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The Forgotten (John Puller #2)

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In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise t

Hardcover, 422 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Barbara Faulkner Yes he does. There were agents assigned (the two John Puller thought were following him) to the foreign gal investigating her people being kidnapped.…moreYes he does. There were agents assigned (the two John Puller thought were following him) to the foreign gal investigating her people being kidnapped. Those agents were compromised and were removed but not replaced. It was toward the very end of the book.
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Alice Jack Reacher, John Puller... Pick-a-name hero.
Please. Who will write "Jock Lifter" or "Jim Grasper".

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Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: past-favourites
A very intense story along with powerful characters, it will keep you reading well into the night. One of the best thriller writers out there who can keep his readers glued to each page until the end. If you like heart pounding action this book is a definite buy.
Kylie Simpson
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for jack Reacher fans. Trust me, John Puller will NOT be portrayed by Tom Cruise... Well paced, thrilling action adventure from Baldacci. A very good read.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten: David Baldacci

Humans for profit some think this is a lucrative business and great way to make money. Bondage, slavery and child prostitution all ways that some make a lot of money so what if it is at the cost of human lives and dignity while selling those enslaved to the highest bidder. Twenty-five people of mixed ages and races took a journey or voyage that would not lead them to a tropical island but would end in destruction, death and fear. As the ship is moored or docked these
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016

Jag läste bok fyra just precis innan jag fick chansen att läsa denna bok. Men det bekymrade mig inte så mycket då jag fann den senaste boken i John Puller series fantastiskt bra och jag hade hoppas på chancen att få läsa de tidigare böckerna. John Puller är en man som har en vana att hamna i strul verkar det som, lite som Lee Childs Jack Reacher. Kan vara det militära kopplingen som får mig att att tänka på Jack Reacher. I den här boken börjar allting med ett brev som Pullers far
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just met Special Agent John Puller Jr, Army CID, for the first time. He is the lead character in David Baldacci’s new novel, THE FORGOTTEN (ISBN 978-0446573054, $27.95, hardcover) due for national release on November 20. 2012. Don’t expect to find this book in libraries or bookstores until that date. Mark your calendars.

I have read a few of the author’s previous books and it appears this book may be part of a series unrelated to Baldacci’s Camel Club books. Further investigation on my part is
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
From the book description: “Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an un
Jonah Perry
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If Your Confused about Your Identity, Read This!

"People are not what they seem, strange happenings at night.” If you are in the mood for “strange happenings” and a thrilling page-turner that leaves you feeling like you just completed a marathon in record time, I encourage you to embark on the adventure that is The Forgotten by David Baldacci. The author masterfully creates a whirlwind of swirling plot and suspense, upheld until the last word releases a pungent taste in your mind. In modern day
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe GoodReads doesn't have this in its data base.
Sean Peters
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another David Baldacci book read, with four out of my last six books.

This is the second John Puller book after Zero Hour, and I would say on par with Zero Hour, but one star below his Will Robie books, with the Innocent and The Hit, and The Target, out soon.

Of the authors I have enjoyed the most this year, David Baldacci is one alongside Simon Kernick.

This story continues straight after Zero Hour and his recovery, mentally and physically. Starting with a letter from his aunty to his father.

The s
So this is how a bestseller novel from 2012 feels like. I've been reluctant to dip in contemporary waters. Maybe I shouldn't have. I welcome the easy plot and prose. In fact, I prefer wasting my time on this kind of book rather than a murky and confusing masterpiece that is out of my grip. That doesn't mean I should cut The Forgotten any slack. "Okay you have my vote for 4 stars," said the hero. Not on my watch buddy.

Any attempt at serious and world wise ideas are undermined by childish ones.
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
John Puller is on vacation from his duties as a CID officer for the Army when his father, receives a letter from Betsy Simon. Betsy Simon is Puller's aunt, and was instrumental in his upbringing while his father served as a General in the Army. The letter instantly puts Puller on high alert and he heads to Paradise, FL to check on his aunt. When he arrives, he finds that she has died in her backyard and the local police have written it off as an accident. Puller does not believe this to be true, ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Puller is Reacher's clone gone awry. I had read the introductory installment of the Puller series 'Zero Day', and now I have finished this second and latest installment as well, and both seem average compared to Lee Child's Reacher. And more than anything else, it is the characterisation of the protagonist that is the differentiator. Reacher comes across as someone special, and there is something inherently romantic about his being "off the grid", not having weapons, not having even an ATM card, ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy in Paradise, Florida. The letter warned of people not being what they appeared to be and of suspicious things happening in Paradise. When he arrives, he learns that his aunt has drowned, an unfortunate accident according to the local police. While he has no evidence to disprove that, he decides he owes it to his aunt to investigate and if her death were a homicide, to find ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This thriller met all of my criteria: exciting plot, interesting characters (not just Puller), well written, suspenseful, several significant surprises. Baldacci is to be applauded for creating a successful new character and a new series.

