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The Last Mile
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First Published in the United States of America 2015
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Introducing The Last Mile
Introducing the Author
THE NOVEL THE LAST MILE, AS THE NAME SUGGESTS, refers to the last 30 to 40 steps Melvin Mars, one of the main characters in the novel, takes toward his death after being blamed for the murder of his own family. The book is one of David Baldacci’s bestselling novels. This book follows the adventures of main character Amos Decker after the first book in this series, Memory Man. The novel itself is a thriller and is held in high regards by many of Baldacci’s readers. David once again does not disappoint his fans and followers.
As we uncover this story, there are two main characters: Melvin Mars who is accused of murdering his own family, and Amos Decker who has also lost his family. David, very neatly highlights the similarities between these two characters so that the readers and the characters themselves are attracted to each other. Baldacci first draws the similarities of their family loss, and then highlights both of these men’s interest in the NFL football league in which they nearly started careers of their own. Baldacci then showcases how both men wind up on different paths in their lives while expressing the pros and cons of each.
Fast forward a bit, and Amos Decker is now a special agent with the FBI and takes up Melvin Mars 20-year-old case when an unknown character rises up after all of this time to claim that he murdered Mars’ family. Throughout the case, Decker discovers many truths after so many years and uncovers the mystery behind who wants to keep Mars alive and why. David Baldacci manages to keep his faithful readers thrilled throughout the novel and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to his characters.
Readers found that each and every page jumped out at them with non-stop action and intrigue. The unique contrast between psychology and murder was intricately highlighted which most readers thoroughly enjoyed. Amidst all the mystery and goings-on, the story remains realistic, thus making it all the more relatable. Baldacci is gifted with getting to the readers’ soft spots so that they develop strong feelings for his characters. By the time, the true nature of the murder is revealed, readers are deeply invested in the future of the characters.
JUST LIKE EVERY MOTHER WANTS HER PERSONAL SPACE, David’s mother too wanted it, thus she gifted a lined notebook to David Baldacci for keeping him busy so that he may write all his stories in it letting mom’s ears free but David wasn't an ordinary child he took this opportunity and started writing stories former as the beginner latter as the professional, thus we know that David is used to writing since childhood.
The first novel of David Baldacci was ‘the absolute power’ which was published in 1996. This novel gave Baldacci the courage and confidence in himself thus after that he wrote 32 novels for adults, which were taken hand in hand and were read widely and around five novels for his young readers who absolutely loved his writing pieces. His writing was majorly followed by the publishers and some of the amazing works were made into movies. All his work is reported to have been translated into 45 different languages and was sold in more than 80 countries. The latest thriller novel was published in April this year and is called ‘the last mile’.
Getting into David’s personal life we discovered that David has his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University however he received his law degree from Virginia school of law and officially he practiced law in Washington.
Apart from being a lawyer and a writer, he is a philanthropist about which very few people know and an active social worker. There is a foundation called ‘wish you well’ which was built up by David and his wife ‘Michelle’, which supports all the family and adult literacy in United States of America. David along with his family lives in Virginia.
What is the main theme of the novel ‘the last mile’?
Absence of family love can transform one's life either ways. Can this be the theme of the novel? Comment.
How can you justify destiny to be an important theme of the novel?
How do you think the characters justifies the basic plot of the novel
What impact does the introduction of Melvin Mars brought to the minds of the readers?
‘Memories can be killer’ comment in the light of Amos Decker’s case?