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Good, solid crime fiction with interesting back story. Some of the dialogue is over-written and assumes the reader has both a very short memory and is not able to pick up subtleties of character and plot development.
4 1/2 star read. This is the 5th book in Baldacci's excellent Amos Decker "Memory Man" series and it was a very good read. Decker is back in his old home town on the anniversary of his daughter's murder and expects to have a short visit, but a man from his past accosts him and tells him he was innocent and that Decker's investigation was flawed and he wants to clear his name. And then the man is murdered. So of course, Decker is determined to go back over the case, his first as a detective, and find out if there were things missed and if the man just might be innocent after all. As he starts investigating, it soon becomes apparent that there are people who want him to stop, at any cost. This was a very interesting and compelling read and I enjoyed every page. Another great read from Baldacci.
I felt like watching a movie :) it was full of suspense. enjoyed reading the book.
Good but not great from Baldacci. It is very slow until late on, and too many characters, murders, and red herrings. I had to read this book in stops and starts with a week or so in between, and it was hard to pick up on every character, and where they all fit. It did pick up towards the end as the pieces started to fall together. The conclusion was unexpected. I prefer the John Puller series.
This novel starts off as a 2 star, but towards the end, as more is revealed, it climbed in my estimation to 3.5 stars. Decker becomes involved in a solving a cold murder case in his old hometown in which he was the lead detective - a newbie just starting out in his career. Decker faces the possibility that he helped convict the wrong man and, now, many years later, tries to clear that wrongly convicted man. There are several twists in the plot which made it relatively interesting, but Baldacci does put in a lot of fillers - quips, conversations, and information about Decker's background - that I just skim over - especially the descriptions of his past football career. This author, like Michael Connelly, has aging main characters in this novel.
Oh, the angst. Too many people murdered, that is, until the denouement. Then, of course, it all makes sense. Bloc inhabitants have no reverence for life. Still and nevertheless, way too much going on. Decker is changing, fashioning a new persona and potential future for himself.
I had to come back to this book a couple of times before completing it. A great start that suffered several flats along the way. I began to wonder if the author had taken a break while writing it as well. Surely just me. Maybe the cast is tired. Maybe I'm tired? Will Baldacci redeem Decker for yet another starring role? Will the FBI give Amos the boot? C'mon David, get Amos some help already!
I agree with many of other reader's comments. Maybe not one of Baldacci's best books, but still better than most authors. His stories are always good as is character development. A very entertaining book..
This is another Amos Decker novel, from the fertile mind of prolific author David Baldacci. Prolific doesn't automatically mean good, but this is a good read. I was constantly amazed and amused at how man twists and turns this plot contained- and the journey was amusing, too. Just when you think you know what's going on, something changes your opinion again.
Perfect memory doesn't help if you can't see the anomalies in the past.
My fear is that this is might be the end of the Memory Man novels. Most of Baldacci's characters only make it through 5-6 novels. But I see that there is another character starting up, so I look forward to more Baldacci novels.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great addition to the series. Decker is an interesting character and the problems/blessings he has with his brain would be devastating to any of us. The book had twists and turns that kept me on sitting on the edge of my set so to speak.
I would recommend this to everyone.
Deckers hometown is a really nasty place. Baldacci spends a bit too much time inside Deckers head-we get it there is something really strange going on there but the flashbacks seem out of place-insanity is lurking just around the bend!
Another great hit for David Baldacci. This was another book in the Amos Decker series and it is definitely worth the read. There were a lot of different characters involved throughout the book which kept you guessing right to the end. I highly recommend reading this book.
Amos Decker, David Baldacci's character "the memory Man" is my favorite. Thus when I saw the fifth book in this series I decided to read it. Decker is now with the FBI but he visits his old hometown of Burlington, Ohio when the first man he sent to jail, Meryl Hawkins, accosts him and says he is innocent. He asks Decker to meet him just once but when Decker goes to meet him he finds Hawkins has been murdered. This causes Decker to look into the murder and leads to murder after murder. The ending is rather improbable but it is worth reading.
I like the character of Amos Decker, but good grief, ‘Redemption’ was slow reading. It just seemed to drag endlessly, whereas earlier Baldacci books were so engrossing they seemed to fly on their own. I had no trouble putting this book down for other pursuits.
The plot of’ Redemption’ started out fairly interesting but then it went down so many blind alleys with leaps of sudden "AH HA" moments, mixed with Decker's weary sadness. The ending was just dumb, while trying to be relevant to today's global politics headlines.
I did find it interesting that Decker's "memory man" symptoms are changing. I can only hope Baldacci will make the best of them.
‘Redemption’ is not Baldacci's best book, but I will give Decker another chance, though probably not for a while because I think Baldacci's next release is ‘A Minute to Midnight’ featuring Atlee Pine.
Baldacci's best books are the Camel Club books and the John Puller books, but I enjoy Will Robie, too.
It took about 70 pages for REDEMPTION to really get going. But, I have come to trust David Baldacci's books, and he didn't disappoint with this one; glad I stayed with it because it is awesome. I think one reason it was a bit slow in the beginning is because it has been awhile since the last book in the Memory Man (Amos Decker) series. Because this story is set in his hometown, where his family had been murdered years ago, Baldacci needed to do some stage setting, reminding us who Decker was so we could see how that played out in this novel. This story is incredibly complicated with so many threads and so many characters, and so many possibilities for who did what to whom. I only hope the story of the perpetrators in this novel is really fiction and not based on something that is actually going on in this country. Great read and highly recommend it.
Fun read. It kept my interest. Several plot twists and turns. Worthy addition to the series.
I found this book to be so convoluted that it was hard to keep the characters straight. The plot was so involved that even Decker would be hard pressed to figure it out. I love Baldacci's books but this was a big disappointment after waiting months for its release
This author continues to bring the best characters and plots to his books. Never disappoints. Amos Decker is one of his favorite characters and he just continues to bring him to life. The plot of this story makes you wonder if it could really be true when you look at the state of affairs in our country at this time, it very well could be. Now have to wait for the next addition of the Amos Decker storyline. Good read as usual!!!
I have been utterly WILD about this series since the first book. I've loved Decker - both the parts about him that are "broken" as well as the parts that compensate. Redemption didn't really grab me, however. It got on my nerves when Decker kept hustling across a room or hustling out of a room. (Cue the disco music, lol.) It also started to grate on me a bit when the characters kept roaring at each other. (Cue the lions.) It felt as though Decker was being made to be a little too normal in this book, which was disappointing. I've loved his awkwardness and I hope he doesn't completely lose that. Also, the plot seemed to be rather off in the left field. My last complaint is with a few jarring editorial errors, where I had to stop and figure out what the heck a sentence was supposed to actually read. (Like when the firefighter asked: "Anybody else in there?" and Decker replied, "Not in the office I was in now." Huh?) Maybe I'm being too nitpicky.
On the positive side, I really liked Mars and I hope he shows up in future books! I can't wait to read the next book in the series.