle Edition)
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.

It's impossible to avoid the comparison to Lee Child's books because the lead character and overall formula are so similar. If you enjoy Child's books, you're pretty sure to like this too. It's not as good as Child at his best - it doesn't hold your attention as well and Puller is not as charismatic as Reacher. But it's as good or better than several of the recent Reacher instalments. I find Baldacci pretty hit and miss as a writer, but this one works.
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2012 5:24:51 PM PST
just spent the most delightful afternoon reading this! what a story! what characters!
and what prose! did read like Jack Reacher but different...wonder if Dave and Lee have ever gotten together??? 4 stars from me!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2013 5:09:04 AM PST
Pam Rauber says:
Agreed...good storyline. Too bad it's the Jack Reacher character. Would have preferred a different one. Easy to make a tough guy not 6'5" that "stands out". The apprentice for Baldacci shouldn't have read the Reacher description, he might have been able to provide a different character. Obviously, a Reacher fan.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 8:03:58 PM PST
Ernie Ernie says:
Thank you. I hate to admit it but I can't remember if I read books or not and Baldacci is my favorite. I did read one book with Puller so I was hesitant to buy this thinking I read it but the story line didn't jive. You reveiw helped.
PS if you haven't read Vince Flynn books, you will find he is very similar to Baldacci.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2013 2:06:39 AM PST
Julia Flyte says:
Thanks - yes I've read 3 or 4 by Vince Flynn and enjoyed them. Plenty more to get through though!

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 9:56:42 PM PDT
baker says:
The worst part is trying to remember just how that last book ended, and what made him such a hero again.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 6:06:58 PM PDT
I picked up the Baldacci "Forgiven" book and read the inside cover. Ex-military cop, Paradise, FL, letter from Aunt, later deceased, mysterious goings on. I thought, I already read this book by Lee Child why would I want to read it again by a different author and put it down. Is Baldacci trying to irritate Child? Even the name of the town in Florida's the same. Don't get it. I guess from these comments it's not the same story, but still.
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