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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

extremely thought provoking

I have read all of David Baldacci's work and I always enjoy them. This book really intrigued me from the start. All new characters and a book setting that is not in America. The first line that comes to mind is 'Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice ...
I have read all of David Baldacci's work and I always enjoy them. This book really intrigued me from the start. All new characters and a book setting that is not in America. The first line that comes to mind is 'Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.' As I finished the book, I found myself thinking more and more about the premise and I have continued to think about it for days. Quoting one more line, As Stan Moore has written, "Just because truth has been omitted, does not mean that truth is not true. Just because reality has not been perceived, does not mean that it is not real." I think David just keeps getting better and I applaud him for bringing new concepts to his readers.

posted by 3411884 on April 25, 2010

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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

James Bond meets Jason Bourne

In, The Whole Truth, Nicolas Creel, an international arms dealer slash world philanthropist, creates conflicts to fuel the demand for his products: weapons of mass destruction. When Creel targets Russia with a smear campaign, things start to get ugly. On the flip si...
In, The Whole Truth, Nicolas Creel, an international arms dealer slash world philanthropist, creates conflicts to fuel the demand for his products: weapons of mass destruction. When Creel targets Russia with a smear campaign, things start to get ugly. On the flip side of the coin, to keep out of prison, Baldacci's hero, Shaw, a man with a shady past and a reluctant future, does the bidding of a multinational intelligence agency. When Shaw's fiancé is murdered by Creel's henchmen Shaw vows to get even. Likeable yet recycled characters that lacked consistency and a familiar plot - megalomaniac wanting to control the world - almost ruined this story for me. In addition, portions of the book are stricken with the Talking Head Syndrome with information filtering through the point of view of no perceivable character, coming only from the author. In spite of all of this, I found myself wanting to continue reading the book to see how it all turned out. And in the end that's what it's all about... I think. -- Bob Avey, author of Twisted Perception, and Beneath a Buried House

posted by Anonymous on August 1, 2008

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    Disappointing

    Stale themes and cliche characters. Baldacci's other books are much better.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    Save Your Money

    I have never posted an online book review before but 'The Whole Truth' has compelled me to do so. I packed 'Split Second' to read on my honeymoon and could not finish the first 20 pages. I thought it was shallow and poorly written. I vowed never to read another Baldacci book again. As time passed - and on the advice/coaxing of a friend - I decided to give the Camel Club series a try. I was fairly impressed. This led me to purchase 'The Whole Truth' two weeks ago. This is easily the worst book I have read in the last 5 years. The plot line is thin, the words are cliche'...if I had to read 'Remember Konstantin' one more time I thought I was going to throw the book out my bedroom window and the line about the sky filling with smoke from burning Konstantin t-shirts was ridiculous...and even for a fiction novel the idea that one defense contractor could wield that much influence over world politics is a joke. I kept reading because I thought the writing would eventually improve. It didn't. To steal from another reviewer - the only reason this book was published was purely on the merits of name recognition. Mr. Baldacci - if you can't think of an interesting, semi-believable storyline with plausible character development don't write the book. If anyone stays at Kona Village in Hawaii you will see my 'Split Second' donation at the resort library. I bet there are a few copies of 'The Whole Truth' there as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Huner's Story: Chapter 5

    ‡TEN MINUTES LATER‡ Nightstar looks around. Pantherclan left, there was no one else to kill. Oceanbreeze collapses and dies fom blood loss. Nightstar gets up, having lost two lives. He starts to limp out of the remains of his camp. A huge black shecat stops him. "Well, well. Where are all your warriors?" Darkness says. Nightstar tries to talk, but falls on his stomach in pain. "That's too bad. Now you die." Darkness says. Nightstar howls in defeat, and goes limp after about five minutes of fighting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Who wrote this book? Must have been a middle school girl. Here

    Who wrote this book? Must have been a middle school girl. Here we have a "spy" who doesn't know his fiance is following him on a ferry. How big is this ferry? He is crushed by emotion. If David is trying to create another Jack Reacher, he would do better if it was Jack's baby sister.
    I am a huge fan of David's but if this is the best he's got, he would be better off spending a few years of beach time and get refreshed. I just couldn't read beyond the phone call from his fiance, too lame for me.
    Get some rest and think of a new plot. Don't bring him back, he's too childish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    Well Written Bad Story

    I have read all Baldacci's books and find this story to be unrealistic, simplistic and not worthy of a major author. Next time please write a story that is interesting and complex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Do Not Waste Your Money

    I can't remember having read a worse book and this annoys me since I enjoyed his previous ones. The characters and dialogue are ridiculous cliches. The plot is simple minded. If the author's name weren't on the book, I'd assume a beginning romance novelist was trying her hand at geopolitics.

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