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Preview — Hour Game by David Baldacci
Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #2)
He's copying famous serial killers.
And the HOUR GAME has just begun...
A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next.
Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King a ...more
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I figured he was not an author for me. Then came the dreaded moment: bedtime with nothing to read! Damn. I usually have a stack ready to go—but not this time. While desperately searching, I came across a box of books left by a friend who moved. Double Damn. The books were all either Romance or Political Thri ...more
Another great book -- I definitely love this s ...more
The book is awful. It's so bad it may be the most humorous novel I've read this year. It's like a parody of a someone writing a bestselling novel. Someone at Mr. Baldacci's publisher needs to hire a first rate copy editor, because obviously, there is not one on the staff, This book is filled with sentences and paragraphs so incoherent it would have put my high school A ...more
When the small town of Wrightsburg is rocked by gruesome murders, both ex-secret service agents, Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, now private investigators (partners) are hot on the murderers tail. What sets the murderer apart is how he copies famous serial killers when he commits a crime.
The light banter between Michelle and Sean are the highlight of the book. Their bickering does bring comic relief to an otherwise intense thriller. How...more
I like how the story was fast paced and there was no dull chapter and I love how the characters simply evolved and how my brain gets to think on who will be killed next.
The intensity of the book from the first chapter to the last has always been a 10! A perfect 10! David Baldacci has made a new turn on how murders are done. The book is intricately written to include all clues ...more
Probably the most annoying part of the book was not the predictability, but the chapter where the investigators sit down and review the data...the chapter is designed to look like they're all reviewing the information together, to make sure they haven't mi ...more
My one complaint is the lack of development of King and Maxwell, the protagonists. Sometimes I feel like in a effort the keep things a mystery we miss out on impor ...more
Narrator: Scott Brick
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2004
Length: 14 hours and 25 min.
A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next vict ...more
It started out mildly interesting for the first chapter, up until we met the heroes. Then it started a quick, but long decline into sheer boredom.
The story is trite, and reminded me mostly of something I would have seen in an 80s television movie. The secondary characters are so unoriginal and boring that a 2D person would look at them and think they are quite flat.
The writing is uninspired. Drunken inspiration would have helped. When the author wasn't busy s ...more
these are like stephanie plums. you know what you're going to get when you start one. i happen to prefer when maxwell and king are not straddling the divide between private detectives and saviors of democracy; there ...more
A bunch of people get killed in ways modeled on notoriou ...more
There is a sort of "uncomfortable almost love story" for one of our protagonists but it is simply part of the book, the story, the plot so not bothersome.
In fact some of you who'd like to see a love story may be a bit disappointed...or for all I know a lot disappointed.
I didn't car ...more
There are also the Battle's, a rich family who have a lot of connections, but with the patriarch in hospital and a burgalry there's a few skeletons in the cupboards who want out.
There are good characters, some gruesome murders and a few re ...more
Curiosity! It makes me do all sorts of strange and sometimes unpleasant things!
The characters were like Pinocchio - wooden, but they never came to life, not while I was listening to the audio version. To be fair to the author, maybe it was the abridgment that did in those characters.
The flatness of the main female character, Michelle, hit me especially hard. I was starting to take it personally - what, ...more
David Baldacci's Hour Game, the second in the King and Maxwell series, starts off like that. In fact, it looks like the killer might be a Zodiac copycat but that theory goes out the window when another body appears using another infamous murderer' M.O.
But this is not the case ex-Secret Service Agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, who have started a P.I. business together ha ...more
The characters were compelling. Not just the two in the series. All the characters, even the minor ones stood out and became a real part of the experience. My review would be 4.5 stars if this site allowed.
strunk and white (among others) have told us not to split the infinitive...baldacci has done that, so, three stars.
has all the requisite elements...action, suspense, terror, pages all numbered and in sequence, he does take too much time and space to describe the physical appearance of a charact ...more
But it's 600 pages, and those 600 pages went down like water. No matter the c ...more
the book has its share of thrills, actions, blood drives and wits and humour filled through the pages.
I liked how david baldacci had kept it light for the readers to keep the track and yet the twists and turns blows your mind completely
true page turner
First the good. Baldacci has me guessing and questioning throughout the entire novel. The twistedness of the villain is realistic and scary. The bad guys are smart and well thought out. It is easy to forget that you are reading a book. Until...
The bad. King's insistence on keeping the good theories to himself is driving me nuts! He has n ...more