This classic Baldacci thriller from 1997 is finally back - in unabridged audio and available in CD and download editions!
Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.
Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an accident team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on crashed, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all....
©2002 David Baldacci (P)2013 Hachette
I love David Baldacci, especially the King and Maxwell books. Total Control popped up as a recommendation, and I jumped at the chance to listen.
Unfortunately, Total Control defines "sophomore slump" Its story is so implausible as to be laughable, the plot holes are large enough to fly a plane through, and its characters are cardboard cutouts.
If you are a Baldacci fan, you are fated to listen to this because you will want a fix; if not, please please please stay away. The book isn't worth it, and it will unnecessarily put you off Baldacci. At his best, his books are a joy to listen to.
Unfortunately, it seems that Total Control is Baldacci at his worst.
J. A. V.
BOOK REVIEW: Total Control by David Baldacci
The Up’s and Down of Marriage
Jean A. Vachon
WICKENBURG, AZ - Sidney Archer is a lawyer in good standing for an important law firm. Her husband is a computer whizz working for a prominent company. They have a beautiful daughter and a solid marriage. They belong to the privileged of this society.
The husband leaves for a mysterious meeting without telling his wife... His plane crashes in the Virginia countryside.
Sidney’s world falls apart. Steve, her husband, for some unknown reason changed planes at the last minute. He is a serious suspect in the plane crash.
A special agent is assigned to solve the case. He is unrelenting and humane in his efforts to solve this complex puzzle.
Murders abound in this gripping story by David Baldacci. The agent even suspects the wife as she tries to establish communication with her husband...
The search for total control through the quest for power and money by evil characters results in all kinds of complications.
Sidney, loyal no matter what, fights to stay alive, to find her husband, and to unravel the mystery of her husbands disappearance.
In brief, I really liked this novel. It kept me interested from beginning to end even through numerous and complex incidents. I even persevered to the point of listening several times from the middle of the story to understand perfectly the relationship between the different characters.
In the end, the force and loyalty of this marriage triumphs over evil although not in the way that the reader might expect.
The plot of this novel is interesting, and to a small extent believable. The big drawback is in presentation of the personalities of the heroine, and of others. The narrative flips rapidly between presenting her as a super-woman, able to fight and best some evil men, and a weak, emotional wife and mother. There is no real development of character in this story.
But didn't care for the narrative style. Sounded to me like every sentence was read with the same inflection, rhythm and moderation. Initially it was so annoying and almost hard to ignore but the story was so good I put up with it.
The story was fast moving and you have to pay attention so as not to miss something important.
Its a Baldacci book so of course it is gripping and well written.
After a wonderful start, the author failed to capture my interest. Perhaps too many characters?
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I am a big fan of David Baldacci. This book was solid as well. It starts out with a husband, Jason Archer, being killed in a plane crash that kills over 200 people. His death is reported to his wife Sydney in the middle of an intense business meeting.
Shortly after, she finds out her husband is a suspect in the plane crash to hide the fact that he was not actually on the plane and he is also suspected of committing fraud and selling corpoarte secrets.
The following story focuses on how Sydney and an FBI agent prove Jason's innocence and track down the real guilty parties. The story is pretty fast paced. Some of it is a bit over the top but definitely a worthwhile listen.
I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
Baldacci has written a roller coaster ride of a book. A professional couple get caught up in a conspiracy. Sidney Archer a criminal attorney and her husband Jason Archer a young executive at Triton Global. Become the escape goats for stolen money, murder, and selling company secrets. If you are a technology geek, you maybe disappointed. The technology used in the story is a bit outdated. Ex: (Some of the characters are using pay phones).
Where I'm from the are almost non-existent, except for airports :) and using floppy disks. I don't know when was the last time I've seen one of those.)
If you don't mind that the book is a bit outdated with tech terminology, then you will enjoy the book.
The narrator Jonathan Marosz was okay, I think Scott Brick or Ron McLarty would have been a better choice.
Over all I still enjoyed the book.
Need something to read, this is OK. The story has holes, things happen that make you say to yourself, Really? Baldacci (or whoever really wrote it) stretches out the story longer than necessary, I skipped the last few chapters, cut-OUT another needless chase and got to the end.
The story starts lacking believe-ability. Goes on to long, got bored with it..
Not the greastest narrator
not read the next Baldacci book
It would be great to see Baldacci get back to his original quality of writing.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Story was engaging, but lacked credibility. Yes, the Federal Reserve Bank can make major decisions that can significantly alter financial positions. And the broad stroke explanations provided in the book are OK as far as they go. But it's too much of a stretch to expect the villain in this story to have been able to manipulate and profit in the manner described. Based on my personal business experience with former members of the Fed, I felt it was a little too far fetched. On the other hand, I did find the high tech content to be very believable.
The narration was flat and underwhelming, Marosz was monotone and inflectionless.
My wife and I both enjoy David Baldacci stories. I thought I would have read this one before but the story was unknown to me. And, it was great! Pure and simple - a great story! What was both intriguing and 'quaint' was the characters' use of telephone calling cards and tape answering machines. While listening to this it seemed incredible to me that it was "only 1995" that we still relied so heavily on land lines and telephone calling cards and tape machines. And, there was so much time taken in the story dealing with remembering telephone numbers (not actually mentioned but in there) and then running around and finding "pay phones" to use "the calling card" on. Incredible! The digital revolution has so over taken our society that to go back in time, even a decade, (a little more than less) and see how much time and energy land line communications took. And here, how much time and energy it took just to be part of the story - it was incredible! I think if the author rewrote this story - and without the land lines but with smart cell phones with apps - he'd cut 30 pages out of the story and an hour of reading.
What was also amazing to me was the thought that the author could modify this story and use smart phones but not really change anything else about the plot or theme of the book. The truly an exciting concept in the late 90's as to the internet and organizing material - what a dream by the author - remains a dream, now, nearly 15 years later. We have different 'gadgets' but the dream is still there. I wonder how long it will so remain?
Overall, this story gets an A+.
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