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Last Man Standing

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  27,078 ratings  ·  488 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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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
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

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
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
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.

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
Guillaume Jay
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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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
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
Gage Rose
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
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
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.
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.
James Yaklin
Redemption at the end

Honestly, this wasn't the best Baldacci I've read. Towards the middle I was getting pretty bored with it. However, I trudged on with Web and company, and I have to say I'm glad I did.

I must warn that I may give some spoilers here but I'll try not to.

What really changed my opinion of the story was the fact that the events at the climax paralleled my own spiritual studies of late. In these studies I've been focusing on the unconditional love of God for us and how to demonstra
Mom (Tash)
I didn't like this book as much as I did the others by David Baldacci that I read. Rougher language, not quite as interesting for me. But still lots of plot-twisting, intertwining characters, unexpected turn-of-events. Baldacci is a master of all that!
Susan McChesney
I was wiped out after reading this book. It was filled with action. The main character, Web London is part of an elite FBI team which is involved in multiple missions. Web involved in everything, he is fired, rehired, worked while suspended, worked while under investigation, and whatever else you can imagine. The guy is inhuman. He has two shot wounds through and through and only half a face. A psychiatrist is involved. The story involves a drug ring, corruption within the FBI, corruption within ...more
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.
David Ricciuti
I was glad to be done with this book. I can't recommend it. Too many cliches, and an implausable plot made it difficult to read.
MOST of David Baldacci's books I like
It took me a while to get into this book but after the first 100 pages the story starts to pick up. The book is full of gun porn and in some parts I found myself skimming because I had no clue what the writer was talking about.

But once you get used to the language and terminology I thought this was actually a really good read. The plot has so many twists and turns which I really like.

I started this book thinking it was going to be a tough read but I was actually sorry to see it end. I'll defin
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Stephen Clynes
last man standing is a fast, action story. This book is a crime thriller that centres on conspiracy. This novel is a nice story to follow as your daily read. It has 548 pages and was written in 2001. The print size is relatively small, making this book a long read. The joy of this book is the level of detail that David goes into. This detail gives the reader such a full and explained picture. All these extra details just add to your enjoyment of this book as you pick up all these little pieces o ...more
Suzie Quint
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Web London is HRT with the FBI. He freezes during a major drug raid during which all his colleagues die. He can’t figure out why he froze – not like him. Web’s face was disfigured during a previous raid on a militia group, and he is soon called to protect family members of a child who was killed during that raid. The family, a husband and wife, now own and live on a huge horse farm where they breed race horses. There is a female shrink in the mix, also. Web is receiving counseling. There is also ...more
Best way to review this? Explain the 4 rating, which is 200% higher than my 2 rating of the very first Baldacci book I read.

The ending. Surprise, the ending is unexpected and its very non-typical nature made me laugh. Gutsy way to wrap up a 640 page book that points to a totally different end!

Characters--Yes, typical Baldacci, tossing characters in his books like one lavishes nonpareils or sprinkles on cupcakes. But these!
-Seasoned special force dudes. WEB has some
Kevin Allmaras
Finally found this book. Not bad. Web a decorated member of HRT the Hostage Rescue Team has previously saved the lives of the men in his unit. This unit is the elite of the elite of the FBI. When Charlie company Web's unit gets called to lead an assault on a big drug operation they themselves get slaughtered and Web is the lone survivor. Who was paralized when the shooting begins. In the same alley is a ten year old who says something specifically to Web. Now Web is left to defend himself from b ...more
The “Last Man Standing” written by David Baldacci. This book consists of a lot of action and conspiracy theories. Sometimes throughout reading this book it will make you wonder about what really goes on with the government. It will question yourself and think about if the government does really hide stuff from you or not. If you are interested in government then this book will fit you. So if you like a good mystery that leaves you thinking after every chapter and leads you to questions throughou ...more
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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