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Last Man Standing | [David Baldacci]

Last Man Standing

With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.
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Publisher's Summary

It took 10 seconds for Web London to lose everything: his friends, his team, his reputation. Point man of the FBI's super-elite Hostage Rescue Team, Web roared into a blind alley toward a drug-dealer's lair, only to meet a high-tech, custom-designed ambush that killed everyone around him.

Now coping with the blame-filled words of anguished widows and the suspicions of colleagues, Web tries to put his life back together with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Claire Daniels. To do so, he must discover why he was the one man who lived through the ambush - and find the only other person who came out of that alley alive...a 10-year-old boy who has since disappeared.

Web's search leads him from inner-city Washington, D.C. to the rolling hills of Virginia horse country - while people connected to him are violently silenced. Acting on his instincts, Web believes he knows where the killer will strike next. Only this time, he may not survive the attack.

Last Man Standing is an explosive psychological thriller about a man desperate to find answers - from the secret terrors he has kept from himself to his unbearable guilt. His fight to save himself and those he cares for will come at a high cost...and threaten everything he has grown to believe in.

©2001 Columbus Rose, Ltd., All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"Impressive...immensely interesting...Baldacci's most accomplished thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Has the essential elements of a terrific novel: a tough but tender-hearted hero, dirty dealings in the nation's bureaucracy, and a roller-coaster plot." (Amazon.com)

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    Susan Bremerton, WA, USA 06-15-07
    Susan Bremerton, WA, USA 06-15-07
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    "wonderful"

    With attention to building detail, suspense and drama, this book was a delight. The clues were all there, but as a really good mystery, I was not able to figure out "who done it". The story is slow-paced, with good reason. It takes time to flesh out the characters and David does it well. I highly recommend this book for those who have the time and patience for a great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Burlington, NJ, USA 06-15-05
    Lois Burlington, NJ, USA 06-15-05
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    "Definitely worth listening to."

    Another great Baldacci book. Loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis M. Wierzbicki Chicago, IL United States 03-12-04
    Dennis M. Wierzbicki Chicago, IL United States 03-12-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Held me, then let me down at the end"

    I truly enjoyed this book right up until the final 5 minutes. Won't spoil the ending, but I was left hanging on the ending thinking "This is IT?". Sounded like a contrived set-up for a sequel, yet I can't find that one was written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jannice Sugar Land, TX, USA 07-09-03
    Jannice Sugar Land, TX, USA 07-09-03
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    "Last Man Standing(Unabridged)"

    I agree with previous reviewers that the detail was numbing and often dragged the story down. I was willing to force my way through, however, because underneath there was an essentially good story. But as one of the previous reviewers noted, the ending was abrupt and tremendously unsatisfying. It made the effort I put into getting to the end (and at times it was a great effort) a waste of time. I ulltimaetly felt angry at being let down so badly at the end of a story I tried so hard to have faith in. This author will not appear in my audio library again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-29-11
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Okay... Definitely OK"

    I guessed what was going on too early. Still enjoyed the rest, but since it was predictable it felt like a meal that just didn't have enough seasoning. Regardless, Baldacci's a good chef and this dish is okay. A good diversion from the treadmill's pain. Maybe better than that if you don't guess right. Jason Culp's done a lot with the read which keeps the meal totally warm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Novato, CA, United States 01-09-09
    David Novato, CA, United States 01-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Wait for the abridged version"

    There's a saying attributed to Chekhov that says that, if there's a rifle hanging on the wall in the first act, it must go off by the third act. Otherwise, it shouldn't be hanging on the wall. There's another curmudgeon's observation about the game of cricket: Two hours of action packed into three days of playing.

    Both apply here.

    The level of irrelevant detail in this plodding novel is mind crushing. I found myself fast forwarding through a ton of material mumbling to myself "Who cares...What does this have to do with the story? Please get on with it." Always on guard, however, for the concern that I might miss some detail that would prove important later. This turns out not to be a necessary concern. In general, in this novel, if it seems off point, it turns out to be. This story is desperately in need of a ruthless editing, and you could easily lose a third of the narrative without sacrificing any of the story. Detail worthy of Proust minus the flourishes. It all makes the story drag, and makes the reader when the writer is going to just get on with it.

    If there's an abridged version, go for that. It is a good story, just too tedious in many parts.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 03-09-08
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 03-09-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Long But Good"

    Baldacci fans will love this one! There is more than enough plot and character depth to satisfy. This is another law enforcement story. A highly trained, successful FBI agent freezes at a critical moment and his six team members are all killed. His journey of recovery, both personal and professional, takes the reader from inner-city drug lords (Washington DC) to the horsey-set of Virginia.

    One downside is that this story goes on forever. It almost verges on being wrapped up too easily, for so many twists and turns. Another is the narration. The number of characters demanded a variety of differences, but it seemed that the roughest and toughest of characters sounded the wimpiest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P.Keith Daigle 05-16-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!"

    I can't take it any more! I'm halfway through this mess and, for the first time in my Audible career, I have to quit. I guess there is some suspense in here somewhere but I can't wait around to find it and now I don't care. Sophomoric (and soporific) writing just one level above a comic book. Characterizations right out of a 1950's John Wayne movie. Is this really the same guy that wrote "The Winner?" I'm moving on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-01-05
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-01-05 Member Since 2004

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    "Good thriller but could have been more concise"

    This was a very good audiobook, good character development and interesting plot twists right up to the end. I agree with the other reviewer who said it was too long but it was still very enjoyable. Web London, super-FBI guy is something of a super-hero with an incredible amount of luck. The author delves into some psychology and the bad guys in the book are not who you expect them to be. Well, are they ever? This book is not for an impatient reader as it is very lengthy but I enjoy thrillers, mysteries and others in this genre and was not disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Milford, DE, United States 01-26-04
    Daniel Milford, DE, United States 01-26-04 Member Since 2002
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    "good character development"

    A long book, but I like unabridged. The book takes you down a long road and the scenery is good on both sides, but not always good. I think listening to books should be entertaining and involves meeting new people doing new things and sometimes the same things others have done. This book keeps you guessing til the end, there are a few good twists that make listening to a book over a couple of weeks a pleasure. GO FOR IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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