I got hooked on reading the David Baldacci‘s books in order ever since I picked up his first novel, Absolute Power, which I got up soon after it was first published back in 1996. I love political thrillers, and this author makes this genre really proud.
Here are the David Baldacci books in order for his several series, standalone novels and novellas as well. I will update the list any time new titles are published under his name.
Sean King And Michelle Maxwell Books In Order
- Split Second (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #1), 2003
- Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #2), 2004
- Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #3), 2007
- First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #4), 2009
- The Sixth Man (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #5), 2011
- King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #6), 2013
Camel Club Series In Order
- The Camel Club (Camel Club #1), 2005
- The Collectors (Camel Club #2), 2006
- Stone Cold (Camel Club #3), 2007
- Divine Justice (Camel Club #4), 2008
- Hell’s Corner (Camel Club #5), 2010
Shaw Series In Order
John Puller Boks In Order
- Zero Day (John Puller #1), 2011
- The Forgotten (John Puller #2), 2012
- The Escape (John Puller #3), 2014
- No Man’s Land (John Puller #4), 2016
Will Robie Series In Order
- The Innocent (Will Robie #1), 2012
- The Hit (Will Robie #2), 2013
- Bullseye (Will Robbie #2.5), 2014 (also The Camel Club #5.5)
- The Target (Will Robbie #3), 2014
- The Guilty (Will Robie #4), 2015
- End Game (Will Robie #5), 2017
Amos Decker Series In Order
Jane Vega Series In Order
A Young Adult mystery series
Should we read the David Baldacci books in order?
I have read all books by David Baldacci (save for Bullseye and The Target), and while I never got the feeling that I have to read them in order or else, I still recommend you doing so. Granted, that if you pick the books out of order and start to read them, you won’t be utterly lost in what is going on, at least not in all series.
Having said that, however, my personal mantra is – if you can read the books in the right chronological order, do so. There is still a continuity of the storylines in the various series which do make more sense if you pick them up as the author intended them to be read.
For example, Divine Justice in The Camel Club series picks up after Stone Cold, with Oliver Stone having to suffer the consequences of what he did in the previous books as a payback for something (won’t give out spoilers, no worry).
In addition, each series is already advanced enough that there is a strong character development throughout. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are two private investigators (former secret service agents) that work together, and their interaction within the books is interesting and engaging. It is what makes them work together so well in solving their sometimes quirky cases.
Of course, this really refers to reading the series in order. The standalone novels by David Baldacci can be read in any order that you choose.
David Baldacci Standalone Novels
- Absolute Power, 1996
- Total Control, 1997
- The Winner, 1998
- The Simple Truth, 1999
- Saving Faith, 2000
- Wish You Well, 2001
- Last Man Standing, 2001
- The Christmas Train, 2001
- True Blue, 2009
- One Summer, 2011
- No Time Left, 2012 (short story/novella)
Born in 1960 in Richmond, Virginia, the author David Baldacci graduated from the Henrico High School, following which he attended the Virginia Commonwealth University where he got his BA.
After graduating, he enrolled at the University of Virginia, graduating with a law degree. After his studies, he practiced law for 9 years in Washington DC.
It was during this time that he started writing in earnest (he had a knack for writing even as a child), releasing after 3 years his first novel, Absolute Power in 1996. The book became an instant bestseller, and it was also the book that got me hooked on the author’s books as well.
Absolute Power was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.
Currently, with over 30 books under his belt, David Baldacci has written so far 6 mystery series and several standalone novels.
I can honestly say that I’ve read all his novels for adults (haven’t read his kids books, though) and because there are several series that were written over the years, it would be a bit confusing to start reading them now without knowing which book goes in which series and in which order to best read them.
I’ve caught up with most of his books, and as the author has several series going on – many at the same time – I really wanted to make sure I read all his books, or at least I’m aware of all of them, to be add them to my TBR (to be read) pile.
So I figured it’s worth listing all the David Baldacci books in order for anyone who has only now discovered this awesome political thriller author, or who has read a few novels here and there and would like to catch up with reading the rest, just like I did.
His latest book is called End Game and it is the 5th book in his Will Robbie thriller series. Will Robie, the hitman, is tasked with something very different from his normal job. He has to investigate his boss’s disappearance, Blue Man. Roger Walton went on his usual yearly holidays back home fishing and one day he just didn’t check in anymore. He disappeared without a trace.
Now, Will Robbie and Jessica Reel, a hitman as well, have to team up to go searching for their boss before it’s too late.
The latest David Baldacci book is just as adrenaline-rich as the author’s previous novels. While this story is a bit different from the rest, it is still worth reading the David Baldacci books in order for the Will Robbie series because Will and Jessica have a history which develops in an interesting way in this book. Also, you get more information about Blue Man and why he is so important in this book.