I made the (perhaps understandable) mistake of reading Baldacci's last novel, "Wish You Well", which was not a thriller, but a family saga, and I read it because I was a big fan of his earlier work (particularly Absolute Power and Total Control). Wish You Well, was well, tedious - "Last Man Standing" ROCKS all the way to the stunning ending. Baldacci is back!
So what's this one about? Our hero, Web London, the best of the best in the Hostage Rescue Team, chokes on an op, leaving his men dead. But why did he freeze? And who was behind the massacre? Stir in a love-interest, a sexy psychiatrist who can get into your mind and your bed, and some rather evil bad guys. Brew ungently for a few hundred pages, and - voila!
I have two quibbles, small, but things I should let you know. The book seems to me too long @ 550 pages. This is a 400 page novel overpacked with insider research about things covert. Secondly, the hero's name, Web London, bugged me @ first. Web? What's that? And London might sound kool in the US, but for us living in London, it sounds naff.
Small quibbles, these, since this is the best thriller I've read for a while. A couple of books you'll probably like if you're into this genre: Dexter Dias's "Power of Atttorney" - a fine thriller about what happens when witness protection programmes go pear-shaped and murders result. Also, Robert Crais's "Hostage", another HRT story.