Memory Man

Amos Decker S Life Changed Forever Twice.The First Time Was On The Gridiron A Big, Towering Athlete, He Was The Only Person From His Hometown Of Burlington Ever To Go Pro But His Career Ended Before It Had A Chance To Begin On His Very First Play, A Violent Helmet To Helmet Collision Knocked Him Off The Field For Good, And Left Him With An Improbable Side Effect He Can Never Forget Anything.The Second Time Was At Home Nearly Two Decades Later Now A Police Detective, Decker Returned From A Stakeout One Evening And Entered A Nightmare His Wife, Young Daughter, And Brother In Law Had Been Murdered.His Family Destroyed, Their Killer S Identity As Mysterious As The Motive Behind The Crime, And Unable To Forget A Single Detail From That Horrible Night, Decker Finds His World Collapsing Around Him He Leaves The Police Force, Loses His Home, And Winds Up On The Street, Taking Piecemeal Jobs As A Private Investigator When He Can.But Over A Year Later, A Man Turns Himself In To The Police And Confesses To The Murders At The Same Time A Horrific Event Nearly Brings Burlington To Its Knees, And Decker Is Called Back In To Help With This Investigation Decker Also Seizes His Chance To Learn What Really Happened To His Family That Night To Uncover The Stunning Truth, He Must Use His Remarkable Gifts And Confront The Burdens That Go Along With Them He Must Endure The Memories He Would Much Rather Forget And He May Have To Make The Ultimate Sacrifice Memory Man Will Stay With You Long After The Turn Of The Final Page.Memory Man

Absolute Power, in 1996 it was subsequently adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star In total, David has published 36 novels for adults all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television His novels have been translated into than 45 languages and sold in than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales David has also published six novels for younger readers A lifelong Virginian, David graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.David and his wife, Michelle, are the co founders of the

[[ BOOKS ]] ✭ Memory Man Author David Baldacci –
  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Memory Man
  • David Baldacci
  • English
  • 15 February 2017
  • 9781455559824

10 thoughts on “Memory Man

  1. says:

    1 1 2 stars What is extremely impressive about this book is how David Baldacci has managed to convince thousands of readers that this kind of shit is not only good, but something shiny and new.First of all, Amos Decker is a gasp memory man , meaning that an injury gave him the ability to never forget ANYTHING You got that, right He remembers everything he has experienced Literally everything Isn t that completely unique and never heard of before So weird how no mystery crime author has thought to do this Okay, I ll stop But the big selling point of this novel is a character who forgets nothing and, let s be honest, this is pretty common in the genre Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous fictional detectives of all time, has a photographic memory slightly different from Decker s hyperthymesia, but mostly the same The fact that this is pretty much the extent of Decker s characterization and it is somehow supposed to be shocking well, that kind of fell flat instantly.There are many things in this book that I suspect we are supposed to exclaim dramatically at and be impressed by, but we ve either seen them before or they re flimsy at best For example, Decker is supposed to be the absolute best at his job because of his memory, and yet rather than being wowed by him, I got the impression that everyone else in the book was dumbed down to make him look better He would make a fairly obvious deduction and all the other agents mouths would gape open in awe Seriously, I could have told them that.Backstory goes like this Decker left the police after discovering his wife, daughter, and brother in law murdered in his home The murderer was never caught But he now finds himself pulled back into an investigation of a school shooting, because he is just so damn good that they need him on the case Nobody else can figure this out What s , a guy called Sebastian Leopold confesses to his family s murder and gets taken in but some things just don t add up.The story is full of plot holes the detectives ignore key pieces of evidence to prolong the mystery, instead looking into other dead ends They mostly do nothing, anyway, and just stare googly eyed at Decker, waiting for his instruction As a reader of fairly average intelligence, I definitely don t like to feel I could conduct a murder investigation better than trained detectives I did here Also, the motive did not make any sense to me I do not think the reasons given in this book added up to the sum of the crimes at all It seemed like Baldacci had a random idea for a crime and a random idea for a reveal and simply stuck the two together, even though they didn t fit The answers to the mystery are kind of ludicrous, throwing mess into an already convoluted plot.I d even go so far as to say the conclusions add some disturbing implications, and I don t mean in a good way view spoiler The use of a crazy murderous genderqueer character leaves a bad taste Perhaps it would not have been quite so bad if LGBTQIA persons had received some other kind of representation in the novel As it was, however, it had the same effect as a black murderer in an otherwise white novel would have i.e not a good one hide spoiler

  2. says:

