Story needed more focus; too many extraneous factors made the plot ridiculous.
Figure out what this story line was going to be before he started the book.
OK, terrible southern accent
Too much liberal propaganda about coal mining--everyone knows it's bad, but so much time spent on the hazards detracted from the flow of the story. Putting terrorists in at the end seemed to be an afterthought--Oh let's have a terrorist angle without any development-- terrorists are a serious matter and should be treated as such.
I usually get these books at the airport and they are good for a day flight--light but with a decent plot. This book was a real disappointment. I think the author needs a rest.
No. The use of Orlagh Cassidy would prevent me from listening to this book again and will keep me from others with her narrating. I would much rather Mr. McLarty read the women's parts. She is terrible and completely unnecessary.
Ron McLarty is a very good narrator. Orlagh Cassidy is terrible, distracting and unnecessary.
The story was interesting and exciting. I am from WV and I really appreciated the fact that the characters weren't all ignorant rednecks. Some were just rednecks.
I have bought several audiobooks , this was my first David Baldacci book. I loved it, the story line kept you wanting for more along with being very believable. The narration by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy were excellent, now two of my favorite narrators.
It seemed to have something new at every turn and kept it hard to imagine what was coming up next.
They were both excellent. I could almost imagine what the players looked like by the sound of their voices and descriptions. They have become two of my favorite narrators.
Towards the end when one of the main players died unexpectedly, it realy had you feeling for them.
The main charector would be a great person to do a series of books on, I hope thats what David had in mind.
Baldacci is a solid and reliable writer who delivers with the intricacies of the classic procedural plus the excitement of the classic thriller. Ron McLarty delivers a compelling narration. The problem I have with this production is this: we don't need the bumper music--trust me, the narration is more than enough to keep us engaged and involved. The music is merely distracting and, frankly, insulting. The other complaint I have is with Orlagh Cassidy's voicing the female characters. Orlagh herself is great--I like her voice and would welcome her narration as a standalone of any appropriate novel. However, the addition of a second, female voice is nearly as distracting as the bumper music. This is an audiobook--not a radioplay. I am perfectly content with a male voice reading female dialog and vice versa. Just not necessary.
I know alot of you thought this was a Reacher knock off but I dont agree. I enjoyed the book and the characters. The narration was easy to listen to also. I am not someone who listens to a book to critique it. This is one I liked and hope there will be more with Puller in it!
I hope Baldacci has very good lawyers. This is so blatant it's rather funny. Jack(John) Reacher(Puller) from the military, getting involved in every trouble around. Who's next? Joe Grabber?
Oh wait, there's a half inch difference in height.
How could an author that brought us the interesting characters of the Camel Club do this? So disappointing.
One dimensional characters. Every subject is a stereotype superman good guy or rotten bad guy. The plot is swiss cheese. I love how the hero is an army policeman and his civilian sidekick is a local cop and he breaks down doors, picks locks, and opens safes in burgled offices to solve the crime. Don't the military police need warrants? Every local can describe in detail the geology and politics of the coal industry and the hero and his brother expound on nuclear physics while the timer on the h-bomb is counting down. Scratch this author off my list.
I own all David Baldacci books in paper, electronic and audio, he rocks. He is number one in this kind of book. All others pale in comparison
I'm not sure if this will become a series, but as a stand alone it was pretty good, solid narration. Almost reminds me of a Jack Reacher story except John Puller is in the Army still, (meant as a strong compliment). We listened to it in one sitting (long drive) and it keep us on our toes, solid ending, not a total surprise but a good job of keeping you guessing.
David Baldacci is my favorite author, and has been since I heard Larry King comment on what I believed to be his first book! The author is truly in form with this incredible piece of work! It's fascinating, compelling and most difficult to set aside. I find myself looking for excuses to head to the car, where I keep my Ipod with this book ready to continue!