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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

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Hardcover, 420 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Warner Books
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Katie
I gave this one a two only because David Baldacci writes very well, even when his storylines aren't that great. It was so melodramatic, and I didn't believe for a second that Michelle, who was so interesting and strong in the first one, would fall apart like that; it was a total change in character, and very random, and it just wasn't what I was expecting, especially because there was no indication in the other two books that she would even remotely be that messed up in the head. I really, reall ...more
Ami
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.

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Angie
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
Steve
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
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
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Kathy
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
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Kate
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
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Bethany
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
Sarah ( Paris )
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 ..
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
Mark
Apr 11, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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David
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
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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
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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
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Deanne
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.
Rob
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
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Foxfire
Managed to skim through. Problems with the story:

The female lead is unsympathetic and inconsistent. She is one of the good guys, and yet she uses her formidable martial arts skills to beat up people for her own amusement.

She is described as a loner unable to relate to others, but she won an Olympic medal as part of a rowing crew - a team sport which requires the participants to work in complete sync with each other.

She is portrayed as a rogue, renegade, and yet she worked in the Secret Service
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Samyann
Opinions about this book are all over the board, everything from ‘stellar’ to ‘awful’. I’m in the middle. There is a great deal of time spent on the psyche of Michelle Maxwell, who in previous Sean-Michelle mysteries as been considerably more stable. Stable as a rock. In Simple Genius, Michelle is a self destructive liability, vulnerable to the extreme, suicidal and basically her character behavior requires a stretch of the imagination. Credibility is lost. There is no way Sean would allow someo ...more
Carol
Brains and brawn, Gov. cover-ups, hidden secrets of the personal and treasure varieties..
I'd have liked this novel so much more, had I not had to work so hard mentally to slough thru the tedious and redundant parts. I realize our government agencies can be as crooked/venomous as snakes, but some of the characters stretched the credulity limits to the snapping point. While the "pay off" point of the ending (for enduring lots of dry info throughout) wasn't tidily tied up...it did give the reader s
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Ash
There are two things about David Baldacci's Simple Genius that must be known:

1. Despite its title, Simple Genius is actually oodles and oodles of intricate complications.
2. I wanted more Michelle and I got it. (More on that later.)

SPOILERS AHOY!

Simple Genius starts off with quite the opener: Michelle Maxwell goes to a bar and picks a fight with the beefiest man there. After kicking the crap out of him, she throws the fight and the guy winds up putting her in the hospital. The guy wants to press
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Tim Buck
Sean and Michelle up to their usual madcap adventures, with a little history and code-breaking as well!
Dakeyras
Normally I hate starting a series of books (even ones like this where the full story is contained in the cover). You don't get to see the characters grow, you miss out on references and won't understand the context when they refer to a past investigation.

So while I knew this wasn't the 1st book to feature Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, this is the one I had on my shelves and I wanted to read it.

I was quite happy with it. Even though it felt at times like I should know the characters better an
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Gabe
As expected from this author, a great book packed with twisted plots and super action, very entertaining.

Pros
- more than one plot developing and unfolding will keep you coming back to learn more
- interesting ideas about advanced ciphering techniques and encrypting work, all tho' well researched and described, still fiction, but quite interesting
- interesting characters, each with their own surprise agenda, intriguing interrelations and interactions
- some well researched facts from history are in
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Leew49
The third novel in the King and Maxwell series is my favorite so far. Did Baldacci grow up reading the Hardy Boys books? SIMPLE GENIUS contains among its plot elements a hidden room, secret tunnel, buried treasure in a decaying mansion, and all but unsolvable codes. Because this is Baldacci and not "Franklin W Dixon," it also includes a barroom brawl, several murders, a breathtaking water rescue, drug deals and torture. We also gain some insight into Michelle Maxwell's trust issues.

King and Maxw
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Judy
As usual we enjoyed this story, in the King & Maxwell series. This one started out a bit slow, but the story picked up as Maxwell continues to battle her demons with Sean's help and the help of a cool Harley riding psychologist. Sean King strikes out on his own, while Michelle is in a voluntarily imposed treatment facility. But of course, Maxwell can stay out of the fray for very long and soon joins him at a secret government facility in rural Virginia, investigating a murder of an employee. ...more
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Op het terrein van de cia wordt het lichaam gevonden van Monk Turing. Men denkt dat het zelfmoord is maar nadat er nog een lichaam gevonden wordt begint men te twijfelen.Monk hield zich bezig met wetenschappelijk werk en men vermoedt dat zijn dood te maken heeft met zijn werk.Sean King wordt gevraagd om uit te zoeken wat er is gebeurd. Hij ontdekt dat er rare dingen gebeuren
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Joan
I love the Sean and Michelle books, but this one is not the best. It is very difficult for me to believe that Michelle could fall apart like she does in this book. Sean and Michelle are out of money, and have no prospects in the future. Michelle goes into a bar, picks the biggest man and beats him, then stops fighting and lets him hurt her. She winds up in a mental hospital where Sean calls in a friend who is a psychologist. Sean gets a job from his old girl friend at a think tank trying to inve ...more
Richard Nessfield
This was my first Baldacci book, and I have to admit I enjoyed it. The suspense built steadily, and although some of the plot seemed extreme, given what is being published about secret operations currently perhaps not that implausible. I will certainly seek out other thrillers written by Baldacci as he has the knack of building a story whilst keeping the reader totally engrossed. The one area I had reservations over was in his character make-up. When every-other-person is either an expert martia ...more
Vinh Nguyen
If you like to read spy novel, thriller, and mystery novel, I think you'll like "Simple Genius." Simple Genius got everything -- actions, a bit of romance, science fiction, and a bit of real history. I love it, and I definitely recommend Simple Genius to everyone. It's a must read novel!
Cathy
I really enjoyed this book. Love the relationship between Michelle & Sean. This book dove a little deeper Into Michelle's character as a second storyline. Very interesting and I'm looking forward to the next book because I love how this one ended. I won't give anything way!
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David Baldacci published 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 into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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