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Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #3)

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In a world of secrets, human genius is power.

And sometimes it is simply deadly...

A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about

Hardcover, 420 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Warner Books
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Sanae Tsubota No, they have not reveal that, yet. At the end of Simple Genius, you will find out. I wouldn't say she was in love with serial killer, she just liked…moreNo, they have not reveal that, yet. At the end of Simple Genius, you will find out. I wouldn't say she was in love with serial killer, she just liked him.Just like Sean liked the doctor in town.She was also a killer.(less)
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I am disappointed

Everything I loved and enjoyed from the first two books were GONE. Here, Sean and Michelle were 'separated' for the better of the first half of the book. Michelle suffered from breakdown, showing suicidal tendency, picked up a fight and being beaten, and must checked herself voluntarily (with Sean's insistence) for treatment. Meanwhile Sean was "forced" to get a job from his ex, Joan Dillinger, to investigate a death of a physicist at quasi–think tank place, Babbage Town.

Sep 02, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just horrible. Horrible dialogue. The one-liners of King are getting very old. As is his finding out clues but not sharing with his partner. The only thing worse than the cliches of angry FBI agent and bumbling local law enforcement was what Baldacci did to Michelle Maxwell's character. I read several reviews of the previous King and Maxwell book (The Hour Game) where many (including me) were critical that there was no character development for Michelle Maxwell. So this time he really beefs up t ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Typically, there's a reason you should read a series in order. In the case of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, it should be followed. While the main stories are separate, the relationship between Sean and Michelle and the internal battles they battle are revealed and dealt with in order.

"Simple Genius" is a great thriller. It brings together current research, historical information with well-developed characters. Once again Baldacci employs a strong storyline with several twists to keep the read
Sarah ~
تدور احداث الرواية بينَ عالم الشفرات المعقد وصولا إلى الحرب على الإرهاب بمعاييرها المزدوجة وقوانينها الفضفاضة ..
وأبطالها كثير من عباقرة الرياضيات والفيزياء يحيط بهم عسكريون ومحققان من القطاع الخاص ..
يعلقان في عالم الأسرار والمعلومات المضللة ..
يخرجان منها ببراعة .. أحببت الرواية كثيراً تحدثت عن عالم الشفرات وتاريخها والطرق المستخدمة عبر العصور ..تعامل الكاتب مع القصة بطريقة فريدة وكلمة المؤلف الموجودة في صفحات الرواية الأخيرة هي الجزء المفضل لدي ..

المتعة كل المتعة هي رواية بقلم ديفيد بالدتشي ..
Nov 01, 2010 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just hated this book. The story was implausable and the subplots were so poorly constructed. Halfway through the book, I would have rated it as ok but the last 30 pages were just idiotic.
Milo (Bane of Kings)
Well, I thought I'd give a David Baldacci book another go as I managed to get this and The Bourne Sanction on a fairly cheap deal at a second hand bookstore. I missed Hour Game as they didn't have it in stock, but I'll probably have to go back and read that at some point because although Baldacci's books may not always be the best they're still, decent reads that you'll get through quickly. Sadly like with the first King & Maxwell there wasn't anything too great about this book but at the sa ...more
Jonel Boyko
Wow! Just wow! This novel engaged me on multiple levels. I loved the variety of components that made up this novel. Suspense, action, intrigue, and science all make their way into it. Baldacci’s intricate writing really enticed me. Not only was I caught up in the action of the tale, I was also trying to unravel the mystery and was completely smitten with the science.

The characters were fantastic. Even though this isn’t the first novel of the series, Baldacci develops his man characters in such a
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 29, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Interesting book. There are facets of it that are not my "favorite motif" for telling a story (emotional angst and extended emotional struggles tied in with the threads of the story). Still this/these will probably be the parts of the book that some other readers like best.

Here a murder takes place on a shadowy government reservation. The victim has climbed onto the grounds of what turns out to be a CIA facility and ...apparently...killed himself. Though there is apparently someone who thinks it
Feb 09, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it.

