Only read half then turned it back in to the library. This is a huge book filled with minutia and wanderings. Quite a disappointment.
I don't seem to enjoy this genre as much as I used to. I think a lot of these authors are putting out too many books and not living up to their original standards. I continue to pick the books up at my library because I can't seem to say good by to the characters, but then they end up at the bottom of my to-read stack. This current installment in the Will Robie series dragged a little for me and the shootouts were too far fetched. I was hoping for something a little deeper in regards to the Robie-Reel-Blue Man relationship story. Disappointed that Blue Man lost some of his mystique and came across as kind of old and weak. May be time to cut the ties on this one.
I've read many Baldacci books from other series like the Camel Club and Memory Man as well as several stand alones. This book, End Game, will be my first and last Robie/Reel book. Maybe because of the ridiculously high body count, which never seems to end. Maybe it's the character who checked into Rehab for a Methadone addiction (methadone is used to treat heroin addiction)- it turns out that the author meant methamphetamine addiction, a minor gaffe in the scheme of the story, but glaring for a prolific writer and/or the proofreaders of a known publisher. Probably because the protagonists are superhuman and childish at the same time. If your expertise is in plot driven novels, don't muddy the waters with romance novel liaisons.
David Baldacci begins the End Game with Will Robie against 16 armed terrorists and ends with Robie and Jessica Reel facing similar odds. In between there are similar incidents with a tale being spun around the killings. I did determine halfway through who the "Bad Guy" was and when in the end I was proven right I felt really thrilled. All in all not a bad investment.
Unfortunately I am one of the few that disliked this book so much I stopped reading it after 25 pages in. Will Robie is the smartest, fastest, strongest, handsomest...............the writing style of David Baldacci has deteriorated from his once riveting storylines to where you can already see where the storyline is going well before you get there. Disappointed
Another great book from Baldacci. He is probably the most consistent authors I read....never has a bad book.
His héros are rather antagonistic thus reducing their effectiveness. Ah yes love/hate to increase the tension. Are the people of rural America really this nasty, one hopes not but increasingly the writers of crime fiction are removing us from the decadence of the cities to sniff the rural regions for decay and malevolence. I like his characters but think he is moving away from his strengths of characters fighting against the DC system, lately the entire nation seems to be the enemy..
Another great Baldacci book, this one the latest in his Will Robie & Jessica Reel series. Really interesting story line relating to re-purposing abandoned missile silos, illegal drugs, hate groups, and much more. My only concern is not about this book at all, but Baldacci's pattern of abandoning current series and inventing new series after 5 or 6 books - this is #5 in this series. I hope he doesn't 'disappear' Robie& Reel. Great read.
The Agency's most lethal couple returned as a team to locate their former boss. Great actions from start to finish. Knock off 1/2 a star for the not too original crimes and villains. As in prior series featuring the duo, Robie was the ever thinking man while Reel provided relief with her acid tongue. As it turns out, the book title seems to be perfectly interpreted in the song by Taylor Swift Ft. Ed Sheeran & Future - End Game :
I wanna be your endgame
I wanna be your first string
I wanna be your A-Team (whoa, whoa, whoa)
I wanna be your endgame,
Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations, ah
(Outside of the title etc, there is only a single reference to the two words "end game" in the novel -- see "Quotes.") LOL!
Great work David, this is another well done thriller with Will Robie. Again I was stumped. You will enjoy as always.
Another great thriller by Baldacci who never disappoints and seems to get better with each book!! Loved it.
I always look forward to his books. Excellent plot twist and characters are woven with realistic relationships!