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Sadly this did not happen. Since I am writing this review, obviously I soldiered on pun fully intended and finished the book. Despite an interesting surprise twist at the end it is still not Mr.
Feb 01, Jonah Perry rated it it was amazing. The author masterfully creates a whirlwind of swirling plot and suspense, upheld until the last word releases a pungent taste in your mind. After each chapter another truth is revealed towards the epic conclusion. The author employs a menagerie of literary techniques to enhance the story. From irony to cliffhangers, Baldacci is the master of double meanings and suspense. The novel opens up a new door unveiling the hidden problems of slavery in America today, and it contrasts the ever-growing gap between the upper and lower classes.
Puller has a genuine, candid personality that makes him even more real, and he helps the reader embezzle the ever-deepening plot. I wholly recommend this book to anyone looking for the bliss involved with reading high paced novels. Nov 26, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. The book gets interesting once we realize "The Forgotten" is about human trafficking. This is not the typical political-thriller Baldacci plot I'm used to. There were also some typos, for example: View all 7 comments. I can't believe GoodReads doesn't have this in its data base. Feb 24, Sean Peters rated it really liked it. Another David Baldacci book read, with four out of my last six books.
This story continues straight after Zero Hour and his recovery, mentally and physically. Starting with a letter from his aunty to his father. The s Another David Baldacci book read, with four out of my last six books. The story takes place in a place called Paradise, in Florida. Baldacci builds all the strong characters in this book, and when you get to the last few chapters the story becomes so fast paced, tense, action packed, and I had no idea of one of the guilty personalities.
Recommended as fast paced, action, tense, although sometimes John Puller is superhuman as is Jack Reacher! Just slightly prefer Will Robie character. View all 5 comments. Apr 26, kartik narayanan rated it really liked it Shelves: John Puller finally gets going in The Forgotten. It has tons of action, a decent mystery and excellent characterization.
Basically, all the stuff I expected in Zero Day and didn't find there, I found it here in spades. John Puller is less of a one man army than Jack Reacher is. He is still a badass but is not averse to seeking help. He needs assistance in action and he needs cooperation from locals - this makes a lot of difference to the story. Dec 27, Luffy rated it it was ok Shelves: So this is how a bestseller novel from feels like. I've been reluctant to dip in contemporary waters. Maybe I shouldn't have. I welcome the easy plot and prose. In fact, I prefer wasting my time on this kind of book rather than a murky and confusing masterpiece that is out of my grip.
That doesn't mean I should cut The Forgotten any slack. Not on my watch buddy. Any attempt at serious and world wise ideas are undermined by childish ones. The editor clearly passed a sub par product. The best passage for me was when the Paradise police headquarters was being described. It was spotless down to a t, and emphasis was laid about how it looked like a movie set. I liked that, and I like writing which is self aware. There are a couple of new factoids here I've been told that Puller is a Jack Reacher clone. Not clone, but wanna be. I haven't read Jack Reacher, but if the latter is as similar to Puller then I don't have much incentive to read on him as he is generic as hell himself.
But I must not judge a character like this, maybe Jack Reacher is backed by good authorship. But almost all of these thriller book heroes are muscle bound apes with ridiculous intelligence and robotic speed, stamina and decision making. Not to mention altruistic.
I welcome the easy style of the book. Ease of writing may quicken the reader to the end, making for fewer stops in less days. This immerses the reader into the story. That's what a good book with little artistic pretensions or ambition does. There is a series of books, the Pizza Lovers' Mysteries, that I've read this year which does just that.
But that was a cozy mystery. There the ease in style worked in favor of the genre, and for me anyway, those mystery books transcended their limitations. I was surprised by a few things. I thought that Landry's partner was childish and that he was going to get his wish of being a pain in the hero's ass. I also found it deflating that despite having no proof on the lieu of his aunt's murder, Puller irrationally believed in her being silenced. It would have been better if Puller had proved his salt and dug up at least inconclusive evidence. The Forgotten is one of the highest rated books on amazon.