The prose is abysmal - clunky and ill-formed, repetitive and childlike - and the mechanics are just...awful. We don't need to be reminded of the characters' surnames every other paragraph. You really can use words that have more than one syllable, and sentences that exhibit some actual structure. Really, it's okay.

And I couldn't even begin to get into the plot. It started telegraphing itself very, very quickly - damaged operative! romantic tension! high-te
Jan 31, 2009 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Baldacci novel. I read "Saving Faith" a few years ago. I can't say I loved this one. I'm a big fan of suspense and this one really dragged through the middle. I loved the characters so I pressed on, but the ending was sloppy and unsatisfying. The topic of quantum physics was absolutely of NO interest to me. I also have a hard time with the way Baldacci writes women; they're always described by their attractiveness and desire- apparently the only two things that matter and make ...more
May 05, 2015 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook


Another successful read by David Baldacci. When I'm in the mood for an assassin/military/investigation type read, David Baldacci is my go-to author. His writting is always solid and I know I will get an enjoyable read. His Will Robie series is my favorite, but I haven't not liked a book by him yet.
Enjoying the King Maxwell series Simple Genius
took us in to our two agents lives .
and it was worth while
It worked for me
looking forward to start No4#
Susan McChesney
This was a weird one David Baldacci. This was a third in the series with Sean King and Michelle Maxwell as the main characters. The book starts out with Michelle having severe mental issues. If you read the second in the series, you can't help but wonder what happened? Nothing happened to Michelle at the end of the second book that made you think that she was committable. So throughout this book Michelle needs mental help. Sean gets involved in an investigation for desperately needed money to ge ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Rob1109 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only recently discovered Mr. Baldacci. And what a discovery it was. Simple Genius is the 3rd one I've read and in a simple word: WOW

I've read 'The Forgotten' as well as "King and Maxwell." I'll honestly say that while thoroughly enjoyed both of those novels immensely (as well Mr. Baldacci's' writing style, technique, plot twists and character development) I did find them a tad slow at the outset. And when I say 'slow' I'm talking 20 pages or so. However, both were great novels.

Simple Genius
Apr 11, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who enjoys King & Maxwell, Baldacci or a good thriller
I finally finished this 3rd book in the King & Maxwell series, this was the one I had not read yet. This one and the new one, which I have ordered at my local library and will undoubtely be read in the next week.

SIMPLE GENIUS the title refers to the village where Sean King travels to investigate a suspicious suicide, the village is actually an encampment where very intelligent people live and work. And when I say intelligent I mean a bunch of geniuses that work to create the next generation
Apr 16, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't measure up to Mr. Baldacci's Skills!

I really like my neighbor and he has been a good friend for over 10 years, but lately he has taken on a bad habit of insisting that I read novels that are very nice, good, enjoyable, etc. to read. Each time he pronounces one of these descriptive adjectives for a book I am on guard. "Simple Genius" fell into the "you'll enjoy it" category. "Oh, my."
I'm not a big fan of Baldacci; most of the novels that he has written lately have been as far as I'm conc
Mary Elizabeth
What the heck Baldacci? Did you forget which characters you were writing? Did someone else, who never read the first books, write it for you? Totally off from the first ones in this series ... and not in a good way.

First I'd like to point out the irony in the fact that in my review of the last book I made sure to note how great the Michele Maxwell character is. She's "smart, funny and tough as nails" I said. Well, you certainly ruined that one! The psychological storyline was just nonsense and
❆ Crystal ❆
Review for audiobook - 2 stars story 4 stars narration. Luckily I read some reviews before I started this so I wasn't completely thrown off by events in the beginning of the book. I agree with the other reviews in that it was so bizarre to have those issues with Michelle. Talk about left field! She's all tough, super smart with the only hint of an issue is that she's a slob. Then she goes in full meltdown out of the blue. The plot was a bit bizarre for me... I just didn't get into it that much. ...more
Nancy Bandusky
This novel spends a great deal of time not being suspenseful. The King/Maxwell duo are separated due to Maxwell's mental issues. While she deals (?) with those King heads off to handle the case that Maxwell eventually shows up for after she is cured (?) and solves her own somewhat irrelevant case.

