It's on the better end, solid story, interesting characters and an inventive plot.
The main character was interesting, I would look for more in the series.
The voices were great, characters were differentiated well and none of the accents or dialects were over exaggerated.
The whole book was pretty well paced and interesting.
I would read/listen to more in the series.
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.