Memory Man

Memory Man

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Baldacci introduces former football player turned police detective Amos Decker in the debut of a thrilling new series. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law murdered. As the husband, Amos immediately becomes a prime suspect in the crime, but is subsequently cleared. When a man turns himself in - more than a year later - and confesses to the crime, Decker seizes his chance to learn what really happened that night. And the truth will stun him.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2016.
Edition: 1st oversize mass market ed.
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781455559800
Characteristics: 544 pages ;,20 cm.

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dognamedmozart Sep 21, 2020

First Baldacci book I have read, now I know why readers rave about him. Memory Man, the first book in the Amos Decker series, will keep you wanting more! Just a warning... once you read this one, you will be rushing to read the entire series.

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bookpusher
Jul 15, 2020

Decker is pretty cool. I understand there are more books featuring him so I look forward to reading them!

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dar_7p
Jun 19, 2020

Great author.

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LuvReadingStuff
May 06, 2020

This is the novel that got me hooked on Amos Decker. Waited on the newest one "Walk The Wire".

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jeh106
May 03, 2020

Being stuck at home in suburban Seattle in the state of Washington in the United States has given me lots of time to catch on books by favorite, and new to me, authors. DAVID BALDACCI falls into the “favorites” category. I previously have read five of his books. MEMORY MAN: AMOS DECKER #1 is my first Baldacci book in three years (so many books, so little time!).

Amos Decker is an unusual person. A mediocre college football who works his way onto the roster of a National Football (US style) League team as an undrafted rookie. His career lasted exactly one play. He was tackled on a kickoff play that was violent to the extreme. He died twice before being finally revived. However, he became a very different person. Everything he sees or does becomes permanently attached to his memory and he can recall the information like watching DVD movie.

Amos spends months recuperating from his physical injuries and being examined in a federal government facility with others who have similar brain issues. He returns to his hometown of Burlington and joins the local police force, first as a patrol officer and then as a detective. Amos is a big man, 6 feet 5 inches tall and more than 250 pounds. Many years into his police career, Amos comes home to find his wife, her brother and his young daughter all murdered in unspeakable ways.

He goes into a tailspin. Eventually, he leaves the police, becomes homeless, and lets his body and personal appearance deteriorate. He begins to marginally recover enough to start a career as a private investigator. 16 months after his family was killed, there is a mass shooting at Mansfield High School in Burlington. That was Decker’s high school two decades in the past. The day before the school shooting, Sebastian Leopold arrives at the police station to confess to the murder of Decker’s family. Decker does not know Leopold despite Leopold’s assertion that Amos insulted him at a Seven Eleven.

Mary Lancaster, Decker’s former detective partner, meets Decker at the scene of the school shooting and asks him for his help. Ross Bogart is an FBI Special Agent and profiler brought in to handle the case for the Federal government. Debbie Watson is a Mansfield High school student who the first of eight murder victims at the school. Alexandra Jamison is a reporter for the local newspaper who writes a vicious story about Decker, all but accusing him of his family’s murder.

The author is a masterful storyteller. I cannot wait to catch up with Amos Decker in the rest of this series. The characters are diverse. The plot has twists galore. Watching how Decker’s mind works is a wonderful and frightening experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Especially if you have never read a Baldacci book.

GO! BUY! READ!

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Inga57
Nov 07, 2019

Kindle Immersion Read
Interesting mystery and story line. Kudos for very little in the way of profanity, a sign of a brilliant wordsmith who knows how not to offend his audience, despite the subject matter. Personally, a tad too long as much of the material was repetitive.

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InsJavert
Jan 29, 2019

Listened to this book while traveling. So let me begin my review about Audiobooks. If you are planning a trip, especially by car, Audiobooks are great. This book, being a suspense mystery, was just the ticket for my two day trip. instead of long grueling hours of driving, I was engrossed in a suspense thriller that made the hours roll by. At the end of my first day, it was sad to have to end the story, but a delight to know the next day my travels would once again be filled with suspense. My two day trip was over before I realized. Very much recommend yo consider this medium for any travel plans.

Now for this particular story. The characters were well developed, the plot was in general believable, at times being a bit too far fetched or coincidental. I realized I was being taken in, when every chapter or two, some startling revelation was exposed, Yet, the story was well developed and kept you engaged from start to finish.

The story brings us into the life of.a down and out former police detective, now a private eye, who has some extraordinary abilities, which are truly some mental abnormalities (disorders which he has learned to overcome and adjust to his advantage). This theme is a bit unusual as well as the disorders themselves. All this combined with the stoRy plot, all make for a fairly adventurous suspense story, with its fair share of twists and turns, as well as dead ends.

Overall, an entertaining story, a good read on audio, as well as engaging and entertains. Just a good old fashioned ‘Goodread’ providing a good story on a long road trip.

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megaculpa
Sep 21, 2018

David Baldacci has written some decent thrillers, but this isn't one of them Starts with a comic book hero -- a retired cop with memory super powers -- the plot drags and the ending is ridiculous. Beyond far-fetched -- completely unconvincing.

