The Whole Truth
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
“Dick, I need a war.” Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world's largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to “perception manage” his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind.
Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a different agenda. Reluctantly doing the bidding of a secret multi-national intelligence agency, he travels the globe to keep it safe and at peace. Willing to do anything to get back to the top of her profession, Katie James is a journalist who has just gotten the break of a lifetime: the chance to interview the sole survivor of a massacre that has left every nation stunned. In this terrifying global thriller, these characters’ lives will collide head-on as a series of events is set in motion that could change the world as we know it.
Baldacci excels in creating thrillers, and not just well-conceived ones but also those which have a terrifying power to become a reality or in this case, may already have. This story is as stylish as his previous books and has a central concept that's at once scary and unhappily all too real in today's world. Image is everything and everything is image - that's the mantra of the perception management firms who not just fabricate the truth but sell the fabrication as the truth. Using this simple yet powerful concept, David Baldacci sets loose a series of events that could bring the world to an end in this book.
I liked the story, the concept behind it and even the villains - especially the villains who seem all too real because they're not the cartoonish, mustache-twirling bad guys, but because they do the bad things believing it to be for the good. And while the left hand is doing bad things, their right hand is doing extremely good things. That kinds of perversity smacks to me of absolute villainousness. The only thing I had a problem with, surprisingly, was the good guy(s). He's supposed to be dangerous, with a mysterious past, clever and ruthless. I found Shaw to be anything but. Same goes for the leading ladies, a borderline side hero and basically everyone on the good side. All appear very cliched and so it is with the finale as well.
This story has a great concept but the execution isn't up to par.
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