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King and Maxwell
King & Maxwell #6
David Baldacci
Read by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy

Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Audio
November 19, 2013/ ISBN 1478925000
Thriller / Military / US / Middle East / Audiobook / CDs

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


In Afghanistan, an Army Sergeant travels through the country carrying an unknown cargo. Unfortunately, his dangerous journey ends unexpectedly, and his superiors are not happy.

In the US, King and Maxwell are driving in the rain, discussing New Zealand and speedos, when they come across a teen walking in the rain. When Michelle approaches the young man named Tyler, he pulls a gun, making her react with compassion and concern. As the teen’s story slowly unfolds, Michelle finds her maternal instinct switching into high gear with her need to help Tyler find out the full story on his father’s death – something he has been unable to find about from his much hated step mother. When they start asking questions, the first government sedan appears, and King and Maxwell find themselves outrunning bullets, explosions and more as they try to uncover the truth.

The secrecy, surveillance, hacking, bullets, running, and explosions are nonstop. I was so drawn in, I was talking to myself. Which agency is it?! Who is giving the orders? Let me tell you, conspiracies abound in this one. I was glued to my iPod, digging deep, trying to sort the clues and false leads. By the end, I was still totally stunned. Baldacci challenges the conspiracy theorist in us all. What a stimulating, entertaining listen!

Be warned; the storyline does carry spoilers of previous titles in this series. I highly recommend Split Second, the first book in this series, and if you haven’t tried Baldacci’s Camel Club series, I recommend Hell’s Corner – another exciting ride.

Narrators of the audio version are Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. It’s an intense narration – as a true thriller should be. The smartest thing this publisher did was team these two up.

McLarty and Cassidy have narrated other Baldacci titles. McLarty is a seasoned narrator, popular actor, and published author. He’s narrated titles by Danielle Steel, Stephen King, Ed McBain, Clive Cussler, Elmore Leonard, and more. Orlagh Cassidy is an actress on stage, film and TV. She’s narrated titles by Jacqueline Winspear, James Patterson, Erica Spindler, Laurie Viera Rigler and more.

Reviews of other titles in this series
Split Second #1 [Audio] [Book]
First Family # 4 [Audio] [Book]

Reviewed 2014