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.
I agree with previous reviewers that the detail was numbing and often dragged the story down. I was willing to force my way through, however, because underneath there was an essentially good story. But as one of the previous reviewers noted, the ending was abrupt and tremendously unsatisfying. It made the effort I put into getting to the end (and at times it was a great effort) a waste of time. I ulltimaetly felt angry at being let down so badly at the end of a story I tried so hard to have faith in. This author will not appear in my audio library 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.
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.
There's a saying attributed to Chekhov that says that, if there's a rifle hanging on the wall in the first act, it must go off by the third act. Otherwise, it shouldn't be hanging on the wall. There's another curmudgeon's observation about the game of cricket: Two hours of action packed into three days of playing.
Both apply here.
The level of irrelevant detail in this plodding novel is mind crushing. I found myself fast forwarding through a ton of material mumbling to myself "Who cares...What does this have to do with the story? Please get on with it." Always on guard, however, for the concern that I might miss some detail that would prove important later. This turns out not to be a necessary concern. In general, in this novel, if it seems off point, it turns out to be. This story is desperately in need of a ruthless editing, and you could easily lose a third of the narrative without sacrificing any of the story. Detail worthy of Proust minus the flourishes. It all makes the story drag, and makes the reader when the writer is going to just get on with it.
If there's an abridged version, go for that. It is a good story, just too tedious in many parts.
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.
I can't take it any more! I'm halfway through this mess and, for the first time in my Audible career, I have to quit. I guess there is some suspense in here somewhere but I can't wait around to find it and now I don't care. Sophomoric (and soporific) writing just one level above a comic book. Characterizations right out of a 1950's John Wayne movie. Is this really the same guy that wrote "The Winner?" I'm moving on.
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.
A long book, but I like unabridged. The book takes you down a long road and the scenery is good on both sides, but not always good. I think listening to books should be entertaining and involves meeting new people doing new things and sometimes the same things others have done. This book keeps you guessing til the end, there are a few good twists that make listening to a book over a couple of weeks a pleasure. GO FOR IT!