At 18% of the way through I deemed this book terrible. Now that I've finished I would amend that to really bad. I like strong female characters in books, especially in roles that are usually designated as a man's, but that couldn't save this book for me. Baldacci's writing is stale and relies heavily on naming brands ad nauseum. The characters are...trying. The thing that really made it so I never got into this book was the way all of the characters thought and spoke, it was completely unbelievable. Also the book opens with a murder that isn't mentioned again until a quarter of the way through the book, and seems so off from the story that I thought I'd missed that it was a preview of another book of his. The story was fine (though the mystery was really obvious) but I just could never get over the huge issues.