Absolute Power

Absolute Power

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Absolute Power by David Baldacci, Anthony Heald

A riveting debut novel of murder, honor, loyalty, and betrayal that reaches all the way to the Oval Office. A vicious murder involving the president and his mistress results in a coverup orchestrated by the zealously loyal chief of security and the Secret Service. But, unbeknownst to the president and his lackeys, one unlikely witness saw everything. Will Americans learn the truth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570423574
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 01/01/1996
Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hours
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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GregS_Tucson More than 1 year ago
I hesitated to purchase the book because I saw the movie several years ago. Like most books turned into movies, the movie doesnt' do the book justice but the movie changed the story ending significantly. If you haven't read this book it's worth it! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Janet Taylor More than 1 year ago
Suspense on every page! Could NOT put it down..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard book to put down!
Twink More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of David Baldacci's political thrillers for a while now, but realized I had never read Absolute Power - the one that started his string of bestsellers. (17!) Luther Whitney is a master burglar. For the last twenty years, he's tried to keep his nose clean. But he pulls one last job for an old friend. He breaks in without incident, but is suddenly forced to hide when the owner and some others come home. He is stunned when the unthinkable happens - even more unbelievable is the perpetrator - the President of the United States. Luther turns to lawyer Jack Graham - the ex boyfriend of his estranged daughter. What a great premise for a story! And Baldacci does it masterfully. The plotting is tight and the action non stop. I enjoyed discovering Baldacci's 'beginning.' He has made the secret service/White House thriller genre his own. But the reader in this case was fantastic. Scott Brick is an award winning audio book narrator. His voice is rich and resonant, conveying the suspense of this novel, keeping me on the edge of my chair. His voice conveys so much, from the malevolence of the bad guys to the uncertainty of a bewildered daughter. There was a bonus short story included on the last disc (17!) of this set. I didn't realize that this book had been made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman in 1997.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my usualcupof tea but i enjoyed emmencely
Katie1010 More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I could not put it down. Without a doubt, the best book I have read in a number of years. I would recommend this book to my friends.
ritaCA More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci rivets you to the chair! It is nearly impossible to set the book down once started. Characters have life-like attributes, no fairytale prefection or super strength endurance, just real people caught up into an incredible adventure. The storyline is a swift current that whips you down the course, periodically snagging and tossing you into a whirlpool! Just when you think you know what will happen, the course changes and a new surprise twist is revealed. I really enjoy ready Baldacci's novels, it is a guaranteed roller coaster ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! is the only explation i can give u for this book, it is just absolutely amazing and so intresting to read. The author did a great job planing every detail, he did it so carefully and so perfectly so that everything added up. Also the fact that he never failed to suprise you not for one minute through out the entire book made it even better. One of the things i enjoyed in this book was the way who the autor showed us the different points of view, such as the view of a lawyer,detective, and the bad guys. The Dramatic Irony was also very powerfull in the book and the way the author played with it was just amazing. Another one of my faviorte things about this book was the ending, i was just in shock i think for a moment there i actually thought that President would get a way with murder i mean the more i thought about the more the question 'why not' came to mind. This book is ment for readers who enjoy criminal fiction and dont mind following up with a lot of facts, if your not that type of person your probably not gonna injoy this book. It Is just absolutly wonderfull and i highly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best suspense-laden novels I¿ve ever read, 'Absolute Power' will make the slowest of readers tear through its pages with reckless abandon. The story begins in a lavish Virginia suburb, where a career burglar named Luther Whitney has been casing a particular house for weeks on end. The night he finally makes his move on the house, everything goes perfectly, until some unexpected visitors arrive. One of them is the President of the United States, and when he murders his mistress, Luther witnesses everything. From that moment on, he finds himself immersed in a web of cover-ups, lies, and murder that rise to the highest echelons of government. This is one of those rare thrillers that will truly keep you riveted to your seat as you wonder whether or not your favorite character