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Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #3)
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...more
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.
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ..
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.)
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
King and Maxw ...more
GESCHREVEN DOOR Manouchka Buelens
recensiegeniaal geheim van David Baldacci
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 ...more