The characters were certainly not forgettable
It told that old story that good does win over evil,
They brought the story to life.
Of Baldacci's two new series and heroes, I definitely prefer Roby (starting with The Innocent). However Puller is a very interesting character and I enjoy him and his family interactions. As has been pointed out before, he has a lot of similarities to Jack Reacher, and it's hard to believe he didn't copy Lee Child's character a bit. In an amusing few scenes, Puller even says that he needs to stop drinking coffee, which is almost certainly an attempt to separate him more from Reacher.
I just don't think the plots so far have done the character justice. I think one of the best aspects of this character that he's still in the military. That gives him a big difference from Reacher, only so far most of the plots happen out in the civilian world, which eliminates his best opportunities to be different.
I liked this book less than the previous book in the series. It was a lot more sex than I expected or wanted, partially due to the subject matter. The plot also had a lot of cliché elements in it that I am really starting to recognize from the thriller genre. Baldacci needs to focus on better plotting or on his other series, moving forward.
This is a slower paced book by Baldacci. The story was interesting, enjoyable, and had some fun plot twists...but its pace was slow and the story didn't really hit its stride until late in the book.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
When a book holds your interest by getting you to avoid attending to other pressing issues, you have to give credit to the writer. It's not a literary work for the ages. It's like attending a movie you found enjoyable.
For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.
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.
You get into the mind of the main character quickly.
You don't want this guy thinking you are guilty of anything other than being stupid.
Keep the stories coming. I think this could go places.
Perhaps this deserves more than two stars for the story but --well, it's just a little over the top. I think the author got a little carried away. Even so, it was fun to listen to.
I listened to it twice. I love the heroics of the main character and his associates. . Puller loves his father who is suffering from dementia. Puller keeps regular contact with an imprisoned brother. Puller also loves animals. How Puller utilizes his military experience and training to solve the death of his aunt is the main premise of the story.
OMG, this so similar to Lee Child's Jack Reacher character that I had to remind myself that this story is about John Puller who does have a relationship with his relatives. Even the narrators' voices are similar. Not sure how this is allowed to happen, but I feel fortunate to have a wealth of stories to read.
I like both characters. I guess the authors, publishers and attorneys will work it out.