Audie Award Winner, Thriller/Suspense, 2014
From David Baldacci - number-one best-selling author and one of the world's most popular, widely read storytellers - comes the most thrilling novel of the year.
Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.
No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.
But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
©2013 David Baldacci (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I don't know who decided to "spice up" the recording with sound effects but I hope it is not a trend in audiobooks. Keep the performance to the artist. Door slams, gunshots, screeching tires and such are distracting and cheesy.
I haven't actually finished the book yet; just needed to vent about the extraneous sounds effects. Yeah.
I would recommend most of Baldacci's books and this one fits that bill. Good character development is always important and this book moves consistently, rarely bogging down. Although the plot is generated from a fairly creative idea, I did find that it unfolded in mostly predictable and somewhat cliche'd manner.
The book moves well and never bogs down, lots of action.
Yes, although I am used to male readers voicing female parts and visa versa, i also enjoy each being read by someone of the same sex. Both of these readers do a good job.
I find Baldacci's earlier books more entertaining. Some times its difficult to put your finger on why a book falls a little short of expectations. I think this story is simply a bit worn out without some really creative new twists. There are also a number of situations that are simply a bit unbelievable, when our protagonists are able to figure out certain puzzles with, frankly, to little information
This is not Baldacci's best work. Honestly, it's not even close and having read his work I was frankly disappointed. I felt the plot was very weak most of the time. There were not the hair pin twists and turns I have come to expect from this author. Most times this narration duo can carry a book that has it's weak spots, however, this time was they were bit off as well. I am not saying it was a total waste of my time but it was just not one of those I was eager to resume listening because I know Baldacci is capable of better.
Whatever you do, ignore the negative reviews of this work and try it for yourself. Excellent story line, excellent narration. Do read/listen to the first book in the series first. Can't wait for book 3!
I had a hard time finishing this book. It seemed like it started to drag a bit at the end. Additionally, I listen with headphones and the production quality wasn't great. The narrators are excellent but there are several chunks of the book where they clearly re-dubbed the spoken line or paragraph. It takes you out of the "moment." It was like watching an R-Rated movie on regular TV. I'm sorry but if you're going to charge $20 for a book, you shouldn't have "cut and paste" production quality.
Yes! I loved the story. The drama and suspense, especially between Robie and Jessica.
Will Robie, of course. He's calm, efficient, and the best at what he does. He's brilliant.
These two make a perfect pair. Ron's voice is perfect for this genre!
Thank you. I sure hope there is a book 3!
The book is very good. The female performance could be improved significantly!
Performance was weaker than others!
Not likely! The female voice detracts from the overall performance.
Yes, Will Robbie is a good character and still has legs!
McLarty and Cassidy have done it again! This book has many twists and turns and although some of the action is way out there, the characters are alive and human with flaws and feelings.
The moment she realizes he can be trusted and vise-versa
Near the end when the double cross is realized by Turner. I know people like him-arrogant to the point of annoyance - I could see the look on his face when he knew his plan didn't work.
Yup! had a hard time turning it off.
The production and narration was grating to me. The primary narrator alone may have been listenable but the female narrator was so one note in her delivery that all the female characters came off as identical. While I occasionally find male narrators "female" voices off putting, the dual narration of this book was just too much. Add to this the copious use of sound effects and the production is just too cheesy for my taste.
I couldn't really get into the story because I found the narration and sound effects too distracting. I will probably read the book because I like David Baldacci and the premise of the book was interesting. I just hope my brain doesn't hear the voices of the narrators.
A single narrative voice and no sound effects.
I couldn't get into the book enough to evaluate the characters.
Another very solid thriller from Baldacci, possibly surpassing the first book in the series.
Will Robie feels like Baldacci's version of Mitch Rapp, just like John Puller seems like his version of Jack Reacher. Interesting that he's running both series at the same time, but heck, why not borrow the elements from two of the most successful and popular series on the market today? While not quite matching the punch of Vince Flynn, this series is still a solid hit, and will keep you engaged from start to finish.
Robie has a few characteristics that distinguish him from other superhero assassins, too. He's more laid back, and a bit more of a detective than others. In this Baldacci's style makes itself known, as in the first book, a fast-action intro turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a conspiracy to be be uncovered. Robie also has some characters that he cares for and works with, which is both a benefit to his character and a weakness in his line of work.
Wile the plot felt at times to be a little forced by the author's hand , this was still a great listen. If you enjoy espionage thrillers or like Baldacci's other works, you won't be disappointed.
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