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King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #6)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  12,053 ratings  ·  1,189 reviews
David Baldacci brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell-former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, featured in the hit TNT TV series King & Maxwell-in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever . . .


It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier,
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mimicking the highs and lows of this novel, my rating had some higher points along with some lower ones (which you wouldn’t know based on my final overall rating). But trust me, my friends, they were there. But that’s the joy of reading: expect the unexpected. KING AND MAXWELL started off well enough, with desert scenery and a finger placed on the kill switch and high powered weapons pointed at foreheads, tripped over its own two feet a bit in the middle with some Swiss cheese dialogue and gouda ...more
Something not so good happened between publication of this book and its predecessor, The Sixth Man; the new TV series based on Baldacci's series about former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell was canceled after a single season on TNT. That's a shame, IMHO - I really enjoyed the show that debuted June 10 and starred Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn in the title roles. But that said (and the good looks of Tenney and Romijn notwithstanding), 'tis almost ...more
Ray Palen
The sixth novel to feature private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell starts out with an unexpected and clandestine international incident and continues along a break-neck story-line whereby the ripple effects of this event lead all the way to the steps of the Oval Office.

KING AND MAXWELL opens with a sequence set amidst a bleak Middle Eastern landscape as a late night truck delivery is stopped before reaching its intended destination. U.S. Army soldier Sam Wingo is driving the small b
Travis (Home of Reading)
I have read a few books from Baldacci in the past but this might be the best book of his I have read so far. Baldacci is acknowledge as one of the masters of the thriller genre with dozens of top selling books under his belt, and after reading this I can’t disagree with this accolade. The plot of King and Maxwell is gripping and kept me turning the page. There are tons of twists and turns as the two privet investigators work out what is really going on, and none of them feel ridiculous or out of ...more
When the sixth book in an established series is entitled simply by the names of the series characters, you have to say to yourself, there must be a movie deal in here somewhere. Well, you would be wrong, it is a television deal replete with a pitch from the author to watch the show, also titled King and Maxwell.

That's my biggest beef. But there are others.

The book itself attempts to channel the Iran Contra affair in the 1980s. Two former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell get
Not a standalone book

For me this is a book in two parts. I found the first third of the book mostly ho hum. There were some exciting parts, for instance how they found their teenage client, but there were lots of references to past books cases that left me, if not lost, bored The only other Baldacci book I’ve read is “The Innocent” which I found edge of my chair exciting right from the start, a completely different experience than “King and Maxwell”. After the first third of this book the action
Patrice Hoffman
I have wanted to read a novel by David Baldacci for longer than I can remember. He writes in the genre that I love and can't get enough of. Action-packed, espionage, unstoppable villains, and gripping plots are what I expect from writers such as Baldacci. Thankfully he doesn't disappoint with the latest in his Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series.

King and Maxwell begins with a soldier, Sam Wingo, carrying a 4800 pounds of cargo across the desert of the Middle East. Wingo does not know what's i
George Lichman
Sam Wingo had a mission. Drive a truck across Afghanistan and deliver its forty-eight hundred pounds of cargo. But, as one might expect, it's easier said than done. When he arrives at his destination, the recipient wasn't who he expected. Instead, a group of men identifying themselves as CIA operatives told him the plans had changed, and he's to deliver his cargo to them. Despite his orders to destroy it, along with himself and anyone else in the blast radius, Wingo decides he'd like to play it ...more
It's been a while since I've read the others, but there's a little more banter here than I remember, and I have to wonder if it's because the series has been adapted for television. Intentional or not, there was just something about it that felt off. There's not much growth for the main characters, and I wonder if I'd care about them if I weren't already attached. Not the best in the series, but still an entertaining read for fans of the series.

