When Army Special Agent John Puller finds his aunt dead in Florida, he suspects it's no accident and as local police dismiss the case, the cracks begin to show in a picture-perfect town. Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. Now he has a new case--but this time. The Forgotten (John Puller Series series) by David Baldacci. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Editorial Reviews. goudzwaard.info Review. The Forgotten is a book written by David Baldacci that is listed in the mystery and thriller genres. The mystery is ideal for.
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When Army Special Agent John Puller finds his aunt dead in Florida, he suspects its no accident and as local police dismiss the case, the cracks begin to. The second title in David Baldaccis best-selling series, The Forgotten is a fast- paced action thriller, featuring the hero of Zero Day - John Puller. goudzwaard.info Sign up to receive email newsletters about David Baldacci's new books, appearances, giveaways, promotions, and more! Sign up to receive email .
I haven't read Jack Reacher, but if the latter is as similar to Puller then I don't have much incentive to read on him as he is generic as hell himself. But I must not judge a character like this, maybe Jack Reacher is backed by good authorship. But almost all of these thriller book heroes are muscle bound apes with ridiculous intelligence and robotic speed, stamina and decision making.
Not to mention altruistic. I welcome the easy style of the book. Ease of writing may quicken the reader to the end, making for fewer stops in less days. This immerses the reader into the story. That's what a good book with little artistic pretensions or ambition does. There is a series of books, the Pizza Lovers' Mysteries, that I've read this year which does just that. But that was a cozy mystery. There the ease in style worked in favor of the genre, and for me anyway, those mystery books transcended their limitations.
I was surprised by a few things. I thought that Landry's partner was childish and that he was going to get his wish of being a pain in the hero's ass. He didn't. I also found it deflating that despite having no proof on the lieu of his aunt's murder, Puller irrationally believed in her being silenced. It would have been better if Puller had proved his salt and dug up at least inconclusive evidence. The Forgotten is one of the highest rated books on site. I checked a few of the one star reviews.
They were concerned with the ridiculousness of the detective sides, and the dialog. I didn't pick up much on that. But I do recognize how ordinary and lazy this effort from Baldacci is. The latter is too devoted to his hero, making him to be a killing machine. The first part of the book the writer hints that in battles Puller survived because of his skill and tenacity. Later the emphasis was laid on luck having a say. By that time, however the damage was done. View all 4 comments. Feb 24, Sean Peters rated it really liked it.
Another David Baldacci book read, with four out of my last six books. This story continues straight after Zero Hour and his recovery, mentally and physically.
Starting with a letter from his aunty to his father. The s Another David Baldacci book read, with four out of my last six books. The story takes place in a place called Paradise, in Florida. Baldacci builds all the strong characters in this book, and when you get to the last few chapters the story becomes so fast paced, tense, action packed, and I had no idea of one of the guilty personalities.
Recommended as fast paced, action, tense, although sometimes John Puller is superhuman as is Jack Reacher! Just slightly prefer Will Robie character. View all 5 comments. Jan 18, Mike French rated it it was amazing.
Puller is a great character! Enjoyed both of books featuring him and looking forward to more. View 2 comments. Apr 26, kartik narayanan rated it really liked it Shelves: John Puller finally gets going in The Forgotten. It has tons of action, a decent mystery and excellent characterization. Basically, all the stuff I expected in Zero Day and didn't find there, I found it here in spades.
John Puller is less of a one man army than Jack Reacher is. He is still a badass but is not averse to seeking help. He needs assistance in action and he needs cooperation from locals - this makes a lot of difference to the story. Apr 27, Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? Betsy Simon is Puller's aunt, and was instrumental in his upbringing while his father served as a General in the Army. The letter instantly puts Puller on high alert and he heads to Paradise, FL to check on his aunt.
When he arrives, he finds that she has died in her backyard and the local police have written it off as an accident. Puller does not believe this to be true, John Puller is on vacation from his duties as a CID officer for the Army when his father, receives a letter from Betsy Simon. Puller does not believe this to be true, despite his aunt's ailments and age. Conducting his own investigation, he is determined to find out what happened to his aunt and what is going on in Paradise that had her so rattled.
