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Memory Man

(Amos Decker #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  120,095 ratings  ·  6,918 reviews
Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he ca
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Russ I wasn't sure if I was going to read the book at all, but now I'd like to read p. 86!…moreI wasn't sure if I was going to read the book at all, but now I'd like to read p. 86!(less)
Dave I like the fact that Decker has similarities to Jack Reacher, my favorite literary character. (Lee Child series) Large men, personality quirks,
I like the fact that Decker has similarities to Jack Reacher, my favorite literary character. (Lee Child series) Large men, personality quirks,
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Emily May
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
1 1/2 stars. What is extremely impressive about this book is how David Baldacci has managed to convince thousands of readers that this kind of shit is not only good, but something shiny and new.

First of all, Amos Decker is a *gasp* "memory man", meaning that an injury gave him the ability to never forget ANYTHING! You got that, right? He remembers everything he has experienced. Literally everything. Isn't that completely unique and never heard of before? So weird how no mystery/crime author has
This was my first Baldacci book. I have several friends who recommend him highly - one specifically mentioned this book. I am nervous to go back and tell them I only gave it 3 stars!

It was an okay mystery and I stayed interested throughout. My problem is that I didn't believe any of the motivations of the characters. I know part of fiction is suspending your belief, but I need it to not seem completely unreasonable and unbelievable. I will put it to you this way: would you go and drop a nuclear
David Putnam
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the series that I read when it came out. Don't know how I missed doing a review. I liked this one a great deal, and highly recommend. Excellent premise and execution. The entire series is worth the look. The third one fell down a tad but I liked the fourth so I'm definitely in if he does another.
The main character is nicely flawed and I was pulling for him throughout the book. He has unique talents that are utilized in the story to great effect. He isn't a rock um-sockum hero by any mea
Patrice Hoffman
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
There seems to be no shortage of the troubled hero who's family are brutally murdered in the worse way. Yes, these characters make for an interesting story... at first. It's no secret that this hero can often be redundant, boring, and overdone. David Baldacci attempts to break this mold by introducing us to Amos Decker with an unusual ability to remember everything. I mean EVERYTHING!

Memory Man begins with Decker, then a detective, stumbling upon the brutal, senseless murder of his brother-in-la
daph pink ♡
2 *I remember EVERYTHING * star

*Major spoiler warning*

I can literally listen to Gucci gang and read this book at same time and I bet I will still be able to count how many times lil pump said Gucci gang and also what the fuck is happening in this book? Yes! This book was that boring and dull!!

I sort of expected this book to be neutral but it was below average and guess what i am not even surprised , I kinda thought it would be like this because from the start this book is compilation of murders
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't wait to sludge through this redundant, murderous, sorrowful written drivel of muck. There is nothing redeeming. After the second time a gun is put to the head, I wanted to put one to my own for being sucked into this quagmire of crap. Despicable and awful. 0 of 10 stars! ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Baldacci and a wonderful start to the Decker series. On to the next book.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first ever David Baldacci book and what a good one it was! I sat and read it all in one day because it was basically unputdownable. The main character who is an ex cop is made extra interesting in that he is a savant and has the ability to remember everything. This of course is a great asset in a murder enquiry and by the end of the book our ex cop is looking forward to much greater things. This is marked as book one in a new series and I look forward to reading the next one. I also intend to ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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4 Stars!

This ended up being a book that I liked quite a bit but I didn't love it. I have never read any of David Baldacci's work which is actually quite surprising since I have been a big mystery thriller reader for a very long time. Even though I had a hard time getting into the story initially, this book really kept me guessing. I must admit that I tried really hard to figure out the direction the story was going. There was a lot of excite
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Burlington police detective Amos Decker spiraled into despair when his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law were brutally murdered 15 months ago. He quit the police force and became homeless before moving into a cheap motel and becoming a private detective. Once a football player, the 6' 5", 350 pound Decker is seriously out of shape.

He has a unique ability, however, acquired after a massive hit ended his football career. Decker sustained a brain injury that gave him hyperthymesia - a co
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Amos Decker series by author David Baldacci and after completing it I immediately purchased the other four books in the series. I always enjoy reading Baldacci's books and on completion always promise myself to read more of his books, this happened again after this one.
The Memory Man, is Amos Decker who is a detective in a small town in the Midwest who returns home one night to find his wife and nine year old daughter brutally murdered. The story is set sixteen mont
Alex is The Romance Fox
Whew…this was pretty intense!!

Memory Man is the 1st book in David Baldacci’s new thriller series and introduces one of the most offbeat characters, Amos Decker, whose injuries suffered in a football game ended not only his career but also resulted in him developing hyperthymesia and synesthesia disorders, which gives him the ability to see time as pictures, able to count in colors and to forget nothing in his head.

Coping with these abilities as best he can, his life is shattered when his wife an
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This is my first book by Mr. Baldacci as I had heard he was quite formulaic which is not something that I care for, but I decided to give it a try.

The story was o.k. and I think the plot flowed along well enough but only really our main character is very well developed. I understand that this is typical for series books which I don't usually read. We are assuming we will get to know the other characters in the subsequent books.

What I really wasn't a fan of was the audio with only two voices, one
Paul O'Neill
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm loving a good thriller these days. With so many thrillers out there I'm spoils for choice. This was definitely one of the best I've read yet.

This had me gripped from the start. The main character, Amos, is unique in the fact that he can remember everything. You'd think that detective work would be easy with this but it is still challenging for him. Memorable side characters, strong plot and excellent writing.