will be seen, caught, or who knows what! Definitely give this book a read. You won¿t be disappointed... >>>> Britt Gillette, Author of 'Conquest of Paradise'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baldacci's first novel is a well-crafted suspense thriller featuring a superb plot, a protagonist who is both real and likeable, and secondary characters that come alive. As with most good novelists, Baldacci writes a strong beginning. Elderly burglar Luther Whitney, while engaged in his criminal occupation, is caught in the web of a poweful spider as he sets out to burglarize a home but instead becomes a reluctant witness to a brutal murder in which Alan Richmond, President of the U.S. is involved. Too late, the reader will realize he's hooked, and there's no way out for him but to read on to the exciting finish. Protagonist Jack Graham, a young, hard-working lawyer and former lover of Whitney's beautiful daughter, Kate, is inexorably drawn into this web by his desire to help them, and if possible, rekindle the relationship he once enjoyed with Kate. Seth Frank, chief homicide detective for the rural Virginia county in which the murder occurs, is propelled by his sense of duty as he attempts to piece together clues that will unravel the mystery and reveal what really happened to the wife of Walter Sullivan, wealthy friend of the President. But, it's through the character of President Richmond and those around him that we are shown what this novel is really about. Richmond and his staff are moral relativists. They do not believe in any objective standards, nor do they believe that truth exists. This is a dangerous combination in anyone, but particulalrly so when present in politicians and others in positions of power and authority; it can easily lead to a belief that one is above the law. Richomnd is a man corrupted by the power of his office, who mistakenly feels that the most important person in the world is himself. He also thinks that moral standards are for the bourgoise, not him, that he is above the law, and therefore, can do anything he pleases. Attributes such as these, combined with a ruthless pragmatism, lead him to the ultimate vices; betrayal of his best friend, and worse. Gloria Russell, Richmond's top assistant, driven by lust for Richmond and an unbridled quest for shared power, orchestrates a cover-up to protect Richmond. She tries to conceal his wrongdoing and help him retain power, using a piece of commandeered evidence to accomplish that and to obtain her personal goal. Secret Service Agent Bill Burton, victim of a misdirected sense of loyalty, does the expedient thing again and again in the service of his boss, until finally he understands that he has destroyed his own integrity and self-respect, and a life without these is a life not worth living. Lord Acton is often quoted as saying, "Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely." It's from this famous quote that Baldacci's title is drawn. But what Acton may not have understood is that power, no matter how absolute, will only corrupt if its possessor is devoid of sound moral values. Freed from the healthy restraining influence of high moral standards, a person can and will exercise power badly. The result is usually the creation of strife and turmoil in his own life and in the lives of those around him. This is an adult novel for adult readers. It's more than just "a good read." It's an intense, fascinating, absorbing novel. I heartily recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book but didn't get the ending. Someone please explain the end, though? Who is at Jack's door? Please??
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
After working for peanuts as a public defender, Jack Graham is engaged to Jennifer Baldwin, heir to the wealthy Baldwin empire, and has been hired by a prestigious law firm due to the Baldwin name and account. But Jack is not happy. He enjoyed his earlier job and relationship with Kate Whitney, who worked for the prosecutor’s office. He has remained friends with Kate’s father Luther and when Luther calls him for help, Jack is there regardless of how the firm feels about it. Luther has been accused of murder but Jack knows he is incapable of murder. Luther is a burglar and has seen something that has totally shocked him. Hiding behind a one-way mirror during a burglary, he sees a woman being beaten by the President of the United States and shot to death by his Secret Service agents. This was Baldacci's first book which I had not read even though I did see the movie starring Clint Eastwood. Baldacci's books keep you entertained.
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Sees a sexy girl in the park. Says "Hello"
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TerribleTed More than 1 year ago
The gripping story had me hooked from beginning to end. David Baldacci was in true form on this one renewing my appreciation of his works. At every turn someone who was expected to be an ongoing important character to the story in whole, surprised us with their surprise "moving out". It always played into the same build up of hatred for the villain and worry for the main hero character. "Could it get any worse?" This went on a bit more than it needed to bordering on monotony, but it was done with good style and a complicated background which had the reader never quite sure of the road ahead for each and every character. Very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
could not out it down.BALDACCI is up there with Grisham