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While crime stories aren't my first choice, I've read quite a few of Baldacci's who is a true master of the genre. That said, this was far from my favorite due to a somewhat predictable outcome and mediocre characters. Well paced like all his novels, the plot isn't unique nor are the twists. A fast read, its the kind of book you finish then afterward say 'huh?'. I'm still a fan of his work though my personal preferences are characters with depth, evocative plots and surprises along the way!
this was a very different Baldacci book-new character in an older time. I found it a little slow at the beginning, but realized that the author was bringing in a new character that had to be introduced gradually with events that were occurring in a small town. But don't give up-keep going with it-when it gets rolling, it really gets rolling and it is a fabulous read. Sure hope we see more books with the new character, Archer in them!!!
An enjoyable mystery/detective story featuring Archer, an ex-army WWII soldier who finds himself embroiled in solving murders he is being accused of committing. The action occurs in a small farming town in a southern state some time after WWII. A southern drawl can be detected in the way the characters speak. The 1940s are evident in the fashions the characters wear, the cars they drive, and in their polite manners. This book was hard to put down as there were many surprises just as a chapter ended. I thought perhaps Archer, in the next book, would include Shaw the police detective who was working with Archer - they made a good pair, but the way the book ends it seems Archer in the next novel will be in a different town with different characters playing a role in his next adventure. Indeed, similar to a Jack Reacher story but set in a different time period.
I really enjoyed this book. I hadn’t read what it was about before placing the hold so I was a little surprised when I got it. I’m glad I gave it a chance. I have read all of his other books and this is one of my favourites. I hope he continues to write books with Archer
This was a fantastic read--kept me up for 2 nights until I finished it! A history buff, especially for major war periods, I consider myself well-read, reading 2-3 books each week plus 6 magazines and the daily AJC. So I disagree with another reviewer: this was extremely well-written. Describing the clothes, the price of meals, etc., helps one truly visualize the setting as the story unfolds. Most people are NOT history buffs and are NOT familiar with the details of life in the of the late 1940s. My oldest son is a Wounded Warrior Green Beret (over 24 years served) and more than a little familiar with military training. I am recommending this book to him because I enjoyed how Archer used his Army scout training in life.
Pretty disappointed. Far too many paragraphs devoted to describing what each character is wearing, and they change clothes a lot. Again, poor knowledge of firearms: anybody who tries to "fan" a double-action Detective Special will tear up his palm and have even less accuracy. Character development was far below his normal writing. The plot wasn't very believable, either. I wish I had read something else.
David Baldacci is a skilled writer with lots of titles. This novel, while a departure from his usual work, is still a worthy read. The author sees to be expanding his writing style and it is not without some hiccups. It is period novel, set in 1949, so the author places lots of tidbits to give us verisimilitude to set the stage. Some of it is annoying, like a detailed description of every female characters wardrobe. Why would a protagonist, who has spent the last several years in the Army or prisons, care or know about female fashion? Archer is set as the prototypical Reacher, and if the story continues, you can expect him to show up in another city, stay awhile, and move on. It's a good read with a promising future.
Read and commented over a dozen of good to excellent Baldacci's novels and this one does not read the same, as if by collaboration with a lessor writer, like one of those from the publishing mill of James Patterson. Apparently to be a new series that features a handsome tough and smart ex-con that everyone opens up to share his/her innermost secrets with. To top it off, he becomes a seasoned trial lawyer over night in a factitious murder trial... A male fantasy thriller that a man who got a real way with women and in turn, women have their way with him.
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In this very good read, Baldacci introduces a new character in Archer, whom we have likely not heard the last of. This was an interesting book, given that it was time set in the late 40's not long after WW2. The characters , dress, and cars were of that great time period, when the world was full of hope for a new peaceful world. a world where PC had not yet reared its ugly head, and there was none of it to contend with in this different story of a fresh new character in Archer.