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mitchelclay
Jul 02, 2018

Amos Decker is the key protagonist in David Baldacci's "Memory Man." He's a calculated man with a tragic backstory. Decker had a terrible accident during the one play he got to run in the NFL. Through the quite literal scrambling of his brain, Decker gains hyperthymesitic abilities, meaning he retains perfect memory. Using his newfound skills, he joins the local police, and rises to become a detective, the perfect place for a man with perfect memory.

The plot takes shape through the sicking murder or Decker's brother-in-law, wife, and young daughter. The murder is never found. Decker falls on hard times as he fails to put his life back together. Sixteen months later, a man walks into the police station and confesses to the murder. The next day their is a substantial school shooting in the town. Could it be possible the man admitting to the crime and the shooting are connected? Amos Decker must find out for himself.

Two-thirds of this book is great. I never read mysteries or detective stories. This one genuinely hooked me. Amos Decker is an interesting man, and his character flaws are heightened due to his incredible "DVR" in his head.

The problem is the ending. It's just not satisfying in any way. His conclusions seem completely out of left field. I guess it's a way to keep the reader guessing. How could they guess the character if we have no knowledge of them?

Oh, and, I know I'm not supposed to do this, but the cover of this book is terrible. I could have sworn that this book was from the eighties. When he starts to reference YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, DVRs, and even Tinder, I was so utterly confused. Then, I came to find out that it was published 2015. For a modern book, the cover is incredibly dated.

I really wanted to like this book through and through. But the flaws in it really pushed me away. It's a toss-up if I'll read any more of the series...

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KathyO59
Apr 20, 2018

Amos Decker is called on again to solve crime. Baldacci takes us from the start through the working of Amos' mind. There are some interesting twists that makes the story interesting but it was typical Baldacci. It wasn't has suspenseful as some of his other books but it was an enjoyable read.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2015

Something seemed off, but he couldn’t pinpoint what, when he almost always could. Orphan facts, he liked to call them. There was no one to claim ownership because they were lies.
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He never forgot anything, but that didn’t mean everything was always placed in the proper context opposite either a complementary or conflicting fact.
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“Well, you never forget anything, so I have to believe that it will come to you.” “That’s the problem. If it hasn’t come to me then it’s not there.” Decker tapped the side of his head. “I don’t have things come to me. I go inside my head and retrieve them. There’s a difference.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2015

Life had coincidences. Serendipity abounded. Wrong place, wrong time. It came as the result of seven billion people jostling each other within the span of a single planet. But there was an unwritten rule in police work: There are no coincidences. All you needed was more in-depth investigation to show that there are no coincidences.

An SJH, in ballistics shorthand. It was a brutally efficient piece of ordnance. Not exactly a dum-dum, named after Dum-Dum, India, where a British army officer had invented a bullet that mushroomed out on impact and acted as a miniature wrecking ball inside the body. Innovation wasn’t always good for you.

“And human beings have limits,” said Decker. “And you can say all you want about the world being unfair and people rising above the atrocities done to them, but everyone is different. Some are hard as steel, but some are fragile, and you never know which one you’re going to get.”

“You don’t look so good, Amos,” Miller said. “Should I?” Decker said back.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2015

“Grand master of memory? What did she have to do?”
“Three tasks. The first was to memorize one thousand random numbers in an hour. Next, she had to memorize the order of ten decks of cards in an hour. And lastly, memorize the order of one deck of cards in under two minutes.”
“There are around one hundred and fifty people in the world who have successfully performed the three tasks.” “Didn’t think it would be that many.” “It’s not, in the grand scheme of seven billion people.”

In his mind progress was always to be measured in inches, especially when you didn’t have yards or even feet of success to show off.

Everyone has an agenda, whether altruistic or self-serving.

Guys don’t worry about people looking, because guys are always the ones who are looking.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2015

He rubbed the metal through the plastic. Then he stopped. It was like rubbing a genie’s lamp. He had made a silly wish, never thinking it would come true. But it just had. The last piece had just fallen into place.

It took him all of three minutes to pack up pretty much all he had. It fit into a bag two feet square with room to spare.

“Well, that would have been a little obvious,” said Wyatt. “So I chose symbolism over literalness.”

“Debbie again. I told her I might have to recruit some of them in case I needed local muscle. It was stupid but she’d believe anything.”

“It’s called a double constrictor knot. It’s like a clove hitch but with an overhand knot under two riding turns. I actually practiced tying it on the flight back from Utah. I discovered that it’s nearly impossible to untie once the knot is set. In fact, it’s one of the most effective binding knots in the world. Been around at least since the 1860s. It’s also called the gunner’s knot.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2015

For a man who never forgot anything it was difficult for him to remember who he used to be. And how he had gotten to be what he was now.

His tolerance for pain was greater than most. You didn’t play football for as long as he had without being able to take pain. But a bullet to the head would not be painful. He would just be dead.

Those who only watched pro football from the safety of their stadium seats or big-screen TVs could never imagine the devastating power of enormous men running at speed into other enormous men. It was like being in a car accident over and over. It didn’t merely hurt; it stunned. It shocked the body in so many different ways that one could never be the same afterward. It pushed bone, muscle, ligaments, and brains to places they were never intended to go.

There were few things in life that were certain. There were many things in death that were. He was staring at three of them. Eyes wide open. Pupils fixed. Mouth involuntarily sagging. Dead.

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