Living a new life on a quiet lake in central Virginia, Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. He's been there before. In an out-of-the-way hotel eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service man allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the presidential candidate Sean was protecting was gunned down before his eyes.
Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. She has become obsessed with Sean's case. And he needs a friend—especially since a series of macabre killings has brought him under suspicion and prompted the reappearance of a seductive woman he's tried hard to forget.
As the two discredited agents enter a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, they uncover a violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making - and are a long way from over.
What I liked: I really love how authors portray characters. In this instance the male lead, Sean King, is no longer the kick butt hero he used to be. He's smart but not a ninja. The female lead, Michelle Maxwell, is more the kick butt but she's impulsive. The other characters are a mixed bag. I especially liked that Mr. Baldacci showed the thought process of his characters. I liked King and Maxwell as a team. They were believable.
I figured out the mystery portion of the book earlier than I would have liked but I wasn't completely right and I had the reasoning all wrong. That's a good thing.
What I didn't like: I think I expected more after reading a couple of Mr Baldacci's latest works, The Innocent and The Hit. Split Second was an entertaining quick read but not exactly memorable.
The pricing is $6.64 for Kindle and $7.41 for the paperback.
If you are going to read this series, I recommend getting the books from the library. I might give the series another book or two to see what happens and if the characters progress.