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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Puller Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781607885795
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The Forgotten is the second John Puller novel and takes the lone wolf detective, who works for the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, to Paradise, Florida to investigate the death of his aunt. Although this death was ruled a suicide by the authorities, Puller is unconvinced and tries talking to the detectives who looked into the case, without coming up with anything more interesting than a sexual proposition. Puller turns down the female detective coming on to him and reaches out to his paramour, General Julie Carson, who promptly shows up in Paradise wearing an alluring outfit. The two fall into bed together prior to taking the investigation further.

Another character, who plays an important role, is a man named Mecho who was brought to the U.S. via a human trafficking ring. After escaping, Mecho starts working as a gardener for a rich man who might be behind the trafficking. This millionaire, Peter Lampert, coerces people into staying where they are sold by threatening their families in their home country. Together, it's up to Puller, Carson and Mecho to bring him down and free "the forgotten," i.e., the people being trafficked.

John Puller has quite a few similarities to Lee Child's Jack Reacher—both are big men trained in the military who travel around America solving cases. Baldacci's Puller does seem a little more thoughtful than Reacher, which lends complexity to his character.

Download The Forgotten now and follow this lone wolf detective in his attempt to bring down a powerful, corrupt figure who is destroying the lives of thousands via a human trafficking scam.

Born in Virginia, David Baldacci went to school at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his Bachelor's in Political Science. He went on to study law at the University of Virginia School of Law and was a practicing lawyer for nine years in Washington D.C. He published his first book, Absolute Power, in 1996 and it was made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood himself and Gene Hackman. Since then, he has published twenty-five books, including two children's books and was voted one of the 51 most beautiful people in the world in 1997 by People magazine. He is married with two teenaged children and continues to live in Virginia.

In Paradise, nothing is what it seems...


Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.

What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption…It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies.”

    Washington Post

  • “Rife with intriguing, memorable characters and tense situations…deftly providing solid escapism in an exceptionally fast-pace tale.”

    Lansing State Journal

  • “Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch…By an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabethshirk | 2/9/2014

    " Enjoyable book! Looking forward to more In this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Ward | 2/7/2014

    " Great page turner Highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince Carter | 2/7/2014

    " Suspenseful challenge to human trafficing conspiracy in contemporary Florida "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan Rolon | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent book, hard to put down!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Carter | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent book. David Baldacci's Puller is like Jack Racher from Lee Child. The Audio book version had two readers and it was read very well. The overall story line was excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice Fields | 1/31/2014

    " Good action in spite of slow-moving plot... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Snell | 1/19/2014

    " Another very good page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Hill Alexander | 1/18/2014

    " Puller is one of my fav heroes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gingertaggart | 1/17/2014

    " Traditional Baldaci but a good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/1/2014

    " Excellent read -- John Puller is one of Baldacci's best heroes to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magic Mary Austin | 12/31/2013

    " Thank goodness Baldacci has left the Camel Club behind. This novel caught my interest and it wound up being a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Nielsen | 12/13/2013

    " About halfway through this book, I realized it was the second in a series. I don't think they build on each other - they just have the same main character. I liked this book - good mystery. Now I gotta go back and read the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Hamilton | 9/4/2013

    " It was pretty good at first, but the end seems a little far-fetched and I don't understand all of the military stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbiekc | 7/31/2013

    " Baldacci is a favorite of mine. This book was riveting as are all of them, although the subject matter was troubling. Hard to accept that this continues to be a tragic part of any culture, especially one that is supposed to be a proponent of human rights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anya Andreyevna | 6/11/2013

    " very suspensful and enriching! I love David Baldacci even though I am not much into politics. His books are mysterious and hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie R | 6/5/2013

    " Fun, couldn't put it down, but be prepared to suspend some reality! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 5/25/2013

    " Special Agent John Puller, Jr. of the US Army CID is a formidable man. When his father, John Puller, retired 3 star general, receives a letter from his older sister, he asks his son to go to Florida and investigate. A fast moving, interesting novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce Dailey | 5/18/2013

    " Ok, I thought that too many characters were super skilled and attractive. They were not that interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 5/18/2013

    " Mystery set in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. Human trafficking, murder and corrupt small town cops make this fast reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/23/2013

    " This was a fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Honey | 3/19/2013

    " Excellent read...a book I could not stop reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti Ittermann | 2/8/2013

    " Pretty unbelievable. But full of action, blood and violence. Easy to imagine as movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny Mccreight | 1/22/2013

    " one of my favorites-the ending built up and I didn't get that let down or predictable ending I have often gotten from his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Petti | 11/29/2012

    " Reminds me of a Lee Child's Jack Reacher book. Thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne Tiedemann | 11/21/2012

    " The story was good and held my interest. I did not think the two narrators did a very good job. "

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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 Narrators

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.