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The Whole Truth Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world's largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to "perception manage" his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind.
Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a different agenda. Reluctantly doing the bidding of a secret multi-national intelligence agency, he travels the globe to keep it safe and at peace.
Willing to do anything to get back to the top of her profession, Katie James is a journalist who has just gotten the break of a lifetime: the chance to interview the sole survivor of a massacre that has left every nation stunned.
In this terrifying, global thriller, these characters' lives will collide head-on as a series of events is set in motion that could change the world as we know it. An utterly spellbinding story that feels all too real, THE WHOLE TRUTH delivers all the twists and turns, emotional drama, unforgettable characters, and can't-put-it-down pacing that readers expect from David Baldacci-and still goes beyond anything he's written before.
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- ASIN : 0446195979
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (April 22, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446507989
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446195973
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think Mr. Baldacci may be clairvoyant.
Now I see where the DNC got its ideas from.
(Please don't be offended by this humorous observation.)
The book was great. Fast paced and cannot put down.
I will read the next Shaw book and expect that it will be just as good.
Shaw is a reluctant warrior, wanting out of the intelligence game, but Frank has a hold on him. But suddenly Shaw has a huge incentive to track down the origins of this PR campaign, because his girlfriend Anna, a brilliant professor, is in harm’s way because of her interest in this situation. Katie James, a prize-winning journalist, but now disgraced due to alcoholism, is given a new opportunity to report on this story. Katie, almost inevitably, finds herself teamed with Shaw in a hair-raising, dangerous journey to get to the bottom of this.
Getting past the mostly ridiculous story concept, it is not without interest, especially the ability to manipulate public perception. The characters, Shaw and Katie, are not particularly compelling.
On the level of entertainment, this book is top notch. The characters are diverse and interesting. The leading protagonists are appealing, though a bit stereotypical: the "good guys" to be supermen and extremely lucky while the "bad guys" are greedy, power-hungry, and terribly warped genius-types who have a fatal flaw. Baldacci blurs these stereotypes with serious calamities and character flaws for the heroes and significant victories plus a degree of sincerity for the villains. The plot is developed with plausible logic and plenty of surprises. The balance among setting, characterization, and events is excellent.
An additional plus is that Baldacci has used good judgement in relegating gore, profanity, and sex to background factors that do not interfere with the telling of the story.
I'd rate it 4 and 1/2 stars. Highly recommended to those who enjoy large-scale conspiracy thrillers.
Since then I've developed many favorite authors similar to this style of writing. If you're like me and love espionage thrillers and spy type books and "kneecap busting" reads then this book will appeal to you. The character A. Shaw is a real interesting and badass dude, similar in nature to the likes of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Scott Harvath. The book has a real interesting plot and plenty of action and intrigue. I'll definitely be looking for the next A. Shaw story.
Throughout the book, Shaw is battling against those who desire to bring mayhem at any expense to all. As the tale progresses, Shaw wants to live his life with a woman who is intelligent, strong, and loving. Shaw hasn’t revealed much of his past or present to her, then slowly he begins to unravel for her his complicated existence.
Katie James is a journalist who has known success and now knows what rock bottom looks like due to alcohol. When she inadvertently runs into Shaw, she thinks she has hit on a much brighter future. What she does not see is the danger that will become part of her life. The author slowly reveals Katie’s background, including what happened that led to her downfall.
The Whole Truth is a spell-binding novel of danger and intrigue, with many twists in the plot. While I figured out what was going to happen in the book, I can say that I didn’t see it happening the way it did. The author is a master at surprising his readers. I look forward to reading the second book in the series, Deliver Us From Evil. I hope the author plans on resurrecting this series soon as it is very entertaining!
A female free lance newspaper writer who has a drinking problem joins Shaw in pursuit of the bad guy. A very action filled page turner.
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Baldacci seems to have hit on Fake News a long time (this was published in 2008) before Trump came up with the phrase - assuming of course that it was in fact Trump.
I have read quite a few Baldacci books and some of them are almost beyond belief as Mr America seems arise in every one and is indestructible. It gets a bit over the top at times. I found that the "Camel Club " quintet among his more believable offerings.
However, The Whole Truth is something else. It certainly made me think and ask myself "Could it really happen". Easy to say no but how sure can you be?
Best book that I have read in a long time. OK it's not a classic but VERY, VERY different to anything else that I have read.
I noticed this was released from publication 1 year after book 2. Was this an afterthought or was it rejected by the publisher. David Baldacci has written fantastic novels and I have read all of them but I will probably bin this.
All in all though, it was a thought provoking book, that makes one think about all the cover ups and staged events in actual news, so for that I enjoyed this book and was glad I stuck with it.