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Simple Genius (Sean King and Michelle Maxwell Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not Baldacci's best, but still pretty darn good

I've read almost all of the Baldacci works, including each of the Camel Club and Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series books. This was one was very very good, but of all the books in the two series? Probably at the bottom - and that is NOT a knock on the story. If you enjoy...
I've read almost all of the Baldacci works, including each of the Camel Club and Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series books. This was one was very very good, but of all the books in the two series? Probably at the bottom - and that is NOT a knock on the story. If you enjoy Baldacci and the other King/Maxwell adventures, grab this one too. Plenty of action, twists and turns and surprises throughout. My only complaint was that it bogged down SLIGHTLY where it was not necessary. Having said all that, this is a solid, if not spectacular story line, replete with disturbing realities, hard fought action, edge of your seat bumps in the ride.....well worth the money and the enjoyment of reading it!

posted by SlapShot62 on February 10, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Baldacci has definitely written better.

The language is too elementary and the conversation seems unrealistic. Baldacci seemed to be struggling with trying to get the story to make sense; an odd ending made it seem like he just needed to get the book to end. The characters seemed contrived and uncreative. If ...
The language is too elementary and the conversation seems unrealistic. Baldacci seemed to be struggling with trying to get the story to make sense; an odd ending made it seem like he just needed to get the book to end. The characters seemed contrived and uncreative. If you pay for this book, you've spent too much.

posted by Thank_God_I_Have_Books on July 2, 2009

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    Not Baldacci's best, but still pretty darn good

    I've read almost all of the Baldacci works, including each of the Camel Club and Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series books. This was one was very very good, but of all the books in the two series? Probably at the bottom - and that is NOT a knock on the story. If you enjoy Baldacci and the other King/Maxwell adventures, grab this one too. Plenty of action, twists and turns and surprises throughout. My only complaint was that it bogged down SLIGHTLY where it was not necessary. Having said all that, this is a solid, if not spectacular story line, replete with disturbing realities, hard fought action, edge of your seat bumps in the ride.....well worth the money and the enjoyment of reading it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Simple Genius: Hard to Crack Cipher!!!

    Baldacci's Simple Genius is a hard to crack thriller!!!
    There may be a lot of reasons why people may like or dislike this book, However; you have to take into account the following facts: Simple Genius has a great plot. Featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell investigating a mysterious death at a scientific think tank called Babbage Town, located suspiciously close to the CIA's most infamous yet covert training camp--"The Farm". In Babbage Town, the security is tight as the world's great geniuses race to invent technologies powerful enough to conquer the most sophisticated microprocessor.
    Baldacci is great developing the main characters throughout the book, I like the opening chapter that gives a background storyline for M Maxwell, he clearly states both characters reprising their roles and giving them enough credibility. The concept story in the book is amazing and original. I see a few writers these days write a book that is more than four hundred pages, and still have enough material to make it interesting. Baldaccis accomplishes that and more. Simple Genius is not a fast page turner; however; it keeps readers engaged as every chapter ends.
    Uncovering the war against terror, the conspiracies among federal agencies, and the race of powerful nations to stop the world in its tracks, Baldacci combines the strength of its characters, and exploits cracking code scientists, along with a beautiful scenario where everything takes place.
    Simple Genius is great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Good Read

    I've read a number of DB's series.....Very enjoyable...he weaves a good story web...well developed characters. As soon as I'm done with one of the series, I hurriedly buy the next one....my only negative isn't with this book....it's with the author...I want more Camel Club series books....but Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are fine.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Unbelievably believable.

    Another novel that puts you right in the middle, not knowing where to turn next. Can't put it down till you're there. Nonstop action, and suspense.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Am I insane?

    Maxwell thinks she may be a little nuts; her actions certainly prove so. This third installment of the King and Maxwell series is possibly Baldacci's best effort with the characters.

    While there is the ever present high explosive situations, these rate higher on the believability scale than in the previous editions.

    It's fun to see the main characters development towards each other while experiencing some self revelations. As most of these plots go, it's a little farfetched but what if it were possible? Fun and intriguing to imagine.

    If you've made it through #'s 1 & 2, you owe it to yourself to give this one a go. If you haven't read any of the prior installments, you can certainly pick up here without missing too much at all. If so, you'll find yourself back at B&N looking for the prior escapades!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    Baldacci has definitely written better.

    The language is too elementary and the conversation seems unrealistic. Baldacci seemed to be struggling with trying to get the story to make sense; an odd ending made it seem like he just needed to get the book to end. The characters seemed contrived and uncreative. If you pay for this book, you've spent too much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    David Baldacci has brought Sean King and Michelle Maxwell back i

    David Baldacci has brought Sean King and Michelle Maxwell back in a smoothly written detective story involving CIA, FBI, national security and many smart people. Genius is power, after all. And there’s plenty in this story. The author hooks the reader at the very beginning, and keeps him/her right with him until the last page. This is a very enjoyable read for those who enjoy either Baldacci’s writing or any well-written mystery/detective story with no blatant sexuality. I recommend it to those who meet those requisites. I love the King and Maxwell characters, which I met in the TV series prior to learning that this author created them. Well done, Mr. Baldacci!

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Good Book

    I'm enjoying the series. Started @ #1 and will read them all.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Excellant

    I have read a lot of David Baldacci's books and loved everyone of them. He keeps you in suspense from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Another great book in the King & Maxwell series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    very highly recommended

    Great action, moves along at high speed. If you like Baldacci, you will love this one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Third grade writing

    While the story is decent, the level of writing skill is subpar. Won't be reading any more of his books.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Don't miss reading this one !

    Excellent, as usual, fast moving, exciting, just finished it last night and stayed up till midnight to do it.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Action packed.

    You won't fall to sleep reading this book. Great read.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    Excellent

    King and Maxwell are cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    To Mordred

    Come on don't you want to f<_>uck me Mordred? ;D mmmm

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Mikr

    You fuc<_>ker

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Mordred

    Stabs the person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Awesome-highly recommend

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    So good!

    This book is so good i gave it to my cousin after i read it and she is now raving about it too!

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