If you like a good story that follows a logical order with strong characters and lots of well described action you will enjoy like this selection. The story keeps moving and descriptions take you to the place and allow you to see the plot unfold in front of you.
Goes ok until until the hero gets called on the floor for doing what he was asked to do. Author continually goes over the top for the hero feeling sorry for himself. Not convnincing. Plot is too perfect for the bad guys and the top bad guy is a super human . This wasn't supposed to be science fiction.
Finally, the author kills a man up front with a .22 revolver but does it with a jacketed bullet. Anyone ever seen a .22 jacketed bullet (not a rifle bullet - a .22 revolver handgun)? BS and very poorly written. Obviously writting about something he knows very little about.
The Good: I liked the personalities of the characters... their quirkiness, comaradarie, and interactions. While some were not entirely "believable", that was OK with me (its FICTION!). Also good was some of the background and research regarding the practice of Islam and their views of we infidels.
The Bad: The infiltration and dishonor conducted within and between members our NSA, CIA, FBI and Executive office makes our government seem like a bunch of bufoons. The author also seems to be making a statement that we are at as much fault for poor relations between USA and Muslin countries- argument seemed silly.
The Ugly: The quick decision by the US to launch a nuclear strike without an imminint threat and to simply just "sent a message" was utterly ridiculous.
Perhaps I'll try another book including the Camel Club again... but ONLY if the story is not as utterly ridiculous as this one was.
Not often do I just want a book to end. The whole premise of this story is preposterous. The author stretched what could have been a good read into a book with the most unbelievable sub plots. Each time he threw another one in I was wondering where on earth he going to go with it. At the end I felt like I had just listened to science fiction instead of a good mystery novel. I give it two thumbs down just because he turned a good story into something so farfetched it was laughable.
I am really surprised that Baldacci wrote such a horrible unorganized confusing and silly book. I have read 4 other of his very good thrillers and they each hung together with good plots and character development. Whatever the ???Camel Club??? is, it surely was never explained other then that they were a bunch of semi-homeless guys who read alot in many different languages. I only finished it because I just like his other books so much. I hope this doesn???t forecast some weird change for Baldacci.
I really enjoyed the book until the last 4 chapters where it felt like a writing deadline slammed the book closed while he tried to shoehorn in all the rest of his ideas.
I would really like this book. I thought it was fairly well done, but my problem is that I really like this country and do not believe the Muslim extremists are all fluffy good and we are the big bad wolf. Too bad the author lets his political views blast through like he did in this book. It made for a tough listen at times.
If I had another book to listen to I would had skipped this one. I did start to enjoy the second half of it , but found the premise totally unrealistic. Entertaining and worth the wait for it to become a good book. Should not be included in any great works of fiction.