I truly enjoyed this book right up until the final 5 minutes. Won't spoil the ending, but I was left hanging on the ending thinking "This is IT?". Sounded like a contrived set-up for a sequel, yet I can't find that one was written.
It was a good story that had a strange ending. It definitely had me on my toes. I'd definitely read it again.
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Web London was someone who would never betray his country. The mission had been approved and seven men were sent out to bring down a drug operation. The undercover FBI agent, Randall Cove, had provided the information to Buck Winters. who was the head of HRT, Hostage Rescue Team. The mission turned out to be a glorified dope house raid, remote control ambush. A laser beam device, controlled by someone nearby, pressed a remote button, and the firing began. Six men died and one man survived, Web London. Web survived because he stood frozen and could not move. Therefore, Web did not attempt to enter the building. Web was eventually able to move and shot out every window with a machine gun firing. However, he was thought of as a traitor and until proven otherwise, the other member's of HRT refused to associate with him except Ramano, the head of Hotel Team and Percy Bates, Web's mentor.
The book, Last Man Standing, was a great listen. There was action, suspense and edge of your seat listen from start to finish. Yes, I wanted to listen to the book all in one sitting but it was too long. The character's were so well developed that it was as if I knew them. The narrator, Jason Culp, did and excellent job. I knew them by their voice. The intonations were appropriate. Jason Culp brought, Last Man Standing, alive. I've listened to many of David Baldacci's books and Last Man Standing, was as good or better than the others. I'll definitely continue to listen to his books. I hope that those who enjoy this genre of book, purchase this one. Your credit will not be wasted.
I would have advised Baldacci to hire or at least consult a military or paramilitary technical adviser so the glaring errors would not detract from the book. First and foremost, an FBI HRT assaulter doesn't carry a high caliber, bolt action sniper rifle to kick down doors. It just isn't done. Assault teams use sub-machine guns or carbine versions of assault rifles (MP5 or an M4 for example). So from the start, this book gets off to an inauspicious start for anyone with knowledge of these things or for anyone who cares about factual accuracy. It is a pet peeve and one that unfortunately colors my enjoyment of books where authors don't exercise diligence in checking facts.
There were also story elements that were easily pegged as creative license vs. anchored in reality. The relationships and dynamics among the FBI hierarchy were way out of sorts. A field office SAC doesn't have dominion over HRT and the suggestion that a field office agent in charge could fire HRT members or the HRT commander is beyond ludicrous. The elite HRT chain of command runs completely separate from field office chains of command. HRT is part of the CIRG which is separate from the SACs and field offices. If you can get past some of these Hollywood-inspired plot lines, you can enjoy the story all the more.
My biggest pet peeve is calling a magazine a "clip." That is a sure sign of someone who doesn't know their stuff. In this particular book, Baldacci's influences and research are more in tune with Hollywood than the real world.
I would have eliminated some of the nonessential sub plots or woven them together a little more coherently. It seemed as if there were several disconnected stories taking place and I found myself wishing for some clue as to how they would be pulled together. When they did converge, it was a rushed weaving and juxtaposing of the various pieces to make it fit neatly in the end. Baldacci does a great job with characters, but he sort of phoned in the plot and storyline as well as the research on this one. I cared about the characters, but sometimes they seemed to float and drift through the story.
Culp did a fairly good job although the quality of the recording seemed to be low. I always knew from his voice when the main character was talking. His "southern" accent could use a little work. It quickly slipped into stereotype.
It inspired me to rethink reading more Baldacci books. I have read a half dozen or so and while this story generally was good, it could be frustrating to keep engaged as the sub plots drifted in what seemed aimless directions without cohesion.
I picked this audiobook up on a special sale and it was well worth what I spent, but I would be very upset if I spent a monthly credit or paid full price for it. It is worth a listen or a read if you can get a deal, otherwise move to something a little
Very fun story, likable main character - action packed and good mystery. The only downside is A) too much trivial detail in parts and B) I hate it when a male narrator does male and female characters.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I guessed what was going on too early. Still enjoyed the rest, but since it was predictable it felt like a meal that just didn't have enough seasoning. Regardless, Baldacci's a good chef and this dish is okay. A good diversion from the treadmill's pain. Maybe better than that if you don't guess right. Jason Culp's done a lot with the read which keeps the meal totally warm.
Baldacci fans will love this one! There is more than enough plot and character depth to satisfy. This is another law enforcement story. A highly trained, successful FBI agent freezes at a critical moment and his six team members are all killed. His journey of recovery, both personal and professional, takes the reader from inner-city drug lords (Washington DC) to the horsey-set of Virginia.
One downside is that this story goes on forever. It almost verges on being wrapped up too easily, for so many twists and turns. Another is the narration. The number of characters demanded a variety of differences, but it seemed that the roughest and toughest of characters sounded the wimpiest.
This was a very good audiobook, good character development and interesting plot twists right up to the end. I agree with the other reviewer who said it was too long but it was still very enjoyable. Web London, super-FBI guy is something of a super-hero with an incredible amount of luck. The author delves into some psychology and the bad guys in the book are not who you expect them to be. Well, are they ever? This book is not for an impatient reader as it is very lengthy but I enjoy thrillers, mysteries and others in this genre and was not disappointed.