Split Second

Split Second

Book - 2003
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From #1 bestseller David Baldacci comes a new thriller reminiscent of his phenomenal bestselling debut, Absolute Power. It was only a split second-but that's all it took for Secret Service agent Sean King's attention to wander and his 'protectee,' third-party presidential candidate Clyde Ritter, to die. King retired from the Service in disgrace, and now, eight years later, balances careers as a lawyer and a part-time deputy sheriff in a small Virginia town. Then he hears the news: Once again, a third-party candidate has been taken out of the presidential race-abducted right under the nose of Secret Service agent Michelle Maxwell. King and Maxwell form an uneasy alliance, and their search for answers becomes a bid for redemption as they delve into the government's Witness Protection Program and the mysterious past of Clyde Ritter's dead assassin. But the truth is never quite what it seems, and these two agents have learned that even one moment looking in the wrong direction can be deadly. Full of shocking twists and turns, and introducing a villian to rival Jackson in Baldacci's The Winner, SPLITSECOND is pure, mind-numbing adrenaline to the last page.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Warner, ©2003.
ISBN: 9780446530897
Characteristics: 406 pages ;,24 cm.


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Dec 29, 2019

Long and tedious, drawn out , boring. Overly complex and convoluted plots, vague characters, too many red herrings. Too much smart ass dialogue. Not up to Baldacci's usual high standards.

Nov 24, 2019

A good read.

Jun 27, 2019

Frustratingly, the plot of this book is interesting. But it makes for painful reading/listening for the following reasons:

One, the characters are caricatured. Sort of paint-by-numbers.
Two, the dialogue is hideously banal. No cliche left unexplored. It might not be so bad if one were reading it, but listening makes for a painful experience.
Three, the misogyny. The protagonist is supposed to be in his early 40s, but he sounds like someone raised in the 1950s. (E.g. "Good girl" to an ex-Olympian, top rated Secret Service agent with whom he is barely acquainted) Like the author, I suspect, whose hero might've been Bogart. Terse one liners and all. Very tedious.
Four, the level of incompetence displayed by.. really, everyone except the villian. There is much extolling of Secret Service mad skills and how everyone concerned is/was at the top of their game, but dealing with them is like shooting fish in a barrel. They don't notice anything suspicious, like a vehicle consistently following them. They get in cars without checking the back seat. I mean it got to the point where I started giggling.. every person they interviewed gets killed bec they lead the villian to the (heretofore hidden) witnesses. And they open the door to room service and don't check on the servers.. You could've used civilians instead of federal agents.
Five, the omniscient/omnipotent Bad Guy. Always several steps ahead (not hard in the face of such incompetence) and it is all so predictable.

Such pedestrian writing, sigh.

Aug 01, 2016

Another great book by Baldacci. One murder becomes linked with the disappearance of a Presidential candidate. There's no shortage of action as King and Maxwell work at solving both.

Jun 15, 2016

Split Second --- by --- David Baldani.
This is as good a mystery secret service novel as you could wish for. Lots of turns and bends --- more than you could ask for. Lots of false cues and clues that send you scurrying in the wrong direction. You will literally zip read your way right through this novel. Gripping.

Aug 01, 2015

I mostly liked this book. It was fast-paced and full of action. I thought the "villain" was not a very good one and was quite weak but overall the plot was good

Feb 24, 2014

Great book and keeps you on the edge of your chair until the very end.

Jan 12, 2014

Wanted to read the king and maxwell books since I enjoyed the show. Book set a difference pace then the show but still worth the read. Moving on to the next book in the series.

Jul 26, 2013

Not my favorite Baldacci book at this point, but it was an ok read. The book introduces Sean & Michelle, the protaganoists in the series...but the story line is a bit convuleted, and hard to follow at times...too many "who done it " theories....ends well though...so I will continue on to the second book.

Mar 12, 2013

Messy plot with enormous holes ... the story began well enough but unraveled towards last quartile of the book with one after another implausible, improbable, and illogical events and decisions made by the pair of super secret agents. AND I am a fan of Baldacci novels, most recently, "The Forgotten."

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Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment, and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinie converge. Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattere their lives were really a long time in the making - and are a long war from over.

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