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The Forgotten (John Puller #2)

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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 t

Hardcover, 422 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kylie Simpson
Oct 25, 2012 Kylie Simpson rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for jack Reacher fans. Trust me, John Puller will NOT be portrayed by Tom Cruise... Well paced, thrilling action adventure from Baldacci. A very good read.
Dec 01, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten: David Baldacci

Humans for profit some think this is a lucrative business and great way to make money. Bondage, slavery and child prostitution all ways that some make a lot of money so what if it is at the cost of human lives and dignity while selling those enslaved to the highest bidder. Twenty-five people of mixed ages and races took a journey or voyage that would not lead them to a tropical island but would end in destruction, death and fear. As the ship is moored or docked these
Oct 22, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
I just met Special Agent John Puller Jr, Army CID, for the first time. He is the lead character in David Baldacci’s new novel, THE FORGOTTEN (ISBN 978-0446573054, $27.95, hardcover) due for national release on November 20. 2012. Don’t expect to find this book in libraries or bookstores until that date. Mark your calendars.

I have read a few of the author’s previous books and it appears this book may be part of a series unrelated to Baldacci’s Camel Club books. Further investigation on my part is
May 19, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
From the book description: “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 un
Jonah Perry
Feb 01, 2013 Jonah Perry rated it it was amazing
If Your Confused about Your Identity, Read This!

"People are not what they seem, strange happenings at night.” If you are in the mood for “strange happenings” and a thrilling page-turner that leaves you feeling like you just completed a marathon in record time, I encourage you to embark on the adventure that is The Forgotten by David Baldacci. The author masterfully creates a whirlwind of swirling plot and suspense, upheld until the last word releases a pungent taste in your mind. In modern day
Nov 27, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Jan 21, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe GoodReads doesn't have this in its data base.
Sean Peters
Mar 27, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
Another David Baldacci book read, with four out of my last six books.

This is the second John Puller book after Zero Hour, and I would say on par with Zero Hour, but one star below his Will Robie books, with the Innocent and The Hit, and The Target, out soon.

Of the authors I have enjoyed the most this year, David Baldacci is one alongside Simon Kernick.

This story continues straight after Zero Hour and his recovery, mentally and physically. Starting with a letter from his aunty to his father.

The s
Jun 02, 2015 Judie rated it it was amazing
John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy in Paradise, Florida. The letter warned of people not being what they appeared to be and of suspicious things happening in Paradise. When he arrives, he learns that his aunt has drowned, an unfortunate accident according to the local police. While he has no evidence to disprove that, he decides he owes it to his aunt to investigate and if her death were a homicide, to find ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Bev rated it it was amazing
Baldacci's new hero, John Puller (first appearance in "Zero Hour") is commissioned by his father, suffering from dementia in a VA hospital, to check on his aunt, who has sent a cryptic message about strange things happening in her little town of Paradise, Florida. But when Puller arrives in Paradise, he discovers his aunt is dead.

The police have ruled it accidental death (she was found drowned in her back yard fountain), but Puller has his suspicions, especially when two friends of hers also t
Nov 27, 2012 Anand rated it liked it
Puller is Reacher's clone gone awry. I had read the introductory installment of the Puller series 'Zero Day', and now I have finished this second and latest installment as well, and both seem average compared to Lee Child's Reacher. And more than anything else, it is the characterisation of the protagonist that is the differentiator. Reacher comes across as someone special, and there is something inherently romantic about his being "off the grid", not having weapons, not having even an ATM card, ...more
So this is how a bestseller novel from 2012 feels like. I've been reluctant to dip in contemporary waters. Maybe I shouldn't have. I welcome the easy plot and prose. In fact, I prefer wasting my time on this kind of book rather than a murky and confusing masterpiece that is out of my grip. That doesn't mean I should cut The Forgotten any slack. "Okay you have my vote for 4 stars," said the hero. Not on my watch buddy.

Any attempt at serious and world wise ideas are undermined by childish ones.
Apr 12, 2013 Al rated it it was amazing

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

Lewis Weinstein
Aug 28, 2013 Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it
This thriller met all of my criteria: exciting plot, interesting characters (not just Puller), well written, suspenseful, several significant surprises. Baldacci is to be applauded for creating a successful new character and a new series.

For those who complain that Puller seems like Reacher, I agree, but it doesn't bother me. There's room for both, and the personalities are different enough despite some obvious similarities.

