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Last Man Standing

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  34,632 Ratings  ·  630 Reviews
An FBI agent haunted by the slaughter of his team and the memory of his missing father must confront his demons in this eagerly awaited thriller from bestselling author David Baldacci.
Hardcover, Large Print, 880 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Grand Central Publishing
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The intrigue starts at the opening page when Web London, a highly-trained sniper in the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), proceeds with his team into an ill-fated operation. When the dust (and guns) settle, he's the last man standing in the midst of some very strange circumstances. What follows next is Web's struggle to not only understand what happened but to clear his name.

There are layers and layers of mystery and subterfuge, with a host of characters inside and outside of the Bureau along wi
Jun 06, 2015 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Baldacci never fails to amaze, another solid thriller! A few chapters really seemed to drag and the story seemed to be going nowhere, but it was like connecting the dots, the antagonists are all a mystery until the very end, and they weren't who I was expecting. This is however another book that I wish Baldacci had written a sequel to because it just ended too abruptly, and some things were left unanswered.

But I'm not gonna complain, it was a very enjoyable read, and highly recommended!

Decent for escapist reading, with a hero you can empathize with, some creative ideas for criminal schemes, and engaging plot twists. I had read a recent Baldacci thriller, “The Innocent”, and liked it well enough to try this earlier one (from 2001). Ultimately I was disappointed with too many plot elements, clichés, and implausible components.

Web London is the sole survivor of an FBI hostage rescue squad’s disastrous drug raid in Washington, DC. His survival is the result of “freezing” up, which
Alex Gherzo
David Baldacci's Last Man Standing has elements of a good novel, but a couple of flaws -- and one in particular -- keep it from transcending mediocrity. Web London, a member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, freezes during a mission and watches as his team is gunned down. While seeing a psychiatrist in an attempt to understand what made him hold back, he investigates the shooting and uncovers a conspiracy involving drug dealers, white supremacists, undercover feds and a horse ranch.

Spoilers foll
Graham Stull
Oct 14, 2015 Graham Stull rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I come from that school of stoic readers who feels that if he begins a book, he must see it through until the bitter end. Alas, in this case, the terrible writing, clichéd characters and macho "stercore tauri" defeated me. I gave up after only 100 pages.

One hundred pages was enough for me to grow utterly indifferent to the fate of the book's protagonist, Web London, the FBI superagent who battles mysterious forces in his attempt to unravel the mystery of a disappeared African-American boy and th
A Birthday Present that turned into a Sour Read!

I received this book as a birthday present and the gift brought a grateful smile to my face since I have enjoyed many of David Baldacci's novels, i.e., Absolute Power, A Simple Truth and others and within a few days I was reading Last Man Standing. Overall, I thought the Web London character was boring and shallow. As an FBI hostage team assaulter he seemed more like a loose cannon rather than a team player which I suspect is the SOP for the FBI.
I’ve read several Baldacci novels and enjoyed them, but this one disappointed me.

Cover blurbs call this book a ‘killer thriller’ and the action nearly nonstop.

I disagree. A ‘killer thriller’ should have me on the edge of my seat from page one. This one didn’t. Yes, it had sections that had my heart racing and my breath rushing. But those sections were separated by pages galore of exposition, long internal musings by the main character, and side trips into unnecessary info including a detailed to
Dec 02, 2013 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller

A run of the mill thriller story which was overly bloated with some interesting ideas which never really took off.

The overall plot is quite a good idea with a SWAT team like leader taking his team into a situation which ends badly leaving him the "Last Man Standing". This all happened relatively quickly in the book to say it is just over 550 pages and then teased out things that happened after which made the pace slow and ponderous.

The pacing of the book, because of the above, was very slow
Potted plot: bristling with gun porn, a colorful bunch of enormous superbad cops and crooks charge around Washington DC and Virgina horse country. There are conspiracies and posturing, heavy-handed hints that perhaps X or Y is the leak within the FBI. Last Man Standing has a love interest and at one point a hottie in a swimsuit, but very little bad langauge or sex. Oh! And a brief appearance by a topless porn star with breasts so enormous they almost hide her abdomen.

Highlights include a vintag
Josh Feinzimer
This book failed to keep my attention. I read most of it and then came back to it a couple of months later. Some of the characters seemed unbelievable to me. The main character, Web, was a tormented soul. He was plagued by a troubled past full of abuse and neglect. He coped with an unpleasant childhood by an obsession with his job as a member of the HRT unit of the FBI. A fatal mistake early in his career tormented him almost as much as his abusive father. I kept pulling for Web througout the bo ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Popcorn FBI book. I read the Camel Club series by Baldacci, and while the names and background has changed you could have inserted the same chars here. It was mildly entertaining, but very predictable. The rough FBI guy who each respects, but dislike become buds. And there is this vast conspiracy where it looks like one thing, then no it's not!!! Although the not wasn't really surprising as it was just like the other stories he has written. Plot = This guy did it, no this guy did it, wait these ...more
I thought that this was pretty silly. THis was my second Baldacci novel and it took me a few weeks to read. Just couldn't get into it. The storyline seemed contrived and the punchline left me with a lot to be desired. I may give DB another shot, but it'll be a while from now before i do.
Rebecca McNutt
This really powerful FBI thriller was fast-paced, suspenseful, vivid and exciting; I found myself not wanting to put it down from the first page onwards and it was definitely worth reading.
Jan 02, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Completely formulaic thriller -- cardboard characters, unbelievable situations. Baldacci at his best writes only serviceable thrillers, but this reads as if it was written by someone else.
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
David Baldacci once again amazed me! His attention to detail and complexity in Last Man Standing was remarkable. His storytelling is so good and he kept my attention for 22 plus hours of listening by threading together a story that kept me guessing from start to finish. I want to meet Web London, the key FBI agent that is at the heart of the story. His many layers made him so interesting, and his sharpness as a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) worked for and against him. The supporting ...more
Haley Mathiot
Dec 26, 2015 Haley Mathiot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It started off fast paced and exciting and slammed you with questions, and then kept you going the whole way through. One thing I really liked was it let you in on one secret at a time, one bad guy at a time, one betrayal at a time. You think you have it, but then realize it’s so much more complicated the further into the plot you go.

