Very well researched book, full of great forensic insight. Full of twists and turns. The book was written and the narrator read in a way that made it easy to follow along and keep track of all the activities of the many characters involved in the investigations. great listen for a cold snowy day on the couch.
You'll be convinced that this book is about to end about 8 times before it finally does. The convoluted triumph of 2 ex-Secret Service agents is only possible thanks to absolute ineptitude on the parts of the police and FBI. 2 highly accomplished professional females are represented in an insultingly paternalistic manner, with the petulant emotions of 8th graders, as they fight over a condescending male who sneers at and flirts with them both. Conversations are littered with cliches and excrutiatingly obvious observations. I've enjoyed a few Baldacci books in the past, but after this plodder I will probably only pick one (from the bargain bin) up out of desperation in the future.
My goodness this is an involved mystery! Multiple killers, clues and a truck full of personal problems. It is fun and entertaining - perfect summer listen.
I am always willing to accept a few plot contrivances in the interest of a good listen, but Baldacci is asking too much in this latest plot. Some twists and turns of the story were clever, but the many, many convenient coincidences, close calls, and last minute machinations were over the top and had me saying, "No way!", to myself.
This is a fairly simple whodunit which is quite predictable, taking much too long to develop. Not being too original, the story barely held my interest. There are better books to listen to.
I think this author has been going downhill since his first and best, Absolute Power. Not a bad listen, but no sympathetic characters, a contrived plot, and I found it quite a stretch to believe that two people could shoot at each other at the exact same time so that their bullets collide! By the end I didn't really care who the villain was. This is OK if you can't find anything else to listen to, but there are better choices.
I thought I was watching CSI for the first hour or so as the grisly dissection and gore was read by the WORST narrator I have ever heard. I wanted so badly to find out who the bad guy was, but the narrator's inadequate and misplaced emphases or lack of made me shut it off. I may pick up the book if my interest gets rekindled. Love Baldacci but this narrator turned me off big time. Sounded like a bad actor.
This book takes you down all sorts of what seems like an ending only to have the story take another whole direction...with lots of people being murdered, horribly I might add, you are never sure who the murderer is and even when you do find out there is still another twist to this everwidening thriller.
Just finished "Hour Game" and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I've listened to many thriller mysteries, but this one kept me guessing right to the end. Great writing and the narrator is superb! Will there be a sequel? I hope so....
This is the second Baldacci I listened to (I really enjoyed Split Second). Like the writing style, pacing, and the narrator, but there are far too many incredible coincidences propelling the plot, and too many potential lines of investigation never dealt with. (The investigators somehow chose to follow up on only the leads that matter!) The plot weaknesses drove me crazy, and I skipped a few hours near the end just to get the torture over with. That said, if he does another book with these characters and this narrator, I'd probably give it a chance.