Saving Faith Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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".
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I'M NOT SO thrilled with this story. Parts were nearly stagnant. The write-up about the lobbying, and the machinations of the political scene were not interest inspiring, as far as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sylabuss
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 memoriesPublished 17 months ago by Marilynn Bullock
Well presented, good plot, nice character development. Baldacci continues his quality writing style with his attention to detail and fast moving plots. EnjoyPublished 18 months ago by diggs
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 morePublished on June 12 2011 by J Reader
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 morePublished on May 6 2004
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