Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.
Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.
Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.
Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.
Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.
Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.
It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.
Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.
Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.
It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.
Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.
Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.
John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.
Number one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his most breathtaking thriller yet....
Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man.
But now, Blue Man is missing.
Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid. With no communications since, the team can't help but fear the worst.
Sent to investigate, Robie and Reel arrive in the small town of Grand to discover that it has its own share of problems. A stagnant local economy and a woefully understaffed police force have made this small community a magnet for crime, drugs, and a growing number of militant fringe groups.
But lying in wait in Grand is an even more insidious and sweeping threat, one that may shake the very foundations of America. And when Robie and Reel find themselves up against an adversary with superior firepower and a home-court advantage, they'll be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man....
This is a really good action packed series. I've enjoyed David Baldacci for many years and think he's getting better with each new book he writes.
In this one Will Robie and Jessica Reel's handler Blue Man (Roger Walton) has disappeared. He was on a trip to a back woods town in Colorado where he was from. Off go Will and Jessica to find him. While there they meet Blue Man's old flame from him youth and her children, they also come in contact with a radical right wing organization who isn't who they appear to be and some viscous skin heads rumored to be dealing in drugs, weapons and human trafficking. A few gun fights and a few murders later and Robie and Reel are no closer then when they first arrived on the scene.
There are 100s of bad guys and minimal law enforcement officers and it looks like the bad guys are winning! That is until Robie and Reel get involved.
Along the way they meet some interesting characters. A man who builds doomsday condos in unused government silos he purchased and one of his wealthy spoiled buyers. But, Blue Man is still missing.
Meanwhile Jessica reveals personal secrets to Will that throw him for a loop. Will they be able to stay partners?
Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy do a fantastic job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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39 of 42 people found this review helpful
It took a lot of patience to listen to this entire book. The two main characters are sniping at each other throughout the whole book. The storyline was very convoluted. Hoping the next Baldacci book is better
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Can hardly believe Baldacci actually wrote this book. The conversations were often were boring and childish. The action in some sequences simply impossible.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I am a big fan of David Baldacci overall and like the Will Robie/Jessica Reel story line. I ordered this audio book as soon as it was available. I was so disappointed! The book seemed to drag on and on and was choppy. I also got tired of Jessica. When did she become a whiner? There were too many characters and some of them did not benefit the story. I listened to all of it, waiting for it to improve and it didn't happen.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
There are 37 David Baldacci books in my Audible library; I'm a huge fan of his writing. I have rated the four prior novels in the Will Robie series as well as the short story Bullseye 5 stars. End Game is an excellent story that stretches credibility too far with its over the top descriptions of Will Robie's and Jessica Reel's heroics. Combined the two kill a very large number of bad guys; I did not count but their combined number of kills must be greater than 50.
Just off major different difficult operations Robie and Reel are called in to CIA offices and told the their handler code named Blue Man is missing since he did not return from his fishing vacation in the area of Colorado where he grew up. Their job is to find him and return him if he is alive. The relentless action and suspense begins soon after their arrival. Narration by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy is outstanding although I still appreciate the combination of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy more.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
Compared to his last number of books.. something has changed. Over explanation of things and events. Feels like he's trying to creat emotion.. and does it poorly
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
I've been a David Baldacci fan since the Camel Club, enjoying particularly the uniqueness of each character and the consistency of the character's development over a series of books. Plots ere well considered and engaging.
End Game is a slap in the face. Honestly, I feel that the author has taken advantage of a very strong fan base by selling a book with a shallow exercise in violence and not much else.
As a fan, I have higher expectations for the use of my time, and I know David Baldacci can reassert his preeminence if he chooses to take the time to do so.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A part of the story had the same scenario from another series by the same author.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
for being top-notch operators they stumble around and get a lot of people killed themselves captured two times makes no sense
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I'd get Ron McClarty back to read Robie. I don't know if Orlagh's read here was weak because she was working with a lesser talent, but it was definitely not her best work either.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Kinda' liked it.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Not sure what you mean by match the pace. The whole thing was a little convoluted. I know that was probably the point, but it was distracting.
Did End Game inspire you to do anything?
Yes. Start hoping for a better overall effort from the team! Sorry. It's not bad. Just not up to the series' standards.
Any additional comments?
Get Will and Jess back to work soon!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful