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The Whole Truth [Hardcover]

David Baldacci
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April 22 2008
"Dick, I need a war."
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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Usually a sophisticated plotter, bestseller Baldacci (Absolute Power) offers a story line and villain on a par with an average James Bond film in what's billed as his first international thriller. Nicholas Creel, the head of the Ares Corporation, a huge defense contractor, hires a perception management firm to start a second cold war by planting fake news stories on the Internet about Russian atrocities. The propaganda campaign soon turns violent with the massacre of the members of a London think tank, the Phoenix Group, apparently by a Russian hit team. Creel hopes that the Phoenix Group's links with the Chinese government will lead to war between Russia and China as well as feed a worldwide arms race that will profit his company. A shadowy operative, A Shaw, whose fiancée perished in the London attack, allies himself with a disgraced female journalist in an effort to thwart Creel's evil plot. While some readers may find it a stretch that a resurgent Russia should so easily overshadow all other world crises, Baldacci in an author's note makes an eloquent case for the very real threat of perception management. (Apr. 22)
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About the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at: and his foundation at , and to look into its program to spread books across America at

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Truth Nov. 9 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was honestly bored to tears with this book. My very first Baldacci was Zero Day which, despite the obvious similarities to Lee Child's books, was great. Same with The Innocent--great. Cannot recommend this one though . . I will try the other book in this series for sure but I will be getting it from the library.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This thriller has a lot to commend it: An evil corporate chieftain worthy of Ian Fleming at his best, a sinister police agency that seems worse than crime in some ways, a hero who doesn't want to be one facing a fate like the gladiators slaves did in ancient Rome, a plot to manipulate world opinion, and dire consequences at stake. These elements don't often all make it into the same thriller. Overhanging the story is a profound sense of doom that makes the page-turning appeal higher.

Like the best thrillers, you'll also learn about behind-the-scenes technology that will fascinate you . . . in this case relating to how public opinion can be formed and manipulated. I was also pleased to see that David Baldacci provided lots of memorable locales for his assignations and events.

What's to complain about? The story is built up too big: It's beyond being as credible as a good thriller should be. The basic premise is that no one ever checks anything that shows up on the Internet. While that premise makes for good satire, it doesn't provide a sound-enough foundation for a thriller. In addition, Baldacci takes liberties with how things work in the arms industry: U.S. arms makers aren't free to peddle whatever they want to anyone else. There are significant restrictions on advanced military technology.

I do hope that this will be the start of a series. The leading characters could provide a good center of focus for many other thrillers. Bring them on, Mr. Baldacci!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Truth Dec 25 2011
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I listened to the Audio book version of the Whole Truth and it was great in every respect. The story was intriguing and was well read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Truth June 16 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great Novel, great author, the type of book one can hardly put down. I am a great fan of James Petterson and David Baldacci is right up there with him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole truth Oct. 7 2010
As good as all the other books written by Dabid Baldacci. One of my favorite
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