Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Review: Split Second by David Baldacci

I started David Baldacci's Split Second nearly 6 months ago, putting it away unfinished (three hours into the book) when Baldacci's Hell's Corner came out back in November. I enjoy David Baldacci's writing - particularly his Camel Club series - but in the first few hours of Split Second I hadn't formed any attachment to the "King and Maxwell" series* so back to the Camel Club I went. The upcoming release of a new Baldacci book (The Sixth Man) - the latest in the King and Maxwell series - inspired me to go back and finish Split Second.
* Note The King and Maxwell Series consists of (and in order): Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, First Family and soon to be released "The Sixth Man" (4/19/2011).

The Audible Publishers' Summary:
Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. 


Living a new life on a quiet lake in central Virginia, Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. He's been there before. In an out-of-the-way hotel eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service man allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the presidential candidate Sean was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. 


Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. She has become obsessed with Sean's case. And he needs a friend-especially since a series of macabre killings has brought him under suspicion and prompted the reappearance of a seductive woman he's tried hard to forget. 


As the two discredited agents enter a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, they uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over...

Launching back into Split Second with fresh ears I worked my way through the remaining eight hours pretty quickly. They style is all Baldacci - conspiracy thriller, political overtones and Washington players. The flawed characters rise to their personal strengths and ultimately redeem themselves (cosmically) by the end of the novel.  I found the characters to be enjoyable and engaging - and as a result I find the King and Maxwell series worthy of a second chance (and further listening).

Split Second was written by David Baldacci, narrated by Scott Brick and published in audio format by Hachette Audio. Split Second was released on October 24th, 2003 and has a running time (unabridged) of 11 hours 40 minutes.


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