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Audio Review: The Fix by David Baldacci

Posted July 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: The Fix by David BaldacciThe Fix by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #3
Narrator: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Published by Hachette Audio on April 18, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hours
Source: the Publisher
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THE NEW MEMORY MAN NOVEL!

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.

Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter--a family man with a successful consulting business--and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.

Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.

But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government--or worse, an international terrorist group--and an attack may be imminent.

Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.

 

 
Amos Decker is walking to the FBI building in Washington DC when he witnesses Walter Dabney, a prominent owner of a government contracting firm, pull out a gun and shoot a woman who was also walking in that vicinity. He then turns the gun on himself. It’s clear that Dabney murdered Anne Berkshire, a substitute school teacher, but what’s not so clear is the why. Since Decker witnessed the event and the case is handed to the FBI, the task force is given the assignment.

 
Unlike the first two books, the task force is investigating a hot case instead of a cold one. It’s classic police procedural with Decker’s added unique skills. As it progresses, the investigation runs smack into another of the alphabet agencies, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Harper Brown, their liaison. It was a gnarly puzzle, leading down unexpected and surprising paths. I ended up suspecting quite a few from time to time but ended up going with my initial instincts, which were right. I loved that the clues were all there for me to deduce much of it on my own (along with a lot of help from Decker).

 
What I truly loved about this book was the relationship elements. Decker is experiencing the benefits of being part of a team after the circumstances of his tragic past and it humanizes him and the story. It makes quite a difference in a good way. Also, the duality narration has found its rhythm and it rocked. Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy made this a very enjoyable listening experience.

 
Still loving this series and Amos Decker. This story might not have all excitement of the first two but it certainly strains the brain in figuring out the mystery.

 

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About David Baldacci

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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 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

A lifelong Virginian, David received degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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Low Tide by Leslie Tentler

Low Tide by Leslie Tentler

Posted July 17, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 7 Comments

    Renowned actor Carter St. Clair is viciously attacked in his home by a stalker and barely survives. His brother brings him back home to Rarity Cove, South Carolina to heal, both mentally and physically. Guilt ridden about the death of his companion and bordering on depression, Carter’s recuperation becomes a challenge for his family. Physical therapist Quinn Reese has also returned home to Rarity Cove following the collapse of her marriage to an NFL star. When her former brother-in-law asks for her help with Carter, she sees it as an opportunity to establish her independence despite her troubled history with him.   This story had everything I like in the genre. There was always a sense of melancholy surrounding both Carter and Quinn […]


Conditioned by Liz Crowe: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Conditioned by Liz Crowe: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Posted July 12, 2017 by Jonetta in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 11 Comments

    Review   We met both Melody Rodriguez and Trent Hettinger in the first two books of this series. But, we only knew the basics. She’s Evelyn’s best friend, he dated Evelyn briefly. He’s into BDSM and is a Dom. She’s really good at her jobs and is in a committed relationship with him. Now, their story takes major steps backwards in time to share how they came to be.   One of the unexpected bonuses coming out of this story was getting third party perspectives about the Evelyn/Austin/Ross relationship from the very beginning. I wondered during the first two books how much employees and others knew about them, what they thought and that gets answered. And, more details about Evelyn’s dalliance with Trent […]


Sit…Stay….Beg by Roxanne St. Claire

Sit…Stay….Beg by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted July 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Garrett Kilcannon turned his love of dogs into a social media phenomenon. However, he then sold his internet based company for a tidy sum, agreeing to work for the buyer. Three months later, he broke his contract and returned home to Bitter Bark, North Carolina and, together with his five siblings, created a now renowned dog rescue and training facility on the family property. He’s reclusive and elusive, refusing any media contact. Now, journalist Jessica Curtis wants to do a television feature on him so she can compete for a new TV broadcasting anchor spot as he’s a major “get.” She’s no stranger to the family as she grew up in Bitter Bark but left as a teen.   I love stories about […]


Wild Flower by Abbie Williams

Wild Flower by Abbie Williams

Posted July 5, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Camille Gordon and Mathias Carter are engaged and planning for their October wedding but need to resolve the open mystery surrounding his ancestor, Malcolm Carter. Jilly Miller is pregnant with her second child by Justin, a boy this time, but she’s restless, unsettled and adrift without her sixth sense or “Notions” that portend danger. When Justin’s trouble-making ex-wife shows up again and a mysterious stranger fixates on Jilly, things get a little crazy in Landon, Minnesota.   The story is presented using two points of view, Jilly’s and Camille’s, in alternating chapters. Jilly’s story had a chilling element of suspense as the bold behavior of a stranger is just unnerving. Her reactions were on target but her failure to tell anyone what was […]


Wired by Julie Garwood

Wired by Julie Garwood

Posted July 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    College student Allison Trent has serious computer skills, so much that she’s attracted the attention of FBI Special Agent Liam Scott. She got on his radar via her friendship with Jordan Clayborne, his partner Alec Buchanan’s sister. Jordan’s considered an expert herself but even she is awed by Allison’s talents. There’s an internal leak at the agency and Liam needs her to hack their system and identify the source.   The story starts off really interesting with a very compelling history for Allison. She and her sister had a tough start in life and it was inspiring to see them thrive despite their upbringing. I also liked her experiences with the Bureau, including her encounters with sexist behaviors that seem to be a […]


Audio Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Audio Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Posted June 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    As Jane Smith’s 25th birthday approaches, she suddenly has a compelling need to find her biological father. Though she’s never questioned the love of her adopted parents, she’s always been acutely aware of how different she looks from them and her adorable twin sisters. She knows her father’s first name and is Greek (thanks to her bio mother), responsible for her height, eyes of separate colors and dark coloring. So, off she goes on a sudden trip to Greece to find him, picking the island of Santorini simply because it “called” to her.   After reading Almost a Bride, I vowed to listen to the rest of the series because I figured it would be outstanding on audio. My instincts were dead on […]


Audio Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Posted June 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    I listened to this story without reading the book blurb and highly recommend doing it this way as I think too much is revealed in the setup. It’s enough to know that this story involves the Bodine family of Western Montana, which includes four generations of women. The main character is Bodine Longbow, the youngest who runs the family’s high-end resort. Her older brother runs the adjacent family ranch. Her childhood crush, Callen (Cal) Skinner returns back to the area following a stint in Hollywood and begins working for the family.   The span of the story begins in 1991 and transitions to the present day for the first half of the book. It begins with the 1991 disappearance of Alice Bodine, Bodine’s […]