David Baldacci

David Baldacci

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April 16th, 2024: A Calamity of Souls

November 12th, 2024: 6:20 Man #3

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David Baldacci Stats: The highest rated book by David Baldacci on Book Notification is Hell's Corner, the 5th novel in the Camel Club series. The second-highest rated book is Divine Justice (Camel Club #4).

The most read book by David Baldacci on Book Notification is Memory Man, the first novel in the Amos Decker series. The second most read book is The Last Mile (Amos Decker #2).

Below is a complete list of David Baldacci books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by David Baldacci is the Amos Decker Series.

List of Aloysius Archer Books in Publication Order

Set in the post-WWII era, follows a war veteran turned detective navigating crime and justice in a small town.

List of Amos Decker Books in Publication Order

Features a former football player turned detective with a perfect memory solving complex cases.

List of Atlee Pine Books in Publication Order

Centers on an FBI agent searching for her missing twin sister while tackling high-profile cases across the US.

List of Camel Club Books in Publication Order

Follows a group of misfit investigators uncovering government conspiracies and corruption in Washington, D.C.

List of Sean King & Michelle Maxwell Books in Publication Order

Stars two Secret Service agents turned private investigators solving political and corporate crimes.

List of Shaw Books in Publication Order

Features a mysterious operative dealing with international conspiracies and personal vendettas.

List of John Puller Books in Publication Order

Centers on a military detective solving crimes in the army and beyond, often involving national security.

List of Travis Devine Books in Publication Order

A series about a young veteran drawn into a dangerous conspiracy involving his former military colleagues.

List of Vega Jane Books in Publication Order

Follows a young girl in a fantastical world as she uncovers truths about her surroundings and herself.

List of Vega Jane Children's Books in Publication Order

A kid-friendly version of the Vega Jane series, exploring adventures in a magical world.

List of Will Robie Books in Publication Order

Centers on a government assassin confronting moral dilemmas while carrying out national security missions.

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.7
Absolute Power
1995
2
8.5
Total Control
1996
3
8.5
The Winner
1997
4
8
The Simple Truth
1998
5
8.2
Saving Faith
1999
6
7.9
Wish You Well
2000
7
8
Last Man Standing
2001
8
7.5
The Christmas Train
2002
9
7.8
True Blue
2009
10
7.4
One Summer
2011
11
7.4
Simply Lies
2023
12
8
A Calamity of Souls
2024

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Freddy and the French Fries in Publication Order

A lighthearted mystery involving unexpected friendships and adventures, diverging from Baldacci's usual thriller genre.

List of The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Books in Publication Order

Focuses on the Cahill family as they race against the Vespers to find ancient artifacts that could change the world's balance of power.

List of David Baldacci Anthologies in Publication Order

David Baldacci: Biography

David Baldacci was born on August 5th, 1960 and is currently 63 years old. David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Baldacci attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a B.A. Political Science and University of Virginia School of Law where he received a Juris Doctorate Degree.

David Baldacci is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 12 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1995 with the novel Absolute Power. The most recently released novel was A Calamity of Souls which was released in 2024. There are no upcoming standalone novels by David at this time.

David Baldacci has also written the Amos Decker series which has 7 books including Memory Man and The Last Mile.

Baldacci's first novel published was Absolute Power, which was three years in the making for that. Prior to the publication of that, Baldacci would write many short stories and screenplays. While they weren't a success, Baldacci felt it helped him learn how to tell stories, according to an article in the VCU News. Baldacci was writing since he was a child, thanks to his mother giving him a notebook which he could use to write stories. When he thanked her for this later on and what it led to in his life, she said she just gave it to David to keep him quiet.

David is the co-founder of the Wish You Well Foundation with his wife, Michelle Baldacci. This foundation works on supporting literacy in adults and families in the USA.

In 2008, David Baldacci was awarded the gold St. Christopher medal. This is the highest honour bestowed by the Comune of Barga.

David is a hands-on researcher when it comes to his novels. In an interview with BookBrowse, he mentioned that while researching the novel Last Man Standing, he learned horse riding as well as firing machine guns, as an example. In the same interview, he said that research normally takes him more than four months, with a book taking a year or more to write.

David Baldacci is a member of The Nielsen Bestseller Award's 21st Century Platinum Hall of Fame.

One Good Deed was listed as one of the Top 5 Historical Fiction Thrillers of 2019 by The Real Book Spy website.

David Baldacci: Awards & Accolades

David Baldacci has won multiple awards including: The International Thriller Writers Award, Silver Bullet Award, in 2008, Barnes & Noble Awards, Writers for Writers Award, in 2012, Library of Virginia, Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2017, Nielsen Awards, Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award, in 2018 and the PEN/Faulkner Award, Literary Champion, in 2024. David Baldacci was also nominated for the Crime Thriller Awards, The Bestseller Dagger, in 2011.

