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He's copying famous serial killers. And the HOUR GAME has just begun... A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next. Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King a He's copying famous serial killers. And the HOUR GAME has just begun... A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next. Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, have been hired to defend a man's innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic family. Then a series of secrets leads the partners right into the frantic hunt that is confounding even the FBI. Now King and Maxwell are playing the Hour Game, uncovering one horrifying revelation after another and putting their lives in danger. For the closer they get to the truth, the closer they get to the most shocking surprise of all.


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He's copying famous serial killers. And the HOUR GAME has just begun... A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next. Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King a He's copying famous serial killers. And the HOUR GAME has just begun... A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next. Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, have been hired to defend a man's innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic family. Then a series of secrets leads the partners right into the frantic hunt that is confounding even the FBI. Now King and Maxwell are playing the Hour Game, uncovering one horrifying revelation after another and putting their lives in danger. For the closer they get to the truth, the closer they get to the most shocking surprise of all.

30 review for Hour Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to help prove that Junior Deaver did not break into and burglarize the Battle family's estate. But as they are questioning the Battle family, the Police Chief asks them to look into a murder. The victim is made to look like a casualty of the Zodiac Killer. Soon more bodies are turning up, each made to look like the victim of a famous serial killer. As King and Maxwell's original case becomes entwined with the serial murders, they begin to question just ho Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to help prove that Junior Deaver did not break into and burglarize the Battle family's estate. But as they are questioning the Battle family, the Police Chief asks them to look into a murder. The victim is made to look like a casualty of the Zodiac Killer. Soon more bodies are turning up, each made to look like the victim of a famous serial killer. As King and Maxwell's original case becomes entwined with the serial murders, they begin to question just how many killers are running lose. This is the second book in the King and Maxwell series. It was a fast moving story that kept me turning the pages. I did get a bit confused with there being so many characters and so many plot threads. I also thought that Baldacci could have easily cut out 100 pages from this story with no problem. Overall, I liked it and am looking forward to the next book in the series. My rating: 4 Stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I like Baldacci's writing quite a bit. He's one of few authors that can usually keep me guessing until close to the end of the book. He also has the ability to create characters that feel real, and he offers insight into human nature. However, in 'Hour Game' I feel these two elements were missing. Michelle Maxwell and Sean King - the principal characters in this book and a few others - were just plain flat, 2-dimensional. In addition, he tended to be more verbose than usual: he would explain som I like Baldacci's writing quite a bit. He's one of few authors that can usually keep me guessing until close to the end of the book. He also has the ability to create characters that feel real, and he offers insight into human nature. However, in 'Hour Game' I feel these two elements were missing. Michelle Maxwell and Sean King - the principal characters in this book and a few others - were just plain flat, 2-dimensional. In addition, he tended to be more verbose than usual: he would explain something, and you'd go "oh, okay, that makes sense" and be ready to move on, only to find that he spends two more pages re-explaining it. I don't know if he lacked faith in his readers' intelligence and perception, or in his own ability to portray his own thoughts, but it made for some tedious reading in a book that was supposed to be fast-paced. However, do not let this review stop you from trying some of his other works, which are excellent. 'Saving Faith' is one of my favorites, as well as the 'Camel Club' books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This is my first David Baldacci book, and most likely my last. It was a free pick-up, something to read while I was on vacation. The book is awful. It's so bad it may be the most humorous novel I've read this year. It's like a parody of a someone writing a bestselling novel. Someone at Mr. Baldacci's publisher needs to hire a first rate copy editor, because obviously, there is not one on the staff, This book is filled with sentences and paragraphs so incoherent it would have put my high school A This is my first David Baldacci book, and most likely my last. It was a free pick-up, something to read while I was on vacation. The book is awful. It's so bad it may be the most humorous novel I've read this year. It's like a parody of a someone writing a bestselling novel. Someone at Mr. Baldacci's publisher needs to hire a first rate copy editor, because obviously, there is not one on the staff, This book is filled with sentences and paragraphs so incoherent it would have put my high school Advance Composition teacher, Mrs. Mazursky, into a grammatical meltdown. By page two I was re-writing sentences in my head in order to clarify the author's thought. Books like this (MASSIVE bestsellers) always make me shake my head in wonderment of how bad publishing has fallen. (I will refrain from commenting on people who find books like this "brilliant and entertaining" - but I guess that explains James Patterson.) This book is pretty much beyond saving - it's a untidy mess of murder, murder, murder, solved by a couple of former federal agents who are NO Mulder and Scully, more Dumb & Dumber. Their clever repartee sounds like bad Disney Channel sit-com dialogue. The story is so convoluted - sex, STDs, strip clubs, serial killers, old Southern money, blackmail, more serial killers, stalkers, serial killers - that it makes no sense. AVOID!

  4. 5 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    Hour Game follows the usual trend of a Baldacci series. The first book, Split Second, was interesting but not great and it set up the rest of the series. Hour Game improves upon Split Second in every way possible, especially the plot. The lead characters are great as is their interactions. The murders are local; so we get to see a lot more of Wrightsburg. The plot is also much better since there is some kind of payoff in the end. Overall, this is a nice time pass.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Swati

    Too much of everything: Characters, information and events When the small town of Wrightsburg is rocked by gruesome murders, both ex-secret service agents, Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, now private investigators (partners) are hot on the murderers tail. What sets the murderer apart is how he copies famous serial killers when he commits a crime. The light banter between Michelle and Sean are the highlight of the book. Their bickering does bring comic relief to an otherwise intense thriller. Too much of everything: Characters, information and events When the small town of Wrightsburg is rocked by gruesome murders, both ex-secret service agents, Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, now private investigators (partners) are hot on the murderers tail. What sets the murderer apart is how he copies famous serial killers when he commits a crime. The light banter between Michelle and Sean are the highlight of the book. Their bickering does bring comic relief to an otherwise intense thriller. However the drawback of the book is the introduction of too many characters. From the very beginning, when Michelle and Sean take up the case, Baldacci swamps the reader with a lot of characters; there are so many people, and all under suspicion and so little information. Also it took me a bit of time to actually get into the book. I actually left it many times in the beginning.Another thing that works against the book is how the characters of Michelle and Sean are presented. Michelle just seems so fake. She is more brawn than brains. Sean is the analytical one who dissects the case with painstaking detail while Michelle just flails around in the background shooting guns. For someone who had spent "nine intense years in the Secret Service", she doesn't do much except shooting her mouth off, firing guns and being impulsive while Sean does all the work. Whatever she does stumble upon, it's a mere stroke of good luck.Michelle kind off disappoints and her character is not believable. Sean does most of the solving and he can ALSO do what Michelle can ONLY do so one wonders why was there a need of Michelle's character?As the book proceeds, things get more confusing as the number of murders increase, which in turn increases the number of characters and information. I was trying really hard to solve the case myself and actually had an urge to draw a Character Chart like Kate Beckett does in "Castle".This said, I did enjoy the book but I finished it in instalments. PS: The parts about the various famous serial killers like the Zodiac, Teet etc. were interesting but I guess Mr. Baldacci already knew that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Enghakat

    This book is a taut thriller pairing Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. The duo is hired as deputies to the police chief Todd Williams to solve a string of murders committed by a serial killer. The ride is bumpy with bodies falling left and right, ending in a superb climax. The author builds up the suspense beautifully right till the end. The characters are interesting especially the entire Battle family and the ending is unpredictable. I enjoyed this edge-of-the-seat thriller.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    What a difference a year makes! Baldacci's debut novel featuring disgraced Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Split Second, earned just 3 stars from me; it's worth reading, sort of, if only to see how the book series that spawned a TV series got started - but it's just too simplistic and, in some spots, just plain silly, to be worthy of a higher rating. Since I consider Baldacci to be an accomplished (and favorite) author, though, I figured - make that hoped - that this series What a difference a year makes! Baldacci's debut novel featuring disgraced Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Split Second, earned just 3 stars from me; it's worth reading, sort of, if only to see how the book series that spawned a TV series got started - but it's just too simplistic and, in some spots, just plain silly, to be worthy of a higher rating. Since I consider Baldacci to be an accomplished (and favorite) author, though, I figured - make that hoped - that this series would improve with time. And I'm happy to report that improve it did. Yes, there's still a bit of a "camp" feel to it, and there are still a few barely plausible plot twists and superhuman efforts by the dynamic duo. But the quality of writing itself is almost like this one was written by a different author - and in this case, that's a good thing. Now official partners in a private investigation firm in a small Virginia town, the two have been hired to investigate a burglary at the home of an uber-wealthy family (or more to the point, to make sure the prime suspect actually did the deed). But almost immediately, a couple of bizarre murders fashioned after well-publicized serial killers happen, pulling in King and Maxwell to help local police and FBI agents try to catch the culprit before the next murder (and yes, there is a next murder. It ain't easy. One after another, a major suspect is unearthed, only to be shoved lower in the pile as another possibility rises to the top. I had two in mind by halfway through the book, but it wasn't until the very end that I learned I was both wrong and right. Even more intriguing are the family dynamics and the reasons behind the gruesome murders, which almost include King and Maxwell themselves (ah, c'mon, that's no spoiler - do you really think Baldacci would kill off either of the characters that drive the series)? Now, of course, I'm looking forward to the next one, which I believe is Simple Genius - in part because it was written at least two years after this one and, if the current trend is any example, should be better still. In fact, it's already on my Kindle waiting for me to call it up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Kinney