Another gripping John Puller novel from David Baldacci. Even on vacation, Puller can't escape crime. He thought he would go down to Paradise, FL and just be able to talk to his aunt about what was troubling her in the letter she sent to his father. She did ask for his help in the letter, but Puller never expected she would be killed for it. While investigating his aunt's murder, more people end up dead, friends of his aunts, and people go missing.
Things just don't seem to be so great in Paradise after all. With the help of the local police, Puller tries to get to the bottom of what is going on. Are the police in on the disappearances of people? Are they trying to cover up what really happened to his aunt by calling her death an accident? During this investigation, Puller finds out some disturbing happenings in Paradise.
Will the local police accept his help to get to the bottom of it or is this small town in on the whole thing. Nov 27, Anand rated it liked it. Puller is Reacher's clone gone awry.
I had read the introductory installment of the Puller series 'Zero Day', and now I have finished this second and latest installment as well, and both seem average compared to Lee Child's Reacher. And more than anything else, it is the characterisation of the protagonist that is the differentiator. Reacher comes across as someone special, and there is something inherently romantic about his being "off the grid", not having weapons, not having even an ATM card, Puller is Reacher's clone gone awry.
Reacher comes across as someone special, and there is something inherently romantic about his being "off the grid", not having weapons, not having even an ATM card, and least of all having the legitimate backup of authorities. Puller has all of these at his disposal, and that takes aways from the romance and awe. Reacher reaches out to everyone despite being a loner and manages to attract, and Puller fails to have enough pull despite being mainstream.
Am I being shortsighted in judging this only comparatively, and not on its own as a novel? I don't think so, given that the author has knowingly created a character that is "borrowed", so the comparison is not unfair or unwarranted. Having said that, even on its own the novel is at least a pages too long with a lot of unnecessary detail, descriptions and explanations.
The plot becomes predictable by the second half. Overall, average entertainment. Not bad, but not good either. Jan 23, Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it Shelves: This thriller met all of my criteria: Baldacci is to be applauded for creating a successful new character and a new series. For those who complain that Puller seems like Reacher, I agree, but it doesn't bother me.
There's room for both, and the personalities are different enough despite some obvious similarities. There are also a few - more than a few - implausible actions or coincid This thriller met all of my criteria: There are also a few - more than a few - implausible actions or coincidences.
Could even a general call in a lethal helicopter air strike on American soil? Again, this doesn't bother me. I expect that in a book like this. John Puller is not supposed to be like the rest of us.
For me, this kind of book is a mind-clearing exercise as well as a good read. So I finished last night and this morning wrote two scenes which I think really sizzle. Mission accomplished - Puller's and mine. Dec 28, Judie rated it it was amazing. John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy in Paradise, Florida. The letter warned of people not being what they appeared to be and of suspicious things happening in Paradise.
When he arrives, he learns that his aunt has drowned, an unfortunate accident according to the local police. While he has no evidence to disprove that, he decides he owes it to his aunt to investigate and if her death were a homicide, to find John Puller, Army Special Agent, is asked by his father to follow-up on a letter his father received from his sister Betsy in Paradise, Florida. While he has no evidence to disprove that, he decides he owes it to his aunt to investigate and if her death were a homicide, to find out who did it and why.
Puller is not impressed with some of the police involved in the investigation but is able to work with others. At the same time and in the same place, another man, Mecho, is carrying on his own investigation of the kidnapping of people from other countries and selling them into slavery in the United States. The story is fast-paced with many twists and turns. Author David Baldacci provides insight into the planning of the various operations necessary to both commit and solve the crimes.
There are a lot of killings but, overall, the word pictures are not gory. One negative note is his frequent references to a previous operation in West Virginia. And his Aunt was right: Dec 22, Lee rated it did not like it. Was I reading the same book that people are raving about? This is poorly written. Reads like a first draft. Too many sentence fragments starting with the word and. I found myself mentally editing nearly every sentence.
