I forgot how little I enjoy Baldacci's books; they're long, poorly-written, lacking in any substance. This one was no different; his convoluted, unrealistic, totally absurd plot made for a very boring book. I won't be listening to any more of his books, and wouldn't recommend this one.
I have read all of the authors other books. Either someone else has been writing them or Baldacci has lost his touch. If you want to make political statements or forward your own agenda keep it in the oped pages. I will not be reading/listening to any more of Baldacci's rhetoric.
Wonderful. Especially for a long trip. The story keeps you alert and trying to work through the plot in your mind without getting bogged down.
Anyone who likes mystery will enjoy it.
GREAT! Uncompromising, pulse-pounding action. Fascinating, well-defined characters. Unexpected twists and turns at every corner. Literate yet cinematic. Attention, Film Development Executives. option this book, immediately - seven figure deal - huge hit movie follows - you end up running major movie studio.
I really liked this novel, but as with most movies and books about the White House and politics, I had trouble swallowing my disbelief. Events escalated too fast, coincidences were too frequent, and physical abilities were too extreme. On the other hand, the writer showed a bit more understanding of "the enemy" than the average thriller (no matter which enemy). In a sea of misinformation about Islam and Muslims, it was nice to see someone who knew something about the religion, and didn't fall into the normal hysterical caricatures.
The characters themselves were believable enough for a thriller. There were well-meaning bad guys and flawed good guys, and interestingly quirky people sucked into grand events. Some of the interrelationships were too hard to believe, and an amazing number of characters had similar tales of grief and loss. Overall, though, they were characters you could care about even if they did not always act believably.
The premise of the central plot was interesting, and if you believe the writer's execution of the plot--I almost could--the plot leads to intriguing introspections and scenarios with some nice payoffs. It's a little better than the average mindless, faceless enemy plots of most thrillers.
As a story it's tense, engaging, and mysterious, and has a bit of mind and character. For those reasons I liked it. However, I didn't feel like the writer had ever worked intelligence, or even knew anyone who had. If you want a thriller that reads like a technical manual of gadgets and strategies, this isn't it. The focus of this story is more on characters and the human element, and less on detailed recreations of the workings of intelligence and government.
The reader was decent, but somewhat flat, without much skill at characters. Accents were general and crude, dialogue lacked subtlety. More of a reading than a performance. Not bad, just not great.
Rapid-paced action but the characters are not very smart nor do they react as situations dictate. Criminals too dumb to have planned the crimes and heroes too dumb to thwart them.