David Baldacci is a gifted author who has written some wonderful thrillers. Total Control is not one of them. For reasons unknown he decided to write a tale so complex with characters so shallow and duplicitous that the reader's interest is sacrificed early on. Add to that his seemingly endless descriptions of every mundane event in the book from the descriptions of books in a room, the cups in a kitchen and the makeup routine of the heroine that the reader is left mired in useless and uninteresting detail as the story plods on. Finally the plot devolves into a fantastic and unbelievable ending where every literary twist and turn of events is crammed into a ridiculous unfulfilling finale. I wont give up on Baldacci. He is too talented. But I have already forgotten Total Control.