This book was like the movie in the fact that the characters were named the same - oh and the title was the same. This book is MUCH better than the movie. 4 stars from me is like 5 from someone else. I really enjoyed the book and looked forward to listening to it - which is a good measure for me.
This is up to this author's usual well written literary standards, with a good reader, plot, and story. It is, unfortunately, entirely believable, given our recent (and known long past) political history. Hopefully, this plot will always be (have been) fictional; though something tells me that there is more to the fiction than fiction, either now, or in the past or future.
Terrific plot. Balducci involves the President in murder and only stretches my credulity to the NEAR-breaking point.
Characters: Some of them are interesting and have depth and believability.
I liked discovering the differences between the book and the movie (which I thought was terrific.)
Length. This book desperately needed an editor. The pace of the story is excruciatingly slow and some of the setups and scenes were painfully and unnecessarily drawn out, repetitive or repetitive and repetitive. How many times must a character sit and think about him or herself in angst-filled detail? Just about the time the pace would pick up and the story would begin to advance ... stop... more thinking.
Scott Brick: He made a too-long story longer by the pacing of his narration. He read so slowly at times (especially the boring times) that I was tempted to speed up my IPod. I also really get distracted by his "gushy", overly dramatic, catch-in-the-throat style for reading almost every scene.
Too many oh-come-on-now! moments: It starts when the President's Chief of Staff has sex with him while he's passed out drunk. Um... has Balducci never heard the expression "whisky d--k"? That's only the first example.
It's only OK.
Interesting, Exciting, Gripping
My first Baldacci novel narrated by one of my favorites- Scott Brick. He is superb for these type of books. I do not hesitate one bit in recommending this book for all to enjoy. I won't go into the story and detailing scenes and characters...Read it, you won't be disappointed!
I felt like I was listening to someone reading a eulogy. This book is an action story. It's not supposed to make you depressed. The narrator's intonations always end like Eeyore was reading the story. "Thanks for noticing." Terrible performance. Almost couldn't finish the story!
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
There is ONLY one thing wrong with this book is that it ENDED!!!! It did end at good place but I wish it had gone on & on & on!
Great characters, great story, & and an excellent read by Scott Brick! No deed to say more BUT give it a try....!
Yes, Mr. Brick read this like a drama rather than a mystery/thriller. Really took away from the story for me.
George Guidall...actually even Mr. Brick if he wasn't so dramatic about everything.
This is a very good read and you will enjoy it from the beginning. It is typical of the writer but worth your time and money. Buy it.
The book is quite compelling. It is complex, absorbing, and really interesting. The problem is with the narration. Scott Brick does well enough when reading conversation. But ordinary descriptions of places, or weather, or people, or random activities - sound either mawkishly sentimental, or falsely dramatic and ridiculous. It is often nauseating to have to listen to him. I will never again listen to a book read by Scott Brick.
As are most of Baldacci's books, this is a good one and if you've seen the movie, it's interesting seeing how they extracted the movie from the book. It's not a great book, but it keeps your interest. It's well read too. A bit longer than it needs to be ... but that's a quibble. If you are looking for a fast paced novel with a high body count -- and at least one really evil bad guy at the center -- and you don't mind that the plot is predictable, it's a good read.