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One Summer by David Baldacci
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Dec 31, 11

Read in December, 2011

Looking for a "read" the other day I noticed this book on the rack. A fan of Baldacci's for years, of his Camel Club Series and other titles, this book looked like a fun departure from what I've come to expect of him. Let me say this here: I'm pretty sure anything DB writes would sell well, even his grocery list, and this one should do well too.
"One Summer" is a heartfelt story of a guy, a decorated war vet, family man and all around decent guy - Jack Armstrong - who finds himself dying from a mysterious disease. Family members, including his darling wife and 3 kids, prepare for his departure from their lives and this world. He accepts his fate and makes his peace, though he doesn't want to go. What happens next could only be written this well by a writer of Baldacci's skill level. Written in 3rd POV with a direct plot, Baldacci spins a tale I'm sure he's been wanting to publish for a long time.
I'm maybe 200 or so pages in and though this type fiction is definitely a departure from what I normally read I'm VERY happy to have grabbed this book. For me, even as a writer, the hallmark of a great book, whatever the genre, is the effect it has on me as a person, not just a writer or reader. This book stays with me, the effect that is, even after I put it down. I'm thinking about things I never would have thought about, like Jack is forced to. Trust me, YOU WILL TOO...
Powerfully written, I can recommend "One Summer" to you without hesitation. I'm not sure when this book was written but DB had the goods from day one and this novel delivers. I won't give away any more than I already have but I will say this: Family drama, living on without loved ones, troubled kids and personal loss are dramas in life some of us, most of us, will go through. This book is just such a story told with compassion and great skill.Hopefully DB will give us more of this type fiction in the future.
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message 2: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer Nice, Daniel. Thanks for the review. I haven't read a Baldacci book in a long time. My favorite of his is Absolute Power. I just might have to pick this one up.


Daniel Audet Try also "True Blue and Hell's Corner. I am waiting for my copy Of "The 6th Man. Looking forward to it. D


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