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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (5 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743428951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743428958
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,168,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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Last Man Standing has the essential elements of a terrific David Baldacci novel: a tough but tender-hearted hero, dirty dealings in the nation's bureaucracy and a roller-coaster plot. Web London, a member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, froze up on a drug raid and thus became the sole survivor of a remote-controlled ambush that killed six of his compatriots. Now the only witness has disappeared and the inside man on the botched raid has gone underground.

As a pretty psychiatrist puzzles over the corners of Web's brain that kept him alive, Web himself stays on the move. He's certain that the ambush is connected to the prison escape of a neofascist leader, Ernest B Free, whom he helped arrest five years earlier, and a series of new murders leads him to a Virginia horse farm and the driving force behind all the carnage. It may seem as though Baldacci gives away the mastermind too soon, but both the bad guys and the good guys are complex enough that there's plenty of punch all the way to the last page. --Barrie Trinkle, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Accomplished and amazing - one of the hottest reads around' (DAILY MAIL) 'A plot strong enough to make the bath go cold around you' (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY) 'An adrenaline-pumping plot that could, once again, make you late for work' (HEAT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific read, a real novel in the style of a thriller. The characters have plausible depth to them and likewise subject matter expertise is there in abundance, across a variety of areas, to provide a breathing space between the twists and turns of a totally believable plot. ...More importantly this was my first Baldicci book and I'm delighted to have discovered another of the decidedly few authors who can compose and elaborate with style, depth and eloquence.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Jolly on 8 July 2002
Format: Paperback
There were things I really didn't like about this book, but all credit to Baldacci - he kept me turning the pages. It was a preposterous plot, but well structured for all that. I agree with another reviewer that calling the hero Web London almost made me put the book back on the shelf. But the action kept coming and it did give an insight into how the FBI and its hostage rescue teams work.
The story is convoluted to say the least, and although you can see it's heading to an unlikely ending, you still want to get there. But Baldacci does have a habit of getting his characters to recap the plot in ludicrous conversations. And no matters how he tries to explain it, some of the people and the twists are plain unbelievable. It might not persuade me to read another of his books, but despite myself, I enjoyed this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
An FBI Agent, point-man on a hostage rescue team, is desperate to find answers to why people connected with him are being silenced.
Last Man Standing, is a techno-thriller minus the jargon; it is an adventure, a fantastic psychological thriller, & Baldacci has convincingly combined the elements of all these sub-genres in an action-packed book.
While the action is not past paced, it is thick & furious. London is a real fallible hero, similar to the protagonists in many Frederick Forsyth novels, which makes the character & the story totally believable.
Web London has many features of a series character, & I wouldn't be surprised to catch him in any future Baldacci novels.
I enjoyed this punching chiller-thriller.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2002
Format: Hardcover
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "chris_theo" on 4 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
This book kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning. I even missed my stop on the train because i kept reading. The descriptions of the characters were detailed and you really got in tocuh with them.
The main character - Web - is followed throughout the book and you are made to feel as if you know the guy inside out.
Great novel and will be sure to try David Baldacci's new one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE on 11 April 2006
Format: Paperback
This is my second Baldacci book and it's a cracker!
Web London heads a crack FBI hostage rescue team. His team is wiped out but he survives. Why was the teams set up and wiped out? Why did he survive?
It's over 500 pages long but worth it as Baldacci really nails the characters in this book. There are a good dozen characters along the way that you really get a feel for. You develop a great understanding of what drive the main character in this page turning thriller. There are lots of turns and twists along the way, most of which I did not see coming!
If you like thrillers check this one out for sure. 10/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
Caution: The Last Man Standing is not for the squeamish or those who have nightmares about what they read. The book has many scenes of extreme violence and mayhem aimed at good guys and bad. The book's language is also laced with virtually every common swear word that you know.
What differentiates Last Man Standing from the standard shoot-em-up thriller is that Mr. Baldacci explores the mind as much as he does the physical. Providing that context makes the book more intense, meaningful, and complex.
The book's hero, Web London, is also someone you will find interesting and admirable. At his job as a Hostage Rescue Team assaulter for the FBI, he is bold, brave, and extremely capable. But, it has come with a price. He has an unattractively reconstructed face from wounds that makes him seem like Frankenstein to some, a body covered with bullet scars, and no family life. As you will learn in the book, he also had a trouble childhood that makes personal connection seem risky to him.
So, his fellow team members and their families have become his family. Imagine, then, the blow that comes when the six other assaulters are all mown down by machine gun fire during a raid on what was thought to be a drug organization's accounting operation. What makes it worse is that he froze at the start of the assault, or he would be dead with them. Imagine the guilt! To make matters worse, he is suspected of either being a coward or having been paid off. Life gets worse.
It becomes apparent that someone has been leaking confidential FBI information, or this slaughter could not have occurred. Who is it? Why would they want to wipe out a hostage rescue team? How was it accomplished? These are just some of the many mysteries that are brought forth.
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