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Absolute Power and The Winner are, undoubtedly, some of Baldacci's best work. David Baldacci's Absolute Power has a decent story, but it was hard for me to enjoy because I found the writing so hackneyed that it distracted me from the plot.
Here's a representative descriptive passage: At the sound of the explosion, the playing stopped as three pairs of eyes turned as one toward the house. In another minute they were inside. It only took one more minute for the screams to be heard. The quiet neighborhood was no more. Forget, for a moment, the clumsy use of the passive voice i David Baldacci's Absolute Power has a decent story, but it was hard for me to enjoy because I found the writing so hackneyed that it distracted me from the plot.
Forget, for a moment, the clumsy use of the passive voice in the first sentence, and focus instead on the bizarre description of three people as "three pairs of eyes.
And the final sentence is terrible.
Not only is it an unnecessary addition to the paragraph, it doesn't make logical sense. The quiet of the neighborhood may be disturbed, but the neighborhood itself still exists. Saying that "The quiet neighborhood was no more" makes it sounds as if the neighborhood has been incinerated by a hydrogen bomb. Baldacci's dialogue is bad, too.
Here's an example: I'm hoping that status will change. And here's one final example of exactly what I don't like about Baldacci's prose: She still stood there several minutes after he left.
A series of emotions competed for space across her face, none, in the end, winning out. The unintentional rhyming of "space" with "face" is distracting. Also, Baldacci uses a lot of words to essentially tell the reader nothing. A character seems to experience a number of emotions--none of which are specifically described--before eventually experiencing none. Is that the idea Baldacci wishes to convey? Does he even know what idea he wishes to convey about his characters or the situations in which they find themselves most of the time?
It didn't seem to me as if he did. If you've seen previews for the film version of Absolute Power or read the flap copy, you know what it's about. I suppose it could be an enjoyable potboiler if you're able to turn off the critical part of your mind that notices clumsy writing and consume the story in the fashion one consumes an entire bag of chips in one sitting, but for me, the writing was so bad it was distracting. And trust me. I read some pretty bad books. View all 10 comments. Karen Briceno I agree it is way too slow of a plot I am currently reading it but it has not captivated my as other of his books have hopefully it gets there.
Howeve I agree it is way too slow of a plot I am currently reading it but it has not captivated my as other of his books have hopefully it gets there. However, to his credit this was his very first novel so I give him a break for the writing Isabella Hale David Baldacci is a fiction writer whose body of thrillers and political stories speak for themselves. I also don't like passive voice but when one is David Baldacci is a fiction writer whose body of thrillers and political stories speak for themselves.
I also don't like passive voice but when one is David Baldacci: Did you ever read any James Joyce in your youth?.. Dec 26, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is probably my favourite of Baldacci's novels. Absolute Power is slick, swift and daring in its plot of corruption, murder, litigious attorneys and the dark side to wealth and cash. View 2 comments.
Jun 01, Annet rated it liked it. Loved the movie, apparently the book a little less. Still entertaining read. Nov 27, Fred rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gloria Russell 37 , President Chief of Staff took the "bloodstained" letter opener, Luther escaped with evidence.
Could Luther get evidence to Walter Sullivan husband? Can Gloria testify against president? Major characters above are in the movie but the book's end is different than the movie with Clint Eastwood.
Jan 14, Susan rated it it was amazing. I think this may not be a 'great' novel and has probably been panned by those far more astute than I, but I loved it.
I was about pages into in when I started on my trip of 1 one hour flight, 1 one hour layover and 1 five hour flight. It totally kept my interest until I finished the last page as we landed at my home airport.
A veteran burglar chooses the wrong mansion to rob on the wrong night and witnesses the President of the United States trying to kill his sex partner and his secret ser I think this may not be a 'great' novel and has probably been panned by those far more astute than I, but I loved it. A veteran burglar chooses the wrong mansion to rob on the wrong night and witnesses the President of the United States trying to kill his sex partner and his secret service agents finishing the job.
The story gathers much moss from there and it's a really good story. I loved this book, it grabbed me from the start and made me want to continue reading. A well-crafted story, strong characters that are believable and easy to visualise. An interesting story line that is different to the usual thrillers. Lots of twists and turns and worth the read. Mar 05, Joey Woolfardis rated it it was ok Shelves: The distraction I needed but nothing more substantial.