I will be reading more Baldacci very soon.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Wow!!! Amos Decker is the man!! Riveting from beginning to end. I must move on to the next book in this series.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so entertaining! I actually went ahead and put the rest of the series and also the Will Robie series on hold at my library to pick up tomorrow. I was so into this book that last night I didn’t want to stop reading to go to bed, but had to. I could not predict the way this book would unfold, which I love in mysteries. Amos Decker is an intriguing character with a great supporting cast. I hope this series continues to be as interesting as this first book. So cannot wait to go get to ...more
I opted to start this book without first reading the premise so I won't summarize it here. It begins with one shocker and doesn't really let up throughout the entire story.

There are several events that are seemingly unconnected but logically should have some relationship. Amos Decker, a man who has an unfailing memory, is assisting the investigation and all you can do as a reader is follow along and try to keep up. This was one of the few times where I failed to figure out the villain and the mo
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
I have read books by David Baldacci that I hate and books by David Baldacci that I like greatly. This one falls into the latter category. While the slightly contrived ending almost caused me to go down to 4 stars I decided that the book over all is a 5. I like it.

So what do we have here? Our hero (Amos Decker) is a man who can forget nothing...really, absolutely nothing. Well, at least not since he was hit by another player in his first pro football game. He died twice on the field and when he a

The book blurb sets the scene. As a young man, Amos Decker suffered a colossal blow to the head when playing gridiron; he died; he was resuscitated; his brain rewired itself so that not only does it remember everything, it can replay memories for Amos to re-experience, whether he wants to or not.

Years later, he’s a cop with a wife and daughter who are brutally slaughtered along with his brother-in-law (mistaken identity)? At the same time, someone shoots a bunch of people at Decker’s former
Apr 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reads like it was thrown together over a long weekend and phoned-in with stretched out scenes and cartoon-like characters jumping the literary shark in a "been there, done that" serial killer hunt. I liked the authors' last book "The Escape" very much but this book #1 of a new series read like it was written by someone else entirely. ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
This book s far better than the others I have read by this author. It gripped me throughout. I had difficulty putting it down. Amos Decker is a great character, and the atmosphere,plot, and pace was exactly what I look for in a book. This is the best book I have read in a long time.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
What could be better than a new series by a favorite author? Answer: A little bit better story. Don't get me wrong, though; I enjoyed this one and absolutely will read the next one, and the next one, etc. But I was hoping for a WOW! kick-off, and it fell short (if only a tad).

The hero of the series is a big guy named Amos Decker, a former police detective and football star in Burlington. As with most characters like this, Amos comes with baggage - loads and loads of it, in fact. First off, his g
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Wow. Baldacci has a knack for excellent thrillers/characters. His protagonist (Amos Decker) was a marginal pro football player, whose career ended on his first play when he was KO'd, literally scrambling his brain, resulting in perfect memory and synesthesia. He becomes a successful detective, but his family is killed, destroying his life. Then, there is senseless slaughter at the local school, and Decker is asked to help, only to find the same gun was used in both incidents. Decker is aided by ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first criterion for a 5***** rating is whether I wanted to keep reading; I really wanted to keep reading this one. The 2nd is whether I cared about the main character, which I did, despite his many serious flaws. Amos Decker is fascinating, and several other characters were also quite interesting. The plot line is a little stretched, but generally holds up, with some surprises along the way. The main strength of the book, however, is how Baldacci portrays what goes on inside Decker's serious ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great beach read, a thriller to get your sluggish blood rushing. The tale features Amos Decker, who got brain damage as a football and suffers a rare condition that makes it impossible for him to forget any experience. And what he most would like to forget is memory of coming home from his job as a police detective and finding his wife and daughter slaughtered. After nearly two years of a downhill slide into homelessness and poor self-care, he finally is back at work as a private detective. Wh ...more
kartik narayanan
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Memory Man is the best serial killer mystery I have read after Silence of the Lambs, with which it shares common elements It has an excellent plot whose resolution I could not figure out until the end of the book. I was totally riveted till the end.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top 50 Books of 2015 Best Audiobook (tie), Best Baldacci Novel to date, Best new series (Amos Decker).

David Baldacci is at the “top of this game”, with his 30th novel, delivering a riveting and absorbing new series. MEMORY MAN a flawed offbeat hero-Amos Decker, drawing you into his world of tragedy, loss, and complexity for hours of mind-blowing intensity.

With a mix of crime, cop proce
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Another new Baldacci series, as fresh as many of his past collections. Amos Decker has suffered much in his four decades but steered himself away from disaster. A football accident left him with a number of neurological conditions: razor-sharp mental acuity, photographic memory recall, and grapheme synesthesia (less glamorous than the run-of-the-mill superhero). While conditions proved somewhat helpful during his time as a police officer, it also hindered him socially, akin to those with Asperge ...more
Freda Malone
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, where do I start? Amos Decker. A former pro football player, hit so hard by the other side that he died, twice! The results, a mind that can’t forget anything, no matter how trivial. He uses it to his advantage and becomes a cop, a detective and thrives tremendously. Gets married, has a child and then tragedy strikes. His family is murdered and he can’t forget it. Much like DVR playing over and over again. The emotions come with it, making his grief feel like it happened yesterday. He loses ...more
Sean Peters
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Firstly, for the first time ever, I am giving a David Baldacci book three stars!

In really is a 3.5 book, and I will give my reasons in this review...

I love David Baldacci's Will Robie and John Puller, and now Atlee Pine...

Amos Decker is a different pace of character, a man who thinks things through in fact a lot of thinking.

I do understand fully that this is a first in a series so a new character has to be introduced to the reader, and there is a lot to know about Decker and there is a lot to le
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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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