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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST BALDACCI, 13 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Total Control (Paperback)
David Baldacci has written several fine thrillers including "Last Man Standing" and "Absolute Power". "Total Control" has several of the same features, notably a complex plot whose contours only become clear as the reader moves further into the book. Unfortunately, the writing just isn't as sharp as in Baldacci's better works. In particular, the characters are less well drawn and behave in irritatingly improbable ways. This makes it hard to care about them, or how the conundrums set up by the author are resolved. Unlike his earlier works, I found it a real challenge to finish.

For: complex, puzzling plot. Against: not gripping enough.
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Initial post: 29 Jul 2013 09:41:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jul 2013 09:43:10 BDT
Qubit says:
Something of a Baldacci fan this one was a severe disappointment. The plot, if there is one, never seems to become clear. Far too many characters such that I was obliged to keep referring back to find out if this one was FBI, a lawyer [ never a group with whom it is easy to bond], a good guy, a bad guy, etc etc. However by far the most constant irritant was the female lead I think we were all well aware that she was beautiful smart a snappy dresser et al from about page 10 constant repetition became very waring. I was speed reading from about 200 and gave up at 400.
Fortunately it was one of the early ones and later books are far better but if you haven't read it save your money.

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