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The Winner by [Baldacci, David]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews

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What would you do to change your life? LuAnn is beautiful, young and dirt poor. She's married to a low-level drugs dealer whose infidelities and incompetent double-dealing put her and her child's lives at risk. Enter master-criminal "Jackson" who offers her vast wealth if she agrees to help him fiddle the lottery. She refuses until she finds herself on the run from false charges of murder. After years abroad she returns because she wants her daughter to be an American teenager. Can she escape the FBI, an inquisitive journalist and the murderous and endlessly ingenious Jackson?

The Winner is a departure for Baldacci. LuAnn is as plucky and resourceful as the heroines of Absolute Power and Total Control, but the plot she inhabits is a new departure for him. Normally he shows us a dark vision of how things really work, but here he brings to life and makes plausible what might have been pulp cliches. As in the description of Jackson, a master of disguise: "Sitting across from her was her double, or the double of the woman she had just become. The same short red hair, facial complexion, crooked nose, everything--it was as though she had suddenly discovered a twin". What's more, his method of rigging lotteries is clever and convincing enough to worry lottery organisers the world over. Perhaps the sunniest and least cynical of Baldacci's thrillers, The Winner is an intelligent, exciting and deeply moral read whose switchback plot is full of surprises and touching moments. --Roz Kaveney

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"FLAT-OUT FUN TO READ...A WILDFIRE OF A THRILLER THAT RIVALS ABSOLUTE POWER FOR SUSPENSE, EXCITEMENT". -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1464 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447287622
  • Publisher: Pan (4 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330545167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330545167
  • ASIN: B00511QICC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read most of the books written by David Baldacci and never been disappointed. However, I struggled from the start to get into this story. Didn't like the general idea of the storyline or the characters once I had got into it enough to decide. Didn't even finish this book which is very very unusual for me. Personally wouldn't recommend this.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. You could really feel for LuAnn Tyler and wanted everything to work out for her. This was my 1st book by David Baldacci and it prompted me to buy more of his work. Try 'Split Second'-Excellent! 'Absolute Power'-couldn't put it down. I've ordered more of his work today on Amazon and can't wait to get started.
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Ooh, I was determined to give this book a chance after reading all the negative reviews and make my own mind up. Unfortunately, the negatives have hit the nail on the head. I didn't find any of the characters at all likeable and none were deep enough to care about. Finished the book but at times it was a struggle.

I'm still not sure of the "why" in this book, the "how" was far fetched and sketchy and the rest of it was too far fetched with not enough detail or history. Lots of loose ends.

There are much better David Baldacci books out there (Will Roby and John puller being my favourites).

I'd give this one a swerve if I were you.
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To potential readers. Give this one a miss.
The plot is silly. A single, white trailer trash mum from Hicksville is being offered/guaranteed to win the Lotto jackpot by a man, Jackson, whose preference is to dress up/change character. Motives unclear as to why she is offered to do so and motives unclear as to why Jackson is offering to do it. Mum goes to NY, wins Lotto, then told by Jackson to leave country with new identity and never return but does return, unclear as to why. When back, journalist with unclear motives but clear stalker tendencies picks up trail, so does the FBI. FBI characters driven by unclear motives. Halfway through the Hero appears but driven by unclear motives. All things end well but unclear why.
The characters in the book were simply not believable. Wooden, driven by unclear motives. LuAnn/Catherine (the 'heroine') came across as a stereotype but so beautiful the lion laid down with the lamb whenever she appeared. She was physically and mentally strong as Superwoman but fragile when in the presence of men.
I struggled to finish the book after about 50%.
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I've only recently begun reading Baldacci and have enjoyed each book a great deal. But not this one. The storyline only seems to move when intelligent and otherwise credible characters make stupid (and fairly predictable)moves.

Previous books I did not want to end - I had to force myself to finish this and it was a real chore from about 50% onwards.

Sorry.

Do buy a Baldacci, but not this one.
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This was the first David Baldacci book that I've read and I've already bought my next one (Absolute Power). All I can say is that it was aptly named, as in my eyes it was a winner from start to finish :)
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Way too wordy. I started to get fed up & impatient part way through. The villain is a bit unbelievable really as is the heroine. Didn't really enjoy although I did stick with it & finish it. I do agree with the authors take on the US National lottery, as I do also think it applies to the UK lottery as well, a tax on poor people who think they have a better than 7 million-1 chance of winning, ( I think those are the odds, bigger in the US.).
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I normally love DB but this one didn't grab me. Could see the plotline coming (at various points) and there was something wrong with the Kindle book formatting as at least 5-6 times paragraphs were printed twice. Plus there was numerous occasions when the plot switched to a new thread and there was no spacing between the paras....leaving you confused.

If it had been a great book, then I could've overlooked that. But what started out as a great plot idea didn't quite do it for me in the end. But a little hard to say exactly why.
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