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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (April 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446507989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446195973
  • ASIN: 0446195979
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #485,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"When Baldacci is on fire, nobody can touch him."—Booklist (starred review)

"High-stakes action, shadowy government agencies, and [a] neo-Cold War backdrop . . . Baldacci pushes his plot ahead at such a blistering pace."—Washington Post

"Delicious . . . [a] roller-coaster adventure . . . an utterly enjoyable escapist page-turner."—Tampa Tribune --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 7 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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By Bossmare on 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By InsightShag on Dec 25 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lalondejp on 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Dalbec Gauthier on Oct. 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
As good as all the other books written by Dabid Baldacci. One of my favorite
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