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.
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.
Outstanding story, and a story that needs to be told...
Great characters, good twists, solid performance..., an overall excellent book.
As a young military policeman . I desired to become a CID agent . While I really enjoyed being in the military police, and doing things like transport to Leavenworth , I did not get to get into CID . The Puller series allowed me to imagine fulfillment .