Total Control

Total Control

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by David Baldacci, George Guidall
     
 

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Mystery/Suspense Large Print Edition * A New York Times Bestseller * A Literary Guild Main Selection * A Doubleday Book Club Main Selection Sidney Archer thought she had the perfect life: a loving husband, an adorable baby daughter, and a great career as a senior partner in a major Washington law firm. But when her husband is killed in a plane crash, her whole

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Mystery/Suspense Large Print Edition * A New York Times Bestseller * A Literary Guild Main Selection * A Doubleday Book Club Main Selection Sidney Archer thought she had the perfect life: a loving husband, an adorable baby daughter, and a great career as a senior partner in a major Washington law firm. But when her husband is killed in a plane crash, her whole world begins to disintegrate. The FBI believes her husband is responsible for the bombing and that he may still be alive! Following on the heels of his sensational bestseller, Absolute Power, David Baldacci returns with an explosive tale of terror and deception, and one woman s courageous battle for the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With sales of his first novel, Absolute Power (LJ 11/15/95), topping 300,000 copies and a movie version scheduled for release in spring 1997, Baldacci is living high on the hog. In this second effort, a woman seeks the truth about her husband's death in a plane crash.
Publishers Weekly - Audio
Sidney Archer is sent reeling when she learns that her husband Jason, an executive at a top technology conglomerate, was aboard a plane that went down with no survivors. Then she gets some good news: Jason didn’t make the flight. And some bad news: he’s on the run from the FBI, which suspects him of causing the crash. And now, Sidney is being chased by Lee Sawyer, a hardboiled FBI special agent who is falling in love with her, and a resourceful, relentless assassin, who isn’t. Jonathan Marosz narrates this audio edition with a high energy, breezy style that not only maintains, but intensifies, listener interest. He alsomanages to clarify the author’s detailed explanations of how various cutting-edge technologies work by vocally emphasizing key points. Marosz selects voices that match the attitudes of the novel’s many characters, from the puzzled but determined Sidney to the equally determined and logical Sawyer, whose gruff delivery softens as his feelings for Sidney intensify. A Vision paperback. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Audio
The night that a plane crash kills 181 souls including her husband, Jason, Sidney Archer is unwittingly thrust into a tailspin of her own. When the FBI fingers Jason as the plane’s saboteur, other deceptions are revealed, and Sidney is forced to seek the truth. After receiving a shocking phone call from Jason telling her that he is innocent and to trust no one, Sidney employs her skills as a high-powered corporate attorney on a dangerous quest to prove her husband’s innocence. Sidney avoids the FBI and skirts those who would see her dead. Her only hope is a password-protected floppy disk containing information that can prove her husband’s innocence. Given that Baldacci published this best seller in 1997, story elements central to the plot are quite dated, making the novel somewhat anticlimactic. Narrator Jonathan Marosz reads well and gives this outdated tale the energy it needs to keep listeners intrigued.

Verdict Not recommended for small libraries with limited space and budgets. However, libraries collecting a larger scope of popular authors’ works might consider adding this audiobook for their die-hard Baldacci fans. —JoAnn Funderburk, South Garland Branch Lib., TX
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788712937
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
Education:
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
Website:
http://www.david-baldacci.com/

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Total Control 4.1 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 167 reviews.
pat1eiu More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly good!! I have only read a few of his book but I have become a huge David Baldacci fan. The plot is way to complex to go into in a review but it has so many twists and turns it leaves most roller coasters to shame. I didn't see how it was at all possible but it actaually did all come together in the end. Also it was not a completly happy ending. I like books that don't end with everything just as it should be, because that is not usually the way they work in real life.(
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite David Baldacci has done it again! Total Control is an exciting thriller you won’t want to miss. Sidney Archer is a lawyer working on a merger between two companies, one of which is her husband’s. She is devastated when she receives word that her husband’s flight has crashed with no survivors. How is she going to explain to their young daughter that her father will never come home again? Then came the allegations that Jason was the master mind of a multi-million dollar embezzlement plot and had planned the bombing of the plane. Then came the phone call; Jason wasn't on the downed plane. He is being held captive; can Sidney rescue him? FBI Agent Lee Sawyer is investigating the mysterious plane crash in which the Chairman of the Federal Reserve died. The crash was caused by a bomb; who was the intended victim? Could Sidney have been helping her husband? These are just a few of the questions Sawyer must ponder.  I was hooked on this book from the beginning. Once again, David Baldacci brings readers a strong female lead. Sidney Archer came to life on the pages, she was strong and yet realistic. What woman wouldn't do everything within her power to save the man she loves? This review is of the audio format. While I very much enjoyed the book, I do not believe the reader was the one I would have chosen. The author has filled this book with exciting twists and turns that kept me listening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading or listening to David Baldacci for years. This was one of his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kind of book that you do not want to put down.
rwohlers19 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It had my attention the whole time. It was so good that I am now reading all his books in chronological order. I recommend this book to everyone. Try it, you'll like it.
bookmouseDH More than 1 year ago
The story is fast moving with many twists and turns. Keeps your interest.
SusanKSS More than 1 year ago
My husband, and I both love to read David Baldacci books. The pace of this book is fast, and characters are believable. I would recommend this book for anyone that likes thrillers.
Cat_JacksMom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read! Keeps you on your toes and you just feel for the main character.
Julianuslxiv More than 1 year ago
Exciting, fast paced, thriller with interesting flawed characters. Nice disclaimer at the end about the technique used in the story to cause a plane crash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing right to the very end. The plot shows how ugly and evil one can become over greed, but in the fashion of a classic detective story. I enjoyed reading if and know most will too.
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Complex plot, amazing twists & turns with lots of surprises!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A non stop thriller worthy of your time.
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Excellent read. Good characters. Very interesting insight into the Fed and the wealth few who manipulate it. Will definitely look into reading more by this author.
PrincessMoto More than 1 year ago
One "of" the author's best books. Was captivating and a real page turner, could not put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got bored before i was halfway through. Didnt finish it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe a good movie...too much going on, too many characters, unrealistic action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thriller from the start loved it