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Hour Game (King & Maxwell Series) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Mr. Baldacci introduced us to two disgraced secret service agents in "Split Second," Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Since we last saw them, these two have changed careers and joined forces by becoming partners in a private investigation firm, King and Maxwell, located in small-town Wrightsburg, Virginia. This odd couple, of sorts, is what makes the novel work. Their combined energy, skills, intelligence and humor cannot be beat. King is a "neatnick," everything-in-its-place type. He is a connoisseur of rich food and fine wine, and a steady rock when it comes to dependability. Michelle is a slob!Read more ›
THE GOOD NEWS: The action sequences second to none, but they are too few and too late.
THE BAD NEWS: I just gave up keeping all the relationships and motivations straight, not because it gets too complicated (it does) but because you just don't care.
COMPARED TO HIS OTHER WORK: Earlier work had individual plot threads build slowly, gradually coming together until the whole structure becomes clear and then topped off by an race-to-the-finish ending.
THIS TIME: In his attempt to cover TOO much, all the plot threads are short-changed I just didn't care who did what.
Attempts at witty banter between the two heroes falls pretty flat.
His last book (Split Second) was not bad, but this isn't even close to THAT one!
There is not nearly enough character development, even for the two main characters, Michelle and Sean. What makes these people tick - who are they? Sean, as a character, was very boring, although apparently he is clarvoyant and can figure out complex mysteries with no real police work or clues.
The reasons why the main killer killed are extremely muddled and really don't make any sense. And the ending plot twist was just infuriating since no background for it had been included in the story. It seemed like Baldacci just wanted to finish the book and dashed off any old ending just to be done with it.
Many popular authors turn into hacks - Harris and Patterson come to mind - and it seems that Baldacci is headed down the same road.
We've all seen it before from Grisham, Patterson,Follet, S. King, and Baldacci. Some of their books are the best we've ever read, and then they trick us into buying another one that is weak at best, and downright (...) at worst.
This book is the perfect example of a writer who is beholden to his publisher's contract and feels they need to put something out. It's a (...), and you and I are the victims. I'm using my copy as kindling, I won't even sell it on amazon!
I have waited a week to write a review of this book. It a strange book to review because I enjoyed reading it, but can't quite figure out why. I love the chemistry of the two protagonists even though there is no romantic involvement. There were a lot of characters in this story and that was a good thing because one was getting murdered almost every chapter. The plot was totally ridiculous. At the end to tie up the many loose ends, the author goes through a laundry list of items in scene that served no other purpose than to answer question that should have been answered as part of the story. It seemed so out of place that I wondered if an editor made him add that scene. I can't recommend the book, but I would love to see these characters back in a book worthy of them.
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As usual, Baldacci has you constantly switching who did it!! One line one person jumps out at you. Several pages later it is someone else. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Amazon Customerwalkerw?
I liked the protaganists.. Well developed characters;. many twists. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I discovered I was wrong. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Hard to put down & a very fast read! Lots of characters to keep track of. I'd give a 5 otherwise.Published 5 days ago by Andrew M. Harville
When given the opportunity to shoot a known murderer, just take the shot! Cant say more without a spoiler alert but it cost you a star!Published 9 days ago by Gerard
I have liked all of Baldacci's books. He is a great story weaver.Published 25 days ago by Lee Fuller
Kept me guessing who did what. Never sure who was ultimately the guilty one. Good read.Published 28 days ago by Joe