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The Sixth Man (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  21,220 ratings  ·  1,161 reviews
Watch King & Maxwell, TNT's new series based on David Baldacci's blockbuster novels, on Mondays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the a...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Pretty bad.

I was on vacation and forgot to bring a book so went to the hotel's lending library. Of those that were not romance and for people younger than 13, this was the best I could find.

The dialogue is very stiff, confusing, feels like it was started and stopped at various times and was agreed upon by a group of people instead of one. The team behind this book doesn't seem to have a clear idea of what the Department of Homeland Security does, which is unfortunate given the subject matter, a...more
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called to do a job by Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, the attorney for Edgar Roy. Roy is an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility in Maine. Roy is awaiting trial and almost certainly faces conviction. On their to the first meeting with their employer, Bergin, they find him murdered on a lonely stretch of Maine road.

Baldacci's novel then follows the usual predictable events for this type of novel, so I can't say...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Another good edition to the series. Nice plot, interesting story...I wish they'd just settle their "personal issues" already. So, anyway we are again hanging out with Sean and Michelle. Things again get very sticky...and it also involves another of Sean's friends (view spoiler).

I have a couple more things to say under a spoiler warning (and don't read it if you don't want a spoiler...this really is sort of a...more
William Bentrim
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in a novel focused on national security and inter-agency rivalry.

This book is disturbing on so many levels. It points out our nation’s vulnerability when those protecting it are more concerned with protecting their own turf than protecting the nation.

The current fiscal cliff debacle points out the power of politics over sanity. Baldacci’s story shows the ludicrous rivalry between intelligence gathering agencies. The premise i...more
This book sounded interesting from the jacket, but as usual what is inside is not nearly as exciting as the outside lead me to believe. This is a typical one event leads to another and one person leads to another type of book. Everything progresses in a logical manner with nothing shocking or amazing happening at all. The bad guys are stereotypical power hungry politicians, the good guys aren't really that smart, and the genius guy in jail isn't that impressive. The idea that there is a big scre...more
Muhammad Yahya Cheema
My first Baldacci book. Was slow-paced and I kinda lost interest half-way through. But last few chapters were nice and the twist in the end was well thought of. That ending is actually what made me give the book four stars instead of three.

The dialogues, though, were the weakest I have read in any fiction work recently. Everyone talked alike. There was no difference in lingual patterns. Characterization was weak too. I understand that the leads are series-long, but other characters were pretty...more
Daniel Audet
Finished this book and as always a great and twisty ending for our two heroes Sean and Michelle. Elements of good story telling and structure are always present in Baldacci's work and his style is very polished. Intrigue on on federal level, lots of bad guys doing dirty deeds, it's a great ride for Baldacci fans.

Started TSM yest. and I look forward to another finely crafted novel by the master of thriller e...more
This was one of the most exciting books I've read in a while. I really enjoy these two main characters. They seem like real people with a good relationship. I really enjoy their conraderie in the midst of all their action-packed lives. The ideas in this book about the workings of government, and the need for a "super thinker" to make decisions for our country were fascinating to me, as well as alarming. The more I read and study, the less I trust government, BIG government. It has grown too unw...more
Giovanni Gelati
What can I say about a novel by a guy whose last name ends in a vowel like mine? What do you think? I wonder does he come from the old country like I do, I mean Trenton, N.J. I really don’t know; I haven’t had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing one of my favorite authors on this planet. I have read and consumed every word that the man has written that I can get my hands on. Here in The 6th Man I thought, hey, he is taking Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, one of my favorite tandems in the...more
David Baldacci’s The Sixth Man, his fifth book in the Sean King - Michelle Maxwell series is a predictable thriller with obvious bad guys and an unsurprising ending.