    One of the finest books I've ever read; one book I cannot put down. I am already too sleepy but i just cant put it down. I like how the story was fast paced and there was no dull chapter and I love how the characters simply evolved and how my brain gets to think on who will be killed next. The intensity of the book from the first chapter to the last has always been a 10! A perfect 10! David Baldacci has made a new turn on how murders are done. The book is intricately written to include all clues One of the finest books I've ever read; one book I cannot put down. I am already too sleepy but i just cant put it down. I like how the story was fast paced and there was no dull chapter and I love how the characters simply evolved and how my brain gets to think on who will be killed next. The intensity of the book from the first chapter to the last has always been a 10! A perfect 10! David Baldacci has made a new turn on how murders are done. The book is intricately written to include all clues and a lot of misdirection as to who killed and who did not. I give it not only a 5 but a DOUBLE 5 star rating!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    This started on a pace to be a 4-star book, but it just went on and on, probably at least 100 pages more than it should have. Then the last plot twist was just too much over the top, unbelievable and very unsatisfying. I think Baldacci faked himself out. King & Maxwell are on the trail of a serial killer and the plot twists and turns like a snake in a hot frying pan. Recommended only to King & Maxwell fans. This started on a pace to be a 4-star book, but it just went on and on, probably at least 100 pages more than it should have. Then the last plot twist was just too much over the top, unbelievable and very unsatisfying. I think Baldacci faked himself out. King & Maxwell are on the trail of a serial killer and the plot twists and turns like a snake in a hot frying pan. Recommended only to King & Maxwell fans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    2 not particularly impressed ★★✩✩✩ Would recommend to… nobody. It was dreadful. It made the boring stuff I had to do even more boring. ⤐Overall. As I have said in one of my updates already, this book wouldn't have made it past the DNF line if it weren't for the fact that I listened to it as an audiobook while doing really blunt tasks at work. It seems ironic to mee that especially crime novels and thrillers have a hard job exciting me, given suspense is their major tool to catch the reader' 2 not particularly impressed ★★✩✩✩ Would recommend to… nobody. It was dreadful. It made the boring stuff I had to do even more boring. ⤐Overall. As I have said in one of my updates already, this book wouldn't have made it past the DNF line if it weren't for the fact that I listened to it as an audiobook while doing really blunt tasks at work. It seems ironic to mee that especially crime novels and thrillers have a hard job exciting me, given suspense is their major tool to catch the reader's attention. Anyhow, I can not even be bothered to write a proper review for this. I hope to find more crime novels such as I Hunt Killers or Crimson Lake in the near future that are actually keeping me at the edge of my seat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    I tried reading one of Baldacci’s novels a couple years ago and became disinterested around page twenty. He is extremely popular (apparently) and seems to publish a new title every other day. I figured he was not an author for me. Then came the dreaded moment: bedtime with nothing to read! Damn. I usually have a stack ready to go—but not this time. While desperately searching, I came across a box of books left by a friend who moved. Double Damn. The books were all either Romance or Political Thri I tried reading one of Baldacci’s novels a couple years ago and became disinterested around page twenty. He is extremely popular (apparently) and seems to publish a new title every other day. I figured he was not an author for me. Then came the dreaded moment: bedtime with nothing to read! Damn. I usually have a stack ready to go—but not this time. While desperately searching, I came across a box of books left by a friend who moved. Double Damn. The books were all either Romance or Political Thrillers. From what I could determine to be the best of the lot, I picked a Baldacci. Of the dozen of his books in the box, this was the thinnest. I figured I could read until falling asleep and then toss it in the morning. Yah, I got hooked. There were so many murders right off the bat—all seemingly unrelated, yet probably by the same perp—I wanted to see where the author could possibly go with this. And since the hunky hero didn’t seem have obliging lust for his sexy coworker (whew, at last) and there were enough interesting ideas, I went with it. The plot is so convoluted (in a good way), it took about fifty pages to finally unwind it all (and three false endings). I have to say (grumble, grumble), I enjoyed it. The chapters are short, compact and jet the plot forward every time (there a hundred chapters). The writing is surprisingly literate. Anyone who can use ‘obfuscate’ correctly gets a prize. There are cliff hangers, red herrings and maguffins everywhere. You actually have to pay attention with this one. Cool. I officially retract my ban on Baldacci.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    **my second read** King & Michelle from Charottlesville, work on killings in Wrightsburg. The plot link to murderer is easy. The book's link to the "Hour game" title is good. Wrist Watch "stems" are pulled out stopping at a hour 1:00, 2:00, etc. hence set to the "hour" are placed on bodies/victims. "Zodiac" Letters/Symbols & Zodiac Wrist Watches set at a hour? Murders point to a Battle family. A good character, Dr. Sylvia Diaz, dept. med. examiner had an affair from her husband, Steve Diaz, with a **my second read** King & Michelle from Charottlesville, work on killings in Wrightsburg. The plot link to murderer is easy. The book's link to the "Hour game" title is good. Wrist Watch "stems" are pulled out stopping at a hour 1:00, 2:00, etc. hence set to the "hour" are placed on bodies/victims. "Zodiac" Letters/Symbols & Zodiac Wrist Watches set at a hour? Murders point to a Battle family. A good character, Dr. Sylvia Diaz, dept. med. examiner had an affair from her husband, Steve Diaz, with a Battle family member. (King knew her from his past). First murder is a woman tied with a tree branch & arms pointing to sky with Zodiac watch. Next, 2 lover lane students, Steve Cannery & Janice Pembroke with Zodiac Watches. Rhonda Tyler with a Zodiac letter. The murderer is signified as the "Zodiac killer" but there are too many murders in the book to follow.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brenda H

    While I enjoyed the book and it was an interesting read, it was much longer than it needed to be. In addition there were several tangents/red herrings that had been taken/thrown out but never resolved that it left me a bit frustrated at the end. The end was not as satisfying as it could - and should - have been but that has to remain unsaid as it would be a major spoiler... Overall, because the story was interesting, kept me guessing throughout and was generally well written, I liked the read. Rat While I enjoyed the book and it was an interesting read, it was much longer than it needed to be. In addition there were several tangents/red herrings that had been taken/thrown out but never resolved that it left me a bit frustrated at the end. The end was not as satisfying as it could - and should - have been but that has to remain unsaid as it would be a major spoiler... Overall, because the story was interesting, kept me guessing throughout and was generally well written, I liked the read. Rating: 3.75