There are also a few - more than a few - implausible actions or coincid
Dec 22, 2012 Lee rated it did not like it
Was I reading the same book that people are raving about? This is poorly written. Reads like a first draft. Too many sentence fragments starting with the word and. I found myself mentally editing nearly every sentence. Baldacci has written good books, like Last Man Standing, but phoned this one in. Doesn't anyone edit or rewrite their work anymore?
Jun 16, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
Fantastic! This was non-stop action and I didn't want to put it down even to sleep :-) John Puller is a great character...hope Baldacci keeps him coming.
Mike French
Jan 19, 2013 Mike French rated it it was amazing
Puller is a great character! Enjoyed both of books featuring him and looking forward to more.
Apr 27, 2013 Shelley rated it it was ok
The appearance of a "green scrunchy" was absurdly distracting. Do people wear scrunchies any more? Why was this an important detail?
There are a huge number of references to what happened in West Virginia. I can't remember the last book, so I'm not sure if this is even a reference to that book. These references are a punishment for my forgetfulness. I'm not sure an author should punish a reader, even if she doesn't remember every detail of the last book -- she read it, is reading this one and wil
Jay Deb
Mar 25, 2013 Jay Deb rated it really liked it
Human trafficking, that's what is at the center of this book. Although it won't be obvious at the beginning. The book starts with a boat in the sea and the initial scene extends to about fifty pages, several people are dead by the time it reaches there. Baldacci is the best at prologue writing. His other books stand tall in that regard.
I really enjoyed the first fifty pages of all of Baldacci books that I have read. He is the master of beginning and Gillian Flynn is the master of end, if I may s
Scott Rhee
I had only read one other David Baldacci book prior to reading "The Forgotten", and I remember thinking that it was pretty stupid. That book was called "Absolute Power", and it was one of those books that sounds good upon initial reading but falls apart the minute one starts thinking about the book's logic. It's also pretty forgettable. Strangely enough, Clint Eastwood turned it into a film that was also pretty stupid, which is kind of hard for Eastwood to do. I don't agree with his politics per ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Baldacci returns with his latest thriller that does not disappoint. Gripping the reader from the get-go, the action commences with a mysterious opening that appears completely unrelated to the larger story. Before long, it all becomes clear and the story explodes into a race to find the truth, no matter the consequences. Baldacci uses his great writing style and attention to detail to make the characters leap off the page and appear as reaslistic as your neighbour or family friend. His ability t ...more
Nov 30, 2012 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
David Baldacci latest John Puller mystery/thriller is another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch.

Puller is a CID agent, who has just finished a nasty job, which was described in "Zero Day." Baldacci's first book in this series. His father, in a military hospital and suffering from early stage Alzheimer's, has received a letter from his Puller's aunt, asking Puller to come to Paradise to investigate odd doings. Puller travels to Florida and finds that his aunt has myste
Jan 23, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
This book was a gift. I’ve never read a Baldacci book. A friend thought I would like it because it deals with the issue of human trafficking. She was right!

While the characters and subject matter may seem, at first glance, larger than life – I find that this story could absolutely happen. It is set on the Emerald Coast – the Gulf beaches of Florida and Alabama. We know that there is a huge problem with labor trafficking in that area now. There is no reason to think that this plot is far-fetched.
Jim A
Jan 10, 2013 Jim A rated it it was ok
When I started this book I had forgotten I had read the first Puller novel. That makes the title of this one pretty accurate.

Baldacci tried to make his own version of Jack Reacher or Sean Dillon and didn't quite hit the mark.
Nov 03, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Baldacci's Reacher-like series featuring John Puller, a military cop. The Forgotten picks up from where Zero Day left off, but it's not necessary to have read that book previously Whilst the events from that book are referred to occasionally, there are no spoilers.

When the book opens, Puller is contemplating returning to work after a brief vacation when his father receives a puzzling letter from Puller's aunt, living in Florida. She alludes to something dodgy going on
Linda Alexander
Jan 14, 2013 Linda Alexander rated it it was amazing
David Baldacci is one of my very favorite male authors. He never disappoints the reader! His character John Puller very much reminds me of Lee Child's character Jack Reacher, since both have been in the military, are large men, are single, and always fighting for justice.

In this story, Puller is supposedly on R&R from his investigative position with the military, goes to visit his father at the VA hospital, and learns a letter has been received from Puller's aunt (his father's sister) in Par
Apr 28, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise…

This is a cleverly crafted plot, written well by David Baldacci. It held my attention
Apr 21, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Army CID investigator John Puller is summoned by his demented father, a renowned Army general and asked to visit with John Jr.'s Aunt Betsy, who has sent a cryptic letter detailing very vague unusual happenings around her hometown, Paradise, Florida. By the time Puller gets to Florida, Aunt Betsy, who raised him and his brother has drowned, The story revolves around human trafficking by a hedge fund manager, who lost everything, and has refocused on criminal enterprise, making him very rich. A g ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
May 21, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I read this some time ago and am all but sure I reviewed it then... What happened to that review I have no idea.

Anyway...pretty good book. This is the second in the John Puller "series" of books. This poor schmuck seems to be constantly getting in over his head for a CID investigator. He's also dealing with a brother whose a former officer and is now in prison...for treason. This is a (so far) continuing mystery that we hopefully will find out more about later, as the guy doesn't seem to act lik
Apr 08, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Baldacci & Lee Child
Recommended to Mark by: the previous books by Baldacci
there is a lot of talk and comparison with Lee Childs' literary hero Reacher, the less said about his cinematic version the better, and they are all probably well chosen. In the 1st book John Puller was working a case for his brand of military CID, this time there is a more personal note.
His aunt send his father a letter whom passes it on to Puller, who is still on R & R after the happenings from book 1. As such Puller travels to Florida's gulf coast, the beautifull little town called Parad
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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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