Baldacci's books have also won multiple awards, Absolute Power won the W.H. Smith Award, Thumping Good Read Award, in 1997. One Good Deed won the Nero Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2020.

David Baldacci books have also been nominated for multiple awards, The Innocent was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2012. The Target was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2014. FaceOff was nominated for the Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection, in 2015. The Escape was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2015. Memory Man was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2015. The Last Mile was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2016. One Good Deed was nominated for the International Thriller Writers Award, Best Hardcover Novel, in 2020.

David Baldacci: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Hour Game was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2004.
  • Simple Genius was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2007.
  • Stone Cold was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2007.
  • The Whole Truth was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2008.
  • First Family was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • Deliver Us From Evil was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2010.
  • Hell's Corner was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2010.
  • Zero Day was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2011.
  • The Hit was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2013.
  • The Target was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2014.
  • Memory Man was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2015.
  • The Fix was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2017.
  • The Fallen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2018.
  • Long Road to Mercy was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • Redemption was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • One Good Deed was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • A Minute to Midnight was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • Walk the Wire was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2020.
  • A Gambling Man was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2021.
  • Mercy was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2021.
  • Dream Town was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.
  • Long Shadows was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.
  • A Calamity of Souls was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2024.

David Baldacci: TV/Movies Based on Books

The first novel to be adapted to a movie by David Baldacci was the award winning novel, Absolute Power. The standalone novel which was written in 1996, was made into a movie two years later. It starred Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood.

The standalone novel Wish You Well was made into a movie in 2013. It starred Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy and Josh Lucas. Baldacci wrote the screenplay.

In 2017, Baldacci's novel The Christmas Train was adapted into a TV movie on the Hallmark Channel. It starred Dermot Mulroney, Joan Cusack and Danny Glover.

One Summer was adapted for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in 2021. The TV movie starred Sam Page, Amanda Schull and Sarah Drew.

The Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series of novels was made into a TV show in 2013, of which Baldacci was a consulting producer on. It starred Jon Tenney as Sean King, and Rebecca Romijn playing the part of Michelle Maxwell. Airing on TNT, it lasted one season and ten episodes.

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  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  3. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  4. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  5. James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross Series.

David Baldacci: F.A.Q

When was David Baldacci Born? How old is David Baldacci?

David Baldacci was born on August 5th, 1960. David Baldacci is currently 63 years old.

Where was David Baldacci Born?

David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA and is American.

What awards has David Baldacci won?

David Baldacci has won the following awards: Silver Bullet Award at the International Thriller Writers Award (2008), Writers for Writers Award at the Barnes & Noble Awards (2012), Lifetime Achievement Award at the Library of Virginia (2017), Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award at the Nielsen Awards (2018) and the Literary Champion at the PEN/Faulkner Award (2024).

What book awards has David Baldacci won?

Absolute Power: W.H. Smith Award Thumping Good Read Award (1997).
One Good Deed: Nero Award Best Mystery Novel (2020).

What was the first book David Baldacci wrote?

The first novel written by David Baldacci was Absolute Power, published in 1995.

What was the most recent book David Baldacci wrote?

His most recently released work was A Calamity of Souls on April 16th, 2024.

Will there be any more books by David Baldacci?

David Baldacci has a new book coming out on November 12th, 2024 called 6:20 Man #3.

How many books has David Baldacci written?

David Baldacci has written 66 books across 21 series.
  • 3 books in the Aloysius Archer Series
  • 7 books in the Amos Decker Series
  • 4 books in the Atlee Pine Series
  • 6 books in the Camel Club Series
  • 6 books in the Sean King & Michelle Maxwell Series
  • 2 books in the Shaw Series
  • 4 books in the John Puller Series
  • 3 books in the Travis Devine Series
  • 4 books in the Vega Jane Series
  • 4 books in the Vega Jane Children's Series
  • 6 books in the Will Robie Series
  • 12 Standalone Novels
  • 2 Short Stories/Novellas
  • 1 Non-Fiction Books
  • 2 Freddy and the French Fries
  • 1 book in The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series

Is John Puller Baldacci's version of the Jack Reacher series?

To a degree, yes. There are a lot of similarities between them such as their physical appearance, military history etc. But there are many differences as well such as Puller always has a few weapons at his immediate disposal, and uses external resources. The Jack Reacher series is so popular that any book series these days featuring a 'lone badass' are compared to Reacher.

