Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Review: The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

I just finished David Baldaci's latest novel "The Sixth Man" and am please to report that it's another winner for Baldacci fans out there. I've always preferred "The Camel Club" series over Baldaci's "King and Maxwell" series - but "The Sixth Man" has me reconsidering that bias.

The Audible Publishers' Summary:
Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.

It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

Secret government agency plus conspiracy plus politics equals classic Baldacci - and why I'm consistently willing to spend a credit for another trip to Baldacci's Washington (and in this case the northern reaches of Maine too). The plot of The Sixth Man is predictable in the end, but it's a fun ride getting there - entertaining, well written and expertly narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.

If you're already a Baldacci fan (and specifically the King and Maxwell series) you won't be disappointed by The Sixth Man. If you are a fan of Baldacci's Camel Club and haven't started the King and Maxwell series buy (or borrow) the first book in the series "Split Second".  Unlike the Camel Club series I don't think that this series needs to be read sequentially - but I do think that Split Second has a great deal of character development that will make 'The Sixth Man' make a little more sense - at least in the beginning...

The Sixth Man was written by David Baldacci, narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. The Sixth Man was published by Hachette Audio with an audible release date of April 19th, 2011. The Sixth Man (unabridged) has a run-time of 12 hours 36 minutes. The abridged version of "The Sixth Man" has a run-time of 7 hours 21 minutes (and is narrated exclusively by Ron McLarty). I recommend the unabridged version.

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