Just one big cliché after another. The hero is VERY GOOD, the bad guys are VERY BAD, the local police are idiots who are not only incompetent but also biased against the hero for absolutely no apparent reason. ALL the women are beautiful and want to jump into bed with the hero. Oh, and of course, the hero is too nice a guy to take the women up on their offers.
The story is MUCH longer than it should be, giving details that are mundane and recounting clichés to make the hero seem even more ideal. Even the hero's supposed imperfections are enviable.
And we all know that the hero, Puller, is very similar to Lee Childs', Jack Reacher. All in all I feel the credit I used for this story was a bad choice, but at least I know that the author is not one that I will consider in the future.
McLarty okay, Cassidy irritating
Yes... Why? It is another great story by Baldacci.
The plot was pretty straightforward with only a few twists. It was the action that moved the story forward.
These two are so good that to pick a favorite is impossible they were all good.
A great book, a great story and great performances by McLarty and Cassidy!! The only thing that disturbed me and maybe it is just me, were the "sound effects" edited in to the narration. A goodly portion of the first chapter is immersed in some funky, quasi music (?) and then throughout there are annoying sound effects at the end of some chapters and even during the chapters. They were not bad enough to degrade the performance, again which was exceptional, but it was unnecessary. NOTE TO PRODUCER: Stop it already.
I am a retired high school computer teacher. After years of tech reading, I have given up reading for listening while I woodworking.
This is a great follow up to Zero Day. It will start fast and take you on a roller coaster ride with lots of curves and screams.
If you are looking for action you will find it in this book. The way it is written it could be a movie script. The only thing I found objectionable are the sound effects and back ground music. The Duo of McLarty and Cassidy work well together but that does take a bit of getting used to. For me this was classic Baldacci and held my attention even if some of the dialog betweeen the One Star and John was a big corney at times. An enjoyable read.
His female dialogues are very awkward and Cassidy's rendition makes them sound so inane and trite.
Yes, when Mecco won the contest for Lampert's soul & body. Overall, it was his vindication and performance that made the book work for me.
Books like this really suffer when the protagonists are faced with too many crises and harrowing situations. Getting them out alive gets more difficult and un believeable as the book goes on.The transition from having the slaves in the warehouse to having them back on the platform in the Gulf was virtually instantaneous and done in too few hours compared to the pages of description used to get them ashore in small boats in the first place. There were too many shortcuts like this.
I have very much enjoyed a fair number of his books, but this one didn't make it.
No idea, I didn't read the book.
This book was great. I love the John Puller character. Great book with lots of twists and mini climaxes. Definitely recommend, but listen to Zero Day first (another great book).
I ended up staying up until 0300 hours because I couldn't put the book down.
Great book and great series.
Not on purpose
It's popular so I thought it'd be better
He was ok but she sounded like an answering machine recording
Anything with the main character in them
The background music was distracting and the dialog was juvenile. The storyline was very predictable and you didn't care about the characters at all. Listened to the whole book hoping that we would be surprised but we were just happy to be done with it.
very good read
It wasn't predictable
They are easy to listen to. They are two of my favorite readers.
Yes, it flows easily.
Ron has the right voice to make character sound real. I like having a female voice for the female characters.
Look beneath paradise for what you don't want to know.
The story was fine. The characters come to life, however I do not think all the killing was necessary to make the book interesting. A bit of an overdose on macho.
Intriguing , suspenseful , mystery
I like them together in this book
John puller is my hero and there should be more books with him , he's smart , tough and would make anyone feel safe