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.
What I liked: While the hero, John Puller, maybe along the lines of most heroes in some of today's thrillers, the subject matter of the plot completely captured my attention in this second of a series, The Forgotten. Human trafficking at it's worst, as if there's ever a good side.
Puller is still recovering from his last mission both psyically, mentally and emotionally. He's still on leave and receives a letter from his aunt in Florida suggesting things just aren't right in Paradise. I enjoyed how Mr. Baldacci painted the relationship between Puller and his aunt. I think most of us have had a similar relationship with a relative so it rang very true to me.
The story develops at a good pace, the secondary characters are interesting and I was very surprised by not only the developments in the story but the characters. Some of the bad guys are right up front and some are sleepers. Mr. Baldacci isn't afraid to put his characters through the wringer and I enjoy they aren't always safe.
What I didn't like: I started this series looking for entertainment and I got it. It's not stellar by any means, it just fit my mood at the time. You have to suspend much of your beliefs and buy into this story if you want to enjoy it. I did, and I enjoyed it.
I'm looking forward, based on the "blurb" for the next story in this series.
Recommended for Baldacci fans!!!