I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
I feel like it was an attempt to take on the Jack Reacher series. Kind of an unbelievable main character in John Puller. Army CID is not a place for seasoned career combat veterans who just don't want to move up because they like where they are. They are not hard core special forces trained baddies. They are investigators with sharp minds and a notebook. They don't carry MP5 submachine guns everywhere they go and tactical gear to take on an enemy force when on deployment in the US. I just found it overall to be unrealistic and too sensationalized.
I tend to go for historical fiction, military fiction and fantasy fiction series. This book is right in line with the type of book I go for but Baldacci should have left the overused uber-fighting machine rambo-killer of a main chracter behind and invented something interesting and compelling.
I enjoyed the interview processes he went through. The investigative portions. It flew threw them but I think that was the only thing that held the plot together.
Disbelief and a lot of eye rolling.
The story sets up well for follow-up books. Sadly I won't be bothering with them because it will be more of the same.
The story is interesting and kept my attention. The military detail appears genuine to this non-military listener. The character development is three dimensional. And lastly, the narrators allow one to pay attention to the story rather than distract the listener, which to me is the mark of great narration.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of action with the tiny possibility of some romance.
Narrators are definitely on point and are two of my favorites. Can't wait for another John Puller book!
I enjoyed listening to the story. As an eight year Army veteran and life-long Army Brat, I can relate to the protagonist. Thankfully the author is able to communicate Army-speak well.
This book was excellent, i have been a fan of will robie, john puller is just as amazing cannot wait to start the 2nd book!!!
I read them out of order; 2nd book, The Forgotten, I read first and loved Baldacci's new character, John Puller. Then when I read the synopsis for his new book, The Escape, about his brother Bobby, I had to read it as well. Couldn't wait to read his story of treason and escape from the inescapable prison. Next I read all the controversy about his first book of the series, Zero Day being a copycat of Lee Childs! Well that's just silly when you follow this thrilling well thought out series. I just finished it and I give the books all 5 star reviews! I highly recommend this new series and can't wait to see what the Puller men pull off next. ;-)
Superman in uniform... Always being superior, always the best in the room, always perfect... Small talk seems forced, dialogue trivial, over all story line mostly ridiculous.... I think I might rather have listened to golf on the radio!
I've listened to a lot of this writers books and generally consider him to be one of the better writers, but this book I had to force myself to finish...
I would not recommend this one to anyone.
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I could not get over how TERRIFIC the narration was. Have forgotten what a GREAT team of readers can do with a book. Plus I really enjoyed the story. Usually you have some idea of what is going to happen next --- but not here! And the characters have more depth and complexity than one usually finds in this genre. Can't wait to read the next two.