For what it is it is pretty much a 5-star thing, but in my opinion it is hardly that. May 19, kartik narayanan rated it really liked it. Welp, I finally got around to reading the book that started it all. I remember seeing the movie back in '95 and seeing it because it had Clint Eastwood in it. After roughly 25? The story is a bit dull by today's standards but given its context, it came out during the Clinton era, I think it is quite courageous and interesting.
Of course, this has been reused multiple times; even by Baldacci himself First Family comes to mind. The characters ar Welp, I finally got around to reading the book that started it all. The characters are good and almost all of them have their arc, which is excellent writing.
I felt a bit let down by the ending though. I am not getting into spoilers but let's just say that when you read it, you will be wondering what the purpose of the third act was. Anyway, it is the journey that matters and Absolute Power does not disappoint.
Aug 22, Lisa Temple rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Rare is the storyteller that can capture the attention of my military fiction loving - action-craving husband, and at the same time provide enough compelling plot and character development to have me turning pages long into the night. With the exception of his "Camel Club" series if you haven't read them - run - go - find them now , "Absolute Power" is my favor "Absolute Power" illustrates what it is I like best about David Baldacci's books: 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. 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. View all 5 comments. May 25, Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing. This was a real page turner I couldn't put it down, as with all political thrillers they can be difficult to follow at times and this was no exception but the story was brilliant and I really enjoyed it.
I'd seen the film many years before and could only remember bits of it so not sure how much it ties to the book but I know I did enjoy watching it.
I would recommend this book, it is quite long but powerful and a real eye opener into the world of Americal presidential politics.
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Apr 08, Ioana rated it did not like it Shelves: I've enjoyed books by Baldacci in the past, but this one is awful. First, the writing is garbage: Third, the story-line has so many holes--which demonstrates Baldacci's lack of knowledge on the topics he's writing about; I didn't download so many of the story elements; for example, in describing the way Jack the lawyer got a big deal at his law firm, his explanations were entirely superficial and could have been written by anyone who was not a lawyer, or a business person, and who had not done ANY research on the topic.
In ALL the details he provided, about law, the White House, police procedure, etc, Baldacci tried to obfuscate his lack of expertise in opaque and fuzzy dialogue, but in the end, I was left feeling that I learned nothing from his descriptions.
Rarely do I feel less literate after reading a book, but that's how I feel after Absolute Power View 1 comment.
Then I began to tire, then wilt, then couldn't wait for it to end. The problem I have with Baldacci's first book is that it didn't have enough - or any! There was none of that here. The evil POTUS had the upper hand all the way and the good guys limped their way to the finishing line.
I hope this uneven treatment is only because it's the author's debut work and that in his later books, he manages to strike that magic balance between reality and entertaining fiction.
As a member of the audience, I must feel as if the hero is winning, even if bad things happen to him or the villain looks like he's winning. View all 4 comments. Jul 18, Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it liked it.
Oct 23, Mike French rated it really liked it. Somehow I missed this book when I started reading Baldacci. I am glad I saw it on Goodreads! It was a page turner from the start to the end. If you haven't read it,put it on top of your "to read" list! Aug 03, Emilie Hendryx rated it liked it Shelves: The evil characters are very very bad. The scope and, dare I say depravity, of the lengths to which people will go to in the book is fantastical, yet in line with the plot.
What I did not like, however, was the crass sexual content and language.
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And needlessly so. For the plot and writing alone I rate it 3. Sep 14, Justin rated it liked it. This book had a great premise and overall was good. I felt like there were too many subplots and it didn't get all wrapped and tied together neatly like in some other authors' books.
I also didn't care of all of the bad language in it. I know that is lame to some and that sometimes that type of language is used to define a character, but it shouldn't be every character. Spoiler alert: The part of this book I disliked the most is the lack of Luther being in it.
He had next to no dialogue, other tha This book had a great premise and overall was good. He had next to no dialogue, other than internal. After the initial break in, we don't know much about what is going on in his head.
It switches mainly to Jack. And then, about half way through, Luther gets taken out. This isn't necessarily bad, but it just seemed anticlimactic in its portrayal. One minute he's mad, the next he is dead. I did enjoy though. I'll be trying some other of his books and checking out the movie for this one. A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.
From the mansion in Virginia, the sexual scandal, passion turned violent, a burglar behind a wall. Passion turns deadly involving the President of US. A witness.
New meaning to the wrong place, at the wrong time. Corruption, conspiracy, scandal. An attorney. A wife. A thief. An estranged daughter.
