The storyline is just OK, but the nonsensical dialogue and interaction between a Brigadier General and a CWO (that the author repeatedly and erroneously refers to as enlisted, rather than not a commissioned officer, but certainly outranking the enlisted) is so farcical as to make the last half of the book almost unreadable.
Actually, if I didn't have a thing about leaving books unfinished...
Save yourself the time and credit. This author has never served and has no idea of military culture, despite the fact his main character is active Army. What a waste of almost 13 hours.
A good story, but a little far fetched? I did not like the sound effects.
As I said, a little far fetched. Great for those liking a lot of "action".
Having male and female voices was good.
Not for my liking. Two John Puller books are enough. In fairness, I don't care for books that use the same characters over and over.
I am a David Baldacci's fan, so I will continue to get his books even if this one was not one of my favorites.
Zero Day was awesome and this was an outstanding follow on
Puller wiping out six punks looking to kill him
When he looked at watch I knew he knew who the killer was
Puller saves the slaves
Can't wait for another Pullervadventure
There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story.
So, to take your mind off the monotony of this read, keep track of the number of times the author uses the word "problematic". There are 97 chapters in this turkey, and probably an equal number of "problematic"(s) sightings. Seriously though, this was not a fun read for me.
The storyline had a number of unplugged holes in it, the characters were thinly fleshed-out and therefore, I couldn't have cared less what happened to them, and the dialogues between characters were amateurish, silly, and unreal. It seemed to me that the author couldn't decide between writing a script for either a new "action hero" movie or a rough draft of a new video game. The "heroes" were supposed to be human, but they were granted superhuman features, strength, perception, and marksmanship. Just one of dozens of things that kept losing me.
dad, husband, just a guy
This is more of a literary criticism of modern day illegal aliens. But good story
I am not a fan of all of Baldacci's books but this one is well worth the read. I loved best the fact I did not figure out the end until the very end.
Very much a page turner. A great read to get away from the world for a few hours.
The book was a turn pager but the hero is not to believable at times. When you don't looose a step after 3 bullet wounds a lot of the realism rubs off. I also asked why an unwounded women who grew up on water in Miami and rode paddle boards couldn't pilot a boat to the oil rig. I guess capable women don't equal a macho man.
This is only the second book in this series, but John puller has become one of my favorite characters. He is honest but flawed, and it a good investigator. The author gives you just enough clues about what is going on to allow you to enjoy the story, but never enough to figure it out or make the book predictable. True, the lead character escapes way to many ambushes and gun fights and always lives to tell the story, but hey, this is fiction. I like to just relax and let the story unfold.
I've read other reviewers who don't like the male, female readers in this series but I really like them. It adds an extra dimension to the book and the two readers have a good chemistry. In fact, I look forward to a book I know it is read by them. I can take or leave the sound effects, but I don't find them so annoying that it distracts from the book.
I hope he continues this series because I can't wait for another John Puller story.
Say something about yourself!
Outstanding Action Serial
John Puller - The type of person you can always count on. He knows how to work with all the rules, and how to use them most effectively for the greatest good for all.
John Puller followed closely by the General!
No extreme reaction except I kept looking for excuses to get into my car so I could listen to more of the story.
Baldacci is a most spectacular and accomplished writer. His work is perfection in audible books.