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The Sixth Man

(Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  41,302 ratings  ·  1,882 reviews
After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.


Edgar Roy--an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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Skylar you do not need it to enjoy the book but I would recommend you do because it changes the series if you do it makes it more intriguing and exciting.

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Steven Walle
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An incredible fast paced book. A real page turner. In this book National Security is threatened by a mind like no other. It is the mind of an elledged cereal killer held in a maximum security prison for the criminally insane in Mane. There are many twists and turns and it keeps you on your toes trying to figure out who the actual culprit is. I highly recommend this novel to all. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A funny thing happened to me with this book. Immediately after I read it, I was trying to fall asleep by watching something boring on TV and on came this show called "King & Maxwell." As I drifted towards sleep, something kept tugging me back. The TV show, now a new "series," was using the plot line of the "Sixth Man" as the basis for the opening show in the series.

Of course I perked up a little. It's always interesting to see how television directors and writers treat an original authors
kartik narayanan
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The Sixth Man is another mix of the good and the bad, like its predecessor - First Family.

The first two-thirds (roughly) is strong and kept me engaged. But once we know what is happening, the story loses a bit of steam and it becomes yet another Baldacci, with a conspiracy at the highest levels.

Most of the twists and turns were predictable.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pretty bad.

I was on vacation and forgot to bring a book so went to the hotel's lending library. Of those that were not romance and for people younger than 13, this was the best I could find.

The dialogue is very stiff, confusing, feels like it was started and stopped at various times and was agreed upon by a group of people instead of one. The team behind this book doesn't seem to have a clear idea of what the Department of Homeland Security does, which is unfortunate given the subject matter,
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called to do a job by Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, the attorney for Edgar Roy. Roy is an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility in Maine. Roy is awaiting trial and almost certainly faces conviction. On their to the first meeting with their employer, Bergin, they find him murdered on a lonely stretch of Maine road.

Baldacci's novel then follows the usual predictable events for this type of novel, so I can't say
Brenda H
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sixth Man, the fifth book in the King and Mawell series by David Baldacci, opens with Sean and Michelle travelling to Maine to work with Seans law professor and friend, Ted Bergin. On the several hour drive from the airport to the remote town where they will be staying, they come across a car alongside a deserted stretch of highway. Inside, is Ted Bergin with a bullet in his brain. Sean believes this to be murder and an attempt to stop the defense of Edgar Roy.

Edgar Roy is an off-the-charts
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
King & Maxwell Series Book #5
4.5 Stars

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Edgar Roy--an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: With help
Started slow but Baldacci speeds up the action later in the story. One of the "false agents" was transparent from almost the start and one was more surprising. I found the bad guys a little too evil to be believed. Only 3 Stars for this one. Good beach reading--read on the beach at Puerto Vallarta and donated to the resort lending library.
Kimba Tichenor
Fast paced, but Baldacci seems to follow the same formula in many of his suspense series to the point that the male/female lead characters almost seem interchangeable. At least for me, the formula has become a bit boring.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another good edition to the series. Nice plot, interesting story...I wish they'd just settle their "personal issues" already. So, anyway we are again hanging out with Sean and Michelle. Things again get very sticky...and it also involves another of Sean's friends (view spoiler).

I have a couple more things to say under a spoiler warning (and don't read it if you don't want a spoiler...this really is sort of a
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: friends and family
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
Shelves: david-baldacci
This is the second novel in the King & Maxwell series I have read. Baldacci is a very imaginative, well researched and creative author. It was interesting page turner as there was suspense, murder, power and politics. It was a brilliant idea to write about E-Program (in name of national security) is pure fantasy. Though modern technology has given more power to government or anyone having access to such technology to spy on unsuspecting people is really a very disturbing to peoples privacy. ...more
It has been TOO long since I picked up a Baldacci thriller. I am definitely in a murder mystery series mode but I wanted to try one I havent read in a while. This was really good.
The setting went back and forth between Virginia and Maine, as well as, New York City and DC.
The premise...Government intelligence being used for Homeland Security. This sounds like a good thing except when you have corrupted officials who will do anything for power.
Michelle and Sean get involved from an old lawyer
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller Seekers
Shelves: audio, favorites
Oh what fun!

My third (or fourth?) Baldacci attempt and hands down the most thrilling thriller I've read in quite some time.

This is a returning character serial, not a continuation of an earlier story. It is perfectly fine to read this as a standalone although it's likely more rewarding to know the history of Sean and Michelle. I was unaware of them or that this was a series of any type and still enjoyed every inch of this novel. It's everything you associate with a Baldacci novel: power,
Still to this day I've never read a book by David Baldacci that I didn't like, and some I like more than others, but The Sixth Man was right up there!

Private Investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by an old friend of Sean's, Defense Attorney Ted Bergin, to help uncover a deep mystery involving alleged Serial Killer Edgar Roy, a man convicted of a crime involving National Security, and who is believed by the majority of people, to be guilty. But on their way to meet with Roy,
Benjamin Thomas
I can always count on David Baldacci to provide a good solid page-turning thriller and this novel is no exception. In fact, this 5th book in the King and Maxwell series was perhaps even a shade better than the previous books in the series.