Despite the fact these two characters are former secret service agents and now run their own investigative firm, they seem to have a need to trust the wrong people - which of course puts them in more da
Nov 20, 2015 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite good, but, almost too much. FBI, CIA, NSA...oh my! Maxwell's personality goes a little off the rails and King doesn't quite reach his usual self. But, the writing is done very well and the story is interesting.
Apr 14, 2014 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
Kept me entertained for a day. I like the fact that Maxwell and King haven't leapt into bed together, that they aren't perfect and yet they still come out on top.
The books are plot driven, it's what keeps you reading the series. Have to see if the library has the next in the series tomorrow morning.
Gareth Otton
May 31, 2016 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Simple Genius spent some time fleshing out at least one of the titular characters and this series is much better for it. As much as the previous two books were good enough to keep me reading, I was never really as gripped as I was with this novel.

In this book, Michelle is struggling with the aftermath of the last book. She has spiralled down into a depression that is serious enough for Sean to have to get help for her. This opens the gate to look deeper into her past as well as gives us the chan
Apr 26, 2016 Roman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the worst by Baldacci. It is right up there with True Blue and Last Man Standing in the pantheon of Awful No Good Terrible novels of our time.
This book is a third in series about King and Maxwell, two former secret service agents who are now private investigators working together on cases. In Simple Genius they are investigating a murder at a place called Babbage Town, a genius "quasi-think tank with potentially enormous commercial applications".
We learn that Michelle is suic
Jan 29, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
baldacci always writes a good story.
David Baldacci's much-loved protagonists Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are having trouble adjusting to life in the wake of the terrible events that drove them to the brink in HOUR GAME. Dogged by hidden demons from her past, then almost killed in a barroom brawl, Michelle agrees to try therapy at a mental-health facility, where she simultaneously busts a criminal drug-dealing ring! Meanwhile, to right their shared career in the private security sector, Sean a
Pete Marchetto
Dec 04, 2015 Pete Marchetto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpectedly satisfying book packed with intrigue, squirming with twists. A night-reader, I found myself looking forward to bedtime and then wanting to read into the wee small hours and on towards the dawn for wondering what Baldacci would come up with next. The work proved intelligent, though by no means intellectual. (For some reason I seem to be stumbling over many a reference to Alan Turing and Bletchley Park of late, both in my fiction and non-fiction reading - some code in the ...more
Falcon Dove
Nov 29, 2015 Falcon Dove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's been a long time since I've read it, so the details are a little blurry at the moment. However a few things comes to mind, while I'm writing this review.

I remember the main characters and that I'd really liked them. I always have a thing with people whom are not able to fit into those small boxes, the society so generously hands out to us all. Being an anarchist is in my opinion another word for being brave, unique end willing to stand up for what you think is ri
Naznin Azeez
Jun 11, 2015 Naznin Azeez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to read every David Baldacci book that’s a King and Maxwell thriller, because Sean King & Michelle Maxwell make one hell of a great detective pair. They make amazing partners who have each others backs at all times. Simple Genius is very interesting because Michelle is shown to be undergoing therapy in this book. If you have read previous King and Maxwell thrillers, you can’t help but wonder what has gotten her in this situation.

Sean, meanwhile, has landed a very intriguing case
May 05, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book to read while waiting in a waiting room. Never read the synopsis or what the story was about. I thought if I didn't like it, I'd just donate it to my library. From the first chapter it had me hooked. I finished reading it in a week (that's pretty quick for me, especially a book this long). But I felt disappointed by the ending of the book (no spoiler alert). I kept waiting for something but it wasn't there. I was also disappointed by Michelle Maxwells' character. Building h ...more
Linda Munro
Feb 28, 2015 Linda Munro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the King and Maxwell series, and although it was excellent, I am giving it only 4 stars because it is also a stand alone book, but I feel it would be very difficult to get into the first few chapters without having read the book before. The reason for the sudden strangeness in Maxwell’s behavior is finally stated, and then the book takes off…..

When Maxwell is overcome by what she feels is a lack of judgment, long buried circle her newly discovered inabilities without re
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