Simple Genius

In world of secrets, human genius is power.
And sometimes it is simply deadly ...
A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world 's most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now th woma and th oman are about to run th gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world-shattering discovery -- and keep some other secrets underwraps forever ...
Former secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious ina hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And ean is forced to put on a thankless investigation into the mutder of a scientist just inside the CIA 's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia.
Soon he is uncovering layer after layer of disinformation that shields a stunning world filled with elite mathematics, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid more murder, a seemingly autistic girl 's extraordinary genius, and th powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to tak his life at risk. Now more than ever, he needs Michelle -- at her best -- to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.
From Michelle 's courageous struggle to defeat her long-buried personal demons to a centuries-old secret that surfaces in the heat of action, SIMPLE GENIUS pulses with stunning, high-intensity suspense. The eroes of Split Second and Hour Game, David Baldacci 's# 1 New York Times bestsellers, are back -- as you 've ever seen them before.
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Published April 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 24th 2007

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Inadvertentl, Sean nudges her into a “ facility ” where she an be restored to mental health by world-class though unconventional psychologist Horatio Barnes, Sean ’ s old friend.

( We know how far from hidebound he is because he wears jeans and black t-shirts and drives a Harley.) Restoring Michelle to mental health does not come cheap, so Sean takes on a gig that connects him to a certain high-powered and mysterious enclave in Virginia called Babbage Town.

Baggage Town is high-powered because the scientists who work on its behalf are super bright, and it ’ s mysterious because no one actually says what they ’ re working on—except that a breakthrough could bring “ the world as we think it to a screeching halt. ” There, Sean finds the adorable Viggie, an 11-year-old girl genius ( mathematics) who is targeted by various nasty types attempting to exploit her.

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ot only ha I caught up in the action of thi story, I ha also rying to uncover a mystery and was completely enamore with the science.The characters were fantastic.

Unfortunately though this isn ’ t the first book of he series, Baldacci develops his man characters in such a manner that readers wil get to understan them from here, without rehashing past events.

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Monk worked at a laboratory named Babbage Town, a private facility across the York River from the training camp.

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I like the main haracters, King and Maxwell, and their relationship as well as few of the assorte protagonists in that ook.

Indeed, the main story line involving Babbage Town did not hold my interest nor did it always hold up as well and I understoo it hould.

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While Michelle is in Rehab, Sean King is on th mission of his own, he is alled to investigate this homicid that took place at a top-secret CIA Training Camp and laboratory installation known as Babbage Town, almost an Area 51 type complex, only not as heavily defended, HAHA!

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While the main stories are separate, the elationship between Sean and Michelle and the internal battles they battle are revealed and dealt with in order.

readers are treated to a main mystery, a secondary mystery, insight into what makes Michelle tick, and a peek at how Sean and Michelle 's relationship may change.

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he las thing bette than the cliches of angry FBI agent and bumbling local law enforcement was what Baldacci did to Michelle Maxwell 's character.

I read multipl reviews of the previous King and Maxwell book ( The Hour Game) where many ( including me) were critical that there was no character development for Michelle Maxwell.

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