Once again, Baldacci has come up with a really cool situation and an intriguing, unique, character. Edgar Roy is the 6th man, a person whose brain is so far advanced that he can literally never forget anything. No fact or number that he ever encounters is
Edgar Roy has been arrested for mass murder and placed in a high tech prison where he hasn't spoken or acknowledged anyone or anything. His lawyer, Ted Bergin, hires Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to do some investigation so he can properly represent Edgar. They discover that Edgar Roy has an amazing memory. Not only can he remember everything in his life, he can put together various scenarios and come up with comprehensive plans to deal with them. The government wants to use him to prevent ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This book sounded interesting from the jacket, but as usual what is inside is not nearly as exciting as the outside lead me to believe. This is a typical one event leads to another and one person leads to another type of book. Everything progresses in a logical manner with nothing shocking or amazing happening at all. The bad guys are stereotypical power hungry politicians, the good guys aren't really that smart, and the genius guy in jail isn't that impressive. The idea that there is a big ...more
3.5 stars for The Sixth Man. Took me a while to finish this one with audio. Towards the middle of the book I was a bit lost. There are quite a bit of characters while the female narrator didn't change her voice and I had no clue who was who. I heard a southern twang here and there then it was all gone. I thought the sound effects were cool. The twist at the end was good, didn't see that one coming.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another faced paced book in the series of Maxwell and King.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, 2019
Private Investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are contacted by Attorney Ted Bergin. Mr. Bergin's client, Edgar Roy, is an accused serial killer locked up in a high security medical prison in Maine. Mr. Bergin says something isn't right with this case and wants Sean and Michelle to look into the crimes. But as soon as they get to Maine, they discover Ted Bergin's body. He was shot at close range with a small caliber bullet. The FBI become involved in the case, telling Sean that they need ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially Baldacci fans.
I have been away from Baldacci for a while but glad I went back. Working to complete the King and Maxwell series. As always Baldacci entertains and continues to twist the plot until the very end. He has a way of weaving so many characters into the plot that you often don't know the good guys from the bad guys until the end any more than you do the solution.

Not too many authors can take you close to 600 pages and still have a page turner.
Delaney Diamond
Very entertaining.
Tory Wagner
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, aventure
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci is part of the Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series. The duo are called in by the attorney of a serial killer to help in his defense but are soon drawn into an escalating situation of multiple murders and a vast intrigue within the U. S. government. The action is intense with multiple twists and turns. Hold on for a great ride!
Giovanni Gelati
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about a novel by a guy whose last name ends in a vowel like mine? What do you think? I wonder does he come from the old country like I do, I mean Trenton, N.J. I really dont know; I havent had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing one of my favorite authors on this planet. I have read and consumed every word that the man has written that I can get my hands on. Here in The 6th Man I thought, hey, he is taking Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, one of my favorite tandems in the ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
David Baldaccis The Sixth Man, his fifth book in the Sean King - Michelle Maxwell series is a predictable thriller with obvious bad guys and an unsurprising ending.

King and Maxwell are former Secret service agents who have become private investigators. They are in Maine to meet up with Ted Bergin, a law school professor and friend of King, who is defending Edgar Roy, allegedly a serial killer. Before King and Maxwell can even talk to Bergin, he is murdered. King and Maxwell decide to take up the
Daniel Audet
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finished this book and as always a great and twisty ending for our two heroes Sean and Michelle. Elements of good story telling and structure are always present in Baldacci's work and his style is very polished. Intrigue on on federal level, lots of bad guys doing dirty deeds, it's a great ride for Baldacci fans.

Started TSM yest. and I look forward to another finely crafted novel by the master of thriller
Muhammad Yahya Cheema
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first Baldacci book. Was slow-paced and I kinda lost interest half-way through. But last few chapters were nice and the twist in the end was well thought of. That ending is actually what made me give the book four stars instead of three.

The dialogues, though, were the weakest I have read in any fiction work recently. Everyone talked alike. There was no difference in lingual patterns. Characterization was weak too. I understand that the leads are series-long, but other characters were pretty
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Wow! What a page turner!! Baldacci does a great job with building suspense and mystery in this installment of his Maxwell and King Series. Everyone whom I thought was the bad guy ended up dead. And the last twist of the book really dropped my jaw! This novel is truly a 5 Star read - the characters are well developed and seem very real, the story line is fantastic, the suspense level is off the charts.

Edgar Roy is an alleged serial killer and is in a Federal Maximum Facility for the Criminally
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most exciting books I've read in a while. I really enjoy these two main characters. They seem like real people with a good relationship. I really enjoy their conraderie in the midst of all their action-packed lives. The ideas in this book about the workings of government, and the need for a "super thinker" to make decisions for our country were fascinating to me, as well as alarming. The more I read and study, the less I trust government, BIG government. It has grown too ...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 shed 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 ...more

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