Staceyinastoria (staceyinastoria) wrote in bookish,

Book 1. True Blue by David Baldacci

I am using a new rating system this year.  Your basic grade system.  Please don’t take it TOO seriously, I am a bit silly on most occasions.  I say that cuz I did get one message once were someone cursed at me for daring to not like a book they apparently loved.  Come on people.  This is just opinion.  J   


1 Star=It was beyond awful.  Would consider forcing inmates to read it as punishment.

2 Stars=Pretty damn bad.  A complete waste of anyone’s time.

3 Stars=Middle of the road.  Has some redeeming qualities, but mostly just average. 

4 Stars=Definitely worth your time.  You should read this book…no, you should own it.  Go! Now!

5 Stars=An amazing read.  This book is something special and you would be remiss for not having read it. 


Title: True Blue
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 454

Read before?  No
Rating:  2 Stars

Summary: (from back of book) Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life.

Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital.



My thoughts.  David Baldacci was obviously confused.  I find his writing ok at the best of times, and sometimes I like a candy fiction novel to munch on.  Yet, he for some reason really wanted to make a male character, but instead made her female.  There was almost nothing female about Mason (yes, her name was Mason, Mace for short…which was stupid).  The characters were weakly written and you did not care about them at all.  The sister thing was annoying and although I get that Mace had been in prison for two years, and may be a “bit” high strung, her rationale for just about everything she did was really weak. 


As for the plot.  Do authors now just throw the words “threat of national security” and we are supposed to ride along with it?  The plot was very loose and not that interesting at all.  He has written much better novels than this. 


Best thing about book.  Um, at least it was a quick read.


Worst thing about book.  Having Roy play a one-on-one game of basketball with a drug dealer named Psycho.  If Roy won, they walk away alive.  If not, they would die.  That was about the dumbest thing I have EVER heard of in a novel. 


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