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Lots of fragments here – a Gaudi Wall of a blog, perhaps?
Writer’s Note 2: Thrilled by David Baldacci’s The Forgotten
Recovering from a virus after Christmas I had to
resort to my audiobook file for restful reading. By accident I lighted on The Forgotten by David Baldacci. It had
been a book chosen at random on a one line description.
To remind you. What follows is a highly personal
excercise. It is not a review; it is my note on elements that impress me
as a writer and ways in which I - as a writer - can learn
something from this book.
ambivalent about thrillers and sometimes
think they are better on the silver screen than the pristine page. But this
novel made me think again. I enjoyed it.
-Pacy writing. Crisp, effective prose. Every word a
bullet. Very precise energy and balance of often short sentences. Careful and
unfussy choice of words.
- Very tight plotting. Two main points of view. One
dominant. Well woven together.
- Surprisingly excellent sense of place: The Emerald.
Coast of Florida. The ocean. The power of a storm, The heat. The place called
- Occasional change of pace to establish place with lyrical
evocation, intense description. - Good use of senses.
- Characters are very clear to the eye and the ear.
- Recogniseable army disciplined hero.
-Feisty female one star general as collaborating
- Predictable villains with some good surprises.
- Very tight description ensures we know their body
shape and style. We hear individual tones, dialects and accents They are
clearly defined for us so we follow them through the twists and turns of the
carefully woven plot.
- Several well staged shootouts at the end climax
were more filmic but still well written, They do, after all go with this genre,
- Baldacci tackles various powerful themes of modern life which emerge in the
narrative quite seamlessly,
modern Slavery trade People as commodities (the slimy villain calles the
people he traffics product)
Family, identity. Loyalty.
Courage and Survival.
What have I
learned from David Baldacci
- It is possible to write well and to tackle major themes within the
thriller or any other genre
- The need to evoke a great sense of place to allow
the reader to suspend her disbelief and stay with an occasionally fantastic
occasionally staccato prose enhances pace in a narrative.