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Mixed bag. I like that the Memory Man is a developing character who grows and changes through the series. But, as mentioned by other reviewers, it also takes a bit away from the uniqueness of who he is. Also as mentioned, this plot (actually these plots) are all over the place. There were some concerns about the accuracy of Baldacci's accounts of fracking. I don't know enough about that to say what was right and wrong. But I think I'll go by his own summary of the facts in the postscript: there is a military installation in North Dakota. There is fracking in North Dakota. I made up everything else.
Overall, 3/5. Some interesting plot twists, but the writing is weaker than I'm used to in this series.
Although the first part of the book seemed a slower pace than most Baldacci works, I loved how Baldacci brought two of his series together with Will Robbie's appearance, followed by Jessica and Blue Man. I enjoyed it and am now waiting on the next Baldacci novel.
As I'm a bit of a Baldacci fan, this was a big disappointment. I couldn't wait to finish plowing through it.
Whomever wrote this book should've done some research on "frackers", It's hard to get into a book with such crazy statements. No wonder so many people have misguided opinions about the oil industry
I had just read "Yellow Earth" by John Sayles when I picked up this novel. Both are about the fracking industry in North Dakota, the booms and busts that make a maelstrom of individual lives. Of the two, I prefer Sayles' novel, and by a good bit.
As with most prolific writers, Baldacci has his ups and downs in terms of quality. This one is down. The most glaring wrong note was the inclusion of Robie and Ryals, two characters from another of his series. They serve as Deus Ex Machina as they do their thing in an overlapping story. Other readers point out that this book could have been two different books, and it detracts from Memory Man. Since I'm not a fan of high body count Robie, this is not the book for me- and maybe not you, either.
Disappointed in the 'muddiness' of characters and plots in parallel throughout the book. Not the usual Baldacci I have read and enjoyed. It would have been better in 2 books.
Another great Memory Man novel but you need to pay close attention to this one! I agree with some critics thaqt this could have been two separate novels!
I have read all of Baldacci's books and loved most...This one is a far cry from any of his previous books. Is he asleep at the wheel or is someone else writing for him now, i.e., like Patterson.
CL_kcls (below) expresses my opinion totally!
I too was excited to see Will and Jessica and Blue Man, but this is almost two books in one. A LOT of killings, multiple plots and perpetrators.
I had to re-read the ending just to sort out who did what.
Think this book got overloaded. Acceptable, but not over 3 stars.
A bit slow and convoluted. It drags on , through the middle part. Too many unnecessary characters and plot twists which seem to be there only as filler. Jamison seems a bit weak. Definitely not one of Baldacci's best. Three stars is maybe too generous.
I was excited to read the newest Amos Decker and Alex Jamison book, 'Walk the Wire'. Then, Baldacci added Robie, Reel and Blue Man to what appeared to be an interesting case made more interesting by their appearance!
But, Decker himself inadvertently summed up the truth about 'Walk the Wire very well: "Every time he felt he was gaining traction, another event would force them into an entirely new direction. Part of that was happenstance, he was sure. And he was also certain that part of it was intentional."
There are more wayward plots in this book than mole tunnels in my yard. Most of them are irrelevant to the initial case, yet they all come to near immediate resolution, some before you know it happened. At one point, I thought I put my bookmark in the wrong place and missed something big. I didn't. And frankly, you don't need a flow chart to keep track of my moles, but you will with all the characters, plots and moving parts in Walk the Wire.
Amos Decker seems to be missing a step or two. He is more bumbling than we know him to be. Baldacci subtly hints his condition is changing. If that's so, it makes Decker less interesting, at least in this book.
My other disappointment with 'Walk the Wire' is the utterly banal and sophomoric writing that's so unlike David Baldacci, especially the dialogue between characters. "I loved you," shouted Southern, tears spilling down her cheeks. "Like I have never loved anyone ever. I was looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you."
"Liz, You were very special to me. So kind and supportive. But. . . killing people and saying you did it for me? That's . . . you can't do that. It's wrong. You know that."
Southern tightened her grip on Dawson's throat. "I loved you. That's why I did it. It was all for you! You!"
Gag. Especially in the particular circumstances in which that conversation takes place.
Despite characters I enjoy immensely, I am sad to say 'Walk the Wire' is not up to par.
A gracious 3 stars. Do better, Baldacci.
I used to absolutely LOVE Mr. Baldacci's books. Sadly, not so much anymore. Walk the Wire is probably the most convoluted, implausible story I have read in a long time. There were so many inane plots that my eyes hurt from rolling them so much.
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.
All I'm going to say is; Amos Decker, Alex Jamison, Will Robie, and Jessica Reel together! Thank you Mr Baldacci.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was below David Baldacci's standard. Too many characters and took too long finding out who done it.
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!