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The Christmas Train [Paperback]

David Baldacci
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
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5 Nov 2013
A Christmas tale of cheer and travelling
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (5 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455581976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455581979
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, The Christmas Train is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief . . . Part detective story, part disaster movie, part romance, this is a brilliant, heart-warming holiday tale. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

David Baldacci is an internationally acclaimed thriller writer, and all of his novels have entered the New York Times bestseller lists. Absolute Power was made into a film starring Clint Eastwood. He lives in his native state of Virginia. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Trip 28 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
David Baldacci has given us such edge-of-the-seat thrillers as ‘Absolute Power’ and ‘Last Man Standing’, as well as ‘Wish You Well’, a critically acclaimed story of hope and family. Now Baldacci once again showcases his remarkable versatility as he brings us a uniquely entertaining holiday tale in fitting with the season: ‘The Christmas Train’.
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon, (a fictional distant relative of Mark Twain), must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, this novel is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief. It is a story that shows how we do get second chances to fulfil our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles. A love story that has been down many roads and seemingly lost in transit is fired up again and throws some interesting obstacles in its path.
It also divulges interesting references to Mark Twain’s own writings, a well-researched history of the American train travel system and the numerous geographical locations it runs through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cashing-in on the festive season. 6 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know it was billed as a bit of a feel-good christmas story but the 'aren't we all just great pals' bonhomie throughout made me feel queasy! And I've heard more detailed plot lines in episodes of Scooby-doo. No sooner had a character raised a potential problem than it was resolved by another. I say character in the loosest possible sense, as they were all one-dimensional and interchangeable. Swap a name or bit of dialogue here and there and you won't tell the difference.

It quickly became irritating being told how train journeys are 'all about the friendships'. This occurs so frequently I think the author is on some sort of commission from Amtrak marketing. Even the villains were good, really. Saccharine! The disaster had me bored stiff, it was so poorly described. Just saying things like 'they recounted their amazing adventure' did not make it 'amazing' or an 'adventure'. The whole book left me wanting to kill the next person who said they live for the job on the trains and had so many stories to tell. Well tell them then, anything is better than this dross!

This book is not funny, not romantic, not bitter-sweet or poignant, not uplifting, not exciting, not memorable, not worth reading.

I bought another book by this author before reading Christmas Train, and I'm hoping he was just cashing-in on the xmas market with this one, otherwise I fear I've wasted even more of my money.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Festive Fun for Christmas 21 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I loved this book!!! It's a great read especially as Christmas is approaching. The tale has an engaging storyline, great comic episodes, and more than a scattering of the miraculous which combines to makes it an excellent weekend read. I look forward to reading more David Baldacci novels.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Well Written and Amusing Read 1 Sep 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
David Baldacci attended law school at the University of Virginia, and went on to work as a trial lawyer, and later as a corporate lawyer, in Washington, D.C. He is now a full-time writer whose best selling novels include Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth and Saving Faith. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

We have all felt like telling the over zealous person on the security search to watch where they are putting their hands, search wand, or whatever they use these days . Well that is exactly what Tom Langdon, a hard-up journalist did when he blew his top at LaGuardia Airport. Consequently he got himself a flying ban throughout the U.S. Because of the ban his only option if he wants to see his girlfriend for Christmas is to take the train to Los Angeles.

Tom decides to write a story of his train journey to finance the trip and thus begins one of the most hilarious and heartwarming train rides ever. This is the story of that journey and everything that happens along the way . . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Author's fantasy 14 Dec 2013
By soo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It seems many authors, having established themselves within a genre, seek to write a self-indulgent work of an entirely different nature. This was David Baldacci's, in my view. Boring, disappointing book club choice. We were all, without exception, disappointed in this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard 18 Dec 2003
By "npfuk"
Format:Hardcover
David Baldacci moves away from his usual formula of tense and gripping writing to give us this slow moving story of a man travelling from one side of America across to the other in time for Christmas, doing an extraordinary amount of soul searching along the way. Another change to Davids' usual style is the introduction of a love interest with too much emphasis on the emotional aspect of the relationship.
David still produces a well written book, however I was really disappointed with the pace and the story, at times finding it hard to keep reading.
More of the usual please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the expected style....but
Not what I expected from this author having read a few of his other crime thrillers but this was a very well written, feel good read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Paul Bevins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 12 days ago by Janis McMinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read,
Published 1 month ago by lin kent
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Disappointing
Published 1 month ago by Graham Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars A good fun read
This I will recommend to others. Would make a good Christmas gift too so I will keep it in mind for that purpose.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Kathleen Collingham
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Not sure why this one didn't really work for me. It was the first Baldacci novel I had picked up and I found it a bit boring - but did not discard it!
Published 2 months ago by John Aldridge
4.0 out of 5 stars something different
Nobody dies. But this is a nicely constructed tale that is a gentle read and a not unsurprising ending. Cheered me up!
Published 2 months ago by mikes
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dynamic Duo
Snappy ,witty and thrilling a page turner all the way.Roberta and Logan such a great duo, long may they serve Aberdeen and Police Scotland
Published 2 months ago by pat young
2.0 out of 5 stars I like David Baldacci books usually but...
This book was appalling. I have read a number of his books in the past and was delighted to see that I could pick this up for free on Kindle books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ken Pexman
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual for this author
Mystery from the beginning but in a lighthearted way. I did not ever believe that Joe was the thief, The priest gave hiself away by
not being able to conduct a religious... Read more
Published 3 months ago by local lad
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