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The Forgotten Hardcover – January 1, 2012
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"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 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."―Examiner.com
"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 --This text refers to the preloaded_digital_audio_player edition.
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This, as opposed to the masters of the genre: JP MacDonald, Lee Childs, and Lawrence Block. I salute you, John Puller, but you're working for the wrong guy.
Wow, from the first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Quite a thrill ride, with enough surprises, complexities, character development and overall fulfillment of giving a great story that I can't believe I hadn't picked up on this really good author. Before I even finished The Forgotten, I loaded my Kindle up with most of Baldacci's books in the John Puller series, and the first of two other primary characters. But, I had to begin with Zero Day, the first John Puller character book, which I also finished nearly non-stop, page turning. The Forgotten had several references to a previous assignment or previous work experience in West Virginia, that I had to read Zero Day. Just as good, just as fast, development of numerous characters and enough mystery that it kept me working hard to try and figure out what was the primary issue driving the all the intrigue. I like the current mystery writers that give the reader lots of clues to "help" us solve the crime, but keep us working to near the end. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, that without your brilliant, over-the-top, genius knowledge of chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, medicine, etc., you don't have a chance to solve the crime until Sherlock drops the bomb in you lap.
Baldacci's success had eluded me and what a pleasant surprise that I have found several new worlds that he has created to explore. Thank you, David Baldacci.
This is a hack job, full of childish writing and plot turns. Worst of all is this annoying profusion of 5- or 6 word sentences, seemingly thousands of them, which the author apparently thinks makes him cute or something. It doesn't. Doesn't make him cute. Sentences very short. Really annoying. Very boring. Should stop. Want a book full of this????
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The plot line could have made for a good yarn but Baldacci has exaggerated to such a degree that this novel should be classified as fantasy.
Thankfully some other of Baldacci's novels IE Will Rogue don't stretch the imagination quite as far as this.
I'd avoid this one unless you have money to throw away.
Not my kind of book, I'm afraid. I found most of it boring and I did not like the main character, John Puller, at all. In fact I didn't take to any of the characters.
Sorry, but I can only award 2 stars for this book
meant I could just read this cracking book all day!
The story is fast paced, at times violent but never unbelievable (I obviously think the US is a
dangerous place). I had my doubts about one member of the police force in Paradise and felt quite smug when I was proved right. I could probably survive without the few sex scenes but I suppose they do show a more vulnerable side of our hero. There are references to a previous case, John's brother in prison and his Father so it would help if you read Book 1 first but it's not imperative.
But, a good read, some revisits back to the previous book, but just overview, nothing boring or mundane.
I'd purchased the next book.
This is a cleverly crafted plot, written well by David Baldacci. It held my attention throughout the novel, flowed well, did not cause me to lose the thread of the story, and was written vividly. The protagonists are plausible and likeable, though they pack a lethal punch when handling the antagonists. The tension builds steadily through the novel up to a final dramatic reckoning at the end of the story. I understand why David Baldacci is a bestselling author - and I will certainly be reading more of his books in the future. I'm happy to award this novel five stars.
To me, the main character, John Puller, is a rip off from Lee Child's Jack Reacher character, though that wouldn't matter so much if Baldacci had made the guy more interesting. He's so one dimensional compared to other characters created by the author that I'm left wondering if this is actually a Baldacci book at all? The writing style is flatter and colder compared to his other books and this did effect my enjoyment. I found myself getting annoyed at what I perceived as a lack of effort on the part of the author. An ok story but I won't be reading anymore books of the Puller series.
Reading through all the Baldacci books in order and haven't come across a bad one it's always a shame to switch between characters in the different series but soon get engrossed in the next ones.
John Puller series has some similarities with the Reacher character in the Lee Child series which is perhaps why I enjoyed these so much.
Recommend this read to anyone