I checked a few of the one star reviews. They were concerned with the ridiculousness of the detective sides, and the dialog. I didn't pick up much on that. But I do recognize how ordinary and lazy this effort from Baldacci is. The latter is too devoted to his hero, making him to be a killing machine.
The first part of the book the writer hints that in battles Puller survived because of his skill and tenacity. Later the emphasis was laid on luck having a say. By that time, however the damage was done. View all 4 comments. Apr 27, Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? Betsy Simon is Puller's aunt, and was instrumental in his upbringing while his father served as a General in the Army.
The letter instantly puts Puller on high alert and he heads to Paradise, FL to check on his aunt. When he arrives, he finds that she has died in her backyard and the local police have written it off as an accident. Puller does not believe this to be true, John Puller is on vacation from his duties as a CID officer for the Army when his father, receives a letter from Betsy Simon.
Puller does not believe this to be true, despite his aunt's ailments and age.
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Conducting his own investigation, he is determined to find out what happened to his aunt and what is going on in Paradise that had her so rattled. Another gripping John Puller novel from David Baldacci. Even on vacation, Puller can't escape crime. He thought he would go down to Paradise, FL and just be able to talk to his aunt about what was troubling her in the letter she sent to his father. She did ask for his help in the letter, but Puller never expected she would be killed for it.
While investigating his aunt's murder, more people end up dead, friends of his aunts, and people go missing. Things just don't seem to be so great in Paradise after all. With the help of the local police, Puller tries to get to the bottom of what is going on. Are the police in on the disappearances of people?
Are they trying to cover up what really happened to his aunt by calling her death an accident? During this investigation, Puller finds out some disturbing happenings in Paradise. Will the local police accept his help to get to the bottom of it or is this small town in on the whole thing. Nov 27, Anand rated it liked it. Puller is Reacher's clone gone awry. I had read the introductory installment of the Puller series 'Zero Day', and now I have finished this second and latest installment as well, and both seem average compared to Lee Child's Reacher.
And more than anything else, it is the characterisation of the protagonist that is the differentiator. Reacher comes across as someone special, and there is something inherently romantic about his being "off the grid", not having weapons, not having even an ATM card, Puller is Reacher's clone gone awry. Reacher comes across as someone special, and there is something inherently romantic about his being "off the grid", not having weapons, not having even an ATM card, and least of all having the legitimate backup of authorities.
Puller has all of these at his disposal, and that takes aways from the romance and awe. Reacher reaches out to everyone despite being a loner and manages to attract, and Puller fails to have enough pull despite being mainstream. Am I being shortsighted in judging this only comparatively, and not on its own as a novel? I don't think so, given that the author has knowingly created a character that is "borrowed", so the comparison is not unfair or unwarranted. Having said that, even on its own the novel is at least a pages too long with a lot of unnecessary detail, descriptions and explanations.
The plot becomes predictable by the second half. Not bad, but not good either. Jan 18, Mike French rated it it was amazing. Puller is a great character! Enjoyed both of books featuring him and looking forward to more. Dec 28, Judie rated it it was amazing. John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy in Paradise, Florida. The letter warned of people not being what they appeared to be and of suspicious things happening in Paradise.
When he arrives, he learns that his aunt has drowned, an unfortunate accident according to the local police. While he has no evidence to disprove that, he decides he owes it to his aunt to investigate and if her death were a homicide, to find John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy in Paradise, Florida. While he has no evidence to disprove that, he decides he owes it to his aunt to investigate and if her death were a homicide, to find out who did it and why. Puller is not impressed with some of the police involved in the investigation but is able to work with others.
At the same time and in the same place, another man, Mecho, is carrying on his own investigation of the kidnapping of people from other countries and selling them into slavery in the United States. The story is fast-paced with many twists and turns. Author David Baldacci provides insight into the planning of the various operations necessary to both commit and solve the crimes. There are a lot of killings but, overall, the word pictures are not gory.
