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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A Master of the Genre is Back!

Mason "Mace" Perry has been fighting for her mental and physical survival her entire life. She suffered through an emotionally stagnant mother and the devastation of her father's murder when she was 12 years old. Her older sister Beth provided a stellar role model and...
Mason "Mace" Perry has been fighting for her mental and physical survival her entire life. She suffered through an emotionally stagnant mother and the devastation of her father's murder when she was 12 years old. Her older sister Beth provided a stellar role model and her star catapulted her all the way to rise through the ranks to top cop in Washington, DC. Mace followed in her sister's footsteps and became a police officer as well. Beth provided stability and it gave Mace guidance but even this was not enough when the walls came down upon her and she fell so far from grace she found herself looking through the bars in prison.

Mace had been framed for a heinous crime she did not commit and after two years in prison she is now free and seeking retribution and reinstatement to the force two things that will most likely not happen but something she will fight for. Like rats in hiding those that set Mace up are going to be difficult to find even for a woman who not only defined her existence via the uniform and losing the badge took away everything. Beth is still taking care to watch over Mace and finds her gainful employment on the outside but before she can unpack her bag and get started Mace finds herself following Beth to a crime scene and getting involved in finding the killer against Beth's protests. There are a too few suspects but one great witness in Roy Kingman and he proves to be an invaluable resource for both sisters.

Roy is a fast-tracking lawyer who five years ago had been a great college player that didn't have the tools to take his career to the professional ranks. Becoming a lawyer had somehow made sense but did not define his soul - the chase on the court did and he will never forget being that close to having it all. But when he finds a co-worker and friend murdered in the officer refrigerator the last place he thought he would be is with a crazy woman chasing down leads and interrogating suspects. But Mace has him strapped behind her on the Ducati she treasures and Roy is literally playing the game of his life with thugs and trying to figure out what he has gotten himself into and stay alive and keep the one man he knows did not commit the crime from being convicted.

With too many people working against her Mace is fighting an uphill battle and one politically motivated woman is determined to take both sisters down in one fell swoop. Mace is not going to let that happen nor is she giving up on any of her goals no matter what sets itself in the path.

David Baldacci is the master of this genre and in this book he shows why. The twists and turns are enough to make you car sick but you can't stop reading long enough to lose your lunch you might miss something. The crime is heinous, the details intricate and every one of these characters is strong and stands up to every conceivable test of strength. You are kept guessing, assuming and concluding who the bad person is and when the facts are revealed you are still scratching your head wondering - did I just read that right? Perfection! This book is recommended highly to anyone with a desire to see who really runs this country.

Mary Gramlich ("The Reading Reviewer") www.marygramlich.com

posted by The_Reading_Reviewer on October 13, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Buying this is "Cash for Clunkers"

Very disappointing -- I agree with another reviewer -- I paid for the hardcover so I was invested --- I too wanted it to be over. Characters that I could not care about and a silly plot. But that was not the worse the dialogue was simply terrible -- who was David Bald...
Very disappointing -- I agree with another reviewer -- I paid for the hardcover so I was invested --- I too wanted it to be over. Characters that I could not care about and a silly plot. But that was not the worse the dialogue was simply terrible -- who was David Baldacci's target audience for this terrible book? Just a waste of hard earned money. Unless you have the mind of a fourteen year old -- you will be disappointed. That's it for me Mr. Baldacci -- I'm out.

posted by MLV on November 27, 2009

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    Not as good as I thought it would be.

    The story starts out slowly as Mr. Baldacci introduces new characters. It then becomes interesting and while one can believe the premise of how the agencies entrusted with the security of the United States operate, it's hard to imagine this is reality. The story ends quickly in the last two chapters with the bad guys being exposed, however what happens to them may be reality, but it is hard to accept. A fair David Baldacci book, that might be ok as a paper back purchase, but at $25 it is not a good value.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Fair

    Fair. Would love to see the Camel Club return.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2009

    So-So

    This was not one of my favorite books. I have read all of his books before this one, but this did not make it for me. The ending was not good at all. Just not a very good book. I read a lot - usually a couple books a week. But this one just did not hold my interest, it took me a while to finish it. Sorry Mr. Baldacci.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    Terrorists as bad guys again

    I liked the main characters and some of the dialogue in the story, but I was disappointed at the end. So many contemporary authors are using the "bad guy behind the bad guy is really a terrorist" device that it is becoming old news. Also the theme that the U.S. government is not lily-white is an old theme. All-in-all, I was disappointed in this novel, Mr. Baldacci.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    TRUE BLUE by David Baldacci

    I have so enjoyed his previous books and order the next one coming because of it. HOWEVER, I found this book to be frustrating. Suspension of belief is a key when viewing and enjoying any of the arts and entertainments. But you just can't believe that the main character is that bull headed and makes such bad decisions that of course work out to her favor. It was a long book with the ending unfinished. The book could have been better with an ending that gave explanations to how Captain was tricked for his sperm, or why was Beth so concerned for her safety, or whatever happened to Chester. Not Baldacci's best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    WHAT CABIN IS THIS

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Another Baldacci thriller that keeps you waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Very good

    I found this book very good i enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    A tribute to tenacity.

    A lot of heroics with not too much credibility. As always, the bad guys turn out to be the top guys.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    cool

    Although I enjoyed reading this book, I have some reservations. I felt that Baldacci could've written a different closure for Mace Perry and several of the characters. It left you wanting more for Mace. Not too thrilled on the ending. Perhaps a sequel will be written in the near future.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Good, But Baldacci Is Better Than This

    This one is just not up to Baldacci's usual work. One can easily see where Mace and Beth could return in a new series for Baldacci, but if they do, he'll need to step up the action. The Camel Club and King/Maxwell series have remained revved up throughout - True Blue presents as an ongoing introduction to these two characters. That type of foundation is necessary for a new series, but the book seemed to focus TOO much on intros. Just when it seemd the action was picking up, Baldacci bogs down, then revs the engine, then slows it back down. If you're a Baldacci fan, read True Blue. Be forwarned it won't be your favorite, but you'll probably appreciate his other works that much more.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    True Blue....too blue

    I have most of David Baldacci's books and enjoy them thoroughly...except this one. It's OK but not up to his standards (or maybe mine of him). His main female characters are young males "morphed" into females, in my opinion. The story line is excellent. But if he wants to write a novel from a female point of view, maybe he should ask his wife for some pointers.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Good premise and characters

    This was given as a gift and subsequently read by the giver. As always, we enjoyed the Baldacci plot and characters. At points it felt as though the book was running longer than needed. Perhaps the author was asked to stretch the writing.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    True Blah

    Could see where this was all going. Just wanted to finish it to say I did.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    A Christmas Release Date to Make it Sell

    Readable and interesting, but not the inspired writting expected from Baldacci. The publisher must has pushed it out the door for Christmas.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    A True Baldacci

    I enjoy almost all the David Baldacci books. They are entertaining, fast paced and good reads. True Blue is no exception. The book is focused on sisters Beth and Mace Perry, mostly on Mace as she attempts to rectify a false conviction for a crime she didn't commit. Complicating this attempt is that Mace was a police officer when she was convicted and Beth is the Chief of Police, both in Washington D.C. There are some relatively major mind bending scenarios that play out but it all holds together for the most part. A good, fast read.

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