Walk the Wire

Walk the Wire

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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: 9781538761472
9781538761465
Characteristics: 422 pages ;,24 cm.

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Ginamarguerite
Mar 13, 2021

Super addition to the Amos Decker series. I haven't read the Wil Robie series but clearly I've been missing out on a good one and will be starting on it soon.

Amos seems to be losing some of his edge -- his "psychic" ability seems to be coming and going but mostly going having him rely on his very intelligent mind and skills. His memory does play into the story and readers are given just enough clues to follow along with him. But there are the usual, wonderful twists and turns to the story so the ending you think is coming doesn't quite happen that way.

Can't wait for the next entry.

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dlduff
Feb 18, 2021

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.

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Gramtastic
Dec 19, 2020

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.

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dchomik
Dec 19, 2020

As I'm a bit of a Baldacci fan, this was a big disappointment. I couldn't wait to finish plowing through it.

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jcr101998
Nov 15, 2020

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

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NedSu
Nov 14, 2020

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.

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Suereads_2
Oct 28, 2020

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.

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Dee_BPL
Oct 20, 2020

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!

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drjoanv
Oct 10, 2020

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!

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libertyfaith
Oct 09, 2020

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.

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