Memory Man by David Baldacci (a book review)

This book has the makings of a new book series. The hero is Amos Decker, a middle-aged, 6’5”, 350-lb., former police detective whose mind is like a DVR. A football accident that happened during his first college football game as a freshman resulted in giving him more than a concussion. His brain somehow got knocked in the right places to give him the ability to recall all his memories at will. His size is metaphorical of the heaviness of life events that will follow later. One of such events is the inexplicable murders of his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law. The murders go unsolved and his life spirals down until many years later he is roused from his lackluster existence.

What I like about David Baldacci’s stories are the action and suspense that makes you want to read his book nonstop. Like Decker in Memory Man, his heroes/heroines tend to go through so much suffering that they become alienated from others. Most also possess a special talent or extraordinary intelligence that make them stand out from their peers and receive grudging respect from their opponents. Expect lots of conflicts and setbacks along with some breakthroughs here and there, and finally the major reveal. He has the thriller genre down, and the formula continues to work well because of good writing and story lines.

Memory Man is truly suspenseful to the end. It keeps you wondering who did all the killings, of which there are quite a lot. I don’t want to give away any more about the story other than to say not all the characters are one-dimensional.

David Baldacci typically has four different book series underway at one time, in addition to the standalone books, with Memory Man being one of them. I’ve read almost all of his books, which I’ve  listed below in the order they were published. When I read a new book, I will add it to the list, so I’ll remember I’ve read it!

Absolute Power
Total Control
The Winner
The Simple Truth
Saving Faith
Wish You Well
Last Man Standing
Split Second (1st of King & Maxwell series)
Hour Game (King & Maxwell series)
The Camel Club (1st of the Camel Club series)
The Collectors (Camel Club series)
Simple Genius (King & Maxwell series)

Stone Cold (Camel Club series)
The Whole Truth (1st of Shaw series)
Divine Justice (Camel Club series)

First Family (King & Maxwell series)
True Blue
Deliver us from Evil (Shaw series)

Hell’s Corner (Camel Club series)
The Sixth Man (King & Maxwell series)
No Time Left
One Summer
Zero Day (1st of John Puller series)
The Innocent (1st of Will Robie series)
The Forgotten (John Puller series)
Day of Doom
The Hit (Will Robie series)
King and Maxwell
Bullseye (Will Robie series)
The Finisher
The Target (Will Robie series)
The Escape (John Puller series)
Memory Man (1st of Memory Man series)
The Keeper
The Guilty (Will Robie series)
No Man’s Land (John Puller series)
The Last Mile (Memory Man series)
The Fix (Memory Man series)
End Game (Will Robie series)
The Fallen (Memory Man series)
Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine series
Redemption (Memory Man series)
One Good Deed (new series)
A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine series)
Walk the Wire (Memory Man series)

2 thoughts on “Memory Man by David Baldacci (a book review)

  1. This is craaaazy impressive. Blows my mind actually hahah I’ve added Absolute Power and The Innocent to my list. I need me some of these thrillers that isn’t another emotionally unstable woman misleading the reader (it’s all I seem to pick up when it comes to thrillers…)! 😛 Thanks for the suggestion to visit this post, Karina. Happy reading!

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