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Last Man Standing Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Web London was trained to penetrate hostile ground and come out alive. Then ten seconds in a dark alley cost him everything: his friends, his fellow agents, his reputation. Among his super-elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Web was the sole survivor of a high-tech, devastating ambush.
Now Web is trying to put his life back together and understand what really happened. To get answers, he'll need the help of psychiatrist Claire Daniels and the one other human being who lived through the attack--a ten-year-old boy. But when his search leads him back to that bloodstained alley, Web suddenly realizes he is about to face his assassin again. And this time, one of them will become the Last Man Standing.
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"[This book] finds the author in his familiar bestselling territory, the seamy underbelly of the nation's bureaucracy."―Entertainment Weekly
"A killer thriller...LAST MAN stands tall."―USA Today
"Baldacci's most accomplished thriller...The action is nearly nonstop and expertly drawn."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Riveting...fascinating...a novel that will knock readers' socks off...The intricate plot moves at breakneck speed...The reader will be breathless."―Richmond Times-Dispatch
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- Publisher : Warner Vision; Edition Unstated (September 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446611778
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446611770
- Lexile measure : 820L
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The worst part is the continual formatting issue throughout the Kindle version--on almost every page, no exaggeration--in which the dialogue of one character is added to the dialogue of another in the same paragraph. The run-on and non-paragraphed dialgoue took me out of my 'suspension of disbelief' each time as I struggled to work out exactly who was talking.
There were also two very long conversations in which the author used no character tags whatsoever and I literally forgot which character was speaking. Had to go back and try to work it out so I could follow the plot. There's nothing wrong with names and 'he said,' Mr. Baldacci.
And finally, wow, the ending. Uh, quite a lead up and quite a let down for me. Probably for the main character, too. I would also like to suggest that the author spend a little less time showing off his encyclopedic knowledge of guns and horse trailers, etc. (Am from Virginia and grew up riding horses....)Write a non-fiction book, if you must, but get to the story, please.
If you like Tom Clancy's style, in which the author teaches a class in the middle of each chapter, well, then this book might be just the right thing for you. I've read the Will Robie books and Memory Man more than once. I would not pick this one up again. Amazon and Warner Books, get your Kindle formatting corrected. I sent corrections to Amazon as I plowed through. Surely, you have professionals who will do this for pay?
It's the middle that is the problem -- 2/3 of the book really goes nowhere, as incident after incident takes place without resolving the central question. It's like he is stretching the page count. I can't say he is unique in this, but you'd think a famous author would not need to use that technique.
Just a so-so story, IMHO.
It is sad that the author doesn't see the books faults and it's even more depressing that a publisher's editors and other staff members let this book through to a reading public without any resistance. Most chapters could be told far more effectively. This book can probably never get close to good, but itf40--50 per cent of the text had been cut it would at lest have become close to readable, or at least not thoroughly boring.
I read it to the end trying to find anything that would please me, but I did not succeed! It's really not worth one single star!
The plot is overly complex with 3-4 separate threads, and then huge coincidences are contrived to interlock those threads. Those coincidences have nothing to do with the novels resolution, save to allow a single sequence to bring all the threads to an end. As bad as the worst television I've seen ...
Compared with the travesty of the plot, the setup is merely lame. The FBI has lots of fine folks and I'm sure their paramilitary teams are skilled, tough people. However, the idea that FBI hostage rescue team personnel are far more deadly than those of hardened, black (i.e., unacknowedged) SOCOM teams is absurd.
I pushed through to the end of this to have the right to post this review. Your reading time is better spent elsewhere in this genre.
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undoubtedly a brave and versatile man, was not going to suddenly lose his nerve for no apparent reason. No electric dart or chemial interference with his reasoning. So, it had to be something else. The reader did not know at that time he had undergone hypnotic treatment, but that seemed the only cause possible to make him react in the way he did. Post hypnotic suggestion.
The judge blowing his house up with phone. Impossible! Considerable research went into phones triggering fires and explosions, but it was proven that no 'spark' was generated with a phone. Also, the amount of gas to create an explosion was more than the house would hold. Later it was described as an IMPLOSION, yet the victims body was later found in the garden next door, the result of an EXPLOSION. Later, we find that the heros boss wants to sack him. It just would not happen. Decorated people don't get fired, especially if their award was bestowed upon them by the President