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

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The Sixth Man
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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 19th 2011)
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Diamond Cowboy
Jun 01, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible fast paced book. A real page turner. In this book National Security is threatened by a mind like no other. It is the mind of an elledged cereal killer held in a maximum security prison for the criminally insane in Mane. There are many twists and turns and it keeps you on your toes trying to figure out who the actual culprit is. I highly recommend this novel to all. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond
Jul 09, 2012 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2011 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jun 29, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Started slow but Baldacci speeds up the action later in the story. One of the "false agents" was transparent from almost the start and one was more surprising. I found the bad guys a little too evil to be believed. Only 3 Stars for this one. Good beach reading--read on the beach at Puerto Vallarta and donated to the resort lending library.
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 11, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Apr 03, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends and family
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
Shelves: david-baldacci
This is the second novel in the King & Maxwell series I have read. Baldacci is a very imaginative, well researched and creative author. It was interesting page turner as there was suspense, murder, power and politics. It was a brilliant idea to write about E-Program (in name of national security) is pure fantasy. Though modern technology has given more power to government or anyone having access to such technology to spy on unsuspecting people is really a very disturbing to peoples privacy. ...more
Álvaro Valdés Aguayo
mi primer libro de este autor y si este libro es como todo lo que ha escrito, posiblemente sea otro de mis autores favoritos.

Me encantaron los personajes. Michelle y Sean los volveré a encontrar en otros libros, porque me enteré que tienen varios más <3 jeje
Giovanni Gelati
May 02, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Daniel Audet
Dec 08, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Benjamin Thomas
Aug 31, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Wow! What a page turner!! Baldacci does a great job with building suspense and mystery in this installment of his Maxwell and King Series. Everyone whom I thought was the bad guy ended up dead. And the last twist of the book really dropped my jaw! This novel is truly a 5 Star read - the characters are well developed and seem very real, the story line is fantastic, the suspense level is off the charts.

Edgar Roy is an alleged serial killer and is in a Federal Maximum Facility for the Criminally I
Jul 03, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 15, 2011 Verona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
William Bentrim
Dec 26, 2012 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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....
Mridu Agarwal
I love David Baldacci and this one book is one of his finest works as per the critiques and reviews but for me, I have read much better mystery by him though the style and the story telling was just his classic style.
The build up was amazing and it was kind of fast paced with great characters along the roll, through out the book I saw Edgar Roy as Sheldon Cooper only less annoying and more of a genius.
I enjoyed the novel but I was able to unravel the whole plot by myself and read through whole
Jul 01, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, combined with great narration by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, made for an amazing listening experience! Just when I thought I had figured the whole thing out, a new twist developed and kept me guessing right up until the end! I'm a fan of a big bang at the end of a story and this one did not fail to impress. I would love more stories featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell--they are a great team! 8 out of 10 for me.
Apr 08, 2013 Cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I found this really difficult to get into.

I didn't find the characters that likeable (apart from Edgar Roy) & nothing in the plot gripped me enough to not want to put the book down.

The narrative didn't seem to flow well for me & ultimately, I was disappointed
Kay Wright
Oct 20, 2011 Kay Wright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get past page 20 in this poorly written and boring espionage thriller. Not thrilling.
May 21, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mary Chrapliwy
Jun 29, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
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
Anne Wright
Sep 21, 2014 Anne Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime and action lovers
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

A really good read. Can you imagine if all the security companies started to share information and work together, David Baldacci wanders around the idea and draws a picture of jealousy and envy. When Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in to look into the guilt or innocence of Edgar Roy, accused of murdering 6 men and burring them in his barn.

Supposedly caught in the act of burring them he seems to have shut down and refuses to talk or react to anything said
Apr 07, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller

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
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...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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