For those who complain that Puller seems like Reacher, I agree, but it doesn't bother me. There's room for both, and the personalities are different enough despite some obvious similarities.

There are also a few - more than a few - implausible actions or coincid
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Was I reading the same book that people are raving about? This is poorly written. Reads like a first draft. Too many sentence fragments starting with the word and. I found myself mentally editing nearly every sentence. Baldacci has written good books, like Last Man Standing, but phoned this one in. Doesn't anyone edit or rewrite their work anymore?
Mike French
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Puller is a great character! Enjoyed both of books featuring him and looking forward to more.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Baldacci's new hero, John Puller (first appearance in "Zero Hour") is commissioned by his father, suffering from dementia in a VA hospital, to check on his aunt, who has sent a cryptic message about strange things happening in her little town of Paradise, Florida. But when Puller arrives in Paradise, he discovers his aunt is dead.  

The police have ruled it accidental death (she was found drowned in her back yard fountain), but Puller has his suspicions, especially when two friends of hers also
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident

Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
Fantastic! This was non-stop action and I didn't want to put it down even to sleep :-) John Puller is a great character...hope Baldacci keeps him coming.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
The appearance of a "green scrunchy" was absurdly distracting. Do people wear scrunchies any more? Why was this an important detail?
There are a huge number of references to what happened in West Virginia. I can't remember the last book, so I'm not sure if this is even a reference to that book. These references are a punishment for my forgetfulness. I'm not sure an author should punish a reader, even if she doesn't remember every detail of the last book -- she read it, is reading this one and wil
Jay Deb
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Human trafficking, that's what is at the center of this book. Although it won't be obvious at the beginning. The book starts with a boat in the sea and the initial scene extends to about fifty pages, several people are dead by the time it reaches there. Baldacci is the best at prologue writing. His other books stand tall in that regard.
I really enjoyed the first fifty pages of all of Baldacci books that I have read. He is the master of beginning and Gillian Flynn is the master of end, if I may s
Mahoghani 23
I'm giving this book 5 stars because by the way it started off, I didn't believe it would be as explosive as his other books I've read. I was very, very wrong. The book is a complete page turner and it keeps you in suspense as to who could be the killer or killers. It turns a simple tourist town into a war zone with so many deaths, I lost track.

John Puller Sr. received a letter from his sister, Betsy Simon, that triggered all the events. She lived in Paradise, Florida and became suspicious of s
Scott Rhee
I had only read one other David Baldacci book prior to reading "The Forgotten", and I remember thinking that it was pretty stupid. That book was called "Absolute Power", and it was one of those books that sounds good upon initial reading but falls apart the minute one starts thinking about the book's logic. It's also pretty forgettable. Strangely enough, Clint Eastwood turned it into a film that was also pretty stupid, which is kind of hard for Eastwood to do. I don't agree with his politics per ...more
Brenda H
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten is the second book in the John Puller series by David Baldacci. Puller, a combat veteran and an investigator for the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division, is taking some vacation time following the events in Zero Day. However, he will not be on vacation for long.

John Puller Sr., known as Fighting John Puller due to his distinguished military career, is in a VA center suffering from dementia. A nurse from the center calls Puller and tells him that his father received a letter and
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Baldacci returns with his latest thriller that does not disappoint. Gripping the reader from the get-go, the action commences with a mysterious opening that appears completely unrelated to the larger story. Before long, it all becomes clear and the story explodes into a race to find the truth, no matter the consequences. Baldacci uses his great writing style and attention to detail to make the characters leap off the page and appear as reaslistic as your neighbour or family friend. His ability t ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
David Baldacci latest John Puller mystery/thriller is another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch.

Puller is a CID agent, who has just finished a nasty job, which was described in "Zero Day." Baldacci's first book in this series. His father, in a military hospital and suffering from early stage Alzheimer's, has received a letter from his Puller's aunt, asking Puller to come to Paradise to investigate odd doings. Puller travels to Florida and finds that his aunt has myste
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a gift. I’ve never read a Baldacci book. A friend thought I would like it because it deals with the issue of human trafficking. She was right!

While the characters and subject matter may seem, at first glance, larger than life – I find that this story could absolutely happen. It is set on the Emerald Coast – the Gulf beaches of Florida and Alabama. We know that there is a huge problem with labor trafficking in that area now. There is no reason to think that this plot is far-fetched.
Jim A
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
When I started this book I had forgotten I had read the first Puller novel. That makes the title of this one pretty accurate.

Baldacci tried to make his own version of Jack Reacher or Sean Dillon and didn't quite hit the mark.
Emilie Hendryx
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
Not as good in my opinion as the first book, but still an enthralling read. I feel like this one started off a little slower, and there were definitely more points of view than I had expected, but it did aid in creating more tension within the plot. I didn't like some of the elements that were added… I won't go into them here because of spoilers, but I think some of the things were just unnecessary. It's an interesting look at the reality of some very tough themes that unfortunately plague our s ...more
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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, because “every mom needs a break now and then.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later ...more
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