The Forgotten: John Puller, book 2

The Forgotten: John Puller, book 2

‘THE FORGOTTEN: JOHN PULLER, BOOK 2’


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OPENING LINE:

In the sequel to ‘Zero Day’, John Puller heads to Paradise. What could go wrong?


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

In Paradise, nothing is what it seems….
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case – but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
A picture-perfect town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt’s death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller’s father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt’s death was no accident… and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.
©2012 David Baldacci (P)2012 Hachette Audio


THE PLOT:

Fresh from his adventures in West Virginia as told in ‘Zero Day’, army investigator John Puller is back for more. This time his mission is of a more personal nature after he receives a letter from his aunt in Florida asking for his help.
When John Puller arrives in Paradise, he discovers that his aunt is dead. It appears that she was the victim of an accidental drowning but, Puller is not so convinced, especially when more Paradise residents turn up dead.
Puller is driven by the desire to discover what has happened to his aunt, and along the way he encounters a gang, a lawyer with a secret of his own, a police officer interested in more than a professional relationship, and did I mention a mysterious giant?
It isn’t too long before John Puller discovers the true nature of what is happening in Paradise. John Puller’s aunt had stumbled upon a major international human trafficking scheme and that is what got her killed. Will John Puller and his group of unlikely allies be able to stop the ring and identify his aunt’s killer before it is too late?
‘The Forgotten’ proves that sequels don’t always have to be worse than the original. There is a lot going on in ‘The Forgotten’, as there was in the first installment, but it all seemed to connect better this time around.
There is a bit more of a romantic element in ‘The Forgotten’ than there was in ‘Zero Day’, and I found it to be a little unnecessary. It doesn’t really further the story at all and could have been cut without changing anything to any real degree. I have no problem with sex scenes in novels as long as they lead to something or can be used to further character development. What happened in ‘The Forgotten’ didn’t really accomplish any of those goals.
That’s a minor criticism, however. On the whole, I found this book more enjoyable because the secondary characters were more interesting. I was a real fan of the mysterious giant and the mysterious woman with connections to the book’s main antagonist.


THE AUTHOR:

David Baldacci seems to be more comfortable with his characters and their environment than in ‘Zero Day’. There are even several points in the book where John Puller is nowhere to be found. The supporting characters are far more interesting and carry more impact than in the previous installment.


THE NARRATION:

Ron McLarty still has a handle on John Puller and how to play him, but unlike in <a href="https://randomcatastrophe.net/2015/04/07/zero-day/&quot; TARGET="_blank" title="Zero Day: John Puller, book 1"'Zero Day', Orlagh Cassidy has a lot more to do. She has a wider range of characters to play and is able to employ more of her vocal talents with a couple of different accents.


THE PRODUCTION:

There isn’t a lot that is different concerning the production values from ‘Zero Day’ on this track. The only thing of note is that they do employ a few more sound effects than in the prior installment.
There are sound effects added to some of the book’s fight scenes, and there is a particularly gory sound effect used when people are being stabbed and blood squirts out. That might be a turn off for some listeners who don’t mind imagining the gore but don’t especially feel inclined to hear it.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

‘The Forgotten’ is a nice step up from ‘Zero Day’. It is packed with more interesting characters and has a harder to predict ending.
Aside from that, it is nice that Orlagh Cassidy was able to show off more of her vocal talent on the audio track by playing a wider range of characters than in the previous novel.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Score
The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2 David Baldacci Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy Hachette Audio Mystery & Thriller 11/20/2012 12 hours, 30 minutes 8/10

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘THE FORGOTTEN: JOHN PULLER, BOOK 2’ was purchased from Audible for review.


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