Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

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  • Hardback | 728 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754017486
  • 9780754017486

Review Text

Baldacci's latest thriller is something of an assault course, unashamedly tough, and, at 548 pages, a massive book for a relatively slender plot about who kills whom next. Its hero, Web London of the FBI, comes to grief in the opening pages when he is unaccountably left the only survivor of an urban ambush that kills his entire Hostage Rescue Team around him. Suspended from duty, he sets out in search of reasons for what happened to his team, and to wreak his own vengeance upon the killers. London is a man undisguisedly in love with the hardware of his trade, as the author never tires of pointing out: 'Recruits now carried .40 Glock semiautomatics with fourteen-round magazines with a much easier trigger pull, but Web still had fond memories of his Smith & Wesson with the three-inch bull barrel', and clearly addicted to violence. The action scenes, and there are gratifyingly many, are far and away the best features of the book. Its more reflective passages, such as the section where the hero undergoes a course of psychotherapy, are on the whole less successful: 'when we're dealing with the mind, anything is possible,' says his shrink helpfully. Fans of Dick Francis will feel immediately at home in the second half of the book, which is set in an oppressive and menacing stud farm outside Washington DC, with a proprietor who has a secret addiction to taxidermy. Balducci has obviously researched his background meticulously, and the plot crackles like a bonfire. (Kirkus UK)show more