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3.00013272280841 out of 53.00013272280841 out of 53.00013272280841 out of 53.00013272280841 out of 53.00013272280841 out of 5 3.00 (15,069 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The King and Maxwell Series Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594832987
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Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment and he vanished into thin air. 

Sean King knows how the she feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second and the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making, and are a long way from over.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast-paced thriller.”

    Denver Post

  • “A masterful craftsman, Baldacci manipulates his story line with great effectiveness, creating a sense of danger and foreboding and imbuing even secondary characters with enough depth and dimension to rescue them from stereotypes. Conspiracies and mysteries abound in this taut mystery that weaves together action-packed scenarios and solid emotional impact…Split Second will solidify his position at the top.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Scott Brick, a star among narrators, captures this smart and sophisticated work. Slight variations in his comfortably flat tone convey each character, with pace and emotion perfectly infused to enhance the mood of the mystery.”

    AudioFile

  • Split Second is sustained by the pulse-pounding suspense his fans have come to expect.”

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 6/12/2017

    " Entertaining story line with great narration. Will continue to read this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T. M. | 2/16/2014

    " The first book about the Secret Service duo of King and Maxell. Both have been scapegoats for incidents that happened on the job. When Michelle Maxwell starts investigating, she looks up the ex-agent and forces him to re-examine an 8-year-old case. The action and suspense pick up as their two cases begin to entertwine and their lives are suddenly on the line. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eydie | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent beginning of a new series! Can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/12/2014

    " I had finished my book and we were stranded on the airplane waiting to take off. So Steve was reading this book. He was napping so I picked up to read it while I waited. I couldn't put it down. So I receommend it highly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 2/7/2014

    " The Sean King series are great reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/6/2014

    " Enjoyable with some twists to keep you from thinking you know how it ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Reed | 1/29/2014

    " i love david baldacci-maybe not literary-but gripping,intelligent,suspense filled and a page turner! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/28/2014

    " The story line had to many holes in it and the plot was a little far fetched. I know it is fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 1/14/2014

    " Not a huge fan of political thrillers, but this one was pretty good and held my attention. Listened to it on CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/25/2013

    " Fast-paced action, lots of twists and turns... kidnapping, murder, secret service, intrigue -- all bundled into an excellent start to a series of books with the characters of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. bravo! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 12/17/2013

    " This author has written far better books than this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Barndt | 12/17/2013

    " Great, easy read! Baldacci is one of my go-to authors for fun fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/1/2013

    " I didn't read the whole thing. It has a great plot that keeps you reading. Very suspenseful, but too much profanity for my liking. I hate when the author has to throw that in there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Sargent | 10/26/2013

    " I'm not overly fond of the narrator, but the story was great. Baldacci has come a long way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pasha | 10/13/2013

    " What a piece of crap. The story is extremely far-fetched. The dialogue, the characters are just blah. Waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jgarboden | 9/4/2013

    " Enjoyed it. Great intro to amazing characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 2/11/2013

    " Good read as usual for Baldacci "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raimi | 5/9/2012

    " This was a nice change of pace. I really like David Baldacci books. This book kept me interested the whole time...total page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sameer | 8/25/2011

    " The entire buildup was an interesting one, I mean it gave the feeling that the book would end in a shattering climax. But the climax, and the reason for whatever had taken place in the whole book...struck to me as..lame "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 8/25/2009

    " This was a good book to listen to on a drive to Erie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/19/2009

    " Very interesting mystery. Suprises all the way to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell Miller | 4/9/2008

    " Good start to a new series for me. Baldacci is so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Wright | 11/12/2007

    " Great introduction to this series. It was a little less than the later series books, but it was nice to introduce characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 8/20/2007

    " This One Falls Short -Disappointing!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davecon | 9/14/2005

    " This was a good thriller and a fast read. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loraine | 2/24/2005

    " Interesting twist of a mystery involving the Secret Service. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of 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 30 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 three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.