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    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    Honestly, I was never a fan of David Baldacci’s books until I came across a list of his books and decided to give them a try.
    Baldacci is one of my best thriller and suspense authors.
    I really liked Absolute Power, thanks to the likable fictional characters in the book.
    Confession- I liked the movie more than the novel.
    He is an all-round writer and does not leave the young readers out and has something for them- Freddy and the French Fries series.
    He ensures the readers are thrilled throughout his books while introducing twists and turns to avoid boredom.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    When your first novel is picked to be adapted to a movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, that’s a pretty good sign. I picked up the book after seeing the movie and it was much better, with a tauter plot and more pointed direction to the story. I picked up Baldacci’s next few books and they were just as much fun as the first one. His King & Maxwell series however was where I thought his writing really came together, and along with his Camel Club series was a reading highlight for years. He has continued to introduce new series lately and through I haven’t read a lot of them the ones I have are quite up to Baldacci’s usual standards.

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    Baldacci is just one of those authors that just screams great thrill and adventure.
    He is an around great writer and I have always enjoyed his books and the movies when they come out.
    Of all his novels the Memory Man and the Amos Decker series are my favorites.
    Still, I find that the novels rather than the movies have been what I always enjoy the most. His dialogue and narrative style are more often than not top notch regardless of the characters he brings into his stories.
    Amos Decker the lead of the Amos Decker series is just that character that you love from the get go given how much he has gone through, while still retaining his character and determination.
    Combined with a bunch of interesting secondary characters, Baldacci crafts likeable and well developed heroes and villains that you are unlikely to forget any time soon.

    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    David is a writer that I was hesitant to start reading at first, just because there are so many novels and series to read at this point. But I checked out Absolute Power after having seen the movie Clint Eastwood made, and it made me slowly get into other novels of his, mainly the stand alone reads. That said, I did start the Amos Decker books.

    One of the in that series, called Walk the Wire, is the best of the books with a twist that you just don’t see coming. And it helps that the book is just so compelling it’s tough to set down for too long.

    Teddy B.
    Teddy B.
    2 years ago

    David Baldacci is renowned as a richly-talented author of legal thrillers and suspense novels. His Came Club series is a personal favorite. A distinguished feat achieved by David is having Barack Obama officially listed as his fan.

    Being an attorney by profession, he feels bound to write legal thrillers. Several adaptations of his works include the movies Absolute Power, Wish You Well, and The Christmas Train.

    A TV series called King & Maxwell is based on David’s novel series, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series.

    The actors who have acted in the adaptations of his works include Clint Eastwood, Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, Joan Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dermot Mulroney, Mackenzie Foy, etc.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    I re-read Absolute Power recently. After consuming so many David Baldacci novels, jumping back to the first few years of Baldacci’s career was refreshing. I enjoyed noting all the changes his style had undergone and all the improvements he had made since those early days.

    That isn’t to say that Absolute Power was poorly written. It doesn’t live up to the quality of his later works because it came out so long ago. The ideas in the novel have been done to death. But if you put yourself in the shoes of a reader in the 1990s, you will probably understand why it was so appealing when it was first published.

    I remember enjoying the Clint Eastwood adaptation. I watched it so long ago that I think I have to see it again to determine how it compares to the book.

    Deb
    Deb
    7 months ago

    Baldacci is one of my go-to authors. He never disappoints

    Cindy M
    Cindy M
    7 months ago

    I just can’t stay interested in any of David’s books. The covers would appeal to me, but after a chapter or two it simply never kept my attention to want to keep reading. Anyone recommend one that I might try him again?

    Graeme
    Graeme
    Admin
    Reply to  Cindy M
    7 months ago

    The Winner was one that I loved. His early standalone novels are my favourite.

    Sugarplum33
    Sugarplum33
    Reply to  Cindy M
    4 months ago

    Try the 6:20 Man. It’s a bit different. I loved it.

    SURDEN7
    SURDEN7
    Reply to  Cindy M
    2 months ago

    Baldacci is one of my favorites. He changes things up enough that you don’t ever get bored of a character or series. Each series is different, while still staying in the mystery/thriller genre. I think I started with The Camel Club series many years ago. If he releases a new book, I will order it from the library by virtue it is a David Baldacci book.

    azangie
    azangie
    7 months ago

    The King and Maxwell books are excellent. All of his books are well written and easy to read. I’m reading Trye Blue right now. Written about 2 sisters fighting crime in D. C.

    Sue Jakaitis
    Sue Jakaitis
    4 months ago

    I love all of David Baldacci’s characters, especially King and Maxwell, the Camel Club, Amos Decker and most recently I started the Memory Man. Great books.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    3 months ago

    The Edge – excellent and the last sentence looks like more.

    Denis M
    Denis M
    3 months ago

    I picked up The Camel Club from a neighborhood library to read on the beach this winter. I really enjoyed the story and the characters, enough to keep dabbling in the Camel Club series.

    msdelisle
    msdelisle
    2 months ago

    It took me a while to pick up a Baldacci book. Once I did, I was hooked!

    stalsma
    stalsma
    1 month ago

    The Edge – A few twists and turns which makes for a good read.

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