The only thing I liked about this book is that it was half-price. Come to think of it, I still paid too much.
I don't write reviews but I have a strong feeling that I owe the world a warning. Slow moving would be a plus for this book. Author is pompous and narrator is annoying with his pronunciations couple with stiff, literal, un-natural use of military terms. Topping this all off is that the last 30-40 minutes are used to lecture you on the whys and wherefores of who did what and why. This is a thriller?
Of all the Baldacci's books(which I used to enjoy a lot) this one has been the worst: full of cliches, gratuitus violence, unnecessary entanglement,not believable at all and not clear, etc. In a summary: did not like it!
I've read several David Baldacci novels and was looking forward to listening to this one while commuting. Maybe listening instead of reading brings out the worst in the book, but I was quite disappointed. So many details were in the implausible to impossible range that the book lacks any pretense at plausibility. Hopefully his future efforts will be better.
A well written story that has hints of historical and truthiness built in but the author knows when to leave reality to create entertainment. Well narrated as well.
Bought this book on the author's name and other book by Baldacci - but this plot is totally unbelievable and makes no sense. Drawn out too long. Michelle is supposed have had this long standing mental problem that somehow escaped the battery of psychological tests given to a secret service agent that guarded the president.
I absolutely hated this book! I love Balducci, but he ruined these characters for me! They were pathetic and whiny compared to the previous books. I will read him again, but not these characters.
Plot is weak and unnecessarily convoluted. The reader is overdramatic during the entire book.
I can enjoy a wild story, but this one was so far out that it was annoying. First, a lot of time is spent with Michelle's break with reality and exploring why she is suffering from depression and has a suicide wish. This has nothing to do with the main story except to bring in a psychologist who plays another role. Second, Sean and Michelle are supposed to be experienced investigators, but are so stupid and gullible. And then there is the ending. I won't give it away, but it is completely implausible. The description of the plot of the book makes it sound much more interesting and intriguing than it really is. I did listen to the entire book, but it certainly won't be one that I listen to again.
Baldacci has a knack for both character development and story telling. His reprise of Sean and Michelle are also most welcome. Add to the mix an excellent job by the reader and you have an audio book well worth your time and money.