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In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...

THE FORGOTTEN

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 Coas...more
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kylie Simpson
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.
Fran
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...more
Jeff
Nov 27, 2012 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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Jim
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...more
Jonah Perry
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...more
Scott
I can't believe GoodReads doesn't have this in its data base.
Judie
John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy n 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 o...more
Sean Peters
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...more
Jay Deb
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...more
Lewis Weinstein
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...more
Bev
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...more
Christine
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...more
Shelley
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...more
Anand
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
Luffy Monkey D.
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....more
Al

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

...more
Pam
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....more
Lee
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?
Mike French
Puller is a great character! Enjoyed both of books featuring him and looking forward to more.
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
Matt
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
Kelly Woodward
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads's First Reads program. I've only read one other David Baldacci novel, Absolute Power, and that was over five years ago. I don't remember much about it, but I have a vague memory of enjoying it. If anyone were to ask me about David Baldacci based solely on that book, I probably would have said that, although crime/suspense isn't my usual choice of genre, he's good at what he does and is worth checking out. The Forgotten started off on a strong...more
Jeffrey
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...more
Julia
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...more
Linda Alexander
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...more
Kelly
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.
Mark
Apr 08, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Luanne Ollivier
David Baldacci is one of my favourite authors to listen to. I find that his suspense novels translate well into audio format. His book, The Forgotten, is the second to feature John Puller, and was no exception.

John Puller is a Special Agent with the US Army - he's the guy they sent out to investigate crimes against the nation. But this time it's personal. A cryptic letter from his aunt sends Puller to Paradise, Florida to check on her welfare. But when he arrives, she's dead. The death is ruled...more
VaultOfBooks
By David Baldacci. #2 in John Puller Series. Grade A
“Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to him 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 have well been murdered.
On the surface, the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realizes that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell that Paradise. His belief is confirmed as eviden...more
Joe
Dec 01, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lee Child fans!
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Looks like this is the 2nd in a series, thriller by David Baldacci. Looked it up and I see where "ZERO DAY" is the first that introduces John Puller. Have made a note to go back and read this next!
It Definitely made me think of Jack Reacher in the Lee Child's thrillers.
Meet Army Special Agent, John Puller. Working for the US Army in CID, Criminal Investigation Division. Having some time off, after his last "adventure", John Puller finds himself checking on his aging father's sister, who lives i...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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