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The Winner
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on October 17, 1998
I will come t disagree with some critics who wrote "Baldacci is the new dominator in the thriller field" (Arizona Republic), "Baldacci does not only surpass his fellow writers, sets them really out of the battlefield" (People magazine). Probably those gentlemen haven't read Robert Ludlum. And yes; Baldacci could be better than Ludlum or equal if only... The book is really not bad. It flows like a creek, the tempo is really uprising up till the ending climax scenes, the narration is setting complete scenes, not the Kellerman immediate type, but complete and speech of Baldacci is neither too intelectusl nor too naeve. Baldacci's words are common and uptodate, simple, but hold exactly what he wants to narrate and exhibit. Nothing more and nothing less. The same happens with dialogues. And this makes the book immediate with its own way. Then the story is nothing complicated, a simple detective adventure, of the non too complex type, including an economic conspiracy adventure inside, a romantic story and men and women with dak past lifes, agents and Phantom like villains. A Ludlum setup that is. the comparison comes clear but not the outcome. There are no great mysteries, the plot comes straightforward, but the twists and some elements of unexpected, make it interesting and increase the readers' intensityand follow up. As said, the tempo is such that grabs you and never leaves you. But. Too much coincidenses to help the heroes resolve situations, too much clear cut justifications that reach the naeve edge, too much "on the verge" happenings and enough last time savings. From a point and on we assume what is going to happen, but the tempo pushes us not to miss any line, word, or scene and "oops" the book is over. And the characters ? Some attention is tried, but yet not the multidimensional one, only a 2D, cause Baldacci does not want to intensify his heroes' minds and psychology and bring in the psychological thriller, like Ludlum in the Bourne trilogy, or like Thomas Harris does with his villains. Finally, the book is a galloping rythm detective adventure and as such is perfect, a top notch book for a blockbuster film (can tell you the cast I made if you want), but not a novel to be curved deep inside a reader.
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on February 25, 2002
While not the best baldacci novel I have read, The winner is still worth reading for those of you who have really enjoyed his books previously. The premise is that a young, uneducated woman in poverty is given the chance to win 100 million dollars if she will keep her mouth shut about how her winning this money comes about. She accepts and the story slowly lifts off from there. Like most good books, the story unravels slowly at first, the stakes raising towards a decent ending. I do not mean that to be negative to the plot, it is very interesting, but I had trouble even caring about the characters. It is a good read,though, and I reccommend it to fans of Baldacci but for those new to this author, try Total Control or The Simple Truth first.
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on November 7, 1998
The Winner, by David Baldacci definitely moves right along, and is undeniably original. But originality like this sometimes brings a plot that is contorted beyond description. Mr. Baldacci has something in his book for just about everyone, including gamblers and romance-novel purists. He spins quite a yarn, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fast, riveting read even if it is a bit implausible. In some ways it may not quite stand up to comparison with his previous works (it is difficult for me to visualize this as a successful screenplay), but it's a pretty exciting read nonetheless, and that's worth a lot.
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on January 4, 1999
I was interested & impressed as the plot progressed to endow the protagonist (who was endowed with all but $$$, it seems) with her lottery winnings, but from there the book digressed into a TV movie. I did find the idea of rigging the lottery, and the author's thematic comments concerning the ethics of a govt. that promotes it to be sound. I expected more from the characters: must all women be big chested & shapely? And saved by a former CIA agent? Was there a publisher's deadline? The only excuse to ruin an initially decent plot line.Entertaining, but by far not a literary, or celluloid, classic.
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on December 14, 1998
This book was pretty good in the beginning, but I thought the villian was a little over the top. I once was a scientist and thought the portrayal was pretty streotypical, to say the least. I must not have taken the Chem class on how to poison and kill people! The heroine character was fleshed out pretty well too, although I found her perfection kind of annoying. This is the first Baldacci book I have read - I suppose the others must be variations on this theme. This book could make a good cheesy movie, along the lines of "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle."
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on December 28, 2000
Very interesting book..as i have found all of Baldaccis books..Good characters with LuAnn, Charlie, Riggs and the villan, Jackson..well thought out schemes by both the good and bad..i did however feel it was kind of hard to believe that the villan was able to actually fool people with his array of disguises..was everybody 5 foot 10 in the book or what..sometimes the least obvious can be the dead give-away to the trained eye..and there were alot of trained eyes involved in this novel..i recommend it to anyone who likes a good murder mystery..
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on March 9, 2002
The first part of the book is interesting, how a man who can move the lottery numbers to win as he wants convince a poor young woman with a child to win. She was on a murder scene and ask Jackson to change her name and he agrees if she leaves the country and never comes back.
To the second part I have many questions: why she returned to the US? Where does Jackson knew how to be more expert than a CIA agent? If Jackson was a person who kill anyone just for his convenience, why he didn't kill her when she returned?
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on June 23, 2000
Buy the premise, buy the bit. Moderately-paced thriller about a man of many disguises who has developed a way to rig the National Lottery. He has picked a dozen impoverished people to be winners. One of them is our intrepid heroine who unites with another far-fetched character, an ex-FBI agent on the witness protection program, to bring the bad guy to his knees.
This is the weakest of Baldacci's four novels but adequate to entertain although very implausible if you really stop to think about it.
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on June 23, 2000
Buy the premise, buy the bit. Moderately-paced thriller about a man of many disguises who has developed a way to rig the National Lottery. He has picked a dozen impoverished people to be winners. One of them is our intrepid heroine who unites with another far-fetched character, an ex-FBI agent on the witness protection program, to bring the bad guy to his knees.
This is the weakest of Baldacci's four novels but adequate to entertain although very implausible if you really stop to think about it.
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on June 5, 2000
This plot is about a woman who receives an incredible offer: to become a millionaire. She accepts but in the end she becomes a very unhappy woman.
The author has a very unusual story: about lotteries and how you can beat them.
I thought this book to be very enjoyable. The story is well thought-out and the characters blend well with the story. There is never a dull moment in the book and it all seems to flow easily and to keep the reader glued to the book.
Good read.
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