End Game (Unabridged)
by David Baldacci
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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....
Not worth the money
The author must be hopeful for a movie deal, as he writes a book as if the skin heads and white supremist are the number one terrorists danger this country faces. Yes, they are low lifes, but Balducci should keep his left wing extremism off the pages of his book. If your a progressive fascist, as a larger number of people in this country have become, this book is right up your alley.
Great Book/An Irritating Narrator
I’m baffled by the reviews that criticize this book for being liberal or PC. Since when is portraying neo-Nazis in a negative way “liberal?” I mean seriously that’s the only quasi-political content in this book. I guess WW2 novels are all liberal propaganda now too?
This book is vintage Baldacci. A murder mystery with a couple of trained killers doing the investigating. Fun premise with some strong action and inventive twists.
One thing that made this audiobook a painful experience was Orlagh Cassidy’s narration. She does “funny voice” narration with no nuance or emotional content. It’s grating. The book would have been much more enjoyable with Kyf Brewer reading the whole thing.
The story pretty much had every PC contemporary Hollywood B movie cliche going for it.
- The belief that the rural flyover United States is chock full of people who open carry and are part of right wing militia groups. Nothing could be further from the truth.
- Henchmen who fully explain their bad deeds & intents to dangerous adversaries for no good reason imaginable.
- An evil plot that seems to have no means of baseline financing.
- The heroes being giving a preposterous opportunity to get away, multiple times.
Good potboiler reading, especially if you're some urban coastal progressive who hates the imaginary people you consider to be red state knuckle draggers and Trump wannabes. But, all in all, after reading the works of John Sandford, this stuff was pretty weak and disappointing, with basically no funny dialog nor believable characters.