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Im Bruchteil Der Sekunde (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #1)

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Im Bruchteil einer Sekunde hat sich Sean Kings Leben verändert. Vor acht Jahren war er als Special Agent des Secret Service damit beschäftigt, den Präsidentschaftskandidaten Clyde Ritter vor fanatischen oder paranoiden Attentätern fernzuhalten. Zwei Männer sind ihm damals aufgefallen bei der Wahlkampfreise durch die amerikanische Provinz: potenzielle Unruhestifter, die Kin ...more
Paperback, 508 pages
Published 2006 by Bastei Lübbe (first published January 1st 2003)
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Do you remember when you first saw Star Wars? If you are a certain gender and a certain age, it was THE defining movie of your childhood. You were either Luke or Han when you played. You craved everything Star Wars.

Then The Empire Strikes Back came out and it added so many layers. You were blown away. “No....I am your father” rocked your little mind. Yoda letting the audience know “No. There is another” led to rampant speculation for a few years about where the story was going to go next.

And the
Linda I
A good quick read by a very talented storyteller. "Split Second" is the beginning of another Baldacci storyline called the "King and Maxwell Series". Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are two disgraced Secret Service Agents whos presidential candidate's both were either killed or kidnapped. Through an elaborately connected chain of events, though not seeming at the time, Maxwell and King team up to discover who is responsible for the conspiracy. Admittedly, I like Baldacci's later "Camel Club Serie ...more
Erin (PT)
Sometimes you stay up late with a book because it's just that great and you can't bear to put it down; other times, you find yourself up late because you just want this PoS book out of your life as soon as possible.

Like a lot of people right now, I picked up Split Second because it's recently been made into a TV show and I was interested in checking out the source material. Usually the visual media conversion of a book comes off the poorer in any comparison, but after having read the book, I ha
I have completely forgotten to review this book. Read it this summer thought it was ok, nothing really special. The two main character felt a bit boring to be honest it was nothing like reading about Patrick and Angie by Dennis Lehane. Will perhaps read the rest of the series if I run out of

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This is my first experience with David Baldacci. His books are one of those I see around bookstore a lot (in mystery section) but I haven't felt compelled to try. Now I know that he is the author of Absolute Power (I enjoy the movie) and King & Maxwell series from TNT. Because I like the pilot of King & Maxwell, I decided to check out the series.

I love a good mystery. A good mystery book is a good book. And I think this one provides a good mystery. For a peeker like myself, I'm even able
Terri Lynn
I loved this. I had read other Baldacci books but none about Sean King and Michelle Maxwell but now I have to read them all.

Sean King is a former Secret Service agent whose split second lack of attention 8 years ago caused a tea party type presidential candidate to lose his life (before there even was a tea party)when a brilliant professor working at a third rate college (he was a UC Berkeley PhD who had fallen from grace after his activism over the Vietnam War and Watergate) stepped up and sho
Kristy James
Just finished Split Second and, as with The Winner, was very impressed with Baldacci's style. The research and planning that went into this book was amazing. Unlike The Winner, I did figure out who 'the bad guy' was about a third of the way in, even when he tried to make it look as though I was wrong a bit later. I was, however, wrong about his accomplice.

It will be interesting to see if Total Control, next on my list, is similar to these two books. David Baldacci seems to have a thing about hi
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of tv shows that seek out the original source
Recommended to Mark by: tv series
NCIS: Los Angeles creator Shane Brennan created the show based on David Baldacci's novels, which was the main reason to pick up this book. I did enjoy the first season of this series so decided to have look in the literary origin and see how much the actual difference would be.
Mr Baldacci has been read by me before but those books were more of the one offs written by the writer and as thrillers they did not fail to entertain me. So on that note it would be a great choice in reading about Maxwell
"Split Second" by David Baldacci is a murder mystery/thriller and my first read of the author. He gave me a good impression. I generally don't read murder mysteries unless they are Jewish murder mysteries but my mother-in-law raves about his books so I decided to try one. This is the first in the series of Sean King/Michelle Maxwell novels where two former secret service agents team up to solve a murder and in this case a kidnapping as well.

