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In a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly... A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are abo In a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly... A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about to run a gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world-shattering discovery--and keep some other secrets underwraps forever... Former secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious ina hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the mutder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. Soon he is uncovering layer after layer of disinformation that shields a stunning world filled with elite mathematics, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid more murder, a seemingly autistic girl's extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to put his life at risk. Now more than ever, he needs Michelle--at her best--to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself. From Michelle's courageous struggle to defeat her long-buried personal demons to a centuries-old secret that surfaces in the heat of action, SIMPLE GENIUS pulses with stunning, high-intensity suspense. The heroes of Split Second and Hour Game, David Baldacci's #1 New York Times bestsellers, are back--as you've never seen them before.


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In a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly... A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are abo In a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly... A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about to run a gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world-shattering discovery--and keep some other secrets underwraps forever... Former secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious ina hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the mutder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. Soon he is uncovering layer after layer of disinformation that shields a stunning world filled with elite mathematics, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid more murder, a seemingly autistic girl's extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to put his life at risk. Now more than ever, he needs Michelle--at her best--to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself. From Michelle's courageous struggle to defeat her long-buried personal demons to a centuries-old secret that surfaces in the heat of action, SIMPLE GENIUS pulses with stunning, high-intensity suspense. The heroes of Split Second and Hour Game, David Baldacci's #1 New York Times bestsellers, are back--as you've never seen them before.

30 review for Simple Genius

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I am disappointed Everything I loved and enjoyed from the first two books were GONE. Here, Sean and Michelle were 'separated' for the better of the first half of the book. Michelle suffered from breakdown, showing suicidal tendency, picked up a fight and being beaten, and must checked herself voluntarily (with Sean's insistence) for treatment. Meanwhile Sean was "forced" to get a job from his ex, Joan Dillinger, to investigate a death of a physicist at quasi–think tank place, Babbage Town. Well, I am disappointed Everything I loved and enjoyed from the first two books were GONE. Here, Sean and Michelle were 'separated' for the better of the first half of the book. Michelle suffered from breakdown, showing suicidal tendency, picked up a fight and being beaten, and must checked herself voluntarily (with Sean's insistence) for treatment. Meanwhile Sean was "forced" to get a job from his ex, Joan Dillinger, to investigate a death of a physicist at quasi–think tank place, Babbage Town. Well, guess what, I didn't bloody care about the whole mystery!!The whole code, blood, something with German prisoners, cryptography, drugs, CIA farm, etc, etc, just went straight over my head. I practically skimmed every single thing related to this plot. I think at some point there was torture? But I really didn't remember (and didn't want to, honestly) What I loved from the previous two books were simple murders and investigation, with Sean and Michelle working together, throwing light and friendly banters. There was none of that here. It was totally different and I didn't enjoy it at all. The only thing that still salvage the book, albeit slightly for me, was also the plot that I disliked in the beginning. See, I was actually intrigued with Michelle's past. I liked the psychologist, Horatio. I liked how he was dealing with Michelle's breakdown. HOWEVER, I also didn't believe that Michelle from previous two books could arrive to this point. There were no clues what-so-ever about her having such past. Michelle that I was familiar with was strong, determined girl. So it felt like her character suffered from some sort of brain surgery here. There was no trace of the Michelle I loved. So in conclusion, IT SUCKS BIG TIME!! I am not giving up this series yet. But I'm taking a short break before jumping to book #4.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Typically, there's a reason you should read a series in order. In the case of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, it should be followed. While the main stories are separate, the relationship between Sean and Michelle and the internal battles they battle are revealed and dealt with in order. "Simple Genius" is a great thriller. It brings together current research, historical information with well-developed characters. Once again Baldacci employs a strong storyline with several twists to keep the read Typically, there's a reason you should read a series in order. In the case of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, it should be followed. While the main stories are separate, the relationship between Sean and Michelle and the internal battles they battle are revealed and dealt with in order. "Simple Genius" is a great thriller. It brings together current research, historical information with well-developed characters. Once again Baldacci employs a strong storyline with several twists to keep the reader fully engaged until the end. A genius scientist is found dead on CIA property, while his death is generally accepted to be suicide, some people associated with his employer aren't convinced. Sean's former Secret Service partner Joan Dillinger subcontracts the job out to Sean, who is in need of funds while Michelle is receiving treatment following a near-death fight she provoked. The readers are treated to a main mystery, a secondary mystery, insight into what makes Michelle tick, and a peek at how Sean and Michelle's relationship may change. Once again, greater details would release spoilers, which I have resolved not to do in my reviews. I strongly recommend this book for mystery and thriller fans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Private Investigator Sean King has been hired to look into the death of Monk Turing, a physicist whose body was found at a secret CIA Training Camp. Was it suicide or murder? Monk worked at a laboratory named Babbage Town, a private facility across the York River from the training camp. Sean moves into Babbage Town to interview Monk's co-workers and learn what he was working on before his death. With the help of his partner, Michelle Maxwell, Sean needs to uncover the truth of what is happening Private Investigator Sean King has been hired to look into the death of Monk Turing, a physicist whose body was found at a secret CIA Training Camp. Was it suicide or murder? Monk worked at a laboratory named Babbage Town, a private facility across the York River from the training camp. Sean moves into Babbage Town to interview Monk's co-workers and learn what he was working on before his death. With the help of his partner, Michelle Maxwell, Sean needs to uncover the truth of what is happening across the river. This book started off with Michelle entering a mental hospital after nearly being killed in a barroom brawl. I enjoyed Michelle's conversations with her psychiatrist and the intrigues at the hospital. Sean's portion of the story started off well, but slowed down to a crawl in the middle of the book. Happily, when Michelle joins him in Babbage Town, the story picks up and gets hard to put down. My rating: 3.5 Stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I just hated this book. The story was implausable and the subplots were so poorly constructed. Halfway through the book, I would have rated it as ok but the last 30 pages were just idiotic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda H

