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Book Review : Simple Genius by David Baldacci!

Hey guys!

Today’s review is of Simple Genius, a suspense thriller written by one of my all time favorite authors, David Baldacci. More about the author :

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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children. David and his family live in Virginia. 

Book Summary

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So are most things in life worth dying for.” He glanced across the river. “Something bad is going on over there. And I need to find out what it is. And I need to stop it.” 

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Reluctantly undergoing therapy, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital…

Sean accepts a much-needed job. A physicist has died in mysterious circumstances near Babbage Town, a secret research centre full of eccentric scientists and cryptographers. Meanwhile, the dead man’s young daughter, piano-playing prodigy Viggie, has secrets of her own. But what is the significance of the phrase “codes and blood”?

Directly across the York River from Babbage Town lies the sinister CIA training ground, Camp Peary, where the physicist’s body was found. With both the FBI and CIA breathing down Sean’s neck, can he discover the truth – and in time to save Michelle from herself?

My Review

I am trying to read every David Baldacci book that’s a King and Maxwell thriller, because Sean King & Michelle Maxwell make one hell of a great detective pair. They make amazing partners who have each others backs at all times. Simple Genius is very interesting because Michelle is shown to be undergoing therapy in this book. If you have read previous King and Maxwell thrillers, you can’t help but wonder what has gotten her in this situation.

Sean, meanwhile, has landed a very intriguing case at Babbage Town which is a fictitious town inspired by real locations. The author creates a believable town that has a lot of danger and mystery surrounding it. Sean is in a pretty dangerous situation himself since he came to investigate a murder but soon finds himself a target and there is another death too.

Key characters in this book are Viggie, the daughter of the dead man whose murder Sean is investigating and Ian Whitfield, who is the head of Camp Peary, the sinister CIA training ground where the dead body was found. Viggie is in a world of her own and doesn’t speak normally to everyone. One moment she is lucid, next she is just gone, lost in her world. She is a piano playing prodigy and the notes in the songs she plays are sometimes codes with which she communicates. She even mentions “Codes and blood” couple of times and in the end the meaning of that is revealed in a clever way. Ian is so mysterious, I was really interested in the character. He is awe inspiring and formidable.

In this book, you get to know Michelle’s past. Some of her habits and even her current situation that lands her in therapy is all linked to something in her past. It’s quite shocking and an interesting side story. David Baldacci fans would yet again love this King and Maxwell partnership.

I give this book 4 out of 5, which according to Goodreads standards mean that I ‘really liked it’.

Source : I bought this book from Jashanmal Bookstore and it cost AED 30. This paperback book has 577 pages.

Grand book fair 2012!

Hi my lovely followers 🙂

On Nov 21st, I found out about this amazing book fair called the Grand book fair, from my best friend. I decided to head there on the first day itself and find out more about it myself, before letting you guys in on it 🙂

Oh by the way, am a self-confessed bookworm. I absolutely LOVE books. I do try to attend book fairs a lot as the rates are way too good then!. The Grand book fair started on Nov 22nd and will go on until 1st Dec. I highly recommend you go there. Some of the books are priced at seriously unbeatable prices..

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They have an amazing array of books. Prices start at AED 1, as advertised. Those are mainly books for children. Then there are books for AED 2, AED 5, AED 7, AED 10, AED 20 and so on. As it was the first day, the salespeople were still spending time putting the price stickers on the books. I found an amazing book in the AED 5 section and then found an AED 20 sticker on it. I clarified with the staff and he said, it is indeed AED 5. So tip number 1 : Don’t trust the sticker!. Go with the general pricing in that area or clarify with the staff. I did find many books with AED 40+ prices on it. As I was not planning on buying them, I didn’t try to find out the correct price.

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I spend an hour there. I do have a list of “Want – to – read” books. I did find books by those authors but not the titles I wanted. That was a pretty sad scenario. I asked for a particular book to one of the staff and he basically rummaged through the same pile of books I been going through and finally said that those are the only titles available from that author. So tip number 2: What you see, is what you get!. Take time, go through all areas and just try to find what you want.

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My favorite authors are James Patterson, David Baldacci, Cecelia Ahern, Danielle Steel, John Grisham among others. So I concentrated on those. There are many other well known authors featured. Also, just because everything is priced at amazing rates, I am not one who simply would go on a frenzy, buying everything that my sight falls on. I am very much in control even when I am surrounded by things that I lust for, like books!. So I bought only 3 books. Can you imagine the kind of control I have to have bought only that many!.. Hahaha 😀

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Here are the books I bought :

  1. Along came a spider by James Patterson – Paperback version – 435 pages
  2. Black Market by James Patterson – Paperback version – 400 pages
  3. Hour game by David Baldacci – Paperback version – 721 pages

Now for the price!… I got all of the above for AED 5 each. Oh boy!.. Isn’t that a steal??… I have seen each of these books priced at AED 45+ at other bookstores. If you are more interested in hardcover versions, there are some available (of certain titles only, not all) for AED 10.

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There are many different areas, which cover different topics. Fiction, Children’s books, Health and Fitness, Islamic culture, various kinds of dictionaries etc. The staff are keen to help, with the pricing inquiries. So that is a plus point. Probably because its the very first day, there were only a few customers there. ImageImage

Here is a photo from the outside. Forgive the lighting. It was pretty dark out there. 

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Here is a map to get there.

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I hope you do visit this book fair. Comment below and let me know whether you bought any books or your thoughts on this post and generally on book fairs 🙂

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