The story: A Secret Service agent, Sean King, has his p
Michelle Maxwell, a Secret Service agent assigned to a presidential candidate, sees her rising career slip away when the candidate is kidnapped. Eight years earlier, Agent Sean King was assigned to a candidate who was killed. With their professional lives similarly shattered, the two meet and uncover unlikely coincidences between the two events. Suspense mounts when a body appears in King's law office and when they are violently attacked.

A decent-enough premise, but I found it disappointing. Max
Great travel, beach, bedside reading. Short, pithy chapters and action that seldom slows down. Two Secret Service agents who make little mistakes on the job with big consequences. The mistakes are related but the plot is pretty complicated and will keep you interested to the slightly hokey end. I might be a little generous at 4 Stars as there were flaws. But I want to see King and Maxwell carry on in future adventures. Maxwell is great, she kicks butt. King is more of the braniac and moody. Shou ...more
Scott Rachui
This was my first David Baldacci book, and it reads like a mixture between your standard police procedural looking for a mastermind criminal and a political thriller. Within either genre it works, and I'll be reading Baldacci again. His writing is crisp, plot driven, with lots of dialog. The main characters are Sean King (ex-Secret Service) and Michelle Maxwell (current Secret Service). It deals with a past Presidential assassination, and a modern assassination plot reminiscent of the one in the ...more
Virginia Jacobs
My library classified this book as suspense, but I wouldn't go that far. I feel like David Baldacci's books aren't literary masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, but I find them really, really enjoyable reading.

This book is your sort of typical law-enforcement caper, with the law-enforcement people being framed, and then they have to figure out how to prove their innocence.

In fact, it was so typical that I was nearly able to predict the outcome. I say nearly because there was one lit
Noel Kelly
Baldacci infuriates me. That said, I keep coming back for more. He is adept at character development but tends to be overly heavy on plot. I have read enough of his books to realize that the best part is the first three quarters. But then, having woven such an intricate mess he resolves to explain it all in the final quadrant. This often leads to a sense of desperation resulting in a less than satisfying conclusion. King and Maxwell are both very likable while the protagonist(s) is more akin to ...more
David Baldacci's Split Second is about two disgraced U.S. Secret Service Agents. Back in 1996, Sean King is tasked with protecting presidential candidate Clyde Ritter. However, King is momentarily distracted and Ritter is killed along with King's career.

8 years later, Agent Michelle Maxwell and her team are protecting another presidential hopeful named John Bruno, Bruno is kidnapped on Maxwell's watch and her career is in jeopardy. While investigating any possible leads, Maxwell discovers and r
Ana Bolox
Primera novela de la serie King & Maxwell, de David Baldacci.

Me gustó mucho esta novela y, de hecho, habría querido darle 5 estrellas. Si sólo la he puntuado con 4 es porque, aunque la estoy reseñando ahora, la leí hace ya tiempo y después de ésta viene alguna otra que es todavía mejor, de ahí las cuatro estrellas en lugar de las 5.

La novela va muy rápido. Estructurada en torno a capítulos bastante cortos, la acción no para, la trama se complica, los personajes de Sean King y Michelle Maxwel
Pam H
Secret Service Agent Sean King had the misfortune of having the man he was protecting die from a gunshot while standing an arms length away from him. Now an attorney in the Virginia countryside, he finds Michelle Maxwell on his doorstep with a connection neither one wants - the Presidential candidate she's guarding has been kidnapped and she is struggling to come to terms with it all. An unlikely friendship begins as King is further drawn into the drama with dead bodies hanging on his door and d ...more
Love it! Now I'm hooked for the rest of the series. In fact, I've read all the titles in this series so I won't brother commenting on the other books. This re-introduced me to the suspense/thriller in the non-super natural world. I had read "Saving Faith" by Baldacci years ago and I curse myself for not continuing to read his work.

I won't bother you with the recap of the story and such. I'll leave that for his website and wikipedia. Basically, a former Secret Service agent and a current Secret
Mike (the Paladin)
I've never been a huge fan of Mr. Baldacci. I find I've liked a few of his books, others not so much. I recently read his 2 (so far0 Robie books and saw these recommended by others who liked those, so I tried them.

