I love David Baldacci, especially the King and Maxwell books. Total Control popped up as a recommendation, and I jumped at the chance to listen.
Unfortunately, Total Control defines "sophomore slump" Its story is so implausible as to be laughable, the plot holes are large enough to fly a plane through, and its characters are cardboard cutouts.
If you are a Baldacci fan, you are fated to listen to this because you will want a fix; if not, please please please stay away. The book isn't worth it, and it will unnecessarily put you off Baldacci. At his best, his books are a joy to listen to.
Unfortunately, it seems that Total Control is Baldacci at his worst.
I really enjoyed Marine One, so I thought I would enjoy Falcon Seven.
Not so much. I found the story more than a bit implausible (not that this is an insurmountable problem, but an impediment to enjoyment), but much worse I found the characters kind of wooden.
I hate the Europeans and the internationalists as much as any red-blooded American, but even I don't think they would stoop as low as they do in this story.
I willingly suspend disbelief all the time, but this story went more than a bit too far for my taste.
I really enjoyed this book, although my wife thought it a bit long. We listened on a road trip to Michigan. Once we got into our hotel, we listened for several hours before we went to sleep. Once we got home, we listened until it ended. It was fun, entertaining, and engrossing. Plausible? No. Entertaining? Absolutely. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride!
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