Walk the Wire

Walk the Wire

Book - 2020
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When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution - and now murder.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781538761465
Characteristics: 422 pages ;,24 cm.

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Gareldb
Aug 04, 2020

My first thought: What does the title "Walk the Wire" have to do with this book? This was a typical Baldacci - a moderate length book but a really fast read. The main character, Amos Decker - a guy who had a football injury and now has perfect memory and associates colors with certain events and colors, is growing on me. He was such a non-communicator in earlier books that it was hard to empathize with him. I thought the hook-up between him, his partner Alex Jamison, and two characters from another of his series - Will Robie and Jessica Reel seemed fairly awkward. Just having the latter two around to save the lives of the first two periodically doesn't really add much to the story. Connecting a North Dakota fracking operation, Anabaptist communal farmers, a Russian spy, and ton of foreign mercenaries had to be hard to do - and the author only did a mediocre job of it. The whole story just kept getting more and more convoluted and the body count kept getting higher and higher. The final solution was so bizarre and came so far from left field that I couldn't even try to explain it. I decided I just and to accept it and move on. Certainly not one of David Baldacci's better books.

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TheManRetired
Aug 04, 2020

On Hold

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Redwin223
Jul 18, 2020

All I'm going to say is; Amos Decker, Alex Jamison, Will Robie, and Jessica Reel together! Thank you Mr Baldacci.

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USAF1969
Jul 13, 2020

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci is an awesome read. The Memory Man (Amos Decker) is back along with his FBI partner Alex Jamison. But Amos is again having some brain changes - for example, he is suddenly able to be somewhat more empathetic with people he deals with and grappling with that as well as other 'memory' changes. That keeps Jamison a bit confused and sometimes frustrated as she doesn't quite know what is happening to him - understandable because he doesn't quite know either. Others have commented on the story line itself, but I will just say the plot has a bazillion twists and turns, lots of characters make for a complicated story, and there is an surprise appearance of some other characters from Baldacci books that I found refreshing. Enjoy the ride. I had a lot of trouble putting it down.

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gdayburke56
Jul 13, 2020

Too many people involved. It took too long to get there and when it did it was a bit tame. Not one of his best.
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mjk236sb
Jul 09, 2020

Baldacci never disappoints. Really like the development and changes in Amos. He is learning to live again and to see their is hope for the future. Can't wait to see how this continues - hoping that he will find love again.

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writermala
Jul 07, 2020

I haven't read an Amos Decker book in a while so I was looking forward to it. Baldacci did not disappoint. What I liked about this book is that Decker and Jamison got into trouble frequently but they had a surprising ally who "had their back." The introduction of this ally and his partner added a new dimension to the book. When Decker and Jamison are sent to North Dakota it is not clear why the FBI is involved in what appears to be a gruesome if run of the mill murder. Soon though the plot thickens. There is continuous action and the book is a page turner. Definitely a must read.

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Vincent2017
Jul 06, 2020

It was below David Baldacci's standard. Too many characters and took too long finding out who done it.

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DanJ123
Jun 30, 2020

What a book! It starts with a murder and Amos Decker and his partner are sent to North Dakota to solve the crime. In the process of doing so, they come across something even more sinister with much graver consequences. It throws a twist at you when Decker's life is saved by a character from another book series of Baldacci's. The crossover was an excellent touch. For me, I finished the book in record time. Great read!

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LuvReadingStuff
May 24, 2020

Entertaining from beginning to end.

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