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The Fallen (Memory Man Series (4)) Paperback – September 11, 2018
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"The pace picks up considerably with each passing chapter until the inevitable ending that most surely will deliver a resolution at about the same time you are catching your breath."―BookReporter.com
"Amos Decker shines again. . . The Fallen is David Baldacci at his very best."―The Real Book Spy
"Amos Decker novels just keep getting better and better, and it's partly due to the careful in-depth characterization Baldacci gives his main character."―New York Journal of Books
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Bottom line is if you enjoyed the previous books of the series you will enjoy this one, also. Baldacci picks up where he left off with the cast of characters and does his usual good job of changing the twists and plot lines: I stayed up really late with an unsuccessful effort to finish it because I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend this one for those who have enjoyed the series, and I’m ready for the next installment.
OK, it’s not entirely that bad but it is a far cry from the initial Memory Man. We start in Baronville, Pennsylvania with Amos and his partner Alex Jamison on vacation, visiting Alex’s sister. And this is another “bone to pick” with Baldacci…he’d ended the previous Decker book with an enticing note of impending romance between these two and the notion of them on “vacation” together gives the reader hope of this relationship advancing. I’ll stop you right there…there is NO ADVANCEMENT one way or the other in this book, NOTHING! Whether Baldacci does this on purpose or not, we’ll have to wait for the next installment.
Baronville is a rundown, post-industry town with a serious opiod problem. One evening Decker discovers a series of murders and his “vacation” turns into an investigation. Through an, again, unusual and complex series of events, we learn of the town’s originator, the family of John Baron the first and of an alleged treasure left behind when he died at his mansion high up at the town’s outskirts. Intrigue, dubious and sinister characters, drugs and murder all get interwoven into a plot that only Decker seems able to figure out. Going far beyond his “memory man” capabilities here (in my opinion) he’s able to determine all angles and all outcomes in the end, most, it seems to me, by just educated guesses. I had to re-read many paragraphs just to understand what had been uncovered at that particular point and by the end, I just gave up, actually skimming through most of the explanations because I found that I didn’t really care anymore.
There were some heartwarming moments admittedly…Decker shows a new side of himself when he deals with Alex’s niece, five year Zoe, who reminds him of his own daughter. But the overall vibe here is that this is a book that was just so rushed and un-edited that it does a dis-service to the character. We’re used to a certain quality with an Amos Decker work and we definitely do not get it here. And gauging by the reviews here on Amazon, Baldacci can only deduce that he’s still striking the right chord, which is a shame…I really wonder how many of these positive reviews aren’t emoting their true feelings. I know that I totally loved the previous three in this series and it’s difficult to pan this work, but it’s necessary…this is definitely not a great book.
Jamison’s 6-year-old niece loses her father on her birthday and that just grips the heart of Amos in so many ways. If you have followed the Memory Man series, you know how this touches Amos very deeply and makes him face some of his own personal losses again. Readers familiar with the uniqueness of how Amos thinks and works will really enjoy the way David Baldacci has Amos going through some neurological changes. These changes cause Amos to think long term and wonder exactly how long he can keep working without losing what memory he has left.
The ending of the book is very touching, and I absolutely loved the way its is written! I hope this isn’t the last we see of Decker and Jamison as I enjoy them working together on solving crimes. Zoe, the little girl in the story, really grabbed my heart and I loved how it drew out the heart of Amos. The mystery was top notch and many surprises are in store for those who venture into the book. You don’t want to miss this thriller!
If you haven’t read Amos Decker in the Memory Man series, start with the first book titled, Memory Man and catch up in the series before the next novel is released!
Top international reviews
Not impressed by this one. If his next book is like this, then I'm not buying any more of his books. Painting by numbers this was. Very disappointing.
I have read virtually all of Baldacci’s books including this, the first in the decker series. ( I have also read the next three in the same series)
I do a lot of reading but also listen to the UNABRIDGED audio book versions. I can go on a journey, listen to an hours worth of audio and easily find the stoping audio spot to continue in the book.
An FBI consultant who has as a result of a brain injury, the ability for total recall of everything he reads, sees or hears.
A phenomenal ability for an investigator.
On holiday, just happens to stumble over a double murder in small dirt poor town in rural America, cue the banjos.
There is a series of unlikely events & coincidences.
Hey presto the good guy wins.
OVERALL it is enough to say that the characters are implausible, the plot improbable, the investigation unbelievable but the book is a simple entertaining read / listen. The series improves.
Apart from that the storyline was good but for me very disappointing. Hopefully in future books any inconsistencies will be checked and rectified.