Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Review: The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

In another blog that I used to maintain, I did book and movie reviews. Since I haven't the time to keep up with multiple blog sites, I decided to shut it down and just stick to this one. And in case anyone wondered who George Wolf was, well - it was my alter ego. Yep, 'twas me!

While summer camping, I get a lot of reading done. This year was no exception, particularly due to extremely hot and humid weather, I didn't do as many activities. So I finished 2 books I had on the go, including this David Baldacci spy thriller.

Wow, this dude can spin a yarn. This will be the 4th or 5th book of his I've read, thanks to my mother-in-law's recommendation (thanks Christine!).  All his novels are New York Times best sellers. But THIS one, well, what can I say.  Expertly written, the story flow and plot arc were brilliantly executed. And the plot twists and surprises that he threw in had my jaw dropped a number of times. If you haven't heard of him, I would very highly recommend this one over all the other's I've read.

The plot revolves around a pair of private investigators who try to solve a murder, and the more they dig, the more roadblocks they hit, AND the higher up the food chain they go. That food chain being government agencies (typical alphabet soup ones like FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.)  They try to defend Edgar Roy, a convicted serial killer who has not only a photographic memory, but also possesses uncommon talent as an intelligence analyst. His experience working for the U.S. government sparked jealousies between departments, and the question that begs asking is: is he really a serial killer, or does someone want him out of commission?

The book is a real page turner, so if you're looking for a good yarn in the spy thriller category, pick this one. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.