In South America, a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later, another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.
Meanwhile, a half a world away, photojournalist Katie James is working on a story of international importance. But shortly after her meeting with a potential inside source, she is smuggled unconscious onto an airplane headed to an undisclosed destination. In the days to come, Katie and Shaw will be reunited in a deadly duel of nerve and wits against a surprising, secretive enemy and led around the world at a breakneck pace.
Filled with the kind of breathtaking plot turns and remarkable characters that only David Baldacci can deliver, it will be the most explosive thriller of the year.
©2010 David Baldacci (P)2010 Columbus Rose, Ltd
I have always felt that imagination is better and more frightening than descriptions, all the more so because each of us creates a personal scenario. Normally I like Baldacci, but I had to stop in the middle of this one because of the graphic torture description.Isn't there enough in reality? Is this really necessary to sell books? It certainly wasn't necessary to the plot or the story, in my opinion. I will have to really think about choosing another of his books.
Baldacci delivers again and this one might be my favorite or at least one of them. The narration is also excellent.
Give me a break! Starting out with a 95 year old Nazi... Talk about pandering, Geez!
It's puts Baldacci into the catagory of draging up old buaboos, Just lazy thinking.
He could have a lest tried a little originality IE the Japanese; were they honor these animals in war shrines
Normally I love Baldacci but this book was a bit disappointing. The violence in the torture scenes were painful to read. I almost couldn't make it through. And the relationships between characters never really got off the ground. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. Just okay....
I have now lost track of how many Baldacci's books I've read. I was so looking forward to this one because the plot seemed very interesting at first. I confess that several times I thought about not even finishing the story, but I stuck until the end. Clearly I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
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