    Simple Genius is the third book in the King and Maxwell series by David Baldacci. This book picks up where we left off with the main characters, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell in Book 2, Hour Game. Michelle is struggling with her confidence and self-control after the events in the last book. Sean is trying to help her overcome her issues. While dealing with Michelle, Sean takes a job with his ex-lover, Joan, to investigate a questionable suicide at a Washington DC Area research laboratory (Babbag Simple Genius is the third book in the King and Maxwell series by David Baldacci. This book picks up where we left off with the main characters, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell in Book 2, Hour Game. Michelle is struggling with her confidence and self-control after the events in the last book. Sean is trying to help her overcome her issues. While dealing with Michelle, Sean takes a job with his ex-lover, Joan, to investigate a questionable suicide at a Washington DC Area research laboratory (Babbage Town) …which just happens to be across the river from an ultra-secret CIA training camp. In following the clues, King and Maxwell find themselves immersed in the world of mathematicians, spies and codes. I found myself somewhat disappointed in this book. I like the main characters, King and Maxwell, and their relationship as well as a few of the other characters in this book. However, the main story line involving Babbage Town did not hold my interest nor did it always hold up as well and I thought it should. Additionally, the main story line did not have anywhere near enough action or suspense for me. Other story lines were intriguing and interesting – especially those dealing with Michelle’s backstory. I feel that I am rating this slightly higher than the overall story deserves because of the couple of side story lines as well as the promise of more to come. Rating: 3.75 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    Simple Genius has moments of greatness and moments of dumbfuckery. I loved the protagonists' character arcs as well the new character. There are three threads running for about two-thirds of the book and until these were relatively separate, they were enjoyable. After they come together, the whole is not simply that enjoyable and the book becomes less likable. What I loathed were the clumsy call outs to cryptanalysts and mathematicians of ages past. Baldacci could have just put 'normal' names an Simple Genius has moments of greatness and moments of dumbfuckery. I loved the protagonists' character arcs as well the new character. There are three threads running for about two-thirds of the book and until these were relatively separate, they were enjoyable. After they come together, the whole is not simply that enjoyable and the book becomes less likable. What I loathed were the clumsy call outs to cryptanalysts and mathematicians of ages past. Baldacci could have just put 'normal' names and it would not have been as distracting. But, bonus for a shout to IIT since its my alma mater. Overall, this book has its ups and downs. But on average (weighted, of course), the book is good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Just horrible. Horrible dialogue. The one-liners of King are getting very old. As is his finding out clues but not sharing with his partner. The only thing worse than the cliches of angry FBI agent and bumbling local law enforcement was what Baldacci did to Michelle Maxwell's character. I read several reviews of the previous King and Maxwell book (The Hour Game) where many (including me) were critical that there was no character development for Michelle Maxwell. So this time he really beefs up t Just horrible. Horrible dialogue. The one-liners of King are getting very old. As is his finding out clues but not sharing with his partner. The only thing worse than the cliches of angry FBI agent and bumbling local law enforcement was what Baldacci did to Michelle Maxwell's character. I read several reviews of the previous King and Maxwell book (The Hour Game) where many (including me) were critical that there was no character development for Michelle Maxwell. So this time he really beefs up the story line for Michelle but it was ridiculous. The romantic tension got me to finish the book but I am not sure I will continue with the series. Also, for those who have read The Hour Game, Baldacci sets another scene of boats gone wild during an incredible storm. Can't believe he got away with that when he did the exact same thing in the last book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonel

