Library Journal (06/01/2012):
Last year's first John Puller thriller debuted in the top spot on the "New York Times" best sellers list, so fans will be waiting for this second in the series. Here, Puller doesn't believe that his Aunt Betsy's drowning death in her backyard pool was an accident--she sent a letter before she died saying that something was scaring her--and starts investigating. Basic thriller premise, Baldacci writing, buy multiples. Copyright 2012 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/2013):
"The next time you go on R and R, pick a safer place than Paradise." Mysterian Baldacci (The Sixth Man, 2011, etc.) serves up a gently ironic tale of mayhem, this time set in idyllic Florida. John Puller is a classic Baldacci character, a combat-wise Army special agent whose life has been spent in service. His ailing father, a retired general, has received a letter from his older sister, who has just died under questionable circumstances, and though it doesn't reveal much, it's enough for Puller to head south and begin poking around. Before long, he runs afoul of, then makes alliances with, the local gendarmerie. And because Puller is, after all, a hairy-chested dude who knows his way around guns and conspiracies and all that, pretty soon there's a dame involved. Two, even. Baldacci works all the angles with due skill; it's not Hammett or Chandler, but the prose is serviceable, the tale broadly entertaining. What is best is his showing Puller's line of reasoning as he attempts to figure out just what it was that his elderly aunt saw that led to her death--and when he finally does, how he deals with the culprit, who, suffice it to say, looks very good in a tight-fitting uniform. The cliches are refreshingly few, and Baldacci writes sympathetically of the not-so-golden years at the end of life, when Puller's father, once the commander of 100,000 men in battle, is "now intently watching a TV show where people guessed the prices of everyday stuff in an attempt to win more stuff." A solid thriller--though someone tell the fact checker that Bulgaria was never part of the Soviet Union. COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
"Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch...by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field." "Examiner.com""
"Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies." "The Washington Post""
"Rife with intriguing, memorable characters and tense situations....deftly providing solid escapism in an exceptionally fast-pace tale." "Lansing State Journal""
"The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best...Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning...Five Stars." "Examiner.com ""
"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled." "Suspense Magazine on The Innocent""
"Baldacci's palpable tension keeps the pages turning-and leaves you eager for the next in this new series." "The Star-Ledger on Zero Day""
"Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series." "The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day""
David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.
"The Forgotten is a prime example of Baldacci at his action adventure best." "The Huffington Post""
In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.
Library Journal 06/01/2012 pg. 78 (EAN 9780446573054, Hardcover)
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2013 (EAN 9780446573054, Hardcover)
Library Journal 04/01/2013 pg. 48 (EAN 9781619695528, Compact Disc)
Audio File 02/01/2013 pg. 47 (EAN 9781607885771, Compact Disc)
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Contributor Bio: Baldacci, David
David Baldacci is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of both adult and young adult novels. He published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's year 2000 "Month of the Thriller" and authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002. His works have been in numerous magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications worldwide. He has authored seven original screenplays, and his books have been translated into more than forty-five languages and sold in more than eighty countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over one hundred million copies of his books are in print worldwide. He and his wife also founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at FeedingBodyandMind.com. He lives with his family in Virginia.