Seven seconds. That’s all it took for Web London to lose everything: his friends, his team, his reputation. Point man of the FBI’s super-elite Hostage rescue Team, Web roared into a blind alley towards a drug leader’s lair, only to meet a high-tech, custom-designed ambush that killed everyone around him.
Coping with the blame-filled words of anguished widows and the suspicions of colleagues, Web tries to put his life back together. To do so, he must discover why he was the one man who lived through the ambush – and find the only other person who came out of the alley alive . . . a ten-year-old boy who has since disappeared. Acting on his instincts, Web believes he knows where the killer will strike next. Only this time, he may not survive the attack.
In this extraordinary work, David Baldacci uses his unsurpassed storytelling skills to explore the essence of survival itself, as a conspiracy of violence surrounds an FBI agent whose fate was to be the . . . Last Man Standing.
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