The Forgotten – David Baldacci

I have made some mistakes in my time. I once fucked up a tax form and it cost a shed load of money. I also once tried to jump over a wall without realising that the other side was much, much deeper than it looked.
Another one was that I read the John Puller novel “Zero Day” before I read Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. One is far superior than the other and as a hint the crap one isn’t Lee Child’s.
John Puller is a weak facsimile of Jack Reacher. This glaring fact survives Zero Day because it is a good enough story but The Forgotten fails in this regard.
Out of 400 plus pages Baldacci mentions that Puller is in the Army in all but six of them! Obviously, that is hyperbole but it feels like it!
I have read other Baldacci books (notably The Innocent which is much better) so it is not him being a poor writer. It is, I feel, down to the protagonist being so familiar and much weaker.
I could blog a whole other post about how they are similar and how Puller is inferior but I have a life to live y’know.
Also, each chapter is roughly two pages long so the narrative pace flies but yet the story still feels laboured.
On the positive side, the attention to detail in regards to weaponry is excellent.
My main problem with the book is it’s sickening level of American jingoism. Reading this gives one the impression that the US Army is amazing. They may as well included a fucking recruitment flyer with the book!
All of the above does sadden me somewhat as I was eagerly awaiting this book but I think that Über Military Police Man (which Jack Reacher also was) Sgt John Puller and I will irrevocably part ways.


About poetryinstasis

I am a long haired, infrequent blogger and Literature enthusiast. I also watch an unhealthy amount of Football (Soccer) and am the rarest of things as I support my local team. "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know the best" Frida Kahlo
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