King and Maxwell are former Secret service agents who have become private investigators. They are in Maine to meet up with Ted Bergin, a law school professor and friend of King, who is defending Edgar Roy, allegedly a serial killer. Before King and Maxwell can even talk to Bergin, he is murdered. King and Maxwell decide to take up th...more
A funny thing happened to me with this book. Immediately after I read it, I was trying to fall asleep by watching something boring on TV and on came this show called "King & Maxwell." As I drifted towards sleep, something kept tugging me back. The TV show, now a new "series," was using the plot line of the "Sixth Man" as the basis for the opening show in the series.

Of course I perked up a little. It's always interesting to see how television directors and writers treat an original authors w...more
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?...more
Isaaccliff Kisakye
This is my First Title by David Baldacci,he is a master of suspense. this book is summed up in, "The only thing potentially worse than not being able to see the forest for the trees is not being able to see the trees because of the forest." these two have there destiny inter-twined,an ecosystem that protects each other-the individual being very much a significant part of the whole..

The individual tree(s) adds up to form a forest ,just as the forest breathes the very life of every single tree.......more
Benjamin Thomas
I can always count on David Baldacci to provide a good solid page-turning thriller and this novel is no exception. In fact, this 5th book in the King and Maxwell series was perhaps even a shade better than the previous books in the series.

Once again, Baldacci has come up with a really cool situation and an intriguing, unique, character. Edgar Roy is the 6th man, a person whose brain is so far advanced that he can literally never forget anything. No fact or number that he ever encounters is forg...more
A little rant on the entire Sean&Maxwell series follows. Spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers.

Dear Mr. Baldacci,
You know some stuff about the workings of American government and its federal agencies. Great! Please stick to it. Do not try to become a psychologist (see: Michelle's mental issues, with the episode of trying to fly her own plane into the ground as the peak of its ridiculousness); neither should you attempt to become a neurologist (I know squat about eidetic memory but even from th...more
Jay Connor
The best news on this latest Baldacci is that it does NOT feature his overripe Camel Club. Instead we catch up with Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agent characters that Baldacci used to good results in the early 2000’s. The fact that King made some walk-ons in the Camel Club outings, has, it appears, left him unscathed.

The story here is good and contemporary – based on the unfortunately conflicting desires to use intelligence to protect Americans or to control intelligenc...more
By David Baldacci. King-Maxwell #5. Grade: A
The much-awaited follow up novel to First Family in the King-Maxwell Series is everything it promised to be.
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 f...more

I am a huge fan of David Baldacci’s novels and I have hurried to read every ‘Camel Club’ book as it was released, but this book feels too formulaic. Peter is “the Analyst’ who has a “more than a photographic memory.” His mind is referdd to as a ‘gold mind’ for the country or anoy others that hold him. His ability to absorb and remember everything he every hears or sees. He never forgets a thing. His sister and the entire intelligence crew get involved with a convoluted story where an immoral and...more
Mary Chrapliwy
This is a tale involving two characters, who it appears are reoccurring characters in his government conspiracy books. This is the first one I've read and it didn't hurt me a bit not knowing the history of the characters and never having read a Baldacci book before - this one will not be my last!

Sean and Michelle previously worked for the Secret Service (in addition, Sean is was also a practicing attorney) before they began to work for themselves as private detectives. They are called in on a p...more
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of decent thriller & david Baldacci
Recommended to Mark by: tv show King & Maxwell
while I enjoy the King and Maxwell books this one had an idea that felt more like an idea from James Herberts Dune books, namely that mans mind is more capable than any machine when it comes to computing a neverending stream of information. The idea beyond the E-program went for me one step too far. That said it was nice to finaly see Roy arrive in the books, when in the tv-show he arrived early on.

The book is essentially like its previous installment about the abuse and gaining of power. Where...more
Terri Lynn
David Baldacci has redeemed himself with me with this entry into the series about former Secret Service Agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. After the last two (and especially that awful third book), this one was a great and pleasant surprise.

