Lots of comments shows that the author is very popular. Lots of divergent comments show that this novel is not universally loved, or hated. To me, this was an enjoyable, page turning work of fiction, with a current backdrop of politics. Lots of action, more than a few bodies and a likable protagonist has me looking forward to more books in the series. Some might say the plot lacks more than a modicum of believability, but most will have no trouble with the convoluted plot, especially if you read most of Baldacci's work.