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Absolute Power
Absolute Power
Author: David Baldacci
In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the President of the United States.
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ISBN-13: 9780446519960
ISBN-10: 0446519960
Publication Date: 1/18/1996
Pages: 469
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books Inc
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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scrapbooklady avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
"Absolute Power" is a well-written suspense story. Having seen the movie prior to reading the book, I was a little worried about being a step ahead on every page. That didn't happen. As usual, the book is better than the movie. The main premise of the book and movie is the same, but some of the storyline and characters are a quite different. If you liked the movie, you'll love the book!
granpaps avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This book has a fast-paced story line. Lots of suspense and surprises. The main character is great. Definitely gets into the political scene in D.C., power and abuse thereof. But the good guyd win. Nice ending.
Kmarie avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 529 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Can the President of the United States get away with murder? The fictional answer to this question has set the literary world on fire and transformed David Baldacci into a household name and overnight success. Going beyond the classic works of John Grisham and Robert Ludlum, Absolute Power combines the highest levels of political intrigue with big-money law, cutting-edge forensics, and the riveting search for a truth hidden within the power of the Oval Office.
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Helpful Score: 2
Casting the president of the United States as a crazed villain isn't a new idea?Fletcher Knebel worked it 30 years ago, in Night of Camp David?but in this sizzler of a first novel, Baldacci, a D.C. attorney, proves that the premise still has long legs. The action begins when a grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world's richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire's trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation's chief executive. Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch. Meanwhile, Jack Graham, once a public defender and now a high-powered corporate attorney, gets drawn into the case because the on-the-lam burglar just happens to be the father of his former financee, a crusading Virginia prosecutor. Embroidering the narrative through assorted plot whorls are the hero's broken romance; his conflict over selling out for financial success; the prosecutor's confused love-hate for her burglar father; the relentless investigation by a northern Virginia career cop; the dilemma of government agents trapped in a moral catch-22; the amoral ambitions of a sexy White House Chief of Staