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While I enjoyed this book, I was mildly irritated that the author didn't bother to check his own work. In the first Robie book, Blue Man has granddaughters, in this book he has never married or had children. The new director of the CIA is Rachel - clearly the same character as Amanda Nash in the previous book. How about some internal consistency.
I love this author. Strong men AND strong women. In my opinion, this is his best story. I couldn't put it down and read it way too fast. When reading a good story, I never want it to end. This was one of those. Baldacci includes just enough of the technical without it being boring. He doesn't write long, dull descriptive parts. His descriptive writing is integral to the story and not just fill. A must read for Baldacci fans and a great introduction for those who are new to the author. His Wish You Well Foundation, touches my heart and I admire his "giving back".
Perfect day? A comfortable chair, a good reading light, 2 or 3 crisp red apples, and a brand new Baldacci novel to read. Great or not-so-great, his books are always enjoyable. This book, while it isn't one of his better titles, is still a fun read. Robie and Reel are like video characters he brings to life - incredibly strong, powerful, lucky, fearless, etc. I don't think Baldacci means us to take these characters too seriously.
I will be surprised if this wasn't the final book in the Robie and Reel series. The book's title, while it relates to the preppers, can also serve as a conclusion to the series. Blue Man seems ready to retire and spend his days trying to win back the heart of his only true love, Robie and Reel appear to be walking off into the sunset, hand in hand. Sounds like all is wrapped up and tied with a bow. Baldacci didn't slam the door on this series, but it is hard to ignore all the hints that it may be over.
And by the way, I have family in northeastern Colorado and I can assure you that the area is NOT crawling with splinter groups and drug entrepreneurs. ;-)
I have enjoyed Baldacci for many years, but this one was a disappointment from beginning to end. It is 100 pages too long, filled with meaningless dialog and plot tangents that add nothing. It reads like a teenage adventure story. Robie and Reel always seem to find just what they need to escape certain death, sometimes out of thin air. Superman and Wonder Woman! Cliche after cliche after cliche. I finished it because I usually do, but I wish I hadn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found that it wasn’t as intense as some of Baldacci’s other books which made this quite a fast read. Will Robbie and Jessica Reel are together again in the search for their boss who has disappeared. The search takes them to Blue Man’s hometown and all the secrets that surface during the telling of the story.
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!