Book Reviews of The Whole Truth (Shaw and Katie James, Bk 1)

The Whole Truth (Shaw and Katie James, Bk 1)
The Whole Truth - Shaw and Katie James, Bk 1
Author: David Baldacci
ISBN-13: 9780446195973
ISBN-10: 0446195979
Publication Date: 4/22/2008
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 192 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
I have always loved this author and eagerly read anything he writes. But I truly think he has outdone himself with this book. I could not put it down. I have read many political thrillers, international intrigue and horror novels, I have never been frightened of what could be happening in our world until I read this book. When thinking of some of the things going on in the world today the premise in this book is truly horrifying. If there are truly PM firms in the United States and elsewhere, as Mr. Baldacci tells us in his Author's Note, then it shakes the foundation of everything we read on the Internet and everything we hear on the news. This book is a MUST read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Great Booko, another masterpeice from Baldacci, I got into the book and oculd not put it down, took about three hours to read
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Helpful Score: 2
Riveting, couldn't put it down. Best book by Balldacci that I have read in a while.
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Helpful Score: 2
Written in 2008, this story is amazingly timely. It shows how marketing and public relations groups can shape public opinion. It describes how "perception management" can alter or create what the public perceives as truth. It was a scary subject for me. I wish more people were skeptical of news. I was already a bit skeptical but, having read this book, I can see how we should question everything and we might never discover what the whole truth is.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very disturbing because the internet today could be used to create the type of events in the book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Baldacci is a master at writing page-turner thrillers. This one is no exception. The main characters are Shaw who works for a shadowy government agency and Katie James who is an alcoholic journalist. I'm hoping that Baldacci turns this book into the first of a series with these two characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
First book by this author I have read. Definitely an author I want to read again.
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Helpful Score: 1
What a great book. I read some early Baldacci then kind of got off into other authors. But have to say I now am eager to read every book he wrote.

The characters, suspense, actions, yet intelligent story line, plus great dialogue that fits the characters, make this a 'must read'!
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Helpful Score: 1
very good read. something to remember when reading about the truth as it's told to us.
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Easy fast read with action story.
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Fast moving. Good read
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Entertaining and thought-provoking.
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Good read.
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I'm a huge Baldacci fan, but I almost stopped reading about 100 pages in, wondering who was this writing under his name, but suddenly and somehow it grabbed me and I was once again under the spell of the master. I'm not sure what was unimpressive about those first 100 pages, but boy am I glad I persevered!! What a great story..if a little implausable physically and technically..but, that's one of the reasons we read, right? To be taken out of ourselves and the daily realism, into an alternative existence of potential reality. These two lead characters will make you want more of them by the end of the story and the action within the tale is rip-roaring and unrelenting. The use of the WWW (world wide web) to show how invasive and probing the technology is and could be is terrifying and should make us take pause. It's not far outside the realm of possibility and is probably far more advanced already than any citizen of any country realizes. Read, absorb, contemplate.
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I found the book entertaining to read but definitely not believeable. A quick read and suspenseful.
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His writing is absolutley too unbelievable. Too fantastic.
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Excellent book!
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I'm a huge Baldacci fan, but was a bit disappointed in this one. Way too much politics for my taste.
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So glad I got Book 1 of Shaw and Katie Jones first....I usually manage to get books in a series backwards:( This was a good one! Baldacci takes our worst fears and turns them into page-turning novels and this one was a real adventure.
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Wow! Exciting stuff, grabs you right up and just carries you away from the first page to the last.

From inside cover:
"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 horrified.
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This is an interesting story that like many of David Baldacci, it makes you wonder about our world, government, and the people around us. Do we really know them?
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Keeps your interest from beginning to end. Great twists!
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Another one of Baldacci's great stories - held my interest to the bitter end.
Had a hard time putting it down.
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This is a great story. What is really scarier though is the paragraph on the next page after the ending of the story. To think that people do these things that are the theme of this book. "Perception Management"
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This book brought up some very interesting concepts. I will never look at a news story quite the same way again.
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Nick Creel is head of the world's largest armament corporation and endeavors to make even more money by bringing 2 neighboring countries to the brink of war. Creel's path crosses the paths of "Shaw" a man working to keep the world safe, and Katie James, a two-time Pulitzer winning reporter on the rebound from alcoholism. THe rest is a fast-paces ride across the Atlantic, into England, Scotland, France, and Italy.
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excellant
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a little different from his Camel Club and Sean/Michele series. Very enjoyable
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"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. An utterly spellbinding story that feels all too real, THE WHOLE TRUTH delivers all the twists and turns, emotional drama, unforgettable characters, and can't-put-it-down pacing that readers expect from David Baldacci-and still goes beyond anything he's written before.
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this was a great book
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I have been reading quite a few of David Baldacci's books, trying to keep them in order. I like the two characters in this book, Shaw and Katie James. The story is enjoyable but maybe a little far fetched. However, in todays times, anything is possible. I'm wondering if Shaw and Katie will ever get more romantically involved? I'll just have to wait and see.
big bully.
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Baldacci spins a story that could easily happen in today's world. An international industrial-defense contractor needs a war to stay in business. That simple. Nicholas Creel would stop at nothing to have this war including assassinations, false flag operations, etc. He has Shaw to do his bidding. Katie James, journalist, needs a good story to get her credibility resurrected. All of these factors give rise to a fast-paced, violent and greed-oriented tale. Absolutely one of Baldacci's best!
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I have yet to be disappointed in any book by this author. The characters are well defined and story intricate, but very easily fo9llowed. Any reader of mysteries will greatly enjoy this book.
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An easy, interesting read, but scary as hell when relating the concept of perception management to our current political situation
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exvellent
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Has anyone noticed that David Baldacci looks a lot like Conan O'Brien?
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It pains me to write this, but I could not get into this book. All the other reviews are great, I love Baldacci books and have never until now found one I do not completely love, but this was too cumbersome and it just took too long for me to figure out who was who and what they had to do with each other. I gave it over 100 pages and then just couldn't go through the motions of reading it any longer, I just was not enjoying the rad. I hope others find what I have missed, because I am sure that it is there.
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Another good read by this author.
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"Dick, I need a war." Nicholas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world's largest defense contractor. 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 unique past, works for a secret multinational intelligence agency by traveling the globe to keep it safe and at peace. Desperate to get back to the top of her profession, journalist Katie James gets the break of a lifetime: the chance to interview the sole survivor of a massacre that has left every nation horrified.
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Good book, easy reading. Keeps your attention!