Series: Amos Decker

Audio Review: The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Posted June 21, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Audio Review: The Last Mile by David BaldacciThe Last Mile by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #2
Narrator: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Published by Hachette Audio Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.

Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth.

The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars--guilty or not--a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?

But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger--and more sinister--than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.



Amos Decker is on his way to Washington, D. C. to join an FBI special task force headed by Ross Bogart. They’ll be investigating cold and questionable cases. When he hears a news report about a former college football star who was on death row for murdering his parents and just escaped execution when someone suddenly confessed to the crime, it’s no surprise that Decker wants this to be the first project of the task force. 

I loved this story from the start as every scene was compelling, interesting and provided something new to ponder. It went from being fairly uncomplicated to becoming a thing with so many tentacles that it tangled my brain in a good way. Decker’s mind continues to be fascinating and the team dynamics suited his style perfectly. 

I also enjoyed the narration, which transitions between the two narrators every time there is a gender change during dialogue. Aside from helping with character distinction, it also livens up the performance. I’m committed to the audio format for this series.

Literally, I couldn’t stop listening to this book (even put my headphones on in the middle of the night). This is great storytelling with a very intriguing character in Decker at the forefront. It also has a strong supporting cast and I especially liked the man of focus in the investigation, Melvin Mars, who I couldn’t help but root for throughout. Loved everything about this reading experience.


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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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Audio Review: Memory Man by David Baldacci

Audio Review: Memory Man by David Baldacci

Posted July 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

  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 motivation.   Decker isn’t your conventional private investigator and his history is pretty rough. You may not like him but you’ll be fascinated with him. I’m definitely signing up for the next […]