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Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #3)

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In his newest thriller, Baldacci brings back brilliant ex-Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, the protagonists of his previous novel Hour Game. Unabridged.
Published April 1st 2007 by Hachette Audio
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Robin J Baldacci has several series. In this one, I think you will certainly understand it better if you start at the beginning.
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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Brenda H
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple Genius is the third book in the King and Maxwell series by David Baldacci. This book picks up where we left off with the main characters, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell in Book 2, Hour Game. Michelle is struggling with her confidence and self-control after the events in the last book. Sean is trying to help her overcome her issues.

While dealing with Michelle, Sean takes a job with his ex-lover, Joan, to investigate a questionable suicide at a Washington DC Area research laboratory (Babbag
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.

Jul 22, 2008 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 01, 2010 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.
Nov 12, 2011 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
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
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 ..
Jan 24, 2011 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 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
Milo (BOK)
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
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
2.5 Promising beginning but fizzled for me.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple Genius takes place not long after the events of Hour Game. Michelle Maxwell is spending some time voluntarily in a Rehab Institution, after beating up a random street-punk in a Bar, realizing she's on edge, decides to get some help, and in this entry, we learn more about Michelle's dark past. While Michelle is in Rehab, Sean King is on a mission of his own, he is called to investigate a murder that took place at a top-secret CIA Training Camp and laboratory installation known as Babbage T ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 27, 2013 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
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
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
After book 2 in this series which I really enjoyed and gave us plenty of scope to work out who the killer was I was very disappointed by this book. It started off very well with a look into Michelle Maxwell's back story and how this was affecting her current 'out of character' actions. This part of the book I enjoyed, however I never really bought into the main murder mystery, partly because we weren't given enough details and the author kept too many key elements to himself. To be a re
Emilie Hendryx
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
My rating: 4.5*

I definitely enjoyed this book but...without spoiling anything (hopefully), I felt as if the premise for this book was a little...surprising to me. With the aspects that involve Michelle I found myself shocked and feeling as if they came "out of the blue" in some respects. I enjoyed the whole play-out of the story, as I always do with Baldacci, but I couldn't help but wonder how much Baldacci knew about her past and if he'd woven that in or if it kind of "came" to him for this thi
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-series, read-2016
I enjoy reading about Michelle Maxwell and Sean King's relationship and adventures. This book was very good but a little slow in some parts but picked up towards the end. It was a fun read trying to figure out exactly what was going on behind the gates at Camp Peary. Figuring out who was good and who was bad also added to the plot and kept me guessing until the very end. I will definitely continue reading the series and I do look forward to the next installment and what will be happening with Mi ...more
Apr 28, 2015 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.
Mar 31, 2014 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.
Mike French
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another David Baldacci
Page Turner!
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#
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a very interesting twist in it compared to Baldacci's usual! The book was still intriguing and interesting, and different concepts needed to take place. Never mind that the author totally missed described and misrepresented NP complete (I have a Masters degree in theoretical computer science), but it was totally inconsequential to the story itself. This is the second book I've read lately that had encryption as a main plot point :-). Overall, the interaction of the characters and t ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. #3 in the series. Cool because a character was named and based after a friend of my parents, someone I knew well enough he came to my wedding in 2000. He is famous in his field and this isn't the first time his name has popped up in a book I've read.
Evelyn Wilson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books-read
#13 It is weird being exposed to what happened to Michelle when she was 6 but that is the way it is. I also have a hard time believing the CIA personnel can become so corrupt but then look at the corruption in our government in 2017. So glad I began reading David Baldacci's books from the beginning.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple Genius by David Baldacci
Maxwell & King series Book #3

From The Book:
In a world of secrets, human genius is power.
And sometimes it is simply deadly . . .

Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an au
Aug 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Recommended to John by: Nobody - ad in the bookstore.
I love genre fiction. Any genre but pure Romance and I've even read a few of those. Whether I'm reading it "seriously" (John Le Carre for instance) or purely for fun (Tom Clancy) I enjoy it more than most serious novels I've been exposed to. Usually the "mainstream" novels I most enjoy are, at their base, genre novels that have escaped classification.

At the same time, those genre authors who break through to the mainstream best sellers are frequently disappointing. Nora Roberts springs to mind,
Apr 26, 2016 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
Apr 16, 2011 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
Nov 01, 2013 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
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
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Sean King & Michelle Maxwell (6 books)
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