The Forgotten is the second John Puller mystery after Zero Day. Here, Baldacci does more with his main character than the enigmatic loner with incredible skills and resolve that dominated the first book. The secondary characters are also stronger but the ending is still a bit too Hollywood to my taste. With The Forgotten, the John Puller mysteries become almost as compelling as the Camel Club or Sean King / Michelle Maxwell series. Kindle version at Amazon
U.S. Army investigator John Puller goes to Paradise, a retirement community in Florida after his aunt sends a cryptic letter to his father and is then found dead. It seems not everything is as relaxed and innocuous as it seems in Paradise. Puller is almost immediately followed by some mysterious men who seem to be associated with the army. Puller then learns two of his aunt's friends were also killed at pretty much the same time. Soon, he no longer knows who to trust in the town of Paradise. Meanwhile, a mysterious illegal immigrant is on a mission of his own, a mission that is related to what Puller is looking into.
The Forgotten is a good, solid read. Aside from Puller being a little too typical of the lone wolf mystery novel hero, there is not much to quibble about here.
Though this series seems to be rather male centric, Baldacci creates interesting women to accompany the main character and these women are not just decorative. This makes the book something both men and women can easily enjoy.
Other David Baldacci Reviews
The Collectors - A Camel Club mystery: Second The Camel Club mystery, The Collectors, is very good.
Stone Cold - A Camel Club Mystery: Third Camel Club mystery novel: not bad, not great.
The Camel Club: The first Camel Club mystery, a series that should be read in order.
The Whole Truth: geopolitical thriller. Not his best.
Simple Genius - A Sean King / Michelle Maxwell Mystery: Convoluted plot with not much of a payoff. For real Baldacci fans only.
First Family - A Sean King / Michelle Maxwell mystery: Very good mystery novel with a very interesting baddie.
True Blue: Decent enough mystery but not decent enough for this writer.
Deliver Us From Evil: 2 agents have the same target in lesser thriller
Hell s Corner - A Camel Club Mystery: A good one even if the Camel Club are props more than anything else.
Zero Day: Good thriller introduces new character John Puller
The Innocent: Hitman and runaway teen have to figure out who is out to get them in excellent thriller.
End Game - A Will Robie thriller: The head of a mysterious government agency disappears and its best agents, Will Robie and Jessica Reel have to find him at all costs.