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Summary

Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix.

Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters, he's built a life many would be proud of.

But then the unthinkable happens.

Standing outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Dabney shoots schoolteacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood before turning the gun on himself. One of the many witnesses is Amos Decker, a man who forgets nothing and sees what most miss. Baffled by what appears to be a seemingly senseless and random killing, Decker is thrust into the investigation to determine what drove this family man to pull the trigger.

As part of an FBI special task force, Decker and the team delve into the lives of Dabney and Berkshire to find a connection that doesn't seem to exist. What they do find are secrets that stretch back a lifetime and reveal a current plot of impending destruction that will send the world reeling, placing Decker and his team squarely in the crosshairs.

©2017 Hachette US (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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David Baldacci produces an intriguing thriller.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would very much recommend this book and in fact the whole Amos Decker series to anyone who enjoys a complex, well-written thriller with unexpected twists and turns in the plot and interesting characters.

What other book might you compare The Fix to, and why?

I think this book is like some of the Robert Crais novels with a central character who is both flawed but very likeable. It has the same well thought out plots and good descriptions of both people and places.

Which character – as performed by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favourite?

I thought all the performances were excellent but particularly liked the portrayal of Harper Brown and Melvin Mars. Between the sharp descriptive text and the voice portraits drawn by the narrators, I could clearly see and hear these characters speak and interact in my mind.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I both laughed and cried at different parts of this book. The scenes with Joey at the Hospice are very touching and sad. The jealousy of Alex Jamison is quite amusing and Decker's reaction to it. Overall I kept listening and promising myself that I would turn the book off after the next chapter, but I was hooked and stayed up much too late listening to 'just one more chapter'.

Any additional comments?

It has been a real pleasure to see how Decker and those around him have changed and developed over this series. The plots are intriguing and entertaining. As with every different series by this particular author I am never disappointed. I am eagerly awaiting the next book chronicling Amos's journey.

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The best story yet

I loved this from the get go. In his usual way, DB keeps you guessing about any new characters as the story winds it's way through many twists and turns and I must say that the main surprise was exactly that when it came.
As always the narrator's were excellent and add to the intrigue.
Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended.

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Cleverly written and narrated

You really have to stick with the complexity but it’s well worth it.
Decker gradually grows on you although at times appears a little ‘cheesy’ (as does Brown.) Ignore that - it’s a great read!

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Triple Decker!

The Fix is the third in the Amos Decker series and builds strongly on the first two. It's subtly different in that the mystery itself does not seem so personal to Decker and the other key characters. There is less in terms of building an ongoing tension and urgency, that rather comes in a more episodic form including a couple of interesting side plots.

Decker is of course a quite different kind of hero. Dysfunctional detective /agent types are nothing new to the genre but with his accident-induced memory and personality conditions he is just a bit different and better explained than most. The mysteries he investigates are complex and multi-layered and I found the twists here genuinely interesting. Baldacci also manages to weave significant human interest and emotional touches into the overall tapestry. There were perhaps one or two cheesy moments in there but they were well done so I think they can easily be forgiven.

The joint narration works really well between Brewer and Cassidy. Some conversations between single female and male characters are given a much greater tempo as the two voices mean all the he/she saids are dropped without loss of clarity.

In all this is another good addition to the series. To me it didn't quite hit the impressive heights of the previous book but I'll definitely be following Decker and co to the next one.

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The worst audiobook I have ever listened to!

I have read previous baldacchi books, but this one was vastly inferior.
The way that the voices were used was a disaster.

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Worst of the three Amos Decker books.

The protagonist Amos Decker, who was at first interesting and unusual has now become sincerely irritating. He has this eidetic memory which enables him to solve any puzzle but is actually a cheap way of closing holes in the plot. Furthermore he is clearly on the autistic spectrum and this makes him rude and unsympathetic. There are two readers male and female, both of whom are very good. I only have the performance three stars because of the way that it’s always the male reader who does the “she said” “ Alex said” even when it’s a dialogue between two women which just sounds ridiculous and quickly grates.

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Really enjoyable listen from Baldacci

Amos is one of my favourite characters created by David Baldacci and this story is a really easy listen

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Enjoyable

I liked this. It was an interesting thriler with unexpected twists and well written. The narrators were excellent.

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Excellent story, great recording, shame about...

Excellent story, I read the Kindle books of all the Amos Decker series first and got this after...

Just a shame about the chapter numbers not matching the actual chapters of the book... It's a nightmare trying to find your place if you use them for going to sleep!

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Well written, plot not obvious, well performed. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Tomer Atias
  • 16-03-20

Loved the book

It's a classic Baldacci.
It has great story, and characters. And always comes with the twist.

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  • 22-12-18

A lot of dialogue for an action novel

Amos Decker amazes and astounds everyone he works with . it would be a better story if the author added characters who couldn't stand Decker.

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  • Mark
  • 14-08-18

Baldacci does it again

Another great Amos Decker episode from David Baldacci and a top shelf narrating team who seem to go hand in glove with anything written by David Baldacci.

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  • Kay
  • 22-04-18

Grateful for Baldacci and Audible!!

I used to have a love-hate relationship with suspense...actually, it was more like a hate-love relationship, so I had a tendency to stick with the feel-good-rom-com-type books. However, after having read 'Absolute Power' (gifted to me by my sister some years ago), I fell in love with Baldacci. Now, Audible has taken to telling me that it hopes my ears work on Monday since I've listened to 'Memory Man', 'The Last Mile' and 'The Fix' between Friday and Sunday. Being able to listen AND multitask, I just couldn't put Decker down. Although Ron McLarty's reading of Decker is my favorite, Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy really sell it for me as Melvin Mars and Alex Jamison respectively. I'm so glad Harper didn't die. Looking forward to more appearances from her. On to 'The Fallen'...thanks David Baldacci!!!😊

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  • Lady in red
  • 12-08-17

Amos Decker

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, kept me intrigued throughout. Could listen to it again anytime.

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  • Sanjay Dhani
  • 23-05-17

Excellent read.

Great story. Lively narration and engrossing to the very end. I loved it.

Be prepared for the twists and turns.