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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell. Tyler Wingo hires King and Maxwell to solve the mystery surrounding his father, a soldier in Afghanistan, who was reported as a fatality. The teen and his father had a secret code that only the two of them knew about. When Tyler receives a message from his father with a coded message embedded in it, the teen knows something is very wrong. Former Secret Service agents King and Maxwell discover an international plot and the origin leads to the Pentagon. Tyler may be in danger and protecting him may cost King and Maxwell their lives.
David Baldacci is a topnotch writer and is well known for his thrillers. King and Maxwell is a lighter read than most of his books, however, I enjoyed it immensely. Having said that, I must state there were a few things I thought he could have done better.
Things that did not live up to my expectations:
1. I did not like the way the narrator dribbled out information to extend the length of the book.
2. At times the plot seemed a little contrived.
3. The plot lacked the gripping suspense that readers have come to expect.
What I liked about King and Maxwell:
1. The relationship between King and Maxwell.
2. The banter between King and Maxwell.
3. The relationship between Tyler and his father.
4. The way King and Maxwell met Tyler.
5. It was very entertaining.
6. There wasn’t a lot of gore.
7. The reader Ron McLarty did an excellent job. His voice conveyed emotion at just the right time.
All in all, this is an entertaining read.