In an earlier post I quoted my wife who compared reading a David
Baldacci book to a trip to Chili’s. It probably won’t be life changing, but you will rarely be disappointed. Baldacci’s most recent book, The Fix, fits this description perfectly.
The Fix is Baldacci’s third book revolving around the main character Amos Decker. Here are my quick thoughts about this book.
Sticking with the Chili’s theme, which is odd, but is how my brain works, have you ever been at a restaurant and just not been able to stop eating he chips? Baldacci uses the literary form of whatever secret sauce that restaurant uses for their chips. I bought this book Friday afternoon and finished it around 48 hours later. At one point I was reading this book while I was on the elliptical and realized that I hadn’t even been checking my time. I always check my time on the elliptical. In my twenties I didn’t check the time. At forty I check the time like a drowning man looking for a lifeguard.
I really like the Amos Decker character, but I have to admit for some reason he was not as interesting the third time around.
How to describe characters is one of the biggest dilemmas in writing, particularly in fiction. Baldacci is a master, but sometimes he seems hung up on telling you what every character is wearing. Maybe this is just my quirk, but I don’t really care that much. Probably just me.
Man, 560 pages can fly by when you enjoy the book.
I gave the book three stars on Goodreads. Three stars means I liked the book. There has to be a better system than five stars, but I don’t have the brain power right now to figure out what it is. I feel like three stars is kind of low, but (sticking with the food theme) this book was an Old-Timer with cheese and fries, leaving me as a satisfied customer.