You can read an extended review on my blog:
Jason Cantone
I am a David Baldacci fan. Ever since "Absolute Power" was new to shelves, my grandmother and I both read all of Baldacci's work. However, he's starting to lose it for me. This book feels more like a sell-out to promote his now-failed TV show of the same name (King & Maxwell). It's intriguing in parts for sure, but it lacks the suspense and intrigue of his other books. It also lacks an intriguing secondary plot line. We want to like the father even if "the world is against him!" but that wor ...more
Suspense Magazine
New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci returns with his latest installment in the King and Maxwell series titled “King and Maxwell.”
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are former secret service agents who are now private investigators that capture clients in high profile cases. In Baldacci’s latest book, the two of them accidentally run into their newest client, a high school student Tyler Wingo, outside in the rain running away from home. Tyler’s dad is in the Army and involved in somethi
Benjamin Thomas
This sixth book in the King and Maxwell series was a bit of a letdown for me. I realize its publication, timed for the launch of the now-failed TV show of the same name, required some compromises but the final result was less than ideal.

Former secret service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have long since overcome their disgraced careers but they remain struggling private investigators with apparently few clients. The plot of this book comes about by pure chance when they happen to nearly
Glad that Edgar featured in this book so it really felt more like the series,lighter moments not as intense as previous books and enjoyable right up to the very last page,no peeking!
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the 6th King and Maxwell novel and it holds the banner high continuing to give a good read. The characters are the ones we've come to know (warts and all). The continue to grow and to get into scrapes that would overwhelm Sherlock Holmes and Dirty Harry simply by doing...the right thing.

This time they see a young man running through a storm with a gun in his hand. Michelle (doing the kind of thing she'd always do...which is one of the slight flaws in this series. There's a very real eye
Marika Charalambous
Full review:

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are two ex-secret service agents, turned private investigators. However the cases they usually take on are not the typical PI cases (you know, a cheating spouse, some embezzlement, or protecting a celebrity or two). Their cases are always tied to the national security, their clients are either high profile or surrounded by deep and dangerous secrets, and nothing is easy about what they do every single day.

In this
It amazes me how Sean and Michelle end up in these crazy situations that start out as nothing, this book does that very well. You could tell right away that there was a larger conspiracy, but not the extent. When the why came out I was stunned, mostly because the reasons behind it were so petty and vindictive and didn't hurt the people that caused the problem in the first place.

I did like how Sean and Michelle slowly unraveled things, how with every turn they seemed to come up against some heavy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is just flat a fun read and sometimes you do not want to read serious things. Baldacci is an excellent writer, more importantly, he knows how to craft a story and to throw in just enough loose possibility to make it worth your while. For example, take the name of one of the lesser shady guys, Colonel Leon South. Take the name Oliver and extract the the letters "l" "e" and "o." Then take the "n" from North and you have Leon. Now change North to South and you hav ...more
Another fast-paced offering, with conspiracies, changing political leanings, danger and suspense.

Sean and Michelle bicker like an old married couple, and at least one character notices; Sean is ragged on for his lack of computer skills, and sometimes I wonder how Michelle managed to rise so high in the Secret Service, despite her physical ability - and then I figure she just used up her entire store of tact and diplomacy - but all these little flaws make the characters seem real. They have real
Nick Brett
David Baldacci is an author who perhaps writes too much. For me very much a case of volume over quality. He can (and does) write some very good stuff indeed, but sadly also pumps out some very weak output. Trouble is, you never know quite what you are going to get.

With King and Maxwell we get quite a large book and the quality is somewhat in the middle. It’s okay, seems slightly padded and the underlying plot background is a bit daft, but it is an easy enough page turner. As a pairing King and M
Super soldier Sam Wingo delivers a cargo "in country" as instructed, only to find the recipients are not what he was told. His son is told he was killed in action, but then receives a post mortem email. He hires Sean and Michelle, who find themselves pitted against the U.S. government and other unknown forces. Working with their new friend Edgar, who ferrets out information using U.S. intelligence assets, he helps identify the bad guys with a flimsy piece of data. Action packed though, and Balda ...more
Lauren Fidler
i don't think anyone reads these because they purport to be "good literature."

because they're really not; these books are easily digestible potboilers written by what i will lovingly but not particularly flatteringly call a modern-day dashiell hammett.

here, the characters are not particularly fleshed out. baldacci's idea of characterization seems to be to reiterate that michelle is a pig whose car is some sort of powerbar wrapper burial ground and sean is an impeccable human being whose greatest
King and Maxwell help a young boy who doesn't believe it when he's told that his father was killed in Afghanistan.