One negative note is his frequent references to a previous operation in West Virginia. And his Aunt was right: Jan 23, Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it Shelves: This thriller met all of my criteria: Baldacci is to be applauded for creating a successful new character and a new series. For those who complain that Puller seems like Reacher, I agree, but it doesn't bother me. There's room for both, and the personalities are different enough despite some obvious similarities.
There are also a few - more than a few - implausible actions or coincid This thriller met all of my criteria: There are also a few - more than a few - implausible actions or coincidences. Could even a general call in a lethal helicopter air strike on American soil? Again, this doesn't bother me. I expect that in a book like this. John Puller is not supposed to be like the rest of us. For me, this kind of book is a mind-clearing exercise as well as a good read. So I finished last night and this morning wrote two scenes which I think really sizzle.
Mission accomplished - Puller's and mine.
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Dec 22, Lee rated it did not like it. Was I reading the same book that people are raving about? This is poorly written. Reads like a first draft. Too many sentence fragments starting with the word and. I found myself mentally editing nearly every sentence. Baldacci has written good books, like Last Man Standing, but phoned this one in. Doesn't anyone edit or rewrite their work anymore? Jan 03, Bev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Baldacci's new hero, John Puller first appearance in "Zero Hour" is commissioned by his father, suffering from dementia in a VA hospital, to check on his aunt, who has sent a cryptic message about strange things happening in her little town of Paradise, Florida.
But when Puller arrives in Paradise, he discovers his aunt is dead. The police have ruled it accidental death she was found drowned in her back yard fountain , but Puller has his suspicions, especially when two friends of hers also Baldacci's new hero, John Puller first appearance in "Zero Hour" is commissioned by his father, suffering from dementia in a VA hospital, to check on his aunt, who has sent a cryptic message about strange things happening in her little town of Paradise, Florida.
The police have ruled it accidental death she was found drowned in her back yard fountain , but Puller has his suspicions, especially when two friends of hers also turn up dead, as does her next door neighbor. After his escape and 20 mile swim to shore, he sets out on a plan to free the would-be slaves and bring the slavers to justice. As Puller works the mystery of his aunt's death and the man begins his planned fight for justice for "the forgotten" their stories intertwine and the book begins on a thrill ride catapulting the reader to its final conclusion.
One of Baldacci's best. Feb 07, Al rated it it was amazing.
Nov 21, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was non-stop action and I didn't want to put it down even to sleep: I read the first John Puller story a while ago. I am a big fan of David Baldacci and I was really looking forward to start his new crime series. And I loved the first installment in which we meet the very intriguing character of John Puller. I like him a lot as a character - he isn't always easy to understand, he sometimes says and does things that are not that likable, but he is honest, clever, strong and believes in his values and principles.
I was really looking forward to this second 5 stars! I couldn't put this one down and I will definitely continue reading this series!
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The next one is already on my TBR and waiting for a nice sunny day to be read in more or less one go! Nov 07, Shelley rated it it was ok. The appearance of a "green scrunchy" was absurdly distracting. Do people wear scrunchies any more? Why was this an important detail? There are a huge number of references to what happened in West Virginia. I can't remember the last book, so I'm not sure if this is even a reference to that book.
These references are a punishment for my forgetfulness. I'm not sure an author should punish a reader, even if she doesn't remember every detail of the last book -- she read it, is reading this one and wil The appearance of a "green scrunchy" was absurdly distracting. I'm not sure an author should punish a reader, even if she doesn't remember every detail of the last book -- she read it, is reading this one and will read the next. But that could change.
There are a lot of books in the world. Ones that she can forget herself in rather than have the writing remind her that it's not real, it's just a book.