Secret Service. Homicide Cop. The media. Why was the President here and the circumstances leading him here? Suspense, Mystery. A Coverup. A Political Crime Thriller! Many of you are aware I am a huge David Baldacci fan; however, I began my reading, with his newer, more recent books-- always anxiously awaiting the next in the series. Over the years, I typically choose audiobook format, in order to further enhance my reading experience with his books. However, when I find an author I enjoy, I will use Audible as a great resource to get my fix- to catch up with older books, I have missed along the way.
Here I am going from the 30th, back to the first.
The Telegraph Nov 15, by David Baldacci: When reading the posting, I was quite intrigued and fascinated. These are the books I want to read! Of course since then, we have seen plenty of scandals; however, all this was prior to.
What really makes this edition special, David tells his story at the beginning of the audio. We all think of him as the successful, talented author he is, and the place he has earned in the literary world, as an award- winning author.
However, it was refreshing to hear how he transitioned from lawyer to writer. His hopes, childhood dreams, aspirations, and determination, despite his rejections. Very moving and inspirational. He has a truly remarkable gift, a talent. On behalf of all the Baldacci fans, bloggers, reviewers, and readers-- A special, thank you for your dedication and tenacity.
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Providing readers hours of reading, listening, and viewing entertainment. If you have missed his first novel, highly recommend the audio, narrated by Scott Brick. The book is even better than the movie. Check out the list. Happy 30th Anniversary! Aug 11, Marialyce rated it it was amazing. I haven't read anything by Mr Balducci for quite some time and I must say that I selected the right novel to get back to this author's style.
It was exciting, thrilling, and had more than a touch of believability. A real page turner as the author kept the reader engrossed in the lives of each and every character from the power seekers in DC, including the president, to the the common man. It does make one think of what power lies in the office of the president and Mr Balducci makes you think a l I haven't read anything by Mr Balducci for quite some time and I must say that I selected the right novel to get back to this author's style.
It does make one think of what power lies in the office of the president and Mr Balducci makes you think a lot about that absolute power. Suffice to say, this was a thriller and one that I would recommend most highly to anyone who enjoys suspense and the allure of the power seekers. Nov 04, Corey rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the book that got David Baldacci started in his writing career and for a first book I thought it was his best.
I'd seen the movie Absolute Power with Clint Eastwood then I'd decided to read the book and I thought the book was a lot better.
It follows the same plot line as the movie but it has many differences in it. It's about a long time thief named Luther Whitney who is in the middle of robbing a rich couple's home and he witnesses a murder and the man involved with it is the President This is the book that got David Baldacci started in his writing career and for a first book I thought it was his best.
It's about a long time thief named Luther Whitney who is in the middle of robbing a rich couple's home and he witnesses a murder and the man involved with it is the President of the United States.
The book was very hard to put down and full of many twists and turns. View all 7 comments. An experienced burglar, Luther Whitney, breaks into a billionaire's house with the intent of robbing it. While there, he witnesses the President of the United States and the billionaire's wife having sex. However, their lovemaking turns violent and Secret Service agents burst in and kill the woman, which Whitney also sees.
The reason Whitney was able to witness the murder was because he was behind a large one-way mirror that was a secret door into a large closet where the billionaire would sit and watch when his wife had sex with another man.
Whitney escapes, but not before the Secret Service learns of his presence; they blame the wife's murder on Whitney. Whitney goes on the run from the President's agents while a detective tries to piece together the crime. Whitney is a professional burglar who got caught three times. He personally witnessed the incident mentioned in the Plot Summary and ran for his life but later came back and endeavored to bring the real criminal to justice.
Kate is Luther's only daughter. Luther had been in jail during Kate's childhood which led to Kate being harsh on criminals, especially thieves and burglars. The police later used Kate to get to Luther which changed her outlook on her father and her own life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.But it was the noise they made that stopped men like Luther cold.
I felt a bit let down by the ending though. Speaking at a pre-trial hearing in late February, Manning said he thought that the information about the counter-insurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan "would have enormous value to the American public". Put another way: Angry Bolivian authorities termed it a "kidnapping" or "imperialist hijack". The part of this book I disliked the most is the lack of Luther being in it. From across the foyer, a slash of crimson stared down at him.
Does he even know what idea he wishes to convey about his characters or the situations in which they find themselves most of the time? He looked at the detector in the corner of the ceiling as its rectangular mouth smiled at him, its surveillance arc asleep for now.
Even after three Latin American countries, enraged at Washington's actions, extended offers of protection to Snowden, these should be treated as a new category of limited asylum.