    Wow! Just wow! This novel engaged me on multiple levels. I loved the variety of components that made up this novel. Suspense, action, intrigue, and science all make their way into it. Baldacci’s intricate writing really enticed me. Not only was I caught up in the action of the tale, I was also trying to unravel the mystery and was completely smitten with the science. The characters were fantastic. Even though this isn’t the first novel of the series, Baldacci develops his man characters in such a Wow! Just wow! This novel engaged me on multiple levels. I loved the variety of components that made up this novel. Suspense, action, intrigue, and science all make their way into it. Baldacci’s intricate writing really enticed me. Not only was I caught up in the action of the tale, I was also trying to unravel the mystery and was completely smitten with the science. The characters were fantastic. Even though this isn’t the first novel of the series, Baldacci develops his man characters in such a manner that readers can get to know them from here, without rehashing past events. They were remarkably well developed individuals, so real and human and complex. I found myself drawn to them. I also enjoyed the variety of secondary characters that we get to know. The diversity of cast really allows you to see all off the sides of the story. I’ll admit that this was my first foray into the world of Baldacci’s writing but it definitely won’t be my last. I was completely enamoured with this tale. He had me hooked every step of the way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    Kept me entertained for a day. I like the fact that Maxwell and King haven't leapt into bed together, that they aren't perfect and yet they still come out on top. The books are plot driven, it's what keeps you reading the series. Have to see if the library has the next in the series tomorrow morning. Kept me entertained for a day. I like the fact that Maxwell and King haven't leapt into bed together, that they aren't perfect and yet they still come out on top. The books are plot driven, it's what keeps you reading the series. Have to see if the library has the next in the series tomorrow morning.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I love Sean and Michelle. A very good team together. Highly recommend

