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The Forgotten by David Baldacci

Published May 20, 2022

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The second book in the John Puller series and it’s another good mystery where Puller gets involved at a certain level and then gradually finds a deeper and more disturbing plot is behind it all. Baldacci’s writing is exceptionally good as a pageturner, it’s short and sharp, tight sentences and keen paragraphs that just keeps you wanting to read more. And I really like Puller as a character, he’s got the skills and tightlipped manner that his career has given him, but can let his guard down occasionally and give us insight into the man behind the military bearing. Can’t wait for the next one.

The Guilty by David Baldacci

Published December 4, 2021

The Guilty by David Baldacci

I’m really getting into David Baldacci books, the more of them that I read, but I have to admit that Will Robie has a bit of a special place in my heart because he’s the first of DB’s many series’ that I got into. This book, then, is a treat, because it gives us so much more information about Robie’s backstory, stuff that has never been revealed before. Our hero has to return to his hometown when his estranged father is arrested for murder, and of course nothing is quite what it seems and there’s a much bigger plot at work. The twist at the end was good too, I should have seen it coming but didn’t, and that made it so much more irritating/brilliant.

Zero Day by David Baldacci

Published October 25, 2021

Zero Day by David Baldacci

This took a while to pick up speed, but that made the pay-off even better. It’s the kind of thriller where things start slow, and gradually the stakes ramp up, the mystery gets layered on, and you end up in a situation where the main characters effectively have to save the world. I never wanted to stop reading, despite the slow start.

No Time Left by David Baldacci

Published October 16, 2021

No Time Left by David Baldacci

A super short read from David Baldacci and I loved it. Effectively, the great thriller writing you expect from Baldacci with just a touch of time travel thrown on top. I guess it was a bit weird how quickly our assassin protagonist adapted to his situation, but equally, the payoff was worth it. I saw it coming only moments before it happened, and it left quite an impression on me!

Bullseye by David Baldacci

Published July 3, 2021

Bullseye by David Baldacci

A short novella that ties together Will Robie and the Camel Club - two of Baldacci’s series - the characters join forces to defeat a nefarious plot against the Vice President of the United States. I only know of Robie as I haven’t started the Camel Club series yet but it was quite a nice introduction to the gang and actually whetted my appetite to see what they get up to in their own series. Short, sweet, but as always, very readable.

The Target by David Baldacci

Published July 1, 2021

The Target by David Baldacci

The thing about Baldacci thrillers is they are just so readable. You are thrown straight into the action and it doesn’t let up until the mission is complete. I loved this one, putting Robie and Reel under pressure in a variety of different ways and circumstances, revisiting the wonderful Julie from the previous books and of course a bigger plot that has to be resolved. It’s interesting to see these two solo action heroes having to work together and start to rely on each other, and start to think about their future in the business. Good times and on to the next!

The Hit by David Baldacci

Published April 11, 2020

The Hit by David Baldacci

A good second book in the Will Robie canon, and one that very cleverly introduces a new character to the series. Robie’s meticulousness has taken a hit after the events of the last book but he’s still on top form as he uncovers the bigger plot beneath his orders.

The Innocent by David Baldacci

Published December 20, 2019

The Innocent by David Baldacci

I’ve read one Baldacci book before, and my dad recommended I invest in some more as he’s quite taken with the thriller writer. I picked up this one in an Apple Books sale and was soon caught up in the intrigue of it all. It’s an interesting style, because Robie is an assassin and the book has that arms-length detachment that comes with that kind of job.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Published December 24, 2018

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Aww, a nice Christmas story to read over the festive build-up, only actually there’s quite a lot of darkness in this one. A war reporter is travelling long distance by train across America, and finds himself not only finding interesting characters that he can make a story out of but becoming part of the story himself. Long-lost faces, surprise visits, a thief, and some severe weather all play a part in the narrative.