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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....
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 54 minutes|
|Narrator||Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 14, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,843 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I don’t like reading books that throw in such sexual stuff and tons of foul language in the first place, and most of the books David has written don’t include this type of stuff. So why does he add a bunch of it to the last book on top of such a weak and directionless ending?
If the author has one Achilles heel, it is not knowing how to wrap up his characters like in the other novels with an intriguing plot. I love the Memory Man series he has written! With another installment due out April 2018, I just am hoping he doesn’t try to end the series with a novel sub-par like he has in End Game and his John Puller series where the ending was horrible too.
Normally, I don’t write reviews if I don’t like a book. Authors work hard to put forth stories their followers will enjoy and share with friends. However, with two series ending below standards or hopes for readers, I write this with the hope the author will do a much better job with future endeavors when he decides the character’s time is up.
I'm done with the Will Robie series. I want to like the protagonists, but there's just too much angst and soul searching. Mr. Baldacci must be wealthy by now and he seems to have become bored with the writing process.
Two characters, Will Robie and Jessica Reel work for an clandestine intelligence agency in the United States, they are partners in more ways than one. Yet they work extremely well together but personally they are not compatible but they love each other. They are sent to Colorado to find their boss, Blue Man. Who has gone missing and who is extremely important to the intelligence community. Within this context the partners must deal with factions who are anti-government. They must overcome this factions and find Blue Man before it is too late.
The book is exciting and convoluted, yet the confusion is understandable and intermingled. Although there is a lot happening, the strange instances seemingly are not connected, yet they eventually aid in the discovery of Blue Man and the capture of the anti-government factions. The book is very good but a little abstract, as a result it receives a 4 star rating. I look forward to reading more of Baldacci's works especially the Will Robie series.
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The whole shebang stretches credulity (well, mine anyway) beyond breaking point, and to be honest I found it a bit of a chore to read. By two-thirds, I was simply past caring who lived and died and who did what to whom. I might take a pass on future Robie and Reel books, should there be any more.
As other reviewers have indicated, after few chapters I had to check the front to make sure I wasn't reading a Jack Reacher story.
What shocked and disappointed me most, however, was the way in which David Baldacci has, in this book, completely changed the characters of Reel and Robie. Although both of them are government assassins, David Baldacci has always given the characters a strong personal sense of morality which made it possible to like and even admire them in spite of what they do. In 'End Game' Jessica Reel, always shown as a brave, capable, and independent woman, is turned into some sort of Mills and Boon heroine, creeping into Robie's room to leave meaningless notes, and coming out with lines like 'I love you Will, but you can't fix me'!!!
Robie, becomes a second class Jack Reacher. Lee Child has always depicted Jack as a fighting hero with a rather casual attitude when it comes to women, so we expect and accept it. In this book, however, Robie, previously shown as a disciplined, focused and loyal person. becomes a contemptible character who, in the middle of what is supposed to be an urgent search for a man he likes and admires, leaves the he woman he says he loves to go and have sex with a woman he hardly knows. He uses Malloy and walks out when he's done - at least Jack Reacher shows some respect for the women he sleeps with.
The plot of this book is also completely flawed. Too many bad guys popping up all over the place, too many conveniently staged rescues, too much sloppy characterisation and too little adequate motivation for what's happening.
I definitely won't be buying any more Robie and Reel books and as someone who has every book David Baldacci has written I am a bit wary of buying any of the others now.
Is he going to sabotage John Puller, Amos Decker, Shaw and the Camel Club next?
I know If I read David Baldacci, it going to be good !
So no let downs here, as Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of my favourite characters from one of my favourite authors.
Robie and Reel are complex characters, and anything they do is a pleasure to follow . . ." Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages, and he's in top form here" "An edge-of-the-seat ride from one of the world's thriller masters ". . ." The heart-stopping action shows Baldacci is in fine form". Such true comments from some Baldacci fans and reviews.
Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US government’s most indispensable asset, is called to London.
An imminent terrorist attack threatens the Underground and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins.
He knows he has one chance to succeed. One chance to save London. One chance to make it safely home to find out what has happened to fellow agent Jessica Reel following their last deadly mission together.
Jessica Reel is fighting her own battles and recovering from her injuries in Iraq.
But Robie is about to learn that even if he succeeds, the worst is yet to come.
The Blue Man is missing
The game has started. Now only Will Robie and Jessica Reel can end it ....
This story allows Baldacci time for the growing relationship between Robie and Reel, a clever, different, well paced, action packed thriller.
Lots of great characters, especially Sheriff Malloy.
I really enjoyed this book reading half the book in two days !
Robie/Reel are my favorite two characters David writes about The Hit of his is about the most enjoyable book I read in the last decade. I also enjoyed the follow up The Target, but then he moves America's most deadly assassins into detectives in The Guilty, and more or less in this book. He has other characters that fill that slot, so why move these characters into there slot as well, although he does put them in situations throughout the book that only there set of skill can get out of.
After starting a few books and putting them down part way in I thought I treat myself to my most anticipated book I knew Id enjoy, which I did, and probably give it an extra star if it had been by another writer that had wrote it about two different characters, but was not up to the standard of what I expected of these two characters from David. For me they really work well together, I love Reel no holds barred says what she thinks, sometimes quite cutting and funny at times.
David even though there was a fair bit of action thought the book, please less of the detective work, and sticking things in to prop it up, like leaving a drawing as clue for Robie and Reel which they had to work out what it meant, when one five letter word would have been quicker to put down on paper, and hide, so the people you intended it to be found by would know or have a darn good idea what the message meant.
Also found incredible at one point they have the option to sanction a vile evil murderer, but just let him go.
I also thought there was a contradiction in the book when Robbie and Reel say they told nobody about something, which I though they did, and then later in the book its mentioned they did.
On the whole an easy read, but just hope David gets the pair back into plots like The Hit and The Target.