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    In a world of secrets, human genius is power. Sometimes it is simply deadly. Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service Agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genious. Now only by working with his embattled partner, In a world of secrets, human genius is power. Sometimes it is simply deadly. Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service Agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genious. Now only by working with his embattled partner, Michelle Maxwell can he catch a killer...and solve a stunning mystery that threatens the entire nation. Murders, kidnappings, international conspiracies, internecine warfare between alphabet agencies, mad scientists and, oh yes, buried treasure, as Baldacci pours it on. Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, once of the Secret Service, but now, reductively, P.I.s chasing the industrial security buck, return in Baldacci’s 13th (The Collectors, 2006, etc.) to face a sea of troubles. For one thing, Michelle may be cracking up. We know this because in the opening scene she ventures into exactly the wrong Washington D.C. bar and picks a fight with exactly the wrong Neanderthal. She’s almost killed, which, it turns out, might well have been the aim of the game. Instantly, Sean nudges her into a “facility” where she can be restored to mental health by world-class though unconventional psychologist Horatio Barnes, Sean’s old friend. (We know how far from hidebound he is because he wears jeans and black t-shirts and drives a Harley.) Restoring Michelle to mental health does not come cheap, so Sean takes on a gig that connects him to a certain high-powered and mysterious enclave in Virginia called Babbage Town. Baggage Town is high-powered because the scientists who work on its behalf are super bright, and it’s mysterious because no one really knows what they’re working on—except that a breakthrough could bring “the world as we know it to a screeching halt.” There, Sean finds the adorable Viggie, an 11-year-old girl genius (mathematics) who is targeted by various nasty types attempting to exploit her. Soon the customary battle ensues. Fortunately, Michelle recovers sufficient mental health to blow the facility and resume the partnership, arriving in time to earn again the thanks of a grateful…make that world. Interesting book. Recommend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    Simple Genius takes place not long after the events of Hour Game. Michelle Maxwell is spending some time voluntarily in a Rehab Institution, after beating up a random street-punk in a Bar, realizing she's on edge, decides to get some help, and in this entry, we learn more about Michelle's dark past. While Michelle is in Rehab, Sean King is on a mission of his own, he is called to investigate a murder that took place at a top-secret CIA Training Camp and laboratory installation known as Babbage T Simple Genius takes place not long after the events of Hour Game. Michelle Maxwell is spending some time voluntarily in a Rehab Institution, after beating up a random street-punk in a Bar, realizing she's on edge, decides to get some help, and in this entry, we learn more about Michelle's dark past. While Michelle is in Rehab, Sean King is on a mission of his own, he is called to investigate a murder that took place at a top-secret CIA Training Camp and laboratory installation known as Babbage Town, almost an Area 51 type complex, only not as heavily defended, HAHA! Later Michelle reunites with King and they draw deeper into the investigation, and are hired to protect a young autistic girl named Viggie, who is related to the man who was murdered, and who is extremely smart to the point where she's a genius. With King and Maxwell with hardly any allies to assist, they dig further into the mystery behind the murder and the mystery of Babbage Town. One of the side-stories involved quantum physics and mathematicians, which was very complicated and hard for me to understand. But besides that, good plot, good characters, and great suspense!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it. The prose is abysmal - clunky and ill-formed, repetitive and childlike - and the mechanics are just...awful. We don't need to be reminded of the characters' surnames every other paragraph. You really can use words that have more than one syllable, and sentences that exhibit some actual structure. Really, it's okay. And I couldn't even begin to get into the plot. It started telegraphing itself very, very quickly - damaged operative! romantic tension! high-te I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it. The prose is abysmal - clunky and ill-formed, repetitive and childlike - and the mechanics are just...awful. We don't need to be reminded of the characters' surnames every other paragraph. You really can use words that have more than one syllable, and sentences that exhibit some actual structure. Really, it's okay. And I couldn't even begin to get into the plot. It started telegraphing itself very, very quickly - damaged operative! romantic tension! high-tech...something! - but didn't do a very good job of casting a line, let alone setting a hook. Beyond that, a hacker named "Turing"? "Babbage Town"? Really? Wow. If the clue-hammer were any bigger, it'd have to be wielded by Thor. I cannot waste any more of my life on this book. I really can't.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Well that happened! This book is a real disappointment when compared the last two books. Maxwell suffers from a mental breakdown and to say we did not see it coming is an understatement. It felt like a total departure for the character that we know. It also felt that any chance to hint at something more coming between King and Maxwell was taken and I am honestly not sure how I feel out that. That being said the story was to the usual standard and I really enjoyed it as it unfolded. Baldacci can s Well that happened! This book is a real disappointment when compared the last two books. Maxwell suffers from a mental breakdown and to say we did not see it coming is an understatement. It felt like a total departure for the character that we know. It also felt that any chance to hint at something more coming between King and Maxwell was taken and I am honestly not sure how I feel out that. That being said the story was to the usual standard and I really enjoyed it as it unfolded. Baldacci can spin a web like no one else. This book was not enough to put me off reading the rest of this series, onward and upwards