As the heroes try to help they are warned off the case by MPs and a man from homeland security.

In another segment of the story, the boy's father is to have delivered a cargo containing one billion euros. He is stopped at gunpoint and the cargo taken from him then his superiors claim he stole it.

King and Maxwell show their intelligence and soon make headway in the case. We learn of th
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4800 LBs, that's what the package weighed. Sam Wingo knows what is inside of the 18 wheeler and will use the "idiot switch" on the black box if necessary to prevent his cargo from getting into the wrong hands. When gets to his rendezvous point in Afghanistan, he is surprised to see white faced men. Men with cred packets saying that they are CIA, supposedly. Wingo is unsure. He doesn't believe that the mission has changed. He is now the Army's scapegoat. He escapes certain death at these men's ha ...more
Somewhere between 3 stars and 4 stars. I don't like terrorist plots and political intrigue as much as just old fashioned murder mysteries.

* Banter between Sean King and Michelle Maxwell
* Edgar Roy, the computer genius, helping Sean and Michelle a little
* Maxwell liking and wanting to help Tyler Wingo
* Tyler being impressed that Michelle used to be a Secret Service agent
* Lots of commercial name dropping (Panera, Starbucks, liquor brands, cars - Land Cruiser, Mercedes, etc.)
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This is a rollicking good thriller, which will have you guessing all the way to the end. King and Maxwell (two ex presidential protection team members now turned Private Investigators, get employed by a young teenage boy who having been told his military father is dead, does not believe it.

And so begins a story which involves Sean Kings ex wife and a whole heap of twists and turn's, which had me searching throughout the whole book trying to figure where it was going, so you could definitely say
Apr 24, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Maxwell & King or Baldacci
Recommended to Mark by: a tv show
With the reading of this novel I have reached the point of having read all of the published King & Maxwell books, as well as having seen the too short lived tv-series.

In this book it starts all with a goverment official being robbed of his cargo in Afghanistan and him getting away alive.
King & Maxwell get involved when they pick up the son of afore mentioned goverment official after his family has been notified of his dead. And it really hurts the kid and does something to Michelle Maxwe
Linda Munro
It took me quite a while to get through this book, not because it was not good; but, because of my bad habit of reading more than one book at a time. Really, I read more than one book to keep my brain stimulated, that way; I am forced to remember what is going on in each of the books I am reading.

I found this author a year or so ago on and have come to look forward to the next release by the author. This book is about a couple of private investigators and their strange enticement
Another exciting King/Maxwell adventure. A true pageturner, I couldn't put the book away. Although you also follow the story of the culprit, the search by Sean and Michelle is still very interesting. The only thing hidden till the end is de purpose of the culprit. And, when this finally is clear, more persons are in danger then just the person he tried to reach. Even then there is another unexpected turn, as they discover who was the leak all along, this was quite a surprise. I loved reading thi ...more
Gail Cooke

With the author’s previous five books starring King and Maxwell all #1s on the New York Times bestseller list Baldacci has every right to rest on his laurels - no way. He’s back again with the sixth thriller featuring the dynamite duo of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell and it’s better than ever. True to form he begins with a zinger and continues at high speed carrying readers along with an imaginative plot, can’t-resist characters, and imminent dangers.

Sam Wingo, an outstanding soldier who had
Mike Tueros
I'd given up on Baldacci for a while, as too many of his latest books have been less than thrilling, and in my opinion...phoned in. I have been a fan of the King/Maxwell series, so was hopeful that some of the old writing magic would return in this latest installment. I unfortunately was slightly disappointed, as the major plot line took too long to come together, and it seemed like Baldacci was adding filler chapters just to get this to a certain length. I don't need three chapters about how th ...more
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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