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review 2020-04-28 18:15
Amos Decker working on a murder and team up with Will Robie
Walk the Wire - David Baldacci

Amos Decker was sent to investigate a murder in London, North Dakota. A woman was murdered and was cut opened. 


A local murder should not need FBI involvement. So it is very unusual that he was sent with his partner Jamison. 


The clue is not easy to find. The autopsy report is incomplete and they have to interview witness to get some headway. A military station near by and a cult community complicated the case further. 


The surprising thing is someone is trying to interfere with the investigation by getting rid of Decker. Who would do that and what is at stake. 


The plot twists is there and Decker didn't have a lot of chance to use is memory too much. It is more about secrets. Who are keeping them and who know what. 


Having two teams working together mean it is something big and dangerous. 


Quite nice going. 


The only downside is they didn't much chance to get to know each other more as they are too busy running for their lives. 


Good read. 


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text 2020-04-27 13:40
Reading progress update: I've read 144 out of 432 pages.
Walk the Wire - David Baldacci

Will Robie just saved Amos Decker live. 


This is fun to see two of the favorite characters meet in this one. So, if Robie is involved, it has either to do with a military secret stuff or terrorism. 

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text 2020-04-26 11:32
Reading progress update: I've read 77 out of 432 pages.
Walk the Wire - David Baldacci

Amos Decker and Jamison are being called to go to North Dakota to investigate a murder. 


A woman was found dead and she was cut up. 


She was a teacher for a cult and moonlighted as a sex worker. It was a oll town when most are working for the oil company or providing service for them. 


The investigation just got started and there is very little clue to begin with. Decker run into his brother-in-law who was here working and dating someone else. Family drama added to this strange investigation when neither Decker nor Jamison know why they are being called to this case. 


So looking forward to this one that I have to go out and buy a physical copy. 

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review 2020-03-14 10:14
Robie and Reel sent to dangerous mission
The Target - David Baldacci

Robbie and Reel are being sent to camp to be tortured. 


The mission has to do with what they tried to do in North Korea. 


The North Korean has trained assassin on their own. And this one is now go after someone in the US. 


The story is about how desperate persons being forced by government leader who used their talent. It is a lot about the North Korean and how they become assassin. The interesting part is how loyal they are too their supreme leader. 


Is it a survival thing or human stupidity. It remains me for North Koreans waving flag while thousands of their fellow country men being put into concentration camp. It remains me of mainland China Chinese waving flags and cheering while their fellow countrymen being tortured and put into concentration camp for speaking the truth. Compare to them, the Trump followers are probably at the same stupidity level. 


That's the interesting part of the book. As for the Robie and Reel, Reel is still feeling guilty over her attempt to kill Robie. 


Also, the bad guys know that Robie has someone he cared, he saved a girl in his last mission and still keep contact. 


And the North Korean assassin, she has no one until she saved a girl from concentration camp. Would that put her back to the path for being human again. 


Read to find out. It is good. 



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review 2020-01-06 00:21
While females may be as qualified as males, this book overdoes the point.
A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine series) - David Baldacci

A Minute to Midnight, David Balducci, author; Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer, narrators.

Female FBI agent Atlee Pine has suffered a setback in her career because of an overreaction when she caught a pedophile with a young girl. Although she rescued the girl, she also beat the pedophile to a pulp. Her superior understood her reaction, and he did not discipline her, but instead, he gave her the opportunity to use some time off to reconcile her emotional issues concerning her twin sister’s disappearance. She set out to find out what she could about the crime that had occurred more than two decades ago, when her sister Mercy had been kidnapped. She and Mercy were six years old at the time. Atlee was left for dead with a fractured skull. Her sister was never found. Her parents were devastated, and her father was accused of the crime. Eventually, her parents left town in secret.

As years passed, Atlee was never told the truth about her background, although she did not realize it until this investigation. She knew that her father killed himself on her birthday and that her mother abandoned her when she was in college, leaving her enough money to finish her education. However, she discovered that the rest of her life was a fiction. She was never able to find her mom or discover the truth about her sister’s disappearance, either. Now she hoped to at least find out something about Mercy.

When she returns to her home town, with her assistant, Carol Blum, she discovers that her mother and father had different names and a past she had not known. While she searches for answers about her sister’s fate, additional murders take place around her. She assists in the investigation and pretty much takes it over. She wonders if there is a serial killer on the loose? Are the murders related to her return? Has everyone told her the whole story about her family, or are they holding back facts? Somehow, in bits and pieces she realizes that she knows little about herself or anything else, and she places herself in great danger.

Atlee acts as if she is superior to everyone else, and she often has a chip on her shoulder. Her responses to others are authoritarian, abrupt and sarcastic. I did not find her very likeable. Sometimes she actually seemed to be endowed with supernatural capabilities, almost like a superhero, surviving situations that should have killed her. The author seemed to want to stress the fact that women are at least as capable, if not more so, than men in similar situations.

The author would not have written such trite dialogue between men, as he did between the women in the book. It was often glib and pointless. I found the book disappointing. I thought that the narrator over emoted, and her interpretation of the characters made me dislike most of them. Although Atlee’s insights were often spot on, and she was very fit and strong, I found her to be ruled by emotions not brains. She is painted as the sharpest knife in the drawer, the brightest bulb in the box, the genius who somehow instinctively solves all problems. However, the novel feels like it is chick lit at best, filled with trite platitudes and hackneyed conversations, not up to the standards of this author.

I won’t be listening to the next book they indicated is coming in this series and was disappointed that the book left me hanging without Atlee solving the mystery of her sister or her mother’s location. While the book tackles civil rights, women’s rights, sex trafficking, drugs, porn, and other crimes high on the liberal list of causes, it seemed to do so in  a trivial manner to me. It was almost as if the author did it for the sake of his liberal leanings. I would not recommend this book to others. It held my interest, but only because I thought it would get better. It really didn't improve.


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