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 read all of Baldacci's books and always enjoy Ron McLarty's narration (Orlagh-not so much). As a long time Audible listener, I rarely listen to a sample; I read the book's reviews and decide on that. Going forward, however, I will listen to samples before purchasing because the sound effects in this book were too distracting to finish. A couple times I paused the book, pulled out my earbud and looked around, thinking the noise was something going on around me. I will borrow my friend's hard copy to finish the story; and I won't listen to another Audible book with sound effects.
I would have preferred McLarty narrating the entire book.
No, only the second time in many years I didn't finish an Audible book. Not the story and not Ron McClarty's narration, but the the distracting sound effects.
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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.
Why, why, why do they do the music and sound effects? Plus the male narrator gets a 2 star rating and the Female gets a 0. So many bad interpretations and even mispronounced words. Still I liked the story so dared to get the next two. Having finished it yesterday, I'll give the Forgotten about the same rating as Zero Day. Some really bad writing: they're in a hurricane and can't hear a thing, but the characters keep making little asides to each other. They are likely about to die but they're joking. Seriously? The Escape gets 2 stars for story but 1 star for performance. I wanted to see the brother get out of jail and figured he'd been framed but the twists and turns with one of the main characters...first she's a good guy, then she's a liar, then she's a good guy, then she's a traitor, back and forth until I didn't care any more. And the performances got worse with this third book. The female narrator gets a -1 star and the male gets a 1. I won't be tempted to get the fourth in the series. Not even a little bit.