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.
Baldacci is back with a taut thriller, a welcome return to his usual style, unlike his last book. The plot is tight, and you want to keep reading. Shaw is developed further as a character, as is his relationship with Frank. The narration is top notch.
Why, then, didn't I give it a five star rating?
Because there's too much graphic description of the gruesome torture Waller enjoys inflicting. There's a lot of it, and some of it is stomach turning. It felt more than just a bit unnecessary. Those who are sensitive to graphic descriptions of the horrors that can be inflicted on the human body and the instruments by which it is done, should perhaps think twice about purchasing this book. Or, fast forward past those sections; nothing will be lost.
Despite that, it's a terrific book and I recommend it with the caveat.
33 of 34 people found this review helpful
I agree with some of the other reviewers that "Deliver Us from Evil" may not quite rise to Baldacci's usual standard of excellence; but it still delivers plenty of thrills, excitement, and entertainment. If anybody else had written this novel, we would all probably be giving it high marks. We have just come to expect more from David Baldacci. All the same, he has come up with the intriguing plot device of having two highly secret black-ops organizations -- one American and one British -- closing in on the same bad guy, and, unknowingly, interfering with each other's operations. Ron McLarty -- one of my favorite readers -- has a wonderful voice -- or, rather, a wide range of wonderful voices -- and excellent acting chops. I recommend "Deliver Us from Evil" to all thriller lovers. Yes, it may sport slightly cartoonish characters -- especially the bad guys (ooh, so bad!) -- but it none-the-less also features Baldacci's good writing; and it will keep your attention and entertain you.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This is the most boring Baldacci book to date! Just seemed so over the top w/ characters that were unbelievable. I am half way through and wondering why I am still listening. I wonder who wrote it?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
From the description I was anxious to become involved but there was nothing here to applaud.
I listened to this in line with Matterhorn, The Big Short, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Che Guevara, A Mighty Fortress and a couple of other's on a 3 week bicycling trip to Acadia. This was the only one of those I would give less than 3 stars.
Maybe it's just me but I can't recall anything about this story that is worth recall.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Held my interest until the end -Author seemed to be in a hurry to get this book written and to print. As a reader, I want to be surprised by the outcome, but was rather disappointed in the ridiculous way in which a madman would kill his tormentors. My wife agreed with me, which did surprise me.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Hmmm. I usually love David Baldacci, but this one was just a bit too gory for seemingly no reason except justifying that the bad guys are really bad, beyond imagination bad, so the good guys are justified in doing morally ambiguous things. I liked Baldacci better when he stayed inside the DC power corridor.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I always enjoy Baldacci books and this one doesn't disappoint. Shaw first showed up in the Whole Truth but this book is a better told story. But Ron McLarty (who often does Baldacci's books and does them well)really missed the mark this time. His attempts at accents were pitiful and he flipped back and forth with the same character having an accent and then 2 minutes later not having an accent. He would have been much better off just reading it straight. It took something away from the book but its still an exciting read nevertheless.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I couldn't put his other books down and looked forward to this one. I was really disappointed. The extreme violence was a big negative for me and I didn't think there was much suspense. It was a hard read (listen) for me. I am glad it is over.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I am glad that I took a chance on this series. I hope that the next book will be out soon. This book kept me wanting more... can't wait for the next book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I accidentally started the 2nd section of the book first, but the plot was so formulaic, and predictable, I didn't notice until it cut off abruptly at the end of the section. I looked for the rest of the book and discovered the hanging ending of the section was really the end of the book, the first half ended up not adding much of anything to the storyline or the characters, I was hoping for more.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful