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Saving Faith Hardcover – November 1, 1999
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In a secluded house not far from Washington, D.C., the FBI is interviewing one of the most important witnesses it has ever had: a young woman named Faith Lockhart. For Faith has done too much, knows too much, and will tell too much.
Feared by some of the most powerful men in the world, Faith has been targeted to die. But when a private investigator walks into the middle of the assassination attempt, the shooting suddenly goes wrong, and an FBI agent is killed. Now Faith Lockhart must flee for her life--with her story, her deadly secret, and an unknown man she's forced to trust...
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The villain is a classic spy caricature: cold-war CIA super-patriot Robert Thornhill wants to reclaim the glory days of the Central Intelligence Agency--when money flowed like the Mississippi during a flood, and the FBI watched helplessly from the sidelines. Working from his secret underground bunker, he blackmails Danny Buchanan, one of the great Washington lobbyists, to front an enormous bribery scheme that will force Congress to bend to the CIA's whims. But Thornhill's plan springs a leak: Buchanan's assistant Faith Lockhart discovers her boss's dirty dealings, and she intends to expose the whole mess to Thornhill's nemesis, the FBI. Thornhill's associates attempt to assassinate Faith, but their bullet kills her FBI escort instead. Faith finds herself on the run with Lee Adams, a fit-and-trim PI who had been shadowing her at the behest of Buchanan.
If all this sounds a bit confusing, it is at times. Baldacci works hard to keep the tension steadily rising, but it is sometimes difficult to remember why Faith and Lee can't just stop running and go for help. Nevertheless, they are very likable heroes, and Baldacci's depiction of the world of lobbyists and the internecine warfare of the FBI and CIA (complete with state-of-the-art spy gadgets and transmission-proof chambers) elevates the novel with details that can come only from careful research. --Patrick O'Kelley
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Warner Books (November 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446525774
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446525770
- Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.31 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, Danny has become entangled with a man who is putting pressure on Danny. Because of this, Faith notices how much her boss has changed. In fact, he has asked her to leave the firm. She is heartbroken because he is like a father to her. Because of Faith’s past, all she has ever wanted was a home and stability. Now, to help them both get freedom from the man behind Danny’s trouble, Faith has sought help from the FBI. What happens next is what she never saw coming!
The author’s story is heart pounding and he keeps readers interested because there is more than one mystery going on at different points in the tale. I like his books because of the depth of the characters, stories and constant riveting tension in the plot. Unlike his later offerings with a few exceptions there are a couple scenes that weren’t enjoyable to read because of the content, though I was thankful that the author wasn’t as descriptive or revealing as other authors seem to be. In the story, there are a few cuss words but knowing ahead of time it isn’t a Christian book, I don’t let that deter me. I just gloss over the words.
So why read the book? I read it because the synopsis really did grab my attention and I did enjoy more than 3/4ths of the book. The other reason I read various books is sometimes to discover what other reviewers haven’t stated is in the novel as well as to see if the author’s tale has merit. If you don’t like reading books with some of these various additions I stated earlier, then pass this one up. If you do like these types of high stakes, thrilling books and would like to see more just without the negative stuff in it, write a short review on Amazon to let the author know of your interest and thoughts. Many authors read reviews and take to heart what readers want or in this case would like to see left out of the future books.
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I could almost leave this exact review about the majority of his books, but they are all so different and all so compelling.
Five Gold Stars.
The story was interesting, based on rogue CIA bosses, which always pleases an English reader, and had a couple of twists at the end which kept one going, without the usual feeling of regret that comes when a Baldacci ends WITH NO INDICATION OF WHEN THE NEXT ONE IN THE SERIES IS DUE.
Lots of not required detail wasting pages, and some of it just wrong. A fairly normal story. Inconclusive ending.
I wanted to finish it and not give up but I didn't feel a vested interest with the characters.
I can't help thinking the author should write fewer really good books rather than churn out more of the same. He is certainly capable.