While not as good as the Robie books this one was okay, I liked it pretty well. There is one continuing thing about Mr. Baldacci's books. Sometimes the political content is "a bit heavy handed". It's on display much more here than it is in the Robie books. (In other words anyone with a
As a fan of the TV show "King & Maxwell" that's based on the book series by David Baldacci - who serves as a consultant - I realized I'd never read any of the books despite the fact that Baldacci is a favorite author. So, with nothing else on my Kindle calling my name, I started this one that started it all.

Sean King (played by Jon Tenney on the TV series) is a former Secret Service agent who was disgraced several years earlier when a political candidate he was protecting was assassinated. H
Benjamin Thomas
Well, isn't that a fine kettle of fish! There I was at my lunch break today hoping I would have enough time to finish the last 70 pages or so of David Baldacci's Split Second. I rarely have enough time to read more than 50 pages of a standard novel at lunch so I was expecting that I might have to "forget" to get back from lunch on time, thereby allowing me to wrap it up. However, the pages in this book fly by and I actually finished it with a good 15 minutes to go! There I was stuck with no book ...more
This was the first Baldacci book that I had read so was able to come to it with an open mind and with no preconceptions.
The opening few chapters were gripping as the two lead characters with seemingly nothing in common, other than the fact that they were both in disgrace with the Secret Service, have their lives and worlds turned upside down by two unseemingly unconnected events eight years apart. However once this initial burst occurred the book slowed a little in pace and the characters were a
Dale Safford
What a cool story with two major side-by-side plots going on at the same time! There sometimes were a few too many characters to keep track of, but it all came together. You wonder if Sean will go back with his old flame Joan or maybe develop a new relationship with the younger Michelle.

Michelle Maxwell is an elite Secret Service agent destined for future White House duty. But her future gets destroyed when the presidential candidate that she is protecting is kidnapped from a funeral home when s
I shouldn't actually mark this as "read", because I read about six pages and was disgusted by how bad a writer David Baldacci is, or at the very least, is in this first book in the "King & Maxwell" series. I only wanted to give the book series a try because earlier this summer TNT started a series based on these books. I like the TV series, in spite of being wary of what sounded potentially boring: politicians' business, CIA nonsense and ex-Secret Service agents turned private detectives. Th ...more
Two separate incidents involving Secret Service agents are linked in a plot that might be a bit too clever. In 1996 Sean King was assigned to defend a presidential candidate, and in a tiny rural hotel, the man is assassinated and King is wounded. Eight years later, another presidential candidate is visiting a funeral home, and Special Agent Michelle Maxwell is in charge of the detail, and her man is kidnapped.

Dozens of character are introduced, and numerous explanations are presented, and nearl
Sam Whitehouse
This book is fast paced, action-packed and entertaining right up until the climax. I like action, and David Baldacci can always be relied on to deliver it. Sure the characters are thin and the writing is a little patchy, but the action and entertainment make up for it. But this first book in the King and Maxwell series is let down by a pantomime ending that plays out more like a spoof of action movies.
Recommended, but misses out on five stars for a poor finale.
Good start to a series, like the two main characters, not sure which is my favourite. They both have interesting pasts and the relationship seems to have chemistry.
There's a good plot, with twists and turns. The added bonus is the knowledge that there are more in the series.
Lori Henrich
I enjoyed this. I also liked the short lived television show based on these characters.

Michelle is in the Secret Service watching over a presidential candidate. When he goes missing Michelle is beside herself trying to figure out what happened to him. She seeks out former agent Sean King, who is now practicing law. When she finds him he is dealing with the discovery of a dead body in his office, being the main suspect in the crime. Michelle seeks him out to find out how he handled it when his c
Uma boa história policial, cheia de reviravoltas e com um final surpreendente, realmente há loucos e loucos :-)
Linda Munro
I found David Baldacci at, it is one of the best places I know of to learn about different and/or new authors.

Baldacci has several series beginning with this, the King & Maxwell series and including the; A. Shaw, Camel Club, John Puller, Will Robie and Young Readers series. While I have read a couple of books in each of the series, I have decided to start this particular series and read it in order.

In this novel, two disgraced Secret Service Agents: Sean King, whose diverted a
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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