  15. 4 out of 5

    Avian Sharma

    "It's too dangerous." Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are back in a fresh case and this time it's in simple genius a masterpiece where both King and Maxwell are taken to the wire when trying to solve the death of Monk Turning. "It's too dangerous." Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are back in a fresh case and this time it's in simple genius a masterpiece where both King and Maxwell are taken to the wire when trying to solve the death of Monk Turning.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    Simple Genius was told in a simple vocabulary and in simple terms. I remember quite little of it, although because of some salient stuff, I won't confuse it with any other book. A more demanding reader or maybe someone of greater intelligence will not be impressed by Simple Genius. For the first half of it, I was thoroughly entertained. I thought 5 stars were a given. But Baldacci couldn't sustain the ethereal and intangible schema that made the book impossible to put down. The ingredients into Simple Genius was told in a simple vocabulary and in simple terms. I remember quite little of it, although because of some salient stuff, I won't confuse it with any other book. A more demanding reader or maybe someone of greater intelligence will not be impressed by Simple Genius. For the first half of it, I was thoroughly entertained. I thought 5 stars were a given. But Baldacci couldn't sustain the ethereal and intangible schema that made the book impossible to put down. The ingredients into the making of a page turner are untraceable for me. Word after simple word, sentence after sentence are put together in such a fashion as to make the book a delight to read. In the hands of another author, I'm sure the plot would have resulted in a different finished product. I can't begin to say how much bedazzled but grateful I am. I was reluctant to give Simple Genius a go. I thought that prior to 2010, Baldacci was inconsistent. Also he possibly still can misfire or prove to be uninspired. But maybe one needs to read a handful of his works to find him irresistible. Having said that, I am far from having blinding faith in maybe my most favorite author. Before tagging Simple Genius as the next to be read book, I read some reviews of the book and didn't like all that I read. Well, the ending was much better than I thought it would be. Romantic people, at least those that don't stick to romance novels, will take much heart from the ending. I do think that's misleading. I will be very surprised if King and Maxwell become a couple. I've been reading another book along with this one. A fantasy book. That book has a hero who is super intelligent and precocious. There's a difference between him and the characters of Baldacci. The latter's characters are easier to like. Just like the hero of the fantasy novel, King and Maxwell are above average. Here end the similarities. King and Maxwell are a detective team. They seek out danger in the course of making a living. They are vulnerable. But the fantasy hero is overpowered - not in the bad way. Everything bad happens to him. That makes him, in my eyes, as a Gary Stu, or Marty Stu. It all comes down to preference and to how many people like the same thing. The fantasy book I'm speaking of is more highly rated and liked than our book. What can I say, I can only talk freely from my own point of view. I started reading Simple Genius as a distraction before getting down to the business of reading a series of Urban Fantasy books that's very popular these days. But now that I've read Baldacci's book, the shoe is on the other foot and I can't let go. The sole reason for moving on is that I know Baldacci has not written a ton of books. I must pace myself. Baldacci publishes one book every year. Along with my desire to read another Camel Club book, I hope to be able to follow, and like, all of the good books that this author releases. It's an advantage when one's go to author is not much older than yours truly. This means that we have more in common than, say, a Matt Groening, a James Cameron, or a John LeCarre. It all boils down to preference and the existence of a writing style that Baldacci has cracked and is compatible with me and people who think like me. Not knowing how to crack the same code, I do the next best thing...I read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eadie

    I enjoy reading about Michelle Maxwell and Sean King's relationship and adventures. This book was very good but a little slow in some parts but picked up towards the end. It was a fun read trying to figure out exactly what was going on behind the gates at Camp Peary. Figuring out who was good and who was bad also added to the plot and kept me guessing until the very end. I will definitely continue reading the series and I do look forward to the next installment and what will be happening with Mi I enjoy reading about Michelle Maxwell and Sean King's relationship and adventures. This book was very good but a little slow in some parts but picked up towards the end. It was a fun read trying to figure out exactly what was going on behind the gates at Camp Peary. Figuring out who was good and who was bad also added to the plot and kept me guessing until the very end. I will definitely continue reading the series and I do look forward to the next installment and what will be happening with Michelle and Sean. I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery and adventure mixed in with a little romance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    2.5 Promising beginning but fizzled for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This is my second Baldacci novel. I read "Saving Faith" a few years ago. I can't say I loved this one. I'm a big fan of suspense and this one really dragged through the middle. I loved the characters so I pressed on, but the ending was sloppy and unsatisfying. The topic of quantum physics was absolutely of NO interest to me. I also have a hard time with the way Baldacci writes women; they're always described by their attractiveness and desire- apparently the only two things that matter and make This is my second Baldacci novel. I read "Saving Faith" a few years ago. I can't say I loved this one. I'm a big fan of suspense and this one really dragged through the middle. I loved the characters so I pressed on, but the ending was sloppy and unsatisfying. The topic of quantum physics was absolutely of NO interest to me. I also have a hard time with the way Baldacci writes women; they're always described by their attractiveness and desire- apparently the only two things that matter and make a book appealing to a male audience. THEN, there's the language element and salacious content of his books. Is it too much to ask for clean suspense? Does anyone know of any books that satisfy both male and female readers?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Haney

