Review: Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing (unabridged) by David Baldacci, read by Jason Culp
Genre: Crime Thriller unabridged
ISBN: 9781594830808
Published: November 2001 (abridged), re-released October 3, 2015 (unabridged)
Rating: 4

I really enjoyed this book. It started off fast paced and exciting and slammed you with questions, and then kept you going the whole way through. One thing I really liked was it let you in on one secret at a time, one bad guy at a time, one betrayal at a time. You think you have it, but then realize it’s so much more complicated the further into the plot you go.

There were a lot of different characters, and there were a few parts where all the different FBI agents started running together. It sorted itself out though. Some characters I felt like I didn’t know very well, or I would have liked to get to know them more, but in the end you knew everything you needed in order for the book to be successful.

There was one thing I didn’t like. And I didn’t just dislike it, it really annoyed me. There is a psychiatrist in the book, named Claire Daniels. I like Claire Daniels. But the problem with the character is she is so darn stereotypical that it made me almost want to stop reading. Like, straight up classic “how does that make you feel,” and “Let’s talk about your daddy issues.” At one point it felt like a parody it was so bad. Look, I know some shrinks pull that stuff, but for the most part, that’s not what happens in a psychiatric session. And I know that both from research and from first-hand experience. If you’re going to put a mind-doctor in your book, do some research. Go see one. Talk to them. Pick their brains. pretend to be your character and role-play with them. Clearly there was a lot of research done for this book what with all the locations and guns and FBI stuff. Why a psychiatrist-study didn’t make the list I’ll never know.

Even with the annoying character (and voice, for that matter) of Claire Daniels, the book was exciting and fulfilling at the end. the good guys won, the bad guys died, and the people who were hurt got their revenge. It was narrated by Jason Culp who did a great job of everyone but Dr. Daniels (who sounded annoying only because she was annoying, so in a way I guess that was perfect).

Content/Recommendation: Blood and guts, violence and sex, guns and explosions. Ages 18+

About the Book
It took 10 seconds for Web London to lose everything: his friends, his team, his reputation. Point man of the FBI's super-elite Hostage Rescue Team, Web roared into a blind alley toward a drug-dealer's lair only to meet a high-tech, custom-designed ambush that killed everyone around him.

Now coping with the blame-filled words of anguished widows and the suspicions of colleagues, Web tries to put his life back together with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Claire Daniels. To do so he must discover why he was the one man who lived through the ambush - and find the only other person who came out of that alley alive...a 10-year-old boy who has since disappeared.

Web's search leads him from inner-city Washington, DC, to the rolling hills of Virginia horse country - while people connected to him are violently silenced. Acting on his instincts, Web believes he knows where the killer will strike next. Only this time, he may not survive the attack.

Last Man Standing is an explosive psychological thriller about a man desperate to find answers - from the secret terrors he has kept from himself to his unbearable guilt. His fight to save himself and those he cares for will come at a high cost...and threaten everything he has grown to believe in.

About the Author
David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

 

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