The Forgotten by David Baldacci

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The story offers lots of action and twists and turns, plus a satisfying ending.
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In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...


Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. 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 . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

About David Baldacci

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David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at, and to look into its program to spread books across America at
Published November 20, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 435 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on Nov 30 2012

Although the novel moves at a decent clip, Baldacci does telegraph a lot of the action with obvious clues. The ending also seemed a a little too pat, except for one minor surprise.

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Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Nov 21 2012

Teeming with David Baldacci’s characteristic roller coaster pacing, THE FORGOTTEN turns its own pages. Be forewarned: you’re in for a wild ride.

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Reviewed by Mike Whitmer on Jan 12 2013

Much of the dialogue between characters is very ponderous and stilted...There is a “plastic” feel to the participants that prevents the reader from really empathizing with their situations.

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on Jan 09 2013

The story offers lots of action and twists and turns, plus a satisfying ending.

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