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diana Long

    The second book of the series pairing ex secret service now investigators King and Maxwell. In this story they are on the hunt for a serial killer and it's non stop action from beginning to end. Plenty of intense moments and creatively written scenarios. Highly entertaining

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    This time King & Maxwell were involved with serial murders in their town, Wrightsburg, Virginia, while helping a lawyer friend (Harry) who had a client accused of robbery at Battles' residence. At first, the serial murders seemed to be copycat of works from infamous serial killers (The Zodiac, Son of Sam, etc). But King and Maxwell found that there was more than meets the eye. That everything seemed to link back the Battles family... ------------- Another great book -- I definitely love this serie This time King & Maxwell were involved with serial murders in their town, Wrightsburg, Virginia, while helping a lawyer friend (Harry) who had a client accused of robbery at Battles' residence. At first, the serial murders seemed to be copycat of works from infamous serial killers (The Zodiac, Son of Sam, etc). But King and Maxwell found that there was more than meets the eye. That everything seemed to link back the Battles family... ------------- Another great book -- I definitely love this series right now. I really enjoyed how Sean seemed to be the 'brain' in the partnership (he surely did a lot of digging and figured out things) while Michelle was more of the, well, not muscle but protector. Not that Michelle was not smart or anything, but she was more likely the one carrying the gun, doing the shooting, even ready to kick some villains' ass, while able to save Sean from attempted murder. It's nice to see the woman being able to protect the man once or twice ^^ I LOVE, LOVE the banters between Sean and Michelle. Michelle was a slob while Sean was neat. So sometimes he made fun of her. But Michelle was not without comeback. I also chuckled A LOT here, during the scene at the Aphrodisiac (a gentleman's club), where Michelle was offered to be a pole dancer and later she was propositioned by a six-foot-tall naked woman named Heidi. OH GOSH, SO FUNNY!! I loved Sean's deadpanned humor when he addressed that fact to Michelle. The mystery reminded me a bit of the experience reading Agatha Christie's books -- in a sense that everything was related to the Battles and every single family members seemed to have their own secrets. Agatha Christie's books used to have that as well, where family members were not innocent or the small town citizens had their secrets. Although don't mistake this as having Agatha Christie-esque style, though. I just mentioned her because of the 'family with secrets' factor. Nothing more. Anyway, it was a good mystery and made me sad a bit ((view spoiler)[all those murders happened because Bobby Battle couldn't keep his libido, which resulted in a snowball of events, including one of his son getting syphilis as a baby and later died because of cancer, and motivated his twin to do all these killings (hide spoiler)] . I have few more King & Maxwell books to catch up!! On to book #3 then...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Baldacci throws everything, including the kitchen sink, at you in this action-packed thriller, the 2nd in the King and Maxwell series. A killer stalks Wrightsburg Virginia, imitating infamous serial killers with each murder. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two ex-Secret Service agents, working now as Private Detectives in the area are called in to help with the investigation by the local police chief. As well, they are working a separate case for a lawyer, defending a break and entering suspect. Baldacci throws everything, including the kitchen sink, at you in this action-packed thriller, the 2nd in the King and Maxwell series. A killer stalks Wrightsburg Virginia, imitating infamous serial killers with each murder. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two ex-Secret Service agents, working now as Private Detectives in the area are called in to help with the investigation by the local police chief. As well, they are working a separate case for a lawyer, defending a break and entering suspect. Are the two situations related? Before they get to the crux of solving this case there will be many murders, almost daily, their lives will be threatened. But they plug on, working to solve the case. It's an easy, exciting read. I wish Maxwell was more than just the physical presence in the partnership, but that's a minor complaint. You have to suspend disbelief somewhat, but that was easy to do. I enjoyed the writing, the pacing and the steady throbbing action. Looking forward to getting into the 3rd book, Simple Genius. (3 stars)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Overall this was a very enjoyable book. I enjoyed the style and feel of the book, I just feel it was a touch long to keep up the suspense and tension throughout. There was a big list of characters and the interactions with them were very intriguing and interesting. In some sense I just feel there was too much going on. That said it was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to others, but I can see why some others don't take to it. Unusually I worked out the culprits on this one and quite Overall this was a very enjoyable book. I enjoyed the style and feel of the book, I just feel it was a touch long to keep up the suspense and tension throughout. There was a big list of characters and the interactions with them were very intriguing and interesting. In some sense I just feel there was too much going on. That said it was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to others, but I can see why some others don't take to it. Unusually I worked out the culprits on this one and quite early on. If you haven't given David Baldacci a try I would certainly recommend him.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Merril Anil

