Two ex-Secret Service agents must face a dark world of violence, codes, and spies at a secret CIA training camp in this #1 New York Times bestseller about a mystery that could destroy the nation.
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 genius.
Now, only by working with his partner, Michelle Maxwell, who is battling her own personal demons, can he catch a killer...and stop a national threat.
Last seen in Split Second (2003), former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have reached a crisis in their relationship in this less than compelling Washington political thriller from bestseller Baldacci. When Maxwell instigates a fight with the most intimidating bruiser she could find at a local bar and lets herself be beaten unconscious, despite her superior fighting skills, her partner suggests she voluntarily commit herself to a psychiatric facility. While Maxwell reluctantly undergoes treatment to find the childhood roots of her death wish, King probes the suicide of a scientist found on the grounds of Virginia's Camp Peary, a mysterious CIA facility. Both mysteries are fairly run of the mill, lacking the sharp twists and expert pacing that characterize Baldacci's fiction at its best.
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Fantastic book. A real page turner and a great ride.
ONLY THING MISSING WERE ZOMBIES & VAMPIRES
The opening chapter was so outrageously good, that I threw down the book and ordered the audio so I wouldn’t miss a minute of it and my Hubby could hear it too while we were road tripping. BIG MISTAKE….. The story got so convoluted with ridiculous side plots and characters that the story became too hard to swallow. We did a ton of groaning. There were too many elements brought in. So much so, we were waiting for the appearance of Zombies & Vampires. Baldacci is usually such a good writer, this one must have gotten off the word processor without any editing. He was trying too hard for plot twists. Simple Geniun was slow and so ridiculous, we were waiting for the child that was in jeopardy to end up actually being a top CIA trained assassin who was actually a midget. It wouldn’t have surprised us….. Baldacci, we love you, but this book needed more of your love….
The absolute worst novel I have read in years. A potentially good plot evicerated by lame characters and, in particular, incredibly amateurish writing. NY Times best selling author? Are you kidding me? In the end I only have myself to blame as I long ago swore that with so much great literature readily available I would not suffer through this kind of crap (beyond, say 50 pages). However, with the NY Times imprimatur I kept thinking that it had to get better. It only gets worse and the book ends up seeming at least a million pages (too) long. The poor quality was perhaps made even worse juxtaposed against the two Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch novels I had just finished (great!).
This book is so bad that I can't imagine anything by Baldacci is any better than drivel. Forget the wasted money, from a life quality standpoint - run away!