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Saving Faith [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

David Baldacci , Chris Noth
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Dec 1 1999
It sounds like a movie pitch: "The story is like Tom Clancy crossed with John Grisham set in the Washington D.C. political world." But David Baldacci's Saving Faith successfully fuses elements from both of these chart-busters in this political thriller spiced with techno-wizardry.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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It sounds like a movie pitch: "The story is like Tom Clancy crossed with John Grisham set in the Washington D.C. political world." But David Baldacci's Saving Faith successfully fuses elements from both of these chart-busters in this political thriller spiced with techno-wizardry.

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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Baldacci's fifth high-concept premise in as many novels (The Simple Truth; Absolute Power; etc.) propels his hard-working new thriller: a renegade CIA faction attempts to reassert the agency's primacy over the FBI by manipulating members of Congress who fund both outfits. To do so, the CIA conspirators aim to take over a bribery scheme they've discovered. The scam was concocted by legendary lobbyist Danny Buchanan, who has been greasing the palms of lawmakers to gain their support of bills aiding the poor and hungry overseas. The spooks plan to assassinate Buchanan and his prot?g?, the lovely Faith Lockhart, and force the legislators, under threat of exposure, to support the CIA over the FBI. First, however, they'll have to kill the FBI person guarding Faith, for she has confessed everything to the bureau in hopes of working a deal for herself and Buchanan. But the CIA villains haven't reckoned on the resilience of the two lobbyists, nor on the grit of FBI agent Brooke Reynolds, nor on the skill of PI Lee Adams, who gets caught up in the attempted hit on Faith and her guardianA and who then goes on the run with the lobbyist. The novel evolves into a frantic, exciting chase, FBI after CIA after Lee/Faith, with a few nifty twists. Baldacci's characters continue to grow in complexityAthere's an exceptionally fine scene in which Lee, drunk, nearly rapes FaithAbut, alas, so does his plotting. This novel is overdone, with too many heroes and subplots and enough data withheld from readers to generate confusion. Baldacci's prose can still break the jaws of subvocalizers, too. The novel moves fast, though, and its players and suspense are strongAas should be sales. Main selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club; simultaneous audiobook.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but far from great. May 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
After titles like "Absolute Power", I really expected more from David Baldacci. While this isn't a bad book, and actually did keep my interest, it wasn't the dynamic page-turner that I was hoping for.
Like others have said, the opening stages are a little rough. The plot is intriguing but as the book wears on, it becomes predictable. You know what is going to happen, just not HOW it is going to happen. There was a nice twist at the end, but not enough of one to get the book up to 4 stars.
It's a good read overall but not a top priority book. If you have a choice, go for a David Morrell, Tom Clancy, Gayle Lynds, or someone in that class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling page-turner March 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Baldacci has quickly become one of my favorite authors...and for good reason. Like a runaway train about to jump the tracks, the plot wound through "Saving Faith" is exciting and unpredictable. Baldacci writes expertly in a violent drama that starts slow, but simply becomes too compelling to put down.
The main characters will draw you in if nothing else will. They are easy to identify with...even when battling a web of corruption that could end both of their lives. If you're looking for a good thriller, pick up "Saving Faith".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best book May 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is good, but it's not his best book. Baldacci's characters are more real than some of the characters out of Grisham's books, for example, but I thought it was easy to become confused with the number of people introduced at the beginning of this book. Like all of his books though, the first few chapters pull the reader in just enough to make them finish the book. This book, while good (I have read much worse), is easily forgotten and blends together with all of the other D.C.-centered legal thrillers out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars saving my faith in modern literature Nov. 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Baldacci knows how to write engaging novels without resorting to cheap drivel and profanity. Although the story is (hopefully) unrealistic, one gets emotionally involved with the many protagonists as the reader wonders how the story can untangle successfully. I really enjoyed the prime villain's fate, and was stunned by the admission of his accomplice late in the story. The novel is fast paced and highly entertaining. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faith is always in danger in Washington Nov. 7 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
Faith of the title of this Baldacci novel is Faith Lockhart, a lobbyist in the nation's capital whose boss (Buchanan) has been buying off politicians to promote his interests. In an effort to save herself, and she hopes, her boss, she goes to the FBI. It is her intention to tell them all she knows, but only if Buchanan will also be given immunity. Her boss does not know where she is or what she intends, so he hires private detective Lee Adams to find her and make sure she is all right. Unbeknownst to any of them, another government group has determined that Faith must die before she tells names.
What follows is a fast story with each side being put into check, only to get the upper hand once more. Adams is determined to save Faith and find out what is going on. Baldacci's stories come across well on tape and this one, read by Chris Noth, is a pleasure, even though Noth sometimes has a little too much fun with different voices. As well as this abridged version came across, one does have to wonder if the full text begged for tightening.