Baldacci has written good books, like Last Man Standing, but phoned this one in. Doesn't anyone edit or rewrite their work anymore? Jan 03, Bev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Baldacci's new hero, John Puller first appearance in "Zero Hour" is commissioned by his father, suffering from dementia in a VA hospital, to check on his aunt, who has sent a cryptic message about strange things happening in her little town of Paradise, Florida.
But when Puller arrives in Paradise, he discovers his aunt is dead. The police have ruled it accidental death she was found drowned in her back yard fountain , but Puller has his suspicions, especially when two friends of hers also Baldacci's new hero, John Puller first appearance in "Zero Hour" is commissioned by his father, suffering from dementia in a VA hospital, to check on his aunt, who has sent a cryptic message about strange things happening in her little town of Paradise, Florida.
The police have ruled it accidental death she was found drowned in her back yard fountain , but Puller has his suspicions, especially when two friends of hers also turn up dead, as does her next door neighbor. After his escape and 20 mile swim to shore, he sets out on a plan to free the would-be slaves and bring the slavers to justice.
As Puller works the mystery of his aunt's death and the man begins his planned fight for justice for "the forgotten" their stories intertwine and the book begins on a thrill ride catapulting the reader to its final conclusion. One of Baldacci's best. Feb 07, Al rated it it was amazing. Nov 21, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was non-stop action and I didn't want to put it down even to sleep: I read the first John Puller story a while ago.
I am a big fan of David Baldacci and I was really looking forward to start his new crime series.
And I loved the first installment in which we meet the very intriguing character of John Puller. I like him a lot as a character - he isn't always easy to understand, he sometimes says and does things that are not that likable, but he is honest, clever, strong and believes in his values and principles. I was really looking forward to this second 5 stars! I couldn't put this one down and I will definitely continue reading this series!
The next one is already on my TBR and waiting for a nice sunny day to be read in more or less one go! Nov 07, Shelley rated it it was ok. The appearance of a "green scrunchy" was absurdly distracting. Do people wear scrunchies any more? Why was this an important detail? There are a huge number of references to what happened in West Virginia.
I can't remember the last book, so I'm not sure if this is even a reference to that book. These references are a punishment for my forgetfulness.
I'm not sure an author should punish a reader, even if she doesn't remember every detail of the last book -- she read it, is reading this one and wil The appearance of a "green scrunchy" was absurdly distracting. I'm not sure an author should punish a reader, even if she doesn't remember every detail of the last book -- she read it, is reading this one and will read the next. But that could change. There are a lot of books in the world. Ones that she can forget herself in rather than have the writing remind her that it's not real, it's just a book.
In this book, Baldacci seems to have adopted Patterson's most annoying habit of disrupting the flow of the story by alternating points of view in the chapters.
I don't mind having the two story lines, since I have faith that they will intersect, but am I the only one who thinks this device encourages the reader to take frequent breaks and perhaps pick up another book, rather than to stay up all night reading to find out what happens next and then finish, breathless and exhilarated? Much has been said along the lines that Puller is a rip-off of Reacher.
Baldacci is a wonderful author in his own right and I think a similar character doesn't mean that he ripped off Child. Thankfully, since the last two Reacher books have been so disappointing to me, I'm glad to see Puller. However, Reacher seems so much more effortless than Puller. Puller seems strangely self-conscious. The plot dragged a bit in the last half. The end assault was pretty complicated. The conversation following the token sex scene was weird. There was a lot that told me the bad guys were really bad, but I didn't really "feel" it.
The ending resolution was ok. In summary, this book really failed to grab my attention. If this was my first Baldacci book, I'm not sure I would seek out others. View all 3 comments. Apr 11, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Baldacci returns with his latest thriller that does not disappoint.
Gripping the reader from the get-go, the action commences with a mysterious opening that appears completely unrelated to the larger story. Before long, it all becomes clear and the story explodes into a race to find the truth, no matter the consequences. Now he has a new case--but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident More Fiction. A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches.
The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
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