End Game

End Game

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When their handler takes a rare vacation and disappears, Will Robie and Jessica Reel are sent to investigate, but after arriving in the small town of Grand they encounter a vicious adversary.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455586608
1455586609
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 24 cm

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Zoelexi777
Feb 21, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found that it wasn’t as intense as some of Baldacci’s other books which made this quite a fast read. Will Robbie and Jessica Reel are together again in the search for their boss who has disappeared. The search takes them to Blue Man’s hometown and all the secrets that surface during the telling of the story.

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sharlkan
Jan 31, 2018

Only read half then turned it back in to the library. This is a huge book filled with minutia and wanderings. Quite a disappointment.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jan 23, 2018

I don't seem to enjoy this genre as much as I used to. I think a lot of these authors are putting out too many books and not living up to their original standards. I continue to pick the books up at my library because I can't seem to say good by to the characters, but then they end up at the bottom of my to-read stack. This current installment in the Will Robie series dragged a little for me and the shootouts were too far fetched. I was hoping for something a little deeper in regards to the Robie-Reel-Blue Man relationship story. Disappointed that Blue Man lost some of his mystique and came across as kind of old and weak. May be time to cut the ties on this one.

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NedSu
Jan 21, 2018

I've read many Baldacci books from other series like the Camel Club and Memory Man as well as several stand alones. This book, End Game, will be my first and last Robie/Reel book. Maybe because of the ridiculously high body count, which never seems to end. Maybe it's the character who checked into Rehab for a Methadone addiction (methadone is used to treat heroin addiction)- it turns out that the author meant methamphetamine addiction, a minor gaffe in the scheme of the story, but glaring for a prolific writer and/or the proofreaders of a known publisher. Probably because the protagonists are superhuman and childish at the same time. If your expertise is in plot driven novels, don't muddy the waters with romance novel liaisons.

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writermala
Jan 15, 2018

David Baldacci begins the End Game with Will Robie against 16 armed terrorists and ends with Robie and Jessica Reel facing similar odds. In between there are similar incidents with a tale being spun around the killings. I did determine halfway through who the "Bad Guy" was and when in the end I was proven right I felt really thrilled. All in all not a bad investment.

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denise99
Jan 13, 2018

Unfortunately I am one of the few that disliked this book so much I stopped reading it after 25 pages in. Will Robie is the smartest, fastest, strongest, handsomest...............the writing style of David Baldacci has deteriorated from his once riveting storylines to where you can already see where the storyline is going well before you get there. Disappointed

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0007548100dmw
Jan 11, 2018

Another great book from Baldacci. He is probably the most consistent authors I read....never has a bad book.

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baldnoodle
Jan 06, 2018

very disappointing. much too long

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7626dee
Dec 23, 2017

His héros are rather antagonistic thus reducing their effectiveness. Ah yes love/hate to increase the tension. Are the people of rural America really this nasty, one hopes not but increasingly the writers of crime fiction are removing us from the decadence of the cities to sniff the rural regions for decay and malevolence. I like his characters but think he is moving away from his strengths of characters fighting against the DC system, lately the entire nation seems to be the enemy..

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USAF1969
Dec 10, 2017

Another great Baldacci book, this one the latest in his Will Robie & Jessica Reel series. Really interesting story line relating to re-purposing abandoned missile silos, illegal drugs, hate groups, and much more. My only concern is not about this book at all, but Baldacci's pattern of abandoning current series and inventing new series after 5 or 6 books - this is #5 in this series. I hope he doesn't 'disappear' Robie& Reel. Great read.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

As Will Robie stared out the plane window, he knew the next twenty-four hours could possibly be his last ones on earth.
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NSA-level wipe of the flash drive, tantamount to smashing it flat with a brick then setting it afire. The ones and zeroes were permanently gone, now existing only in his memory.
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Evil driving in cars had smashed into innocent pedestrians on both Westminster and London Bridges.
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He was the one who would die if everything went to shit. The eyes on the other continent might simply get a memo on how to fix the mess in the future.
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Darkness had come as the globe spun on its axis, and another part of the world got to see the light.
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He was one minute ahead of schedule. He slowed his pace. Early in his line of work was never a good thing.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

The Underground had suffered a terrorist attack on July 7, 2005, when terrorists had blown themselves up on three separate train cars. A fourth device had been detonated on a London bus. In all, fifty-two victims were killed.
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Stealth was called for tonight. Until it wasn’t.
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According to the information, the planned London op was merely a dress rehearsal for what would come later, in the United States. Just like a manufacturer did in trying to commercialize a new product, terrorists needed to work the kinks out, too.
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Vee-one meant the aircraft had reached sufficient takeoff speed and there was no going back.
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A bullet, fired from above, struck him in the abdomen. The liquid armor vest he had on hardened within a millisecond, catching the round and wringing out virtually all of its kinetic energy by forcing it to be displaced along the breadth of the vest.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

It was UMP versus UMP. But not really. It wasn’t just about the hardware. A gun was a gun. The same models worked pretty much the same. What really mattered was the software. And the shooter was always the software.
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And she was shooting over such a long distance that the earth’s rotation also came into play; it was known as the Coriolis effect. It really only mattered if you were shooting pretty much straight north or south. The bullet would fudge slightly to the left if the target was north and to the right if the target pointed south. If you didn’t compensate for it, the earth’s constant movement would rotate your target right out of the kill zone.
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For many years number one on that list had been a Brit who had killed two Afghans from nearly twenty-five hundred meters with a single bullet. But that shot had recently been bested by a Canadian elite special forces fighter who had recorded a kill shot in Iraq at more than thirty-five hundred meters.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