Although Baldacci's "Last Man Standing" is fairly different from this one, readers will probably enjoy it too. This is good action adventure.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Oct. 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had previously read, and reviewed, Baldacci's "Absolute Power" and found it mediocre - my biggest complaint being the almost unbelievable premise for the plot. However, I decided to give Baldacci another chance and picked up "Saving Faith". Sadly, I was disappointed once again. This time, however, more so.
It's not altogether clear who is supposed to be the hero of "Saving Faith". Lee Adams, the private eye inadvertently caught up in a turf war between the CIA and FBI; Danny Buchanan, the political lobbyist who has turned to corruption and bribery for a noble purpose; or Faith Lockhart, Buchanan's glamorous colleague. Or is it even Brooke Reynolds, the FBI agent who has been working with Lockhart? One of the book's major problems is that the reader is left wondering who the hero is - given that many of the characters are not developed fully.
Another major crticism which I have of the book is something that I do not normally look at in popular fiction - the quality of the writing. The book contained a number of clear contradictions (i.e. a character who was said to have 3 children but then referred to "both" her children in conversations with others). Admittedly, this can be considered nitpicking but an author should take sufficient care to ensure that the story is consistent throughout. It's things such as this, combined with the book's very one dimensional plot, which caused me to think that the author had churned this book out relatively quickly. The quality of the story and the writing suffers as a result.
All in all, a disappointing book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starts Slow, Stays there a While and Ends Hot Feb. 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of David Baldacci's other novels with the exception of TOTAL CONTROL and must admit that I had some trouble getting into this one. I also had trouble staying with it and had to force myself to do so. Initially I did not think much of the story line or the characters and wondered when the author would get to the point. Additionally, I did not like Danny Buchanan much or Faith Lockhart, either. I felt sorry for the PI, Lee Adams because he just seemed to be some poor sucker drawn into the various plots by Buchanan, Lockhart, Robert Thornhill (the evil CIA operative) and even the FBI.
Somewhere along the way, however, the story line just started to heat up and I really began to like, respect and admire the resourcefulness of Lee Adams. Faith started to come into her own as well. Much later, the true character and mettle of Danny Buchanan comes through, too and I found that I liked him much more by mid-book. By book's end, he had become more heroic and I realized he was truly a principled person.
The book was somewhat formulaic, but it did combine the best of police procedurals, techno-thrillers, spy novels and murder mysteries. Robert Thornhill, the CIA ADDO (assistant Deputy Director of Operations) was a thoroughly despicable character and while some reviewers here thought him too one-dimensional, I must say that I thought he was well-drawn. As a career CIA spy, he had lost sight of the fact that he worked for the U.S. Government and the the government is supposed to be working to protect ALL Americans. Thornhill felt he operated from a sacrosanct position and therefore, the normal rules did not apply to him or the CIA. In that regard, and after all of the truly evil actions he unleashes, he was a well drawn picture of a zealot run amok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another winner
Always enjoy David's books Keep writing. I'm running out if his books to read. Then what do I do. Thanks for all the good memories
Published 1 month ago by Marilynn Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars good plot, nice character development
Well presented, good plot, nice character development. Baldacci continues his quality writing style with his attention to detail and fast moving plots. Enjoy
Published 1 month ago by diggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad title, Good book!
I'm new to Baldacci and the title almost kept me from picking it up. I'm glad I did. This is a fast paced thriller with plenty of action and suspense. Read more
Published on June 12 2011 by J Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly, the worst book I,ve read
Ouch, thats a pretty bad title but I paid a whopping 8 bucks or so for this alleged thriller and was determined to finish it. Read more
Published on May 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Saving Faith
Not my favourite Baldacci, but still exciting and a page-turner. I didn't feel as close to these characters as I have in his other books. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Emily
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Slow, Predictable
Saving Faith starts out fast paced with many (almost too many) characters introduced lickity split. Once you have figured out many of the players, you get pulled into the action... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by "sydandme"
1.0 out of 5 stars not too good
This book is pretty boring and not very well written. Baldacci's writing style is flimsy, awkward and fairly transparent. He uses a lot of words and basically says very little. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining summer read
This is not War and Peace however, it is an entertaining read to occupy your mind during relaxing times. Read more
Published on July 21 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars not his best work
I started reading this book hoping it would as good as his other books have been in the past. I was wrong it was boring from the first page I couldn't get into it. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003 by bugsbuni70
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Interesting
I'm somewhat disappointed in David Baldacci after reading "Saving Faith." To begin with, the storyline is somewhat far-fetched, yet too familiar. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by ufrh4
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