If you have liked any of the past books by David Baldacci this one is the best yet. I don't usually write reviews and usually listen while I am in the car. I found myself bringing my mp3 player inside to continue listening.
Keeps you on the edge with lots of surprises and suspense.
This is another story involving ex government agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. The story is a good example of the excellent and entertaining stories Baldacci can produce. This time King and Maxwell get swept up into a plot to control america's intelligence agencies. There is an interesting plot line involving the analysis of the almost infinite amount of information gathered in the name of security. A person who one of a kind mental abilities can sort through all the images, reports, messages that are gathered and findsconnections that are otherwise impossible to see. The story begins when this person is arrested for multiple murders and then his lawyer, King's friend, is murdered. The story then develops with each chapter bring more tangles into the web...you can't trust anyone..or at least you can't tell who you should trust...lots of plot, lots of action, lots of entertainment.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
Knowing that primary characters in a continuing series are usually going to survive the book unless unbeknownst to the reader, the author has decided to end the series, is a plus for me. I like knowing that come what may, the good guys will win. I have been following this series since its beginning and enjoy how the relationship between the main characters has evolved. However: there is a bit of a disconnect between the previous book and this one, almost as if the author found it hard to integrate those revalations with the continuing story. In my opinion, this failure to build on previous character development is a significant defect in an otherwise most entertaining thriller. If you haven't read the previous one, it won't bother you at all. This is a well-written, highly readable book. Usually, I don't like multi reader books and I didn't like it this time, either, after my initial annoyance, I settled down and enjoyed the story. You will too. It's a good one. I will happily dig right into the next one when it comes along. I hope the author can find a way to make his characters a trifle more 3-dimensional.
It had about a half-dozen too many chapters. The ending did not live up to previous novels.
It could have, and should have, ended while the events made some sort of sense.
Toni in TN
Although I'm rather new to "Audible," and am still in awe of it, I think anyone would feel as I do... I hated to get to the ending because I was enjoying it so much!! When you spend time with a good book, whether listening or reading, it becomes like an old friend you can't wait to be with.. This is that type of book and the narration is excellent by Ron McLarty..
This is one of my favorites. A very different type of story line which unlocked all kinds of possibilities. Gives you something to think about for sure.
Of course I like King and Maxwell but I grew to really like the brother and sister. I liked the way the sister took care of her brother. Family first!
Oh, yes! I hope they are matched as readers on the Baldacdi books in the future and for many, many books to come. A perfect match. Their tones, accents,and timing give the story that "little extra" that the written word just can not do.
I can't do that as real life comes first. I plug in my ear buds and shop, clean, cook and listen as time allows.
I've enjoyed many of the Baldacci books and look forward to them faithfully. He researches his work and presents it and his characters in very enjoyable reads.
Everyone will enjoy it immensely as soon as it is re-recorded
No. The problem isn't the book. It's the narration
Too many ways to list. You'll never convince me the narrators were in the same room when this book was recorded. The female narrator was atrocious and should be doing facial moisturizer voiceovers - not law enforcement agents. Worst I've ever heard.
I stopped listening after 20 minutes so I can't comment.
One of PD James novels was blessedly re-recorded which made it a great read and I recommend the same to Mr. Baldacchi.
The lead female character (Michele) is as unlikable as the voice used by the narrator. The story is so unbelievable and convoluted that the plot gets lost. Baldacci can do much better, but, like so many authors, his early work was his best.
The worse Baldacci book I have read to date. To many cliches and plot twist that make no sense. Very obviosly he has just written this book for the money and gasve no thought to his reputation as a good writer. Last Baldacci book I will ever read!
I always look forward to Baldacci's next book, especially a King/Maxwell, but this one was not up to his usual standard. A good story despite some melodramatic moments. There were more than a few ridiculous conversations, i.e. people explaining how programs/things work or why actions are being done when they should know already. Important information for the reader to know but should be presented as background info...not in a characters dialogue.
It was difficult for me to listen to this book due to the horrid and completely unnecessary sound effects and the annoying female narrator. Ron McLarty's narration was not even consistent within characters and the entire recording sounds as if it were edited by a rookie member of a high school audio-visual club.
Please, please, please go back to the Scott Brick solo narrations and definitely lose the dramatization sounds.