    i loved it and loved every page of it. dont get let down by the size of the book because you wont even realize that you are half way through the book because of its pace and intensity. the book has its share of thrills, actions, blood drives and wits and humour filled through the pages. I liked how david baldacci had kept it light for the readers to keep the track and yet the twists and turns blows your mind completely true page turner

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eadie

    This is the 2nd book in the King and Maxwell series. It was a very interesting read and kept me turning the pages. The book could have been shorter as there were entirely too many characters and the plot had subplots. Each chapter brought more questions without any clues or answers. I do have to admit that Baldacci is very good at keeping us guessing and the killer was quite surprising and unexpected. I now look forward to reading the next in the series as I do enjoy the partnership of King and This is the 2nd book in the King and Maxwell series. It was a very interesting read and kept me turning the pages. The book could have been shorter as there were entirely too many characters and the plot had subplots. Each chapter brought more questions without any clues or answers. I do have to admit that Baldacci is very good at keeping us guessing and the killer was quite surprising and unexpected. I now look forward to reading the next in the series as I do enjoy the partnership of King and Maxwell. I would recommend this book to those who like twists and turns and mysteries that are hard to solve.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Neel Tullu

    So many characters! So many murders! So many mysteries! This book had me in the story from page one right until the end. The plot and the buildup was so so good and the way the characters intersected and the way every story and person had another deeper layer of darkness has very interesting. The reveal in the end wherein the killer is ........... was a bit expected if not completely surprising. Still it touched a lot of points on intentions and lost love and family and desires and in the end th So many characters! So many murders! So many mysteries! This book had me in the story from page one right until the end. The plot and the buildup was so so good and the way the characters intersected and the way every story and person had another deeper layer of darkness has very interesting. The reveal in the end wherein the killer is ........... was a bit expected if not completely surprising. Still it touched a lot of points on intentions and lost love and family and desires and in the end the satisfaction and calmness that every character wanted. Another great David Baldacci novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Highton

    A very long book for the second King and Maxwell book, six months or so following the events in the first book which brought their two characters together. Slightly sleepy Wrightsburg in Virginia sees a spate of murders, where it is not clear whether more than one killer is involved - pretty violent stuff and some exciting scenes

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Not at all one of his better works and much too long. If you're patient enough to get to the end, you reach the best part. On that basis 4 of 10 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Di