In this story, Sean and Michelle are hired to help an old friend and law school professor of his, Ted Bergin, in his defense of an anti-terrorism genius with a memory so photographic he can't forget anything he ever saw or hea...more
Mar 13, 2013 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller Seekers
Shelves: audio, favorites
Oh what fun!

My third (or fourth?) Baldacci attempt and hands down the most thrilling thriller I've read in quite some time.

This is a returning character serial, not a continuation of an earlier story. It is perfectly fine to read this as a standalone although it's likely more rewarding to know the history of Sean and Michelle. I was unaware of them or that this was a series of any type and still enjoyed every inch of this novel. It's everything you associate with a Baldacci novel: power, concei...more
While I've read a few Baldacci novels, this is only my second adventure with King & Maxwell, and while I like Sean, I just gotta say, Michelle is one kick-ass character, isn't she?!
Baldacci has great timing, and as another reviewer said: "as soon as you congratulate yourself on your cleverness you turn the page and find something you never suspected"...
If I were to nit-pick, I'd have to admit to times when I was reading character conversations, and I would get lost as to who the actual spea...more
Brian Wilson
Frikkin' LOVE theKing and Maxwell series by Baldacci, and can only hope that he will continue to pump out more...quite frankly, I love just about every single Baldacci title so I do not mean that this is the only one worth reading, but I just love it in particular. Baldacci is one of the few authors I enjoy that just does not let down. What I really love is how you think everything is wrapped up and done and the book is over until like the last 5 pages where he tends to drop yet another bombshel...more
My favourite one of the series so far, possibly because of the appearance of Edgar, a man facing the death sentence, accused of being a serial killer. However there is a bigger more sinister plot behind the accusations. Michelle is my favourite though she's as prickly as a hedgehog, if not several of the creatures.
Joyce McKune
Excellent thriller! Couldn't put it down. Hope to get more King & Maxwell!
I didn't realize this was the book that the TV show started with so I knew some of the story. There was certainly a lot more to the book than what they had on the show.

Sean King gets called by an old lawyer friend to help on a murder case. The suspect is Edgar Roy who's accused of killing and burying six men in his barn. Roy is a genius of epic proportion who allegedly works for the IRS but is clearly in to something more. The bodies start falling and the conspiracies go to some of the highest l...more
I read the German editin entitled "Fünf vor Zwölf"

Wieder ein gelungener Thriller aus der Feder des Bestsellerautoren. Der Roman stammt aus der Maxwell/King Reihe und ist wie gewohnt actionreich und wendig.

Maxwell und King untersuchen den Mord an einem befreundeten Anwalt, der sie bei einem prekären Fall hinzuziehen wollte. Es geht um einen angeblichen Serienmörder, der jedoch nicht nur unschuldig ist, sondern der vielleicht sogar wichtigste Mann wenn es um die nationale Sicherheit in Amerika geh...more
There was just one thing that I hated about David Baldacci's The Sixth Man: King and Maxwell sleeping with one another. Granted, that happened in the last book but its residual effects were felt in this one. I don't buy the King and Maxwell romance but I do subscribe to their partnership. When The Sixth Man focused on was on FIRE!

The basics: King and Maxwell are hired by the former's lawyer friend, Ted Bergin, to help investigate Bergin's client, Edgar Roy. Roy is an alleged serial kil...more
This book is great. But I kept getting this deja vu feeling until I got it! King and Maxwell (the short lived TV series), the pilot is based on this book. I watched the show because I had read the books, but I had missed this one. I knew what was happening and who was who, but like all adapted books, the book is better. But it was crazy, I had actually seen the Wall even as I was first reading about it. Since the TV series was cancelled you are not going to be able to "see" the TV adaption unles...more
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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of 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 in...more
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“You haven't yet seen me be rude. When I am it's unmistakable. - Michelle Maxwell.” 7 likes
“The world is complicated, so people seek complicated solutions. And there's nothing wrong with that because simple answers don't usually work. But sometimes the answers are simple and people still refuse to see them. - Edgar Roy” 7 likes
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