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In this book, Baldacci seems to have adopted Patterson's most annoying habit of disrupting the flow of the story by alternating points of view in the chapters. I don't mind having the two story lines, since I have faith that they will intersect, but am I the only one who thinks this device encourages the reader to take frequent breaks and perhaps pick up another book, rather than to stay up all night reading to find out what happens next and then finish, breathless and exhilarated?
Much has been said along the lines that Puller is a rip-off of Reacher. Baldacci is a wonderful author in his own right and I think a similar character doesn't mean that he ripped off Child. Thankfully, since the last two Reacher books have been so disappointing to me, I'm glad to see Puller. However, Reacher seems so much more effortless than Puller.
Puller seems strangely self-conscious. The plot dragged a bit in the last half. The end assault was pretty complicated. The conversation following the token sex scene was weird. There was a lot that told me the bad guys were really bad, but I didn't really "feel" it. The ending resolution was ok. In summary, this book really failed to grab my attention. If this was my first Baldacci book, I'm not sure I would seek out others. View all 3 comments. Apr 11, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Baldacci returns with his latest thriller that does not disappoint. Gripping the reader from the get-go, the action commences with a mysterious opening that appears completely unrelated to the larger story.
Before long, it all becomes clear and the story explodes into a race to find the truth, no matter the consequences. Baldacci uses his great writing style and attention to detail to make the characters leap off the page and appear as reaslistic as your neighbour or family friend. His ability t Baldacci returns with his latest thriller that does not disappoint.
His ability to have multiple storylines running simultaneously is masterful and keeps the reader sharp no casual reading here , while also highly entertained! While the books have a quasi-cookie cutter plot, the nuances are what keep the reader on their toes and wanting more, like a true Baldacci addict.
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I find that Baldacci has, over the last year or two, turned to cater to a double main character series. Being an audiobook junkie, this started when Ron McClarty and Orlagh Cassidy began narrating the books. I wonder if this is conscious or just an ironic twist, as both narrators have played major roles in the last handful of books and they sure do personify these characters wonderfully. Catering to this genre, I worry that the Camel Club books may be shelved for a while and his future releases indicate as much , but I can see some of the other series jumping off the page with this new narrative duo.
I am so impressed with the books and cannot wait to see what you have in store for me next. Mar 09, Jay Deb rated it really liked it. Human trafficking, that's what is at the center of this book. Although it won't be obvious at the beginning. The book starts with a boat in the sea and the initial scene extends to about fifty pages, several people are dead by the time it reaches there. Baldacci is the best at prologue writing. His other books stand tall in that regard.
I really enjoyed the first fifty pages of all of Baldacci books that I have read. He is the master of beginning and Gillian Flynn is the master of end, if I may s Human trafficking, that's what is at the center of this book. He is the master of beginning and Gillian Flynn is the master of end, if I may say. After the suspenseful pages, the protagonist Puller is introduced, who visits Florida upon receiving a letter from his aunt. But when he reaches FL, he finds the aunt dead, and story evolves from there.
Well plotted, interesting characters, lot of action, some twists at the end. The last one fourth of the book describes the actions taken by Puller, how he vanquishes the bad guys. For me this action did not invoke much interest as I did not get an answer to my question - where is the unpredictability in this part? I know many readers probably loved this part.
Overall - a great read. If the hero had a more personal angle to do all the stuff he did then this would have been a five star book I know the aunt was dead but he didn't really care for her that much. Dec 26, Jim A rated it it was ok. When I started this book I had forgotten I had read the first Puller novel. That makes the title of this one pretty accurate. Baldacci tried to make his own version of Jack Reacher or Sean Dillon and didn't quite hit the mark. Feb 18, Mahoghani 23 rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm giving this book 5 stars because by the way it started off, I didn't believe it would be as explosive as his other books I've read.
He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family in their home. The dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor.
The local homicide detective, a woman with personal demons of her own, clashes with Puller over the investigation. It is something that will turn an already complicated case on its head. He is truly one man against an overwhelming force. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida.
The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered.
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On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light. Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped.
Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target. John Puller has a dilemma.