19 January, 2018

#BookReview :: End Game (Will Robie #5) by David Baldacci

As he started out the plane window, he knew the next twenty-four hours could possibly be his last ones on earth.

Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US government's most indispensable asset, is called to London. 

An imminent terrorist attack threatens the Underground and with the US next in line. Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins. 

He knows he has one chance to get it right. One chance to save London lives. One chance to make it safely home to find out what has happened to fellow agent Jessica Reel following their last deadly mission together. 

But Robie is about to learn that even if he succeeds, the worst is yet to come.

The game has started. Now only he can end it...

There’s a terrorist threat that is suspected to target the London Underground. There’s a possibility of a similar attack on US soil as well. Robie, a highly trained assassin, is put on the case. One would think that taking down the group in London would be enough to nip it at the bud. But no, Robie’s boss, a highly placed officer with a lot of top-secret information goes missing. So, Robbie has no choice but to follow the trail… What or who is waiting for him at the end of that trail?

David Baldacci has a knack for writing mind blowing opening scenes. A reader has no option but to get on the journey that each of his books offer after that. This was one of those books where I was hooked right at the beginning. Since I have not read the four books that came before in this series, I had no idea of what to expect from Will Robie. When we think of deadly assassins, we think of anonymity and a penchant for blending in, but Will Robie felt quite different to me. He has a flair for drama and a style to go with it. Jessica on the other hand does have the ‘femme fatale’ air about her when she wants to show it. The contrast in their personalities is interesting. As the leading characters they both have certain eccentricities that made me like them quite a bit. However, there was a bit too much drama between them. There must have been a build up over the series that I have missed. Had I read the first four books, I may have had a different perspective, though I doubt it. I love thrillers for the thrills and mysteries, not personal drama of the romantic kind.

I liked the plot, but loved the narrative. I quite enjoyed as clues and information were revealed step by step and tension built up before the climax. With an air of mystery, some action and some drama, the book kept me entertained. It was fun trying to resolve the mystery along with the protagonists. I am pretty sure that I would have enjoyed the book a lot more minus the personal drama.

Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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