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Let’s begin by saying that I am literally obsessed with the Amos Decker series by Baldacci. I wait every April for his new book release. But this one left me furious at times, bored at others, and overall confused in between.
Before I go any further, I must mention that my husband works in the oil industry and has for 20 years. So when I read up on what this book would be about, I knew it would be oil field trash at its finest. Sure enough, by chapter 2 Jamison was horrified by the burning of gas off of wells. She wondered out loud if a paycheck was worth the environment. Well, Alex, you just rode on two airliners and drove an SUV (for two people) for an hour to get to YOUR paycheck, so I wondered the same thing. Rainbows and lollipops don’t fuel planes or vehicles. That bit of hypocrisy bothered me much, but hey, it’s just a book. I’ve much respect for Baldacci, so I continued.
There are about 4 different plot lines, which I could get through. But what bothered me the most was that Amos didn’t feel like the same character. Baldacci has been careful to craft such an interesting character, but failed to really put his star player in the game.
Lastly, I almost put the book down for good when I read this line from a character: “It violates the Geneva Conventions and opens up American soldiers to” basically being tortured by TERRORIST groups. Yes, because ISIS and Al Qaeda have morals too and really respect the Geneva Conventions. I work with many US Veterans that served in Iraq and Afghanistan that would surely disagree with this.
Overall, this book was a fail for me. I hope that the next Amos Decker book will focus on him and his amazing capabilities and shorten the focus on just a couple of storylines so we can get quality and not quantity.
3.5 Stars. This is the 6th book in the Adam Decker(Memory Man) series. I read the previous 5 with much enjoyment. This one didn’t appeal to me as much. This works well as a stand-alone, but those unfamiliar with the series should read at least the first book to learn about Decker’s unique abilities.
Adam Decker suffered a serious head injury at the start of playing pro- football. When he regained consciousness he was a changed man. He was diagnosed with hyperthymesia (perfect recall) which renders one unable to forget anything they have seen, heard or read, and also with synesthesia where colours are seen in relation to people, places or numbers. These are very rare but actual brain conditions. He also lost empathy and some social skills.
These disorders were upsetting to him, but his heightened memory was put to good use when he joined his hometown police force. Attempting to lead as normal a life as possible, he married and was the devoted father of a young girl. One evening, he returned home to find his wife, daughter and brother-in-law brutally murdered.
Adam Decker went into decline. He lived on the streets, was dirty and shabby, grew a scraggly beard, and gained considerable weight. He was determined to pull himself together and returned to work to find his family's killer.
I found Walk the Wire slow-moving at first. The action didn't really pick up until a character new to me, entered the plot. This was Will Robie, a skilled assassin, secretly hired by the government to eliminate persons threatening the country. My first thought that he would be the perfect candidate for an action series of his own. Not being familiar with David Baldacci’s other books, I was pleased to learn that Robie already was the protagonist in his own thrillers.
Decker’s synesthesia seems to be declining. He is showing interest and feelings for others, and has made a connection with his brother and plans to visit his sisters after avoiding them. He seems to be gradually emerging from his time as a dour loner. It was difficult to know whether his super memory is normalizing. This investigation relied on his intelligence, bravery, and rational thinking and the only examples of his recall were in relation to remarks he heard recently. He will still be a terrific detective, but I fear not as intriguing a character.
Decker now works as a consultant for the FBI. He is called to the boomtown of London, North Dakota, along with his partner, Alex Jamison. The town has seen hard times but now wealth from oil is bringing in newcomers as well as an upswing in crime. The town is dominated by adjacent oilfields, a religious community and a mysterious compound that was once a military base. It was built for the supposed purpose of using radar to track satellites and any incoming missiles and then sold to Vector, a security company.
They have been called upon to investigate the murder of Irene Cramer. Her body had been dumped in a field, her head and body expertly autopsied, and it was later found that her intestines and stomach had been sliced open. Cramer had been a popular school teacher in the religious sect but at night she worked as an escort, mainly with men from the oil fields. I learned more about fracking for oil than I ever wanted to know. This interfered with the flow of the story for me. Who was Irene Cramer and why was she killed?
There were two separate plots here with only minimal connection. There was an obsessive deadly love story. Murders and suspected suicides were piling up. Then there was the former military base which was not as it seemed, with secret use by government authority in the 1950s. Now very strange things are happening, again under the auspices of the government. Planes and helicopters have been seen landing and ambulances taking bodies away. There is a vast conspiracy, and mercenaries will kill to keep its secrets. Robie and his partner, Jessica Beel, have been sent to discover what is going on at the military base and to protect Decker. There is a race to solve the mysteries before an impending catastrophe destroys the area. Intense action escalated later in the book with much excitement and plenty of head-spinning surprises, danger and thrills.
this is a great book and if your a David Baldacci fan you will be so impressed .. this is was non stop satin from stem to stern and it never let up and it got more complicated when character from his other novels showed up to assist. What a great and eye opening tale and I could not put the book own. good thing it was a quarantine time and i had no where to go anywhere. I highly recommend this read . Si well written and the intrigue was spectacular and I was breathless in the end.. such good writing thank you Mr David Baldacci . once again a great product..
Definitely not one of his better works; too many logic holes and cheap fillers; impossible for readers to create their own theories and often difficult or annoying to follow. Plus trying to squeeze 3 mostly unrelated story lines and then 2 character sets from other series' into one book, makes for a bad recipe. The first "memory man" books got me interested in this author, and I've read much his work; but this was a disappointment, and I suspect, a negative consequences of his success.
I am a huge fan of David Baldacci, I collected all of his books, however this book had disappointed me deeply. - Too many cases in one location - Jamison who was the Journalist recruited by FBI supposedly very good at observing , analyzing , a good FBI agent should be. However, in this book she was quite useless , all she did was asking all the " Wrong Questions " - Robie, 5 out of 5 stars career assassin could not even take down a Honda ( chapter 85) - After the Honda took in so many shots also lifted off the ground , the driver and the passenger were still able to walk out of the car without a broken bone! How's that possible ? - The construction of this book was far and away from David Baldacci's style which was like a jigsaw puzzle , this book was a mess, more like someone started to tell a complicated story yet didn't know how to end it! liked chapter 84,85,86. - Amos Decker has lost his style or shall we say his trademark, he had appeared to be ordinary!
Non stop action with constant plot twists and turns, some I had seen coming but some were completely out of left field. I love the Memory Man series and I love the Will Robie series but wasn't thrilled about mixing them together. Still, a fabulous book, well worth reading.
This is a plodding story that makes no use of the key character’s unique feature - his unforgettable memory. The author even drags in two characters from another series perhaps in an attempt to prop it up. While the other stories in this series were engaging, this one is flat, not recommended.
Did not like the writing style. Decker's sidekick Jamieson is fairly passive and useless. The classic plot where the bad guy drugs the good guys who wake up tied up then escape easily is used. Why doesn't the bad guy simply shoot them? Don't bother with this one.
ever since baldacci introduced the "memory man", i have been an avid fan of amos decker. "walk the wire" is baldacci's 6th suspenseful sequel to the detective who's near fatal football injury has rendered him to become a man who can never forget. the book arrived fast!