With as much charisma a Sgt. Joe Friday on "Dragnet", Will forges ahead into a complicated plot that is very good, with many twists and turns. It could have been SO much better if the protagonist had an iota of wit or charm--something that Baldacci is so good at! The young 14 year old Julie is actually the best character, while Will Robey is wooden. It is made clear he DOES have a soul, but absolutely no personality. Baldacci has proven in the past that you don't have to be without personality to be a good cop, operative, or investigator. Also, the endgame was not that difficult to predict, based on Robey's own honed paranoid instincts, which he mysteriously suspended for another character.
Baldacci is always worth the read; but, it felt like reading an old school Sam Spade-type of character--just without any clever repartee.
This is right on par with the many other David Baldacci books I have listened to or read. The protagonists were more interesting to me than the King & Maxwell series, but not as engaging as those in the Camel Club series.
Ron McLarty's voice fits assassins so well! And Orlagh Cassidy is so skilled with voicing different characters. Added to that, the production is so good that I often forget that there are two different narrators.
No, but that says nothing about the book's quality. I enjoy reading action / violence, but the visual images are a bit much for me.
If you already like David Baldacci, you're likely to enjoy this book. If you're new to reading his books, it's a good representation of the majority of his catalog.
The whole thing. It wasn't believable.....a 14 yo just happens to coincidentally meet up with this tough agent and then he brings her along on the adventure. The sound effects are just stupid and a total distraction. I thought that reading was supposed to evoke your imagination. So, why do you need the sound of guns and bombs? And, I gave it 2 stars for performance because of McClarty. Cassidy deserved 0 stars.
Not write it.
McClarty was OK. Cassidy is just so over the top in reading/acting the part.
If you remove the 14yo trying to play superagent, the plot had some potential.
Definitely recommend because it's Baldacci at his best with a great central character and several key characters to keep it interesting.
Lots of intrigue, deep character development, and great climax!
The underlying message of life, love, loneliness and honor was inherent throughout.
Very convoluted, not the routine arrow pointing to killer's reasons.
~Bead Goddess Mary~
I listened to this book on a 500+ mile road trip and I found it to be very enjoyable! I liked the narration and the story was top notch...the first part of the book was a bit confusing, but it came together very soon and all made sense. This book so had my interest that I kept driving (I was alone for this trip) straight through reaching my destination about 3 in the morning!!! I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good "read" for the road!
I have thoroughly enjoyed several of Baldacci's books. I would listen to one of his books again.
acceptable, average, OK
I would find a much better way to bring the two plots in the book together. The story of a 14 year old girl and an assassin for the U.S. government, main characters in separate murder plots, who meet on a bus is an intruging one. Unfortunately, the explanation for the converging plots is not believable and stretches the reader's suspension of disbelief too far to be enjoyed.
This one is a waste of time and money.
I bought this book because I really like David Baldacci, the blurb sounded good and the cover art was great. What a disappointment.
I knew I wasn't going to like the production the minute I heard gunfire that should have been left to the listener's imagination. The production got worse as a female voice actor was introduced into the mix. Don't get me wrong. Both voice actors did a great job and this is not intended as criticism of them. Unfortunately, one male reader would have been sufficient as the story was horrific. The story was so entirely implausible that Baldacci actually felt compelled to explain how all the absurd underdeveloped characters fit together. To be perfectly frank, I think the editor read the first draft and had absolutely no clue what had happened or why. The result was a completely absurd justification for a ridiculous plot, bad plot development and ill-conceived characters. Even the young girl was no more than a contrivance. At the end publisher should have provided a justification letting Baldacci's reputation get tarnished by this dog of a book. (No offense to dogs.) Next time I'll wait for the reviews before committing my time. I should have turned it off at the first sound of gunfire.
This is one of his best novels ever. Loved the new characters. Can't wait to see the next one!
I have listened to all of David Baldacci's books (that's why I was excited that this one came out!) The first initial chapters had me confused, more or less thinking "why is this in here," then around chapter 85 it starts coming together. And by that time you have pretty much forgotten everything that has happened in the first chapters.
From the moment the "bad person" character was introduced, I knew it was trouble. Don't want to spoil anything, but I thought it was pretty captain obvious.
I love Ron McLarty's voice and I think he, himself does a great job. Not a huge fan of Orlagh Cassidy's voice, however, and it makes her speaking parts almost painful to listen to. I did not like the sound effects as I think they felt more forced than they should have been.
Overall, this is one of his worst books and was painful and long for me to get through. Not fan of this new hero (an assassin with a conscious) and I don't think I would listen to the next book in the series if one was released. Don't waste your time with the credit or the money.