I have to say I was more than a little disappointed in this book. It was just not up to Balacci's usual standard for a "twists and turns" mystery. There were too many characters, most of whom became suspects of the crimes at one time or another. The story was just too complex and because of this, much of what happened in the book just was not believable. The ending was rediculous with the character's actions and motive. I won't spoil it for those who may read it by saying more on that. Not Mr. Baldacci's best effort but that said, he is still a most talented writer and I will continue reading his books.
The story was interesting. The narrator not as annoying as usual (droning and depressing) but still there was not difference between characters - especially women. It amazes me how he gets such great reviews but women narrators are crucified if their male characters aren't perfect.
Anyway, the story was good - a little far-fetched in the belief department (how many stupid mistakes can trained professionals make?)
I really enjoyed the first 80% of the book. I found the characters smart and interesting and the mystery very compelling. I eagerly looked forward to the next time I could listen to the story to find out what happened next. The last 20% was a bit of a letdown. It was like Baldacci had written such a complex scenario that it required, um, "creative" storytelling to make it all come together in the end. Overall I would recommend the book - it is well worth the credit and your time. Just don't over-think the ending and it will all be worth it!
Read the book and purchased the audio and listened again since i wanted to listen to all books in this series. You should read this series from the beginning.
This was my first exposure to David Baldacci. A friend of mine reads everything of his and thought I might like him. So when this book went on sale for under $5, I took advantage of the great offer and scooped it up. I enjoyed the story line, the characters of Maxwell and King were most likable and the reader did a good job. If you are looking for some lighter reading in the mystery/ thriller genre this is a good pick to introduce you to this author. I will try a few more Baldacci's in the future especially with the Maxwell & King combo.
I have to preface this review by saying that I often get distracted by Scott Brick's narrations.He can really drive me crazy-- especially in some of the older books. I was however primed to really enjoy this story based upon the good reviews and my enjoyment of The Camel Club. This book started out with an interesting story and turned into the most far fetched ridiculous plot that I could hardly bear to finish it. Sure, the who done it part was hard to figure out because it was so implausible! Don't waste your time.
I downloaded this book as part of a first in a series promotion. It was good enough that I will be interested in listening to more, but not good enough that I stopped the world to download every one I could. I have yet to get the next one, but I will. It was a good, well-written story. A little too much of the perfect bodies doing heroic things routine. The flaws were in moods more than character, and that doesn't come across as real to me. I didn't ever stop caring about what happened next --- would describe the overall book as "worthwhile."
I loved listening to this book. Scott Brick always does a wonderful job and makes every book his own. My only complaint about this book is that, as the plot twisted, it seemed to get more and more unbelieveable. A little too far-fetched but all-in-all a good listen.