There were a lot of different characters, and there were a few parts where all the different FBI agents started running together. It sor
Ajitabh Pandey
Rescue Team which was all wiped out in a drug raid. The story revolves around what happens in Web's life after that incident. Determined to find the culprit, Web was struggling with personal psychological problems and also suspicions from his own FBI, he decided to take professional help from a psychiatrist. In the process lot of interesting events unfolded including Web's previous visits to another psychiatrist and his undergoing hypnosis.

Guillaume Jay
Jan 17, 2013 Guillaume Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Web London est un membre de l'équipe d'action HRT du FBI. Lors d'une intervention pour démanteler un réseau de trafiquant de drogue, il se fige quelques secondes soudainement, et échappe ainsi à un piège ou tout ses coéquipiers sont massacrés. Comment un membre surentraîné de l'élite de l'élite peut ainsi sans aucune explication être tétanisé ? Aurait il trahi ?

En le lisant, j'ai vite eu l'impression que ce thriller pourrait facilement être un film hollywoodien : comme si l'auteur l'avait écrit
Mar 03, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Web London and the FBI's super-elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) are sent down an alley for a surprise attack on a drug dealer's lair. The Charlie team is a tight group who have trained and worked together for many years. As they move with stealth precision towards the target, they are surprised to see a boy in the dark alley. When the kid sees them, he utters the queer words, "Damn to hell" and cackles.

Uncharacteristically, this kid unnerves Web. But he proceeds with his team, working
Jake Parent
Interesting premise and story. Boring execution. Most of the book is spent repeating the same details of the main character's life, over and over and over again. And int he end they don't really end up being all that meaningful to the story's resolution.
Susan Grace
Oct 14, 2015 Susan Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed yet another David Baldacci book! The man can tell a tale! This is one of his earlier books and I can see how he has grown as a writer...getting better and better.
Mar 25, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of death in this book...right from the beginning until pretty much the end...and everybody who doesn't die has at least a couple chances to along the way! Then again, I suppose that is part of what makes a thriller a thriller, especially when the FBI is involved. I ended up reading almost the last fourth of the book in one go because I needed to find out what happened to various characters (and there was no way I was going to try going to sleep immediately after reading about a kid ...more
Gage Rose
Sep 22, 2014 Gage Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Last Man Standing by David Baldacci is about man named Web London who is a part of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) that is sent down an alley for a surprise attack on a drug dealers lair, only to find out that it was a set up and all members of the squad were killed except London. Web is an innocent man that is untrusted since the time of the raid. "Yeah, Cove was FBI, but yeah, everyone was no doubt thinking he had turned traitor." (Baldacci 23) Another characteristic of Web could be unlucky. Af ...more
Louise Sessions
Jan 22, 2016 Louise Sessions rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, twists and turns...
My husband and I listened to the first half of this audio book on a long trip. He got into it more than I did. We listened to the second half several days later after we returned home so the gap may have colored how I felt about this book.

It was o.k. for a psychological thriller. The main character, Web, is the point man for the FBI's super-elite Hostage Rescue Team. As with most books of this type, early on he gets in trouble with those who are above him even though he is the best agent they ha
Aug 07, 2016 Mick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding effort by Baldacci, and my second favorite to Absolute Power.

This story is full of complex characters perfectly drawn for the jobs they do. Romano is certainly a stereotypical tough guy, but he's damn fun to read, especially paired with Web London, the lead character, whose been set up for the murder of his entire Hostage Rescue Team. He's also on the trail of a ten-year old boy, who disappeared from the scene of the slaughter after Web saved him; a boy who happens to be the
Aug 18, 2016 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Last Man Standing” by David Baldacci has an exciting beginning. A first rate FBI HRT team goes after a drug lord only to end up in an ambush. But it balloons into a bloated story larger than a life size Tracy Turnblad, without all the personality. The book's protagonist, Web London who is an elite FBI agent, battles mysterious forces in his attempt to unravel the mystery of a disappeared African-American boy while trying to determine who was behind the ambush. The story goes from thrilling to d ...more
May 25, 2014 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

This is one of Baldacci's early stories that put him on the map. The lack of a really good editor shows in that this book is hugely and ridiculously long. 19 CDs and 18 of them had a full 20 tracks. LMS is a long, convoluted story that centers on Web London, FBI Hostage Rescue Team member. The story was good and creative even if 25% of the dialogue could be done away with. Some of the plot points were pretty obvious to me although DB did fool me with the identi
Jan 21, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the plot of this book. It seemed to twist and turn. There was some good character development, but it was another thriller that had me turning the pages. It was an easy read that kept me wanting to read.

I would recommend this book if you like happy endings and you like the FBI/CIA/ATF type of characters.
Not Baldacci's best effort. Too many characters and too many of them underdeveloped, especially the women. Finished it in spite of the fact that their were too many false leads. The book is not the usual crisp Baldacci product. Debated giving it two stars, but there was enough action to drag me to the end.
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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