    Read as part of World of Sleuths Readalongs Another enjoyable read. Been listening to it on audio through Hoopla and I do enjoy the narrator. Lots of twists and uncovering the reason behind the murders was interesting. Each puzzle piece fit together well and I was surprised with the outcome. The murders were much more violent in this one than the previous installment, but I think I did enjoy this mystery just a touch more than the first one. I do enjoy seeing how King and Maxwell work together as Read as part of World of Sleuths Readalongs Another enjoyable read. Been listening to it on audio through Hoopla and I do enjoy the narrator. Lots of twists and uncovering the reason behind the murders was interesting. Each puzzle piece fit together well and I was surprised with the outcome. The murders were much more violent in this one than the previous installment, but I think I did enjoy this mystery just a touch more than the first one. I do enjoy seeing how King and Maxwell work together as private investigators. Will definitely be continuing on to the next installment and am interested to see what mystery that one brings.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Gross, unnecessarily violent, and at least the first 5 pages should have been labeled horror.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    I guess doing a recurring thing as a hobby can seem pointless. Not reading, but reviewing. The Hour Game, though a book I enjoyed amply, cannot give rise to an insightful review. Also I'm trying to make it the last book read this year, instead of the penultimate one. The book bears the signature of its author. Only I can't decide if that's beneficial all the way through. Make no mistake, The Hour Game is, by high standards, a paint by numbers book. From the way I see it, it has a great heart. I I guess doing a recurring thing as a hobby can seem pointless. Not reading, but reviewing. The Hour Game, though a book I enjoyed amply, cannot give rise to an insightful review. Also I'm trying to make it the last book read this year, instead of the penultimate one. The book bears the signature of its author. Only I can't decide if that's beneficial all the way through. Make no mistake, The Hour Game is, by high standards, a paint by numbers book. From the way I see it, it has a great heart. It's a guilty pleasure. Not because of sappy romance, but its cliched style, not because of its willful body count, but because of the innocent prose, not because of its sexual murders (there aren't any here), but because I'm confident that Baldacci tried to write in a different hand and couldn't quite pull it off. The most distinctive trait of this book is that the chapter endings are so lame. I may have missed some double entendre, but I won't bet on it. The book is very pious considering the subject matter. It seems like an old book from the 70's or so. What removes this illusion is the characterization of its main villain. Some of his motives seem nonsensical, but he as a person rings true. Having said that, I luckily did see through the mystery in a flash of lucidity. As for the second murderer, I can take no credit for that as it was very plainly obvious. This was the exceptional book where a cruel murder hasn't taken place in fine Baldacci style. This is why I think the author was experimenting to stay fresh. As a fan, I think he did accomplish much of his intent. PS - You know, it's frustrating to write a book review after outputting more than 300 of them. Especially if you look like you're going downhill quality-wise. Choosing which book to read is almost as perilously cerebral. Nothing can be guaranteed. I thank my readers(all two of them!) of their interest in my reviews. I await next year with languorous trepidation.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I enjoyed this novel from David Baldacci. It had all the twists and turns necessary to keep me turning the pages. I had a few of the twists figured out before they were revealed, but that just tells me that Baldacci left the necessary clues for me to piece it together. Some of they "whys" took me by surprise though and I enjoyed that. My one complaint is the lack of development of King and Maxwell, the protagonists. Sometimes I feel like in a effort the keep things a mystery we miss out on impor I enjoyed this novel from David Baldacci. It had all the twists and turns necessary to keep me turning the pages. I had a few of the twists figured out before they were revealed, but that just tells me that Baldacci left the necessary clues for me to piece it together. Some of they "whys" took me by surprise though and I enjoyed that. My one complaint is the lack of development of King and Maxwell, the protagonists. Sometimes I feel like in a effort the keep things a mystery we miss out on important interactions and developments in the King/Maxwell partnership. I feel Maxwell is particularly flat for the being the female lead. I wonder why King makes all the revelations and Michelle grasps everything just a few moments later than he does. Granted he has more experience, but if she is going to be serious private investigator can't she have some crime solving mojo of her own from time to time? It is like Baldacci has made her the brawn (with all the mentions of her athleticism and strength) and him the brains. It also drives me crazy that Michelle allows Sean to keep developments in the case from her even if he claims it is for her supposed protection. I just can't imagine a true partnership succeeding without full trust between the two parties. I was hopeful we'd see a more balanced partnership between the two in this novel than we did in "Split Second" because the relationship would have evolved as they continued to work together, but I was let down on that point.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Up front, this is not a good book. It started out mildly interesting for the first chapter, up until we met the heroes. Then it started a quick, but long decline into sheer boredom. The story is trite, and reminded me mostly of something I would have seen in an 80s television movie. The secondary characters are so unoriginal and boring that a 2D person would look at them and think they are quite flat. The writing is uninspired. Drunken inspiration would have helped. When the author wasn't busy s Up front, this is not a good book. It started out mildly interesting for the first chapter, up until we met the heroes. Then it started a quick, but long decline into sheer boredom. The story is trite, and reminded me mostly of something I would have seen in an 80s television movie. The secondary characters are so unoriginal and boring that a 2D person would look at them and think they are quite flat. The writing is uninspired. Drunken inspiration would have helped. When the author wasn't busy supplying boring, unneeded descriptions of things (seriously, you _can_ use fewer words you know), he instead delivered stilted, terrible dialogue. It didn't feel like the two protagonists knew each other, let alone liked each other. But they were clearly meant to be close. Worst of all, the protagonists suck. I mean as an attempt at realistic, fully realized characters, they suck. They aren't likable, relatable, or interesting in any way. "Michelle" is an especially poor attempt at giving us a "strong woman". This novel does not predate Buffy, Xena, Aliens, or any other example of a good, well-realized, strong female lead, so there is no excuse for this writing of this character. The male lead, "Sean" is even more poorly developed. The author attempted a heavy-handed presentation of swapped gender expectations but failed. This book is not good. And I will certainly avoid this author in the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Johnsergeant

