Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.
©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette Audio
Fast paced and introduces all to how national intelligence efforts have expanded. The intrigue and Government run amouk is good. Manages to hide the mole/bad actor until the end. And the description of the underlying technology is accurate and scary
I really enjoyed this book. The female narrator was not nearly as bad as the other reviewers indicate. The story is quite interesting and intriguing.
Do not listen to the abridged version, especially if you aren't listening with your full attention. One second off task and I didn't know who was talking or being talked about anymore. That combined with female narrator and sound effects made it hard/boring to follow. It seemed the protagonists went from one murder to another. Ironically, I was driving my car during the first set of gun shots. Was convinced (for a second) that my car had some horrible mechanical issue! I really like David Baldacci's books, but this one didn't (in my opiniion) live up to his usual standards. I had downloaded the unabridged version and then a friend gave me a birthday present of the abridged version. Wish I'd never opened it. So perhaps my review is unfair to the book overall.
If there a way to get my money back from Audible I would do it just on principle. The main reader is fine, but then they took his voice and tried to electronically synthesize it into the other main character, a womans voice. The voice sounds like 15 year old voice synthesis technology. If she were a robot the voice would be fine. What an insult. After a few chapters your ears just turn off the totally mechanical womans voice and you don't even hear what she says. It's almost like Audible never even listened to this before they sent it out. Don't waste your time. It is just uncomfortable to try to listen to. Smarten up Audible!
I at first was skeptical of the poor reviews and especially the poor review for the female narrator. But I cannot skip a Baldacci book. Generally the reviews here ruin the books for me, if someone reports that the narrator breathes to much or swallows loudly. Then I hear it in the narration and think I probably would not have noticed if I hadn't read that review. There are some ultra sensitive listeners here. Anyway, I was very pleased with the female narrator, I found it easier to follow rather than the single male narrator trying to do female voices. Granted I too would not imagine Michelle to have a southern accent but oddly it did not bother me at all and made my mind wander while listening why it was such a big deal to some people. Listen, read, and enjoy. Its one of the better books I have listened to in a while.
I read where others really panned the female reader. I was in no way offended or let down. Many books are totally ready by one gender who represents both sexes. Certainly, you must agree that having both sexes represented beats reading.
Listening to the female narrator on this recording was like fingernails on a blackboard. I have never given up on a book before. This was a first. I am so disappointed as I like this series and looked forward to this book.
The story line is unique and intriguing. This is a typical Baldacci mystery and his fans will enjoy reading the book. Unfortunately the narration by Orlagh Cassidy is so grating at first that it really detracts from the listening experience. Only several hours into the book after getting caught up in the story was I able to ignore my irritation at Ms Cassidy's stilted delivery.
I have listened to 30+ Audible books and this is by far the worse narration. Sorry Ms. Cassidy but maybe you should look into another line of work.
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