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King and Maxwell

(Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #6)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  31,202 ratings  ·  2,003 reviews
In this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, when two former Secret Service agents investigate a message from a soldier who was supposedly killed, they're determined to protect his son...even if they pay for it with their lives.

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in actio
Paperback, 576 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 19th 2013)
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E.R. Yatscoff Enough of them are terrorists and many others harbor sympathies for ISIS. 19 Islamists changed the world on 911 and one made all of us take our shoes …moreEnough of them are terrorists and many others harbor sympathies for ISIS. 19 Islamists changed the world on 911 and one made all of us take our shoes off at every U.S. airport. Where is the Fatwa condemning terrorists and ISIS?(less)
Lisa Emmerson I would, it gets very confusing without having read the earlier books as some characters are from previous stories.
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Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, meh
None of my friends have reviewed this book. Friends, this is your fault. I hold you all responsible. As well as my mother's eighty-five year-old friend who loaned her this book. It just goes to show you that even elderly ladies can't be trusted, particularly ones with brain cancer. Just sayin'.

A moderately readable beginning that careened between two ex-Secret Service Agents running a detective agency and the adventures of a lone soldier on a critical mission in the Middle East. Son running away
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: past-favourites
Another excellent suspense thriller from David Baldacci. His first-class writing flows along easily with an intriguing plot, interesting characters, and edge of your seat action from the first page to the last. Highly recommended.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
Somehow I managed to start with what appears to be the last book in the series. I will go back and read the others though!

It was all typically Baldacci - entertaining and action packed although it got a little bogged down in the middle. The plot cannot be taken seriously but if you can suspend belief then it is interesting. The characters are great especially Edgar who deserves a series all to himself.

Of course the writing is good - it is Baldacci after all. So for a pleasant and entertaining re
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and enjoyable to a degree, but the plot is so outlandish it’s unrealistic.
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
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
kartik narayanan
This time around King & Maxwell take on the Pentagon. It is a by the numbers King & Maxwell book. While I enjoyed reading the book, I had this feeling of deja vu since it has all the hallmarks of a Baldacci novel. Great writing and excellent character combine with a predictable plot to make this an not-great but good book.
King and Maxwell by David Baldacci is a Grand Central Publication released in November 2013. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In this sixth installment of the King and Maxwell series, we start off with Sean and Michelle coping with Michelle's near death experience and the physical and emotional scars left behind. As they are about to make plans to take a vacation, they find themselves in yet another murky situation they pretty much
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
Ray Palen
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Starnes
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyler Wingo is devastated when he is told that his father was killed in action in Afghanistan. But his grief turns to surprise when he receives a message from his father. The Army isn't answering Tyler's questions, so he hires Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to look into the matter. They quickly discover that no one is talking. Their questions soon lead to someone trying to kill them. Now they must learn what exactly happened in Afghanistan and who was behind it before they are silenced.

This is t
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Baldacci returns with a new instalment of the King and Maxwell saga, infusing a little of the television series into the story, with the addition of Mr. Socially-Awkward, Edgar. When the PI pair come upon a teenage boy during the middle of a thunderstorm, they learn he's been told of his father's death in Afghanistan, another casualty in one of Bush's futile wars. What seems to be a cut-and-dry situation soon becomes all the more complicated when Tyler receives an email from his dad. The communi ...more
A widely entertaining addition to the phenomenal King and Maxwell series!!

The story takes place shortly after Sean King and Michelle Maxwell's most deadly encounter in The Sixth Man. They come across a teenage boy named Tyler Wingo, who has come to them for help. According to Tyler, his father Sam Wingo, who is in the Military and fighting in Afghanistan, has been killed in action. But at the moment with not much to go on, Tyler then receives a message supposedly from his father, who he believe
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to audiobook. Would give the story 3 stars and narrator/voice actors 4 stars a very enjoyable listen although I fear Baldacci's work is suffering a little from pattersonitis ie he publishes so much his stories are not as good as they used to be ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Anthony
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 world i ...more
Oh yea this was a fun book. Good action and mystery, same format but it works. Also Edgar, from book 5, gave Sean and Michelle a hand with his hacking skills and more. Now the only hope is Baldacci gives us book 7.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The U.S. military reported that Sam Wingo had been killed in Afghanistan, but somehow he's still sending emails to his son. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are former Secret Service agents who now run their own private investigator firm. They meet their newest client Tyler Wingo when they spot him running across the highway in the middle of a rainstorm. Tyler had just been told that his father had been killed in Afghanistan. But then why did he receive an email from him after his father had suppo ...more
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
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
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
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Linda Wells
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two great characters return. The chemistry of King and Maxwell is the result of well-defined characters and their history in previous stories. The attraction between them is evident and their P.I. skills are top notch. I loved the exciting story, with deceit, powerful people, internal conflicts and lots of violence. The political aspects of the story are realistic. What does D.B. know?
Tom LA
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to audiobook. Hysteric woman and her submissive partner go around harassing people. They shoot and kill 3 people in a mall, but two hours later they are just going about their business making jokes as if nothing happened.

Highly recommended if you're on the lookout for a book that is stupid, boring, nonsensical, cartoonish, and young-adultish.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with many good stories, the second half revs up and ties most of the confounding first half together. My major agitation is the repeated explanation of the villain's reasoning for his actions. It doesn't need to be restated ten times. They need Edgar. 7 of 10 stars ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, the investigative team of King and Maxwell just keep getting better and into more trouble. How to stop a conspiracy when you don't even know for sure there is one? I enjoy these characters a lot. ...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; it was subsequ ...more

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