From the moment the book started I was hooked and that lasted to the very end.
I don't necessarily have a favorite. Many many great scenes.
Out of the 800 plus books I have listened to on Audible, this was one of the best.
I'd give this book 5 stars if it hadn't been for Jack, after getting the key evidence (The letter opener), all of a sudden apparently looses all his intelligence and cleverness. Up to this point the book is extremely thrilling. I had a hard time taking breaks from this book. It is one of the best books I've read or listened to by David Baldacci. I really loved it, but as mentioned the moment whereas Jack all of a sudden goes from brilliant to not so brilliant, was in my opinion (although keeping the suspense up) a bit too much. But all in all this is a great book and I recommend it with all my heart!
Read this years ago and never quite forgot the story. All these years later, listening to the story read by Scott Brick, it's even better. if you're a Baldacci fan like me, don't miss this one.
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.
The movie is loosely based on this novel. I enjoyed both versions. Again a page turner.
I love David Baldacci BUT this book was a struggle to get to the end. Lengthy narrative over inconsequential details. This was a hard book to finish.