    There seems to be no shortage of the troubled hero who s family are brutally murdered in the worse way Yes, these characters make for an interesting story at first It s no secret that this hero can often be redundant, boring, and overdone David Baldacci attempts to break this mold by introducing us to Amos Decker with an unusual ability to remember everything I mean EVERYTHING Memory Man begins with Decker, then a detective, stumbling upon the brutal, senseless murder of his brother in law, wife, and daughter After this devastating time, Decker slowly tries to begin his life again as a private detective Long gone are the days on the Burlington police force that is until a man named Sebastian Leopold confesses to the murder of his family As if that isn t enough, there seems to be new murders and massacres that all point to having something to do with Amos Decker There seems to be a cat and mouse game the the other players in this novel can t keep up with Honestly, I couldn t keep up either Memory Man is a fast moving title, but it also seemed a little too fast and under developed.Before I get into what I didn t like about this novel, I will say that I consider myself a fan of David Baldacci although I ve only read one other novel by him I was especially excited to begin reading Memory Man It begins in graphic detail of a heinous murder which is always a plus It also provides insight into the mind of a man who has decided to choose between life and death after his world is taken away from him For the first few chapters I was engrossed in Amos Decker s story Baldacci gave the tortured hero depth than others Sure, he s socially awkward, emotionally detached, and pretty much struggling to hold things together What s remarkable about Amos is that after being a delivered a career ending blow to the head in the NFL, he suffers from hyperthymesia For those who wonder what that is here ya go It s a near perfect recall of one s personal or autobiographical past Imagine never forgetting a thing that happens to you Like Monk says, it s a gift and it s a curse.Yes, Amos Decker is interesting but not interesting enough to ignore that the other characters in this novel, besides the maniac on the loose, are totally forgettable They struggle to keep up with Decker and it s painfully obvious While Decker deciphers clue after clue yes I know they were intended for him , it is so annoying that no one else can provide much insight They just seemed to be going along with the motions and following Decker s lead Since it seems this is the beginning of another recurring series, I want of a reason to continue to invest my time in this series This novel did none of that I expected way from Baldacci.In conclusion, I wasn t too impressed with Memory Man but it wasn t awful I would definitely read by David Baldacci but I need from his characters in the next Amos Decker novels I understand there was a need to lay down the foundation for this tortured soul, but if memory serves me correctly, I know Baldacci has better in him Copy provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley

  3. says:

    Classic Baldacci and a wonderful start to the Decker series On to the next book.

  4. says:

    This was my first Baldacci book I have several friends who recommend him highly one specifically mentioned this book I am nervous to go back and tell them I only gave it 3 stars It was an okay mystery and I stayed interested throughout My problem is that I didn t believe any of the motivations of the characters I know part of fiction is suspending your belief, but I need it to not seem completely unreasonable and unbelievable I will put it to you this way would you go and drop a nuclear bomb on the house of someone who bullied an acquaintance of yours in second grade After reading this, I think Baldacci might Another thing that bugged me and this is not an issue with the book itself was the audio production I have listened to some before where they switch readers during the book and they were fine This one was a bit distracting and confusing Also, every 15 minutes or so it would start playing background music It was very strange So, I can say I don t recommend this one on audio Anyone have any other good Baldacci recommendations

  5. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.4 Stars This ended up being a book that I liked quite a bit but I didn t love it I have never read any of David Baldacci s work which is actually quite surprising since I have been a big mystery thriller reader for a very long time Even though I had a hard time getting into the story initially, this book really kept me guessing I must admit that I tried really hard to figure out the direction the story was going There was a lot of excitement packed into this story.Amos Decker is an incredibly interesting character His uniqueness really drives the entire story Amos spent about half a minute as a professional football player He was hit so hard by another player in his first play that his heart stopped and his brain was forever changed Amos cannot forget anything His ability to interact with other people has also been altered so he doesn t always behave as you would expect Amos s ability to remember every detail and every moment helps him solve crimes in a way the other detectives cannot He was an excellent detective until his family became the target and his life fell apart He is called in to help as a consultant on a school shooting in his town Amos is able to help connect the pieces of the puzzle together as the story takes one twist after another.I think that this book did a lot of things really well The characters were interesting I found myself wondering how difficult it would be remember ever detail of my life Everyone has things that are best forgotten All of the characters were flawed which made them seem realistic The pacing of the story was perfect I found that I had a very difficult time setting the book aside at some points because I just had to know what happened next The main issue that I had with this book is that some of the plot twists were unrealistic I like to try to figure out how the pieces fall together every time I read a mystery I had no clue with this book because some of the twists ended up being rather improbable, at least in my mind Everything did end up fitting together in a rather exciting and interesting manner so this is really a minor concern for me.I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers This is a smartly written novel that sets a wonderful basis for a new series I definitely plan to continue with this series and would like to read some of David Baldacci s other books in the near future I received a copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

  6. says:

    My first ever David Baldacci book and what a good one it was I sat and read it all in one day because it was basically unputdownable The main character who is an ex cop is made extra interesting in that he is a savant and has the ability to remember everything This of course is a great asset in a murder enquiry and by the end of the book our ex cop is looking forward to much greater things This is marked as book one in a new series and I look forward to reading the next one I also intend to make time to read a lot of this author s books.

