The Forgotten by David Baldacci Review

Florida beach townSpecial agent John Puller is one of the best the Army CID has.  In The Forgotten  by David Baldacci, Agent Puller is called into action again after receiving a rather cryptic letter from his Aunt.  Agent Puller heads to Florida to look into the problem only to find that his Aunt has been killed before he can get there. Now this case is personal, and the police don’t seem to think it is anything but accidental. What Puller uncovers is a much more sinister plot that could cost him and those around him their lives!

The Forgotten was fantastic! I have read or listened to many other books written by David Baldacci. I have yet to be disappointed. My biggest problem (and it really isn’t a problem at all) is this is the first book with this main character that I have read, and numerous times in The Forgotten a mission to West Virginia and the circumstances surrounding that investigation were mentioned. I unfortunately have no idea what actually happened in that book, but it wasn’t really pertinent to this book, hence not really a problem.  The Forgotten really kept me guessing almost all the way through as to what was going to happen next, and who was behind what. One twist was so well hidden I didn’t even suspect it until it reared up and practically slapped me. After getting far enough in the book I realize that I should have made the connection like Agent Puller, but David Baldacci did such a fantastic job with the subtle things that nothing was suspected until the very end. It was a masterpiece of twists and turns with a whole bunch of suspense thrown in.  I really had a hard time putting the book down and the only reason I did was because I needed to study for finals.

If you can’t tell by now I really enjoyed this book. I have also listened to the Camel Club series also written by David Baldacci, and was thoroughly impressed. I really can’t recommend a book by David Baldacci enough. This one had some mild language and a non-descriptive sex scene in it. I would recommend The Forgotten to almost any avid reader from the teens and up in age. Pick any book by David Baldacci and you won’t be disappointed.

You can read an excerpt here.

John Puller Reading Order:

Zero Day

The Forgotten

The forgottenRating: Star 4copy

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Title: The Forgotten

Author: David Baldacci

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 424

ISBN: 978-0446573054

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: November 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Zorn

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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Seduced By A Pirate by Eloisa James Review

Sir Griffin Barry, once the captain of the infamous pirate ship The Poppy, is now back in England to claim the woman he left on their wedding night. But in Seduced By A Pirate by Eloisa James, the woman Griff left behind is not the one he comes home to. Married off to an older woman, Griff left on his honeymoon night for an unknown destination, eventually becoming a privateer, a Crown sanctioned pirate who attacked other country’s ships for profit. After almost losing his life, and being permanently scarred, Griff has decided to return to his wife and the life he left behind.

After reading The Ugly Duchess  I was excited to read Griffin’s story, Griffin and James had teamed up as pirates, making both of them wealthy in the process. The story between Griff and Phoebe was interesting and I loved the children’s reactions to Griff. However, I struggled with Griff’s relationship with his father and the father’s reaction to Phoebe. Part of the reason Griff left was because of his father’s attitude towards things but his father, after having very little or no contact with Phoebe, does a complete turn around in a couple of pages. That relationship just felt rushed and since the novel was only 136 pages long I felt like it could have been developed better and at a more realistic pace. That being said, I really liked Phoebe and admired her for figuring out what she wanted from life and not being afraid to go after it. Seduced By a Pirate received a 3 from me because I felt part of the story was rushed but at $.99 (the price at the time of posting) it is worth the money.

 

You can read an excerpt here.

Fairy Tales Reading Order:

A Kiss At Midnight

Storming the Castle

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Winning the Wallflower

The Duke Is Mine

The Ugly Duchess

Seduced By A Pirate

Once Upon A Tower (June 2013)

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Title: Seduced By A Pirate

Author: Eloisa James

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 136

AISN: B0092QKWVU

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: October 30, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Hell on Wheels: Black Knights Inc. by Julie Ann Walker Review

Nate “Ghost” Weller is an expert at keeping his distance, a skill that has kept him alive as a sniper but has also kept away any love interest he might have. In Hell on Wheels by Julia Ann Walker, Nate has allowed only one person to get close to him, his best friend and fellow special ops man Grigg Morgan, when Grigg warns Nate to keep his distance from Grigg’s younger sister Ali Nate has no choice to keep stay away from the attractive Ali. Retired from the military and now part of a special ops group Black Knights, Nate is shocked when Ali tracks him down but he has no choice but to help her when Ali comes to him for protection.

With the death of her brother, Grigg, Ali Morgan has lost the one person she is close to. A kindergarten teacher not used to espionage and danger when Ali starts getting followed and then someone tries to kidnap her she realizes there is only one person she can turn to, Nate.

Special Ops novels are hit or miss for me, some I love but some I don’t finish, I think it depends on the subject matter and the author (and as always, my mood when I pick up the book). Hell on Wheels by Julia Ann Walker was a devourer for me, you  know, when you sit down to read it and only look up when you have inhaled the entire novel in one sitting. I loved Ali’s character, trying to be brave and do what needed to be done and yet having the realistic traits (personally I loved it that she got nauseous at times). Nate was the strong alpha who had suffered greatly and then had to the unthinkable. Hell on Wheels was funny, sexy and had me literally in tears at one point in the novel. Walker’s Black Knights are funny and fabulous, I have already read In Rides Trouble  and plan on reading the next two novels in the series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Black Knights Inc. Reading Order:

Hell on Wheels

In Rides Trouble

Rev It Up

Thrill Ride (April 2013)

Rating: 

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Title: Hell on Wheels

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-1402267130

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: August 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica