Last Man Standing is a thriller novel written by David Baldacci. The book was initially published . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. The sole survivor of a devastating ambush, FBI Hostage Rescue Team agent Web Read More. Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense. Last year's Wish You Well, a historical family drama set in rural Virginia, proved that Baldacci, previously known for his thrillers (particularly his debut.
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Author: David Baldacci A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, Book 1) · Read more Secrets of a Proper Lady (Last Man Standing, Book 3) · Read more. The original novella from David Baldacci highlights this collection of football mysteries from the greatest names in suspense. In the title thriller, college football . Editorial Reviews. soundofheaven.info Review. Last Man Standing has the essential elements of a terrific David Baldacci novel: a tough but tender-hearted hero, dirty .
Notwithstanding his concern for his brother, he's alert to the fact that he's got a traitor in his top echelon. The Mystery of Silas Finklebean He practiced law for nine years in Washington, D. As much as Baldacci paints HRT as real American heroes, by delving into this psychological side of the story he also points out the character deficiencies that cause these men to go through the most grueling training and then to subject themselves to the greatest danger. When he saw the boy start to run directly into the line of fire, Web managed to yell at him to stop and slithered himself over to the boy.
Last year's Wish You Well , a historical family drama set in rural Virginia, proved that Baldacci, previously known for his thrillers particularly his debut, Absolute Power , can do much more than supply maximum suspense.
His latest is another exciting thriller, but one that hasn't forsaken the ambitions of Wish You Well , plumbing the emotions and exploring the shadings of human nature in an impressive way. And for the first time, Baldacci has created characters that readers will demand to see back in a sequel.
He has chosen an immensely interesting subject: Baldacci's hero is hostage rescue team superstar Web London, who inexplicably to himself and others freezes during an operation that leaves the rest of his team dead; hence, the book's title.
Web's investigation into the massacre involves him with several bands of criminals, most notably a white supremacist terrorist cell, a gang of D.
At the same time, Web's exploration into why he froze leads him to psychoanalysis and hypnosis, to budding romance and, ultimately, to revelations that tie together all the strands and questions of the immensely complicated plot. This is Baldacci's most accomplished thriller. The action, conspiratorial and overt, shifting from urban to rural and back, is nearly nonstop and expertly drawn; heroes and villains alike are believable and equally flawed; and there's a newfound maturity of tone here, a somber acceptance of the suffering that necessarily attends human life.
On-sale Nov. The American flag waving on the book's cover will draw readers' eyes; the strong title and the Baldacci name will carry them to the cash register. But he proceeds with his team, working on getting his pulse beat to sixty-four and visualizing the next moments, as the team gets in position for the signal to move to "green.
It isn't fear or runaway nerves; Web has been doing this far too long for that. And yet, even with every muscle straining all he can manage to do is to take a few faltering steps and fall down on his gun. At five seconds to impact, Web lays helpless as he watches the Charlie team proceed and then one by one fall to the ground, all dead in seconds.
Ironically, Web is the only one alive. For a HRT guy, out-surviving team members is a personal hell, nothing to be grateful about. The other FBI guys are suspicious and, even worse, distrust him to go out on mission. He can't bear the silent accusations of the widows and fatherless children who'd just as soon trade him for their lost loved one. And the press is having its usual field day, only this time it is his story they are exaggerating and manipulating.
In a single moment Web London goes from hero to pariah. Web needs to understand what happened in that alley, specifically who set up his team for an ambush. This job is his life; he needs to prove his innocence to gain the trust back from the guys and for himself.
There is no room in his job for less than absolute perfection and bravery. A good HRT guy does not freeze and let their team be killed without them. Web begins a two-pronged investigation, one external to seek whoever set Charlie up and one internal where he signs on with psychiatrist, Claire Daniels. The key for both investigations seems to be the boy in the alley.
After Charlie team was killed, Web still struggled with trying to move. When he saw the boy start to run directly into the line of fire, Web managed to yell at him to stop and slithered himself over to the boy. He gives the boy his hat and a note, warning of the ambush, for the boy to deliver to the reserve unit that TOC is sending in.
But somehow, the FBI loses the boy before they have a chance to talk to him. Missing also is the undercover agent that provided the information on the drug lair. Meanwhile, a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense counsel are killed in three separate and apparent unrelated incidents.
When Web sees this in the newspaper, he makes the connection between those deaths and Charlie team's ambush. He knows that it is the same group who caused half his face to be torn off during a hostage rescue mission. David Canfield was the only hostage from that mission who died mere feet from Web.
Web had given this boy hope and the boy had died while looking at Web, Web carries guilt from this operation. Web London is not the only one who's wondering about the ambush.
Francis Westbrook, a giant of a man whose moniker is the apt "Big F," is the leader of a small drug empire. The building that HRT was taking, is in his territory, but it is not a place that he has ever used, nor does he run a business on the scale that would warrant that kind of attention.
The missing boy is Westbrook's brother and he will do anything, including giving up his entire business, to get that kid back. Notwithstanding his concern for his brother, he's alert to the fact that he's got a traitor in his top echelon.
Last Man Standing is a complex psychological thriller in which the suspicions run rampant as to who set up Charlie team. At the center of this novel is a team of alpha males in which Baldacci reveals the characteristics of the type of guy that would want to do this poor paying job that boasts a motto of "Speed, surprise and violence of action.