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Before you start this book, please note it is a continuation of the author’s Amos Decker Memory Man series. I would start with the first book, Memory Man, and then read the rest of the series in order before this edition or you won’t make much sense of the characters and situations.

Bottom line is if you enjoyed the previous books of the series you will enjoy this one, also. Baldacci picks up where he left off with the cast of characters and does his usual good job of changing the twists and plot lines: I stayed up really late with an unsuccessful effort to finish it because I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend this one for those who have enjoyed the series, and I’m ready for the next installment.
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on April 27, 2018
We all acknowledge David Baldacci is a master storyteller. This book exemplifies how an author can spin a story like a tapestry, and let it unfold at its own pace. Amos Decker and his partner are visiting her sister in Barronsville, PA, a small town. Amos stumbles into a crime scene, and what unfolds is a harrowing story that takes in today's headlines, the opioid crisis, and takes Decker and Jaimieson on an epic investigation that leads to some surprising conclusions. On the way we they make some new friends. And enemies. In the end, Amos finds himself more in touch with his humanity than since his injury, and Baldacci shows us humanity and kindness in the middle of sorrow and loss. This was a great book, and interesting investigation, and showed Amos Decker making progress in regaining a degree of his humanity he has not known since his injury and the subsequent loss of his wife and daughter. Baldacci, like Brad Thor, Lee Child, and Ted Bell, invest a lot in inventing their characters. We have an emotional stake in them as well. This, my friends, is as good as it gets.
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on April 19, 2018
This was an intense read through out. Loved the ending. Amos becoming compassionate and empathetic added depth to his character. I was so disappointed in Baldacci's last Will Robi novel that I almost didn't buy this one. This book is the Baldacci that I have enjoyed for many years.
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on May 8, 2018
Not as great as the first three. My major complaint is that there are really a lot of characters (quite a few killed and a bunch of others) and so the book was awash in names. This is something I wouldn't complain about in a great piece of literature since I expect that to make me think and really focus. This, on the other hand, is an escape and frankly was too much work for that genre. My second, and more minor complaint, is that there were far fewer of those moments when, because of his prodigious memory, he put together small details that we had forgotten and came up with something brilliant. It seems like Baldacci is trying to make him more human and empathetic, Fine. Let's rename the series to "The Guy Who Remembers More Than You Do".
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on April 26, 2018
Decker is human after all. I was happy to see some feelings and a bit softer side in this one. His brain still worked and made all the connections in the end, some I expected and some I didn’t. I liked John Baron and Cindi Riley and their plans for the town. Great ending to a complicated story. Good job, Mr. Baldacci, as always.
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on April 22, 2018
This book was wonderful. As the Memory Man series proceeds, we see more and more of Amos’ personal story. The criminal element of the plot (one which is extremely relevant at this time) was very interesting and fresh, and the personal aspect of Amos’ life and past was really lovely. For me, this book was the best yet. I couldn’t put it down. David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors and has never once let me down. Don’t hesitate to buy this book, it is worth every penny and then some!
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on April 26, 2018
I just finished reading THE FALLEN, by David Baldacci. Yet another Baldacci book that "I couldn't put down." There is always this sense of "loss" when I finish one of his books, I wish the book could go on and on! This is another of Baldacci's "Memory Man" (Amos Decker) series. Baldacci is a supreme ... SUPREME ... story teller. His detailed descriptions of people/scenes/moods is, to me, unmatched. If you're not familiar with David Baldacci, and want to read FANTASTIC suspense novels, then do check out these works from THE MASTER. Loved the book, as I've loved all Mr. Baldacci's previous works. Very much looking forward to his next masterpiece!
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on April 26, 2018
I was terribly disappointed in this book. Baldacci's last novel wasn't up to his normal well crafted story, but I thought it was just a blip. I was so wrong. The Fallen was just as bad and in some ways worse. First, the story was silly and not believable. Apparently, almost everyone in a small town in Pennsylvania is corrupt or drug addled, to include an elderly Sunday school teacher. There were so many bad guys it was hard to keep track. Decker's partner Jamison never offered one useful bit of detecting. To make the storyline more convoluted, there's also a missing treasure. The author makes everyone in the town seem like airheads, and in one place a local used y'all as a greeting (not done in that part of the country). Maybe the author could actually visit some of the places he's writing about. After the so-called ending scene, there were pages and pages of explanations regarding what was happening in the background--at that point, I didn't care. I really wonder if Baldacci has found a ghost writer. The Fallen and End Game are not of the same quality as his other work. This novel isn't worth $14.99.
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on May 7, 2018
What an incredible, heart-grabbing, mind-blowing mystery! Amos Decker, along with his partner, is supposed to be on vacation at her sister’s place. Jamison understands Decker’s uniqueness and has a great platonic working relationship with him. While they are there Decker observes some rather disturbing sights in a house that he runs to investigate. Jamison knows there goes the vacation as she refuses to sit on the sideline while Amos chases down leads. Plus, within a short time, the mystery embroils her sister’s family when her husband is killed while at work.
Jamison’s 6-year-old niece loses her father on her birthday and that just grips the heart of Amos in so many ways. If you have followed the Memory Man series, you know how this touches Amos very deeply and makes him face some of his own personal losses again. Readers familiar with the uniqueness of how Amos thinks and works will really enjoy the way David Baldacci has Amos going through some neurological changes. These changes cause Amos to think long term and wonder exactly how long he can keep working without losing what memory he has left.
The ending of the book is very touching, and I absolutely loved the way its is written! I hope this isn’t the last we see of Decker and Jamison as I enjoy them working together on solving crimes. Zoe, the little girl in the story, really grabbed my heart and I loved how it drew out the heart of Amos. The mystery was top notch and many surprises are in store for those who venture into the book. You don’t want to miss this thriller!
If you haven’t read Amos Decker in the Memory Man series, start with the first book titled, Memory Man and catch up in the series before the next novel is released!
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If there is one thing David Baldacci is is he’s a good story teller.
I’ve read several of his books and each has been just as good as the others.
Unfortunately, this book came along at a time when I was involved in other activities, so I was not able to stay with the read for any length of time. As such, the story got away from me from time to time.
The good news, however, was I did not need to re read pages to recall where I had left off when once I started up again. That is what I consider tight plot. The read moved along at a pace with no “dead” spots as filler awaiting the writer to decide where next he wanted to go with the story.
Character development is really a plus for this writer for both protagonists as well as antagonists. The story rises to the anti-climax and thence to the falling action and resolution in a linear pattern.
Amos Decker comes across as a believable investigator in his pursuit of of “who dunnit?”
Baldacci excels at tying the plot together at the end so there are no loose ends. I admit that there were scenes wherein I could not follow what Decker was thinking, but, again I think that simply went to what I said above by not staying with the read for prolong periods of time. Baldacci calls the reader to get involved in the story, to follow the path he lays in order to get the message he wants to send.
It’s no wonder that this writer gets the acclaim he does. All of which he richly deserves.
I don't re tell story lines in my reviews, but suffice it to say, this was another great read by a gifted writer.
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