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Redemption

Written by: David Baldacci
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

FBI Special Agent Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci’s number one New York Times best-selling series.

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl Hawkins. He’s the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn’t changed: he maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? 

As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough....

©2019 David Baldacci (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"A star performance by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy should push this audiobook to the top of every thriller fan’s must-hear list. As a result of being hit on the head, Amos Decker, portrayed by Brewer, can remember everything that ever happened to him, complete with emotions. Brewer owns Decker’s intensity. He gives the character great focus and a steely resolve to find out whether the late Meryl Hawkins, a man he convicted of murdering four people 13 years earlier, was truly guilty. Cassidy tackles every female character with precision and care. Her take on Mary Lancaster, Decker’s former partner, showcases her abilities with the pregnant pause and perfect pacing. Together they create a presentation second to none and provide supercharged entertainment." (AudioFile)  

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Great Read

I had to listen to the book in a day, it just seem impossible to keep it down. one of the best work of Mr Baldacci.

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Brilliant and Gripping Thriller

The diabolical plot in David Baldacci's Redemption stands out amongst all of his works in the series. His protoganist, Amos Decker is fierce but stable detective (now with thr FBI), emotional yet balanced character who goes on to rectify a costly mistake on his part many years ago. The story is very focussed on the crime investigation and has not diverted from the mainstream of the subject. The supportive characters Jamie, Lancaster and Mars play an important role in leading the investigation in the right direction. The narration duo has been at its best so far in the audible books listened with the voice modulation giving the reader an imagery of each of the characters. The plot is very simple, yet the unwinding of true motive behind the murders and the correlation between money laundering, espionage makes it a thrilling finisher. The last few chapters brings in a lot of twists to this compulsive thriller and gets you hooked up to listening further.

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Absolutely Great Book

Loved the story, it had twists which were kind of unpredictable. I have read more over 500 books of detective series like these but Amus Decker series is just simply different than rest of them all. The last line from the author at the end was the brilliant one...which I look forward to read for every fav book / character...
"Amus Decker will be back for unfinished business"
Loved the book. no mistakes or loopholes in the story that I could find.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-19

Production issues

Somehow the post production of this book is not as good as the others in the series. It just doesn't flow. There are weird pauses between words that keep pulling you out of the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-19

Brilliant

Another smashing hit in the series. Characters evolving and dive into the live of the protagonist is exceptionally well scripted.

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  • lawrence
  • 01-05-19

Brilliant!

Another classic from David Baldacci. I enjoyed every word. Thank you for this superbly crafted story. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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  • Michael Stadler
  • 10-05-19

Amos Decker at his best

Great plot and surprise. It is a very good listen and to pick up between listens

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-19

Lazy writing?

I used to love David Baldacci’s books - King and Maxwell, the Camel Club series, stand-alone books. But these latest ones seem rushed/not up to scratch. There’s too much dialogue being used to explain things. Too many allegedly intelligent characters stating the obvious or asking really dumb questions so that the reader gets told what’s going on. It’s not terrible, but nowhere near as good as his earlier stuff. Not sure I’d bother buying the next one (and I’ve read all of his books...)

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  • captivated
  • 21-10-19

Another job well done

As with each of the previous Amos Decker novels- thoroughly enjoyed, captivated and binge listened to over past week x

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  • Sarah
  • 21-09-19

Brilliant as always

Love this authors books, truely amazing story as always, can never put book down once start it

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  • Brig
  • 01-08-19

Better than the last one

I found the last Decker book a bit hard to listen to but this one seemed to flow better. Some real stereotypes (why this depersonalised trend in US novels to say "my family" like their names are forgotten). There is the cop who doesn't like Decker, then does, the corrupt senior policeman, and the complete disregard for the boss Decker should work for. It's a good listen in part owing to the the great 2 person narration and in part because it's just an easy ride. Please, tho, can the next Decker novel not be about his family, or his partners family or the dogs family... Let's just have a nice clean crime

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  • Ian
  • 20-07-19

Good story

Having listened to all the Amos Decker stories this didn’t disappoint. His character is developing and changing book by book, and I look forward to seeing where his journey ends up.
The supporting characters are also well written

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  • Kindle Customer Brenda Powell
  • 14-07-19

Redemption

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very difficult to put down.

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  • M Lang
  • 28-06-19

it felt like Baldacci got stuck

There's a very good core story here, and great characters, but the telling seems to be somewhat off. There are whole scenes of tortured exposition both to get the story moving and finish it off.
For example, Decker and his former partner decide to go over an old crime scene again, but the dialog is as if they're telling each a story rather than detailing a crime. It just feels weird.
Baldacci has always been guilty of adding random lists of detail. It's as if he's googled "top 10 best wines" or "top 5 computer hacking methods", and then got a character to read them out to prove he's an expert. Usually his excellent pacing makes this forgivable, but this book would be much better if it were leaner and tighter.
I did enjoy it, but it left me thinking that Baldacci got stuck and didn't know how to finish it whilst maintaining the pace.

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  • sperera
  • 27-06-19

Good, but not the best

I'm a massive David Baldacci fan and have read all his books. While this story was good and it had the usual twists and turns I didn't find this to be the best read. Didn't keep me captivated and enthralled as some of his other books did. Won't stop me from reading the next David Baldacci novel though.

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  • Pamela M.J.
  • 08-08-19

A perfect thriller

Amos Decker remembers everything, 100% recall, the result of a condition known as hyperthymesia. But even he doesn’t recognise the man who approaches him while Decker is visiting his daughter’s grave. Decker had been responsible for putting Merryl Hawkins in prison for life for murdering four people but he has been released and he looks nothing like the man Decker investigated as a rookie homicide detective. Hawkins is dying, and he wants Decker and Decker’s former partner on the case, Mary Lancaster to clear his name. But even before Decker and Mary can talk to the man, Hawkins is murdered himself.

While it seemed to be an open and shut case at the time, Decker wonders if there is some truth in Hawkins plea of innocence. And when Decker finds his own life being threatened, he realises that someone is afraid of what he will find if the case is re-opened. But without a single clue to follow, and no authority as a law enforcement officer in his hometown, he will have to draw on not only his wits and his memory, but the goodwill of former colleagues if he is to discover the truth.

I loved the narration and the fast pace of the story that meant the miles flew by as I listened to it while driving. I had not read any of the previous Amos Decker books before and had wondered if I’d be lost, but that was not the case. Decker’s character and what brought him to this place were so skilfully inserted into the plot, I think even a Decker fan would not have found it repetitious, and a newcomer like I was, is satisfied.

It is rare for me not find some flaw in a novel but this one deserves a full five stars. It is a brilliant thriller.

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  • chris schuck (amazon)
  • 11-06-19

Oh no ... last in the series

I just feel dread when you finish a great series having lived in the lives of the characters and now there’s nothing ... back to reality is like leaving a dream state with a slap in the face 😁

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-19

Great

Great book
the characters are fantastic and I was riveted to this and couldn't put it down. another masterpiece
Amos Decker. what a guy

More Please

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-19

Redemption roars.

What a good read. full of intrigue and action. I highly recommend this book .

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  • wallis rose
  • 28-05-19

another great rwad

slow start to this book however the plot thickened and it became difficult to put down

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  • Anita
  • 26-04-19

I've missed Amos Decker

I waited so long for the next story in this series and I'm so sad it's over. I loved this book, the character building and the suspense of finding out the truth. The narration, as always, was sensational. I love the male and female narrators as it gives a lot more depth to the individual characters. Please don't let it be long before we hear from Amos again.