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

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

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Simple Genius (Sean King and Michelle Maxwell Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
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!
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
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.
DrRoger More than 1 year ago
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 only negative isn't with this's with the author...I want more Camel Club series books....but Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are fine.
kingjack44 More than 1 year ago
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.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Wow!  Just wow!  This novel engaged me on multiple levels.  I loved the variety of components that made up this novel.  Suspense, action, intrigue, and science all make their way into it.  Baldacci’s intricate writing really enticed me.  Not only was I caught up in the action of the tale, I was also trying to unravel the mystery and was completely smitten with the science. The characters were fantastic.  Even though this isn’t the first novel of the series, Baldacci develops his man characters in such a manner that readers can get to know them from here, without rehashing past events.  They were remarkably well developed individuals, so real and human and complex.  I found myself drawn to them.  I also enjoyed the variety of secondary characters that we get to know. The diversity of cast really allows you to see all off the sides of the story. I’ll admit that this was my first foray into the world of Baldacci’s writing but it definitely won’t be my last.  I was completely enamoured with this tale.  He had me hooked every step of the way.
Eudy_Knight More than 1 year ago
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!
Thank_God_I_Have_Books More than 1 year ago
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.
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Henry_McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
Simple Genius by David Baldacci A King & Maxwell Novelist Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are caught up in a thriller of government corruption, high-level research into a super computer, and multiple murders. With more twists and turns than a corkscrew including Michelle’s determination to get herself killed.  The characters are well drawn including a super genius, emotionally fragile child, the daughter of a murdered man, who can only relate to Michelle. After several harrowing escapes from death, including by their own government, King and Maxwell uncover the secrets and hidden agendas and the warped mastermind behind it all.  Along the way, Michelle faces her own demons and battles on two fronts to save her partner and solve the mysteries of why she wants to die. An enthralling story that keeps you riveted.
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Really enjoyed this book. David Baldacci's fast paced style and unusual twists and turns kept me from putting the book down.
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FarmgirlPM More than 1 year ago
COuld not put this book down - especially at the end. What a twist!
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My book
ljethrogibbs46 More than 1 year ago
One of his best!  I really love the Camel Club series, but this entry in the King/Maxwell series was outstanding.  Watch for the character names (explained at the book's end) -  I particularly liked "Champ Pollion".  Lots of plot twists right up til the end.  Hardly anyone is who they seem to be.  I don't agree that the story bogged down at any point.   It was a real fast  read.  With what we continually learn about the "inner workings" of the govt. & its intelligence agencies,  this plotline may not be far from the truth.
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WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
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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cssFL More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying the series. Started @ #1 and will read them all.
rfisher916 More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of David Baldacci's books and loved everyone of them. He keeps you in suspense from beginning to end.