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Summary

She's trained to kill. He's beaten the best. This time all bets are off. Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date.

Michelle had chased many things in her life. As a track star and later Olympic rower, she had constantly pitted herself against others in races. As a cop in Tennessee she had run down her share of felons fleeing the scenes of their crimes. As a Secret Service agent she had been fleet of foot next to limos carrying important leaders. Tonight, though, she was competing against a long-legged teenager with the boundless energy and fresh knees of youth who had a substantial head start and was running like the devil was on his heels....

King and Maxwell encounter teenager Tyler Wingo when he has just received the tragic news that his soldier father has been killed in Afghanistan. But then Tyler receives an email from his father... after his supposed death. Sean and Michelle are hired to solve the mystery, and their investigation leads to deeper, even more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? Was his mission all that it seemed? Has Tyler's life been a lie, and could he be the next target?

It's clear that King and Maxwell have stumbled upon something even more sinister when those in power seem intent on removing them at any cost. Determined to help and protect Tyler, their search for the truth takes them on a perilous journey which not only puts their lives at risk but arrives at a frightening conclusion.

©2013 Columbus Rose, Ltd (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Reasonable story destroyed by the presentation

Who is it who thinks it is a good idea to add a 'soundtrack' to an audio book. Irritating music, gun shots that made me startle as I was using headphones, rain and thunder, bullets dinging off a car because they missed their target - I could go on! On top of this the male narrator sounded as if he had to s l o w l y deliver his lines in case we were too stupid to understand, there was also the irritation of the times during conversation going back and forth when one party would make a comment, followed by Ron McLarty saying 'He said' or 'She said'.
The story wasn't bad but it was really a struggle to listen with all the distractions.

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great

realk6 enjoyable listen and extremely well narrated. I'm hoping there's another book in the pipeline

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King and Maxwell

This is book 6 in the King and Maxwell series. They are all excellent reads and the narrators make the books even more enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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Great Yarn

As usual another great Baldacci story. Excellent narration and fast paced. King and Maxwell is a great series.....

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Pacy and Entertaining

I found this book a real boon on a number of long car journeys. The presentation is very well done and it is Baldacci at his best. The plot is sound and the way it unfolds leads the listener in. Well worth a listen in my view.

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King & Maxwell

Loved this book. Book made all the better by the 2 narrators. Can't wait for the 2nd book in the series.

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Loved it

Great book that I waited with delight for each time I turned it on to listen

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Thoroughly enjoyed the book and narration.

An excellent book and the narrators were the best I've listened to. Thoroughly recommended - excellent

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Riveting listen

As always David Baldacci keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. This is the second time I have listened and the enjoyment wasn't lessened.

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Another great, fast paced easy read

What did you like most about King and Maxwell?

Baldacci may not be the best writer of words, but he knows how to write great stories that make you turn the page. Combined with McLarty and Cassidy, hitting another home run with their great narration, this book will will keep you sat in the car listening to the end of chapters when you should be elsewhere.

What was one of the most memorable moments of King and Maxwell?

It's not the most high pressured book from Baldacci, but that leaves space for his two longest serving characters to breathe.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

McLarty and Cassidy are a perfect fit for Baldacci. Their characterisations never get in the way of the book.

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I don't know if this is more of a US thing, but it's really odd to hear people talking about SMS texts as if they're a new invention.

One character insists a teenager rings a friend instead of texting so that "they know that it's you". These days, a teenager not texting or messaging would be a sure sign that's something's wrong!

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  • Jasmine
  • 26-05-18

Oh I LOVED this story

This is an amazing story. I loved the chemistry between the main characters. The story was face paced and had me on the edge of my seat. Great read.

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  • Don
  • 13-01-14

Contender for Baldacci's worst book...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

absolutely the worst book Baldacci has written with its trite characters and unbelievable plot. The story would be looked down upon the most derring do fifth formers.Can't think who would enjoy it. I must admit on name alone I listened until part 2 but in the 200 odd books I have chosen from audio books this is the first I have not finished.

What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

Just the absolute triteness of the oh too macho characters ,including Maxwell, and the heavy so-called humour of her slovenishness.

What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s voice?

Soap operaish

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Pity that such a good talent would put his name to this rubbish

Any additional comments?

No will not waste any more words