  7. says:

    Whew this was pretty intense Memory Man is the 1st book in David Baldacci s new thriller series and introduces one of the most offbeat characters, Amos Decker, whose injuries suffered in a football game ended not only his career but also resulted in him developing hyperthymesia and synesthesia disorders, which gives him the ability to see time as pictures, able to count in colors and to forget nothing in his head.Coping with these abilities as best he can, his life is shattered when his wife and young child are brutally murded for no apparent reason Unable to deal with his grief and desolation, he resigns from the police force, living in the streets and barely making a living as a private PI, not caring about his appearance grossly overweight, disheveled, lonely and heartbroken, living day by day.When a man confesses to the murder of his family, Amos Decker is determined to get involved Within a few days following the confession, a mass shooting and massacre at the local high school that he had been one of the students, he s asked to help in the investigation by his former partner, Detective Mary Lancaster, who is in charge of both investigations An unexpected breakthrough links both of the killings of his family and the school.The information of Amos side effects from his injuries, which I had never heard about, made some interesting reading How he processed his thoughts and findings in his head was riveting stuff Although there was a lot of repetition about it which I skimmed over a few times Pretty scary when we watch how Amos deals with everyday things in his life he almost lives in a world of his own One minute he and Mary are discussing something and he stops and walks away without saying a word to her.The story moves pretty fast, from one place to another, finding people connected to Amos s life because we soon find out that both the crimes have something to do with him I also found some parts of the plots and some of the characters, especially who the villains turn out to be, a bit far fetched and tad unbelievable.I enjoyed this book but I felt it was a bit too long And I am certainly going to read the next in the series.

  8. says:

    3.5 starsBurlington police detective Amos Decker spiraled into despair when his wife, daughter, and brother in law were brutally murdered 15 months ago He quit the police force and became homeless before moving into a cheap motel and becoming a private detective Once a football player, the 6 5 , 350 pound Decker is seriously out of shape He has a unique ability, however, acquired after a massive hit ended his football career Decker sustained a brain injury that gave him hyperthymesia a complete, detailed memory of everything he s ever seen or experienced As the story opens Detective Mary Lancester, Decker s old partner, tells him a homeless man named Sebastian Leopold has confessed to murdering Decker s family Decker, posing as an attorney, manipulates his way into the jail to talk to Leopold The homeless man, who appears to have mental problems, claims he killed Decker s family because the detective dissed him at a 7 Eleven Just when Decker is sneaking into the jail to speak to Leopold a mass shooting occurs at local Mansfield High School, killing a number of staff and students Because he was an excellent detective Decker is asked to consult with authorities on the Mansfield High School murders He uses his extraordinary memory to help the cops and FBI search for the high school shooter and to look into Leopold s bogus sounding confession Decker uncovers one clue after another in the mass shooting case, which turns out to be an intricate plot that has a connection to the murder of Decker s family Along the way Decker, a socially inept loner, has some hostile interactions with an FBI agent and a newspaper reporter who want his cooperation Eventually, though, Decker manages to work with others on the investigations This is a well written, engaging, fast paced mystery that kept my attention as the actions and motives of the perpetrator were exposed My biggest problem with the plot is that both Decker and especially the FBI seem too slow on the uptake in unraveling some of the clues Without giving away any spoilers I ll just say that, in real life, the FBI would probably have exposed understood some clues well before Decker had his aha moments This may be necessary for the story s plot but it doesn t ring true Moreover, given the motive, I would have expected the perpetrator to do some things quite differently Still, the book kept my interest from beginning to end and I would read books about detective Decker s exploits I d recommend Memory Man to mystery fans.You can follow my reviews at

  9. says:

    This is my first book by Mr Baldacci as I had heard he was quite formulaic which is not something that I care for, but I decided to give it a try.The story was o.k and I think the plot flowed along well enough but only really our main character is very well developed I understand that this is typical for series books which I don t usually read We are assuming we will get to know the other characters in the subsequent books.What I really wasn t a fan of was the audio with only two voices, one for the females and one for the males I know that this is the way it was written and I think it would work better in a physical read where you could imagine their voices The whole Then Decker said , then Bogart said, then she answered format was a bit confusing in the beginning, because the voice was used for several male characters it was a bit hard to keep everyone straight All in all it was a good read with some very serious subjects touched upon, murder, rape, terrorism, hermaphroditism and other sexual and mental abnormalities and there are some graphically violent sections of the book.Read this through Overdrive from my public library

  10. says:

    I m loving a good thriller these days With so many thrillers out there I m spoils for choice This was definitely one of the best I ve read yet This had me gripped from the start The main character, Amos, is unique in the fact that he can remember everything You d think that detective work would be easy with this but it is still challenging for him Memorable side characters, strong plot and excellent writing I will be reading Baldacci very soon.

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