    My rating: 4.5* I definitely enjoyed this book but...without spoiling anything (hopefully), I felt as if the premise for this book was a little...surprising to me. With the aspects that involve Michelle I found myself shocked and feeling as if they came "out of the blue" in some respects. I enjoyed the whole play-out of the story, as I always do with Baldacci, but I couldn't help but wonder how much Baldacci knew about her past and if he'd woven that in or if it kind of "came" to him for this thi My rating: 4.5* I definitely enjoyed this book but...without spoiling anything (hopefully), I felt as if the premise for this book was a little...surprising to me. With the aspects that involve Michelle I found myself shocked and feeling as if they came "out of the blue" in some respects. I enjoyed the whole play-out of the story, as I always do with Baldacci, but I couldn't help but wonder how much Baldacci knew about her past and if he'd woven that in or if it kind of "came" to him for this third book. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story and getting lost in the mind of Sean and seeing the hardcore nature of Michelle! It's a wild ride and full of surprises. --- This was an audiobook read for me

  21. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Sean King and Michelle Maxwell book No.3: The ex-Secret Service pair return in another David Baldacci masterclass in crime thriller writing. The Enigma Code, child psychology, CIA, FBI, personal relationships, computer nerds, semi-autism, and a lot more are the ingredients that Baldacci puts together, to yet again create a genuine page-turner of a thriller. The characterisations of King and Maxwell and the way they interact are one of the most believable and consistent amongst the numerous 'budd Sean King and Michelle Maxwell book No.3: The ex-Secret Service pair return in another David Baldacci masterclass in crime thriller writing. The Enigma Code, child psychology, CIA, FBI, personal relationships, computer nerds, semi-autism, and a lot more are the ingredients that Baldacci puts together, to yet again create a genuine page-turner of a thriller. The characterisations of King and Maxwell and the way they interact are one of the most believable and consistent amongst the numerous 'buddy' crime thriller series out there, in my opinion. 6 out of 12

  22. 5 out of 5

    Milo

    Well, I thought I'd give a David Baldacci book another go as I managed to get this and The Bourne Sanction on a fairly cheap deal at a second hand bookstore. I missed Hour Game as they didn't have it in stock, but I'll probably have to go back and read that at some point because although Baldacci's books may not always be the best they're still, decent reads that you'll get through quickly. Sadly like with the first King & Maxwell there wasn't anything too great about this book but at the same t Well, I thought I'd give a David Baldacci book another go as I managed to get this and The Bourne Sanction on a fairly cheap deal at a second hand bookstore. I missed Hour Game as they didn't have it in stock, but I'll probably have to go back and read that at some point because although Baldacci's books may not always be the best they're still, decent reads that you'll get through quickly. Sadly like with the first King & Maxwell there wasn't anything too great about this book but at the same time it wasn't entirely awful either. Just OK.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    This book had a very interesting twist in it compared to Baldacci's usual! The book was still intriguing and interesting, and different concepts needed to take place. Never mind that the author totally missed described and misrepresented NP complete (I have a Masters degree in theoretical computer science), but it was totally inconsequential to the story itself. This is the second book I've read lately that had encryption as a main plot point :-). Overall, the interaction of the characters and t This book had a very interesting twist in it compared to Baldacci's usual! The book was still intriguing and interesting, and different concepts needed to take place. Never mind that the author totally missed described and misrepresented NP complete (I have a Masters degree in theoretical computer science), but it was totally inconsequential to the story itself. This is the second book I've read lately that had encryption as a main plot point :-). Overall, the interaction of the characters and the plot were wonderful! Another success by David Baldacci!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    Enjoying the King Maxwell series Simple Genius took us in to our two agents lives . and it was worth while It worked for me looking forward to start No4#