There are touches of Jack Reacher in him, and the way he lives, and I'm sure we will meet him again.
I loved the descriptions of the cars of that time , classics like Cadillacs, Hudsons, Nash and Studebakers.
A very enjoyable story to be sure, but just a little too long drawn out towards the ending.
I'm used to reading present day books by David Baldacci. This book set in 1949 was different and it took a little 'getting used to.' Aloysius Archer is released from prison - after a sentence he shouldn't have been serving. He is sent to the small town of Poca City on parole. The sleepy little city has a lot going on in it and Archer is right in the middle of things. When a murder takes place he could well be accused of it so he sets out to solve the case. The action picks up with more deaths/murders and I kept reading hoping for a happy ending. It's worth reading but not as exciting as say the Amos Decker books.
Loved this book and the new character Archer. Felt like I was on the set of a movie set in the late 40's or early 1950's starring Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum. The rhythm of the conversations was so reminiscent of this time. You could almost smell the cigarette smoke that permeated the scenes. Was truly interesting to hear the cost of items and how they compare of those now days. Archer is a character that you want to meet again and see where his next adventure will lead him. Baldacci is still one of my favorite story teller - he is consistent in his quality of plots and characters. He just never disappoints!!!!!
David Baldacci scores again with a page turner that was hard to put down. A new character, Archer, veteran, and ex con is caught up in the tangle of just trying to earn a living, which quickly turns into a tale of family relationships, murder and and mystery.
This was alittle different from other Baldacci stories I have read and it took me awhile to get into the rhythm of the book. Eventually I did and enjoyed this one! Great characters, a different time(omg, the way women were perceived and treated back then), and murder which has been the same no matter the time period! Ended up enjoying this one.
I loved this book. The time frame of post WWII in the U.S. Was so entertaining to me as a child who grew up in the late 40's and Early 50's. The hero of this story is completely likeable but also tough after surviving the war. This was the freshest Baldacci I have read in a few years. Don't miss it.
It has been a long while since I just sat down and practically read a book from cover to cover in a matter of a couple of days. The writing from the first page engages and tantalizes you so that it is hard to stop. You are drawn to the next chapter, and the next and the next.
The characters are well developed, the story is well told, and the plot, delightfully mysterious, with a taste of gum shoe, a dash of intrigue, whipped together with some fast paced action, especially at the end where it is almost at a whirlwind. Bake it just write and you have yourself a Phillip Marlow type novel with all the twists and turns you can deal with.
I have been doing some very heavy duty reading as of late with is slow and contemplative. This was a wonderful and very fun departure from that and I am every so thankful that I latched onto this book. It was just was the doctor ordered and I enjoyed every page of it. Just a hell of lot of fun.
I agree. Please buy the eBook ASAP. I used to like holding a physical book to read, however since I discovered my Kindle, that is the only way to read now. Think of saving a tree.
I understand that germaphobia is a real condition but please understand that our library's resources are not able to handle every request. You can purchase a box of gloves at the drugstore for very little.
Perhaps the person not wanting to handle books “mishandled” by others does not understand the concept of a library. They are to lend books. To have every book this person wants to be available as an eBook would place a strain on resources. Maybe this person could wear disposable gloves when handling the books.
Or you can buy your own eBooks through Amazon or a similar service.
Note: if you buy a book in a store, I am sure that it has been picked up by others looking at it, not to mention any staff unpacking and stocking the shelves and, of course the person who scans the book at the register, takes your money (germ-city on currency/in wallets) and places it in a bag.
Absolutely ridiculous to demand that the library order this book as an eBook as soon as possible. You are only one person...maybe I don’t like how you “mishandle” books.
I’ve been reading library books for 70 years. I doubt I’ve contracted a single disease from any library book. E books are great and I read them too. But there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands.
Please order the eBook as soon as possible. In this age of germaphobia and dearth of personal hygiene, I prefer not to handle books that have been mishandled by others.