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Split Second by David Baldacci

Split Second (2003)

by David Baldacci

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David Baldacci's Split Second is about two disgraced U.S. Secret Service Agents. Back in 1996, Sean King is tasked with protecting presidential candidate Clyde Ritter. However, King is momentarily distracted and Ritter is killed along with King's career.

8 years later, Agent Michelle Maxwell and her team are protecting another presidential hopeful named John Bruno, Bruno is kidnapped on Maxwell's watch and her career is in jeopardy. While investigating any possible leads, Maxwell discovers and reviews King's own downfall and seeks him out. Though these cases are 8 years apart, they're connected in a very intricate manner.

I really enjoyed Split Second. The chapters were really snapshots because they were so short. I enjoyed the way Baldacci writes. He knows pacing and dialogue. I was laughing out loud during King and Maxwell's banter. I liked how everybody who was introduced in Split Second had a role to play. I liked just how far and deep the conspiracy was. It seemed as if everybody was part for some reason or another.

Split Second was very addicting. I just wanted to keep reading it until I was done. I am already reading the next one in the King and Maxwell series, Hour Game, because it was so captivating. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Really over-the-top plot, with one of those psychopaths who can do everything, and never get caught. Who knows, maybe they exist, but we never hear about them because they never get caught. Anyway the silly stuff was mildly amusing so that's fine; what was annoying was the way that the author would shift from knowing the point-of-view character's inner thoughts to not telling us what the same character saw, or said, just to avoid giving us a hint. That's not playing fair with the reader; if such devices are necessary, the plot must be too lame and the author needs to rewrite.

I had it figured out that Ramsey was pulled in for a prank and thought his gun was loaded with blanks. The actual denouement disappointed; I like my plot better. ( )
  muumi | Apr 2, 2014 |
Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her site to comfort a grieving widow. Then behind closed doors, the politican whose safety was her responsibility vanishes into thin air. Living a new life on a quiet lake in central Virginia, Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. He's been there before. How Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. His being an assassinated presidential candidate and Michelle's being a kidnapped presidential candidate eight years later, both Secret Service agents hired to protect those candidates. ( )
  Gatorhater | Jun 26, 2013 |
wretched; far-fetched, preposterous; hints of good political thriller buried beneath dreck of psychopathic revenge murder
  FKarr | Apr 5, 2013 |
I think I found a new favorite author! I love the mystery in this book, as well as the parallels that Sean King and Michelle Maxwell had in their careers. Maxwell was my favorite in this book, I love strong female characters, and she absolutely lived up to my expectations! ( )
  kcoleman428 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446614459, Mass Market Paperback)

This explosive novel and instant New York Times bestseller is the tale of two disgraced Secret Service agents racing against time to find the common thread that connects a series of assassinations and abductions. "A fast-paced thriller."--The Denver Post.

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Two Secret Service agents, one of them retired, have each had similar experiences losing presidential candidates while assigned to protect them. As the two discredited agents enter a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, they uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making --and are a long way from over.… (more)

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