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Interesting book. There are facets of it that are not my "favorite motif" for telling a story (emotional angst and extended emotional struggles tied in with the threads of the story). Still this/these will probably be the parts of the book that some other readers like best. Here a murder takes place on a shadowy government reservation. The victim has climbed onto the grounds of what turns out to be a CIA facility and ...apparently...killed himself. Though there is apparently someone who thinks it Interesting book. There are facets of it that are not my "favorite motif" for telling a story (emotional angst and extended emotional struggles tied in with the threads of the story). Still this/these will probably be the parts of the book that some other readers like best. Here a murder takes place on a shadowy government reservation. The victim has climbed onto the grounds of what turns out to be a CIA facility and ...apparently...killed himself. Though there is apparently someone who thinks it was foul play. Our heroes are in trouble...Michelle has seemingly cracked and either set out to kill a stranger, or get herself killed by said stranger. He mental/emotional state is a key part of the plot as we "go along". Sean has used all their remaining (and already low) reserves of cash to care for her...then he approaches Joan for some work and gets involved in our book's imbroglio. There are in the book quite a few cliches and a few fairly original parts both. There is use of a plot device that has been so over used (at least since the 1960s) that it's threadbare, though Baldacci does do a hard right and save himself from going completely the same way as soooooo many have. All in all, not the top of my 4 star shelf, but firmly on it. Recommended, enjoy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Bandusky

    This novel spends a great deal of time not being suspenseful. The King/Maxwell duo are separated due to Maxwell's mental issues. While she deals (?) with those King heads off to handle the case that Maxwell eventually shows up for after she is cured (?) and solves her own somewhat irrelevant case. Despite the fact these two characters are former secret service agents and now run their own investigative firm, they seem to have a need to trust the wrong people - which of course puts them in more da This novel spends a great deal of time not being suspenseful. The King/Maxwell duo are separated due to Maxwell's mental issues. While she deals (?) with those King heads off to handle the case that Maxwell eventually shows up for after she is cured (?) and solves her own somewhat irrelevant case. Despite the fact these two characters are former secret service agents and now run their own investigative firm, they seem to have a need to trust the wrong people - which of course puts them in more danger. I found the way Maxwell's issues were handled tiring. Sometimes something would push her over the edge and then other times a more physically and emotionally exhausting incident was just another day at work for her. The code mentioned in the novel was interesting; I would have preferred more involvement with figuring that out.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    3.5 Stars After book 2 in this series which I really enjoyed and gave us plenty of scope to work out who the killer was I was very disappointed by this book. It started off very well with a look into Michelle Maxwell's back story and how this was affecting her current 'out of character' actions. This part of the book I enjoyed, however I never really bought into the main murder mystery, partly because we weren't given enough details and the author kept too many key elements to himself. To be a re 3.5 Stars After book 2 in this series which I really enjoyed and gave us plenty of scope to work out who the killer was I was very disappointed by this book. It started off very well with a look into Michelle Maxwell's back story and how this was affecting her current 'out of character' actions. This part of the book I enjoyed, however I never really bought into the main murder mystery, partly because we weren't given enough details and the author kept too many key elements to himself. To be a real murder mystery we should have more of a chance working out who did it, and more importantly why. It was all but impossible to work out why in this book because of surprises in the reveal that came out of left field. Hopefully the next book in the series will get back on track.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    3.5 STARS - I LIKED IT AUDIOBOOK Another successful read by David Baldacci. When I'm in the mood for an assassin/military/investigation type read, David Baldacci is my go-to author. His writting is always solid and I know I will get an enjoyable read. His Will Robie series is my favorite, but I haven't not liked a book by him yet. 3.5 STARS - I LIKED IT AUDIOBOOK Another successful read by David Baldacci. When I'm in the mood for an assassin/military/investigation type read, David Baldacci is my go-to author. His writting is always solid and I know I will get an enjoyable read. His Will Robie series is my favorite, but I haven't not liked a book by him yet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Schoen

    Amazing!! Fast paced...and more than one story line made this an engrossing read. I liked how Baldacci combined looking into one mind... As well as probing many. I even attempted to keep up with all of the cyphering and NUMBERS!! I think this is my favorite Baldacci so far. I will certainly read more!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    i got to page 34 before I put this book down. This author has no story-telling ablity and writes incredibly choppy sentences. I couldn't stand to keep reading. i got to page 34 before I put this book down. This author has no story-telling ablity and writes incredibly choppy sentences. I couldn't stand to keep reading.

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