It was a war Reel had finally realized halfway over the Atlantic her side could never really win. We kill ten and twenty more take their place.
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“Eastern Plains. Westernmost section of the Great Plains where it notches into Nebraska. Not much out here. Pawnee Buttes, Comanche National Grassland. Rolling hills, flat farmland, one-room schoolhouses, forests, canyons, rivers, and lakes. Not much rain. Small towns. Yuma and Sterling are big cities out here. Dwindling populations. People heading to somewhere else. Never really recovered from the Dust Bowl in the thirties.”
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His blond hair was short on top and longish in back, as though the hair was sliding off his head. … His face looked like it had been out in the sun and wind since his birth. His facial features were long and slender, like narrow gullies cut through hard rock by water.
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“Legal pot and lots of guns. Like chocolate and peanut butter.” “You mean oil and water.”

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

When I asked what he did, he just said he pushed paper across his desk.
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Mentoring, he said it was. Printed up pamphlets and fliers and kept talking away, mostly to the young men around here who got nothing in their future ’cept the next beer, chick, or bong.
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“Why is that relevant?” “I don’t know that it’s not, so that means it’s relevant.”
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“There’s something that somebody said that didn’t make sense.” “Like what?” “I don’t know. But it’s like grit in your barrel. It’s throwing everything off.”
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The front door was locked. Robie took out her pick tools and it no longer was.
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Robie was most comfortable doing inherently dangerous things. It was only the normalcy of life that tended to bother him.
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“I’m gonna see you dead, asshole!” “I think you got that backwards,” replied Robie.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

It’s a 1966 Cadillac DeVille convertible. It’s got a 340-horsepower overhead cam V8. I think it actually gets minus miles to the gallon. It’s eighteen and a half feet long, which makes it pretty much bigger than my first home here.
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I was really hoping it would just be her.” “Shows how much hope is worth,” replied Robie drily.
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“I’ve seen more population density in an Iraqi desert.”
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You got trouble and call 911, they’ll get here in the morning to take your body away.
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He owned a piece-of-crap Datsun pickup that was older than he was. It was held together with duct tape and a Lord’s Prayer a day.
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“Hitler was only one of many. And, indeed, in terms of longevity, while he had perhaps the greatest impact on the world, he was not successful in maintaining what he had created. In fact, he was one of the worst.”

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

“Yes, they’re free. To live in chaos. Too many cooks in the kitchen. Too many people with a place at the table. Too many voices in the room. People are idiots. They don’t know what they want other than to get as much as they can at the expense of their neighbor. You think that Lord of the Flies mentality happens only after a disaster? It happens every day, stopping just short of criminal action.”
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You saw what happened after they shot up the town. The state police dropped their investigation. I argued with them until I was blue in the face, but they’re not following up. I think palms are getting greased high up. Or maybe people are just afraid.”
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“What can I say, Robie? It’s a Mars-Venus thing.” “No, I don’t think you’re in the same universe as me, actually.”
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Armageddon is there. Some folks call it WROL, meaning Without Rule of Law. Others just call it SHTF.” He grinned. “Shxt Hitting the Fan."

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

But hey, I figure if they’re that rich they must know what they’re doing. And it’s not my place to second-guess somebody who made that much money. They must be smart, right?” “Or they inherited it,” pointed out Malloy. “Or they get to operate on an uneven playing field because they paid off politicians to write the laws to favor them,” added Reel.
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Who wants to trek up a mountain to get to a rich person if they just have to turn the corner in Manhattan and throw a brick through a window and follow that with a gun or knife?
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“Now, what you’re about to see is the pinnacle response to prepping short of owning an island and employing your own army. I also refer to it as the extreme end of the survivalist’s spectrum. On doomsday this is where you want to be.”
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Separating the wheat from the chaff.” “Or the clamshells from the pearls,” amended Reel.

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

“Any conversation with that man you can guarantee that he found out more about you than you ever did about him. Except you had no idea he did until long after it happened.”
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“Well, places like this are to ensure that highly successful people survive and then come out and work to rebuild the world,” …
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How do you know a politician is lying? He has a pulse.
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… the Oppidum in the Czech Republic. They’re calling it the ‘Billionaire’s Bunker.’ It has an aboveground estate and nearly eighty thousand square feet underground.
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“I don’t like government folks,” continued Randall. “They just get in the way of people that know what they’re doing. They mess every damn thing up. It’s like we’re living in a communist country sometimes. I can take care of myself. I don’t need the damn nanny state holding my hand while it sticks the other hand in my wallet.”
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“Who the hell do you think you are? Do you know who he is? He could buy and sell you.”

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jimg2000
Dec 06, 2017

I mean he’s a big, strong guy but he’s soft too. I mean you can just tell. Punch him in the nose and he’ll go crying to his momma.
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“I have no problem with rich people,” said Robie. “I’ve met rich and poor and people in the middle of the pay scale who are great, and I’ve come across people along that same spectrum who are jerks.”
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She looked back at him with an expression akin to a fist coming right at him.
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“What? What did you think?” He glanced up at her. “That I wouldn’t have to be alone anymore.”
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“We need to do something.” “What?” “If I knew that I’d be doing it,” she snapped.
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“I’m not lying on a couch and you’re not my shrink.”
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Combat is totally indiscriminate. It kills those who are incompetent and those who are unlucky. And everyone in between. You’ve got survivor’s guilt.

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