    Downloaded from Audible.com Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2004 Length: 14 hours and 25 min. Publisher's Summary A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next vict Downloaded from Audible.com Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2004 Length: 14 hours and 25 min. Publisher's Summary A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be. Drawn into this violent affair are two Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Both have been hired to prove a man's innocence in a domestic burglary involving an aristocratic, if dysfunctional, family. Soon, stunning secrets will lead the partners into the middle of a frantic search for a killer unlike any they've confronted before. As the Hour Game barrels forward, Sean and Michelle face a macabre puzzle and uncover one horrifying revelation after another. Nearing the truth, they will find that their own lives are in danger. And then they're hit with the biggest surprise of all. When you play the Hour Game, you have to play to win. But time is running out...for all of them. In Hour Game, best-selling master storyteller David Baldacci has created his most mind-blowing and satisfying thriller yet.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Well, I liked the first one well enough to run down the second. It's okay. We still get a little bit of the "buried views" but not quite so much. The two characters are still here and we get a bit of snarky dialogue. There is a sort of "uncomfortable almost love story" for one of our protagonists but it is simply part of the book, the story, the plot so not bothersome. In fact some of you who'd like to see a love story may be a bit disappointed...or for all I know a lot disappointed. I didn't car Well, I liked the first one well enough to run down the second. It's okay. We still get a little bit of the "buried views" but not quite so much. The two characters are still here and we get a bit of snarky dialogue. There is a sort of "uncomfortable almost love story" for one of our protagonists but it is simply part of the book, the story, the plot so not bothersome. In fact some of you who'd like to see a love story may be a bit disappointed...or for all I know a lot disappointed. I didn't care for this book as much as I did the first. For one thing it, "struggled" a bit and I found my interest wandering. The plot while he managed to work it out and bring it to a satisfying conclusion was a little too convoluted. It was/is a good idea so far as the set up goes but by the time he got into tying it all together he had plot lines extending in several directions and the tie up while coherent was a little....I don't know, stumbling I suppose. I may follow this up with another of the series later. it may be suffering from the fact that at the same time I was reading this I was into a book that I found exceptional. Hard competition. So, not bad a high 3 and very readable. Enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Jacobs

    Not surprisingly, David Baldacci's books become predictable and formulaic after a while. This book was an enjoyable, easy read, and I got through it quickly. Sometimes it's nice to just be able to read a book without using a ton of brain power. Probably the most annoying part of the book was not the predictability, but the chapter where the investigators sit down and review the data...the chapter is designed to look like they're all reviewing the information together, to make sure they haven't mi Not surprisingly, David Baldacci's books become predictable and formulaic after a while. This book was an enjoyable, easy read, and I got through it quickly. Sometimes it's nice to just be able to read a book without using a ton of brain power. Probably the most annoying part of the book was not the predictability, but the chapter where the investigators sit down and review the data...the chapter is designed to look like they're all reviewing the information together, to make sure they haven't missed anything, but the real purpose is to summarize for the readers everything that has happened. Except I don't need the summary because I'VE BEEN READING THE BOOK. And this chapter would not be at all necessary if Baldacci didn't try to incorporate a whole lot of plot lines that don't really add value, and simply create a superficial complexity to the story. Whatever. It's a totally fine book if you want to read something that doesn't make you think (I'm not judging here--I do it all the time myself!)

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