- Audio CD
- Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; Abridged edition edition (15 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405051582
- ISBN-13: 978-1405051583
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Accomplished and amazing - one of the hottest reads around' (DAILY MAIL) 'Baldacci's prose is fluent and amazing... this book is sure to make a killing' (THE TIMES) 'A high-octane legal thriller. An almost Shakespearian study in the nature of evil - horror in its purest form' (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book starts with an aging burglar, Luther, breaking into a billionaire's well protected mansion. He is suprised, but not caught by none other than the President of the good ol'USA. Who happens to be with the billionaire's young wife. Luther who is hidden in a safe with a two-way mirror, watches as the President starts to beat on the young woman. The woman in an act of self preservation, grabs a letter opener and stabs the President. The ensuing struggle and yell from the President, brings the very effective Secret Service Agents into the room. Where they shoot and kill her.
The scheming Chief of Staff hatches a quick course of action to start a cover up. But no one is aware of Luther who has watched the whole horrid affair. The story begins to pick up speed when Luther decides he has do what is right and set things straight.
You can tell this is Mr. Baldacci's first book. But worth the read. I read Total Control first, and find that book of a much higher quality. I think he will only improve with each book he writes. There were parts in this book where I just had to read one more section before I put it down.
With the exception of his "Camel Club" series (if you haven't read them - run - go - find them now), "Absolute Power" is my favorite Baldacci book. Set in our nation's capitol, the story begins with an unspeakable act committed by a man at the pinnacle of Washington power. His entourage thinks - if only briefly - that they have matters under control. Only moments pass before they come to the horrendous conclusion that a silent witness to the crime now has in his possession the means to destroy them all.
As always, Baldacci's characters are complicated. The traditional "bad guy" turns out not to be so bad after all; and, the one looked up to by millions, lacks even the most basic modicum of decency,morality and conscience.
There is a little love story thrown in, perhaps to provide a moment or two for a reader to catch a quick breath.
"Absolute Power" was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood. Seldom does a movie live up to the book and this one was no exception. However, I paid to see it years ago, and I felt like it was worth the money. You can catch it now - every once in awhile - on late night cable
Yes, I has its flaws - but with the various factions trying to either find out the truth - or prevent it from getting out - it was a complex plot.
Main complaint is the last couple of pages. Although all the loose ends have been tied up I don't understand what those pages are meant to achieve (you'll understand if you read it). You could "rip them out" and the book still stands.
But I got it for £1.19 (at the time) and I was engrossed by it, so it was decent entertainment.
I look forward to reading the rest of Mr Baldacci's books as there are few authors aside from Ludlum that I am hooked by as easily as him!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has the reader enthralled right to the end. A political thriller showing how the rich and powerful can manipulate others who also desperately seek power and can also turn... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This storey held your interest to the very end and provided a very interesting read. I look forward to reading more from this authorPublished 7 days ago by jennifer hinton
He's always worth a read and keep interest going up to the very end.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
A typical baldacci book with twists and turns. Characters are difficult to identify with at first due to many being introduced at the same point however as you continue to read it... Read morePublished 20 days ago by lorstar
very good story line,keeps the reader involved,well written ,really enjoyed itPublished 25 days ago by P. R. Douglas