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The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2 (Unabridged)
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by David Baldacci (Author), Ron McLarty (Narrator), Orlagh Cassidy (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 34 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Nov 2012
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
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Murder in paradise: Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light. And when Puller learns the truth about what is happening in this once sleepy town, he knows that his discoveries will impact far wider than Paradise.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All is not what is seems in Paradise... 8 Nov 2012
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the second book in Baldacci's Reacher-like series featuring John Puller, a military cop. The Forgotten picks up from where Zero Day left off, but it's not necessary to have read that book previously. Whilst the events from that book are referred to occasionally, there are no spoilers given.

When the book opens, Puller is contemplating returning to work after a brief vacation taken to recover from the events of Zero Day, when his father receives a worrying letter from Puller's Aunt Betsy, who lives in Paradise, Florida. She alludes to something dodgy going on and "mysterious happenings at night". Puller goes down to Florida to visit his aunt, but when he gets there he discovers that she has recently deceased, having drowned in her backyard in what the police have decided was an accident. Given the letter she just wrote, Puller is not convinced it was an accident and starts to investigate further. Almost immediately it becomes apparent that there is more than meets the eye to the entire affair.

At the same time, there is a mysterious man who has literally washed up in town. He has arrived on a mission, but we don't know what that mission is or whether he is going to turn out to be a villain or a hero. He is Puller's match in every way.

The first half of the book develops slowly but maintains the intrigue as Puller pursues his investigations. In the second half things start to come together and the action builds. There are several twists along the way.

It's impossible to avoid the comparison to Lee Child's books because the lead character and overall formula are so similar. If you enjoy Child's books, you're pretty sure to like this too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
David Baldacci is one of the best thriller writers.The Forgotten is a mammoth novel. It is gripping and compelling. The plot is well developed. However, there is one area I feel the author needs to work on.

John Puller is involved in a new case. A letter has been received by John Puller Snr, the father and an ex-military. The contents of the letter becomes a concerning matter for John Puller Snr. Aunt Betsy (Puller's aunt) has reported of strange events occurring in Paradise, Florida, as stated in the letter. The letter prompts the special agent to make a visit to aunt's house. Upon arrival, the agent makes a shocking discovery. The aunt has been found dead. According to police investigations and medical examination, it has been concluded the aunt death is an accident caused by drowning. John questioned this and is not convinced. Could Aunt Betsy been murdered? What evidence suggests it is a murder? The agent looks vigorously into the case. There is another twist to the plot. A series of strange and terrifying events are affecting Paradise. Could these events be linked to the aunt's death? The plot is gripping, thrilling and compelling. I have to give credit to the author for devising a nail biting plot. He has grafted the skill to a high level.

My main criticism reserved about the novel is Puller's character. The dedication and commitment on a professional level is highly commendable. To me, the character lacks a personal touch. There is a lack of charisma and sparkle injected to the character. In subsequent novels, I hope the author can show the character in a different light and I can connect better to the character

The Forgotten shows the class of Baldaci as a world class thriller writer. I enjoyed the novel. On reflection, I would offer the novel four stars. I deducted one star as the central character lacks particular qualities. The author needs to work on John Puller's character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci back to near his best 12 Aug 2013
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Years ago I thought David Baldacci was one of the finest thriller writers around but after he started churning books out at a rather suspicious rate the quality seemed to take a dip. Happily, "The Forgotten" is a real return to form. The first Puller book was so obviously a Jack Reacher rewrite that, while entertaining, it still didn't feel all that great; this one is far more satisfying. It tackles a serious subject, people trafficking and modern day slavery (in America), and does so with respect; but there's a lot of good old-fashioned gunfights and chases too, a great little twist, a couple of misdirections. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 Feb 2013
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I'm very pleased that this second book in the series was written as the first book was brilliant! Love the main character, plot very well delivered - just the right amount of info at the right times in each chapter to keep you wondering although towards the end it gets full of action which would be good for a film. Good author, read a few of his and will read more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 22 Sep 2013
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Excellent read for crime lovers, one of the best Baldacci novels I have had the priviledge to have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true thriller! 21 Aug 2013
By maggiek
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This book had me hooked from the first few pages & eagerly wanting more! Haven't come across this author before but I will be on the lookout for other titles!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten 21 Aug 2013
By jastco
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Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to more of John Puller. I think I've read most of Baldacci's books and this one is up with the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reachers long lost brother 16 Aug 2013
By Mick H
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I like Baldacci's books, Pullen is a likeable character, possibly without Reachers likeability and complete conviction in himself and his abilities, not a bad book though, 8 out of 10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
If you like Jack Reacher you will like this. If you didn't know it was john puller it was reacher
Published 1 day ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
excellent reading could not put it down .Story with john puller very good can,t wait for the next one just as good as the first book.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, if a little far fetched
This is fiction - its supposed to be entertaining and this is very entertaining indeed...

Some references to Europeans suggest that David is American and doesnt know so... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bob Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have read all of David's books & just found this one lacking. Can't explain it, it did not capture my imagination as the others.
Published 5 days ago by marlen
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Excellent plot keeps you wanting more John Puller is a maverick who does his own thing and gets the results brilliant storyline.
Published 10 days ago by J M Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
As usual with this type of novel, a lot is totally impossible but it is very good escapist fun. I hope there will be more John Puller books. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Baldacci
I have read about 6-7 Baldacci books now - each one has been a great crime thriller. I have looked at other authors to read, but keep coming back for more.
Published 17 days ago by Phil Pendlebury
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Am coming to the end of this book and find it hard to put down when its time to turn the light out!
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Puller 2
Having read Zero Day (Puller 1) almost by accident and enjoying it, I quickly ordered this one to follow on. Enjoyed this one too.
Published 19 days ago by Bath Bhoy
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but farfetched
It is an ok book but the story is way to farfetched for me. It seems there is no situation that John Puller cannot survive despite being vastly outnumber, out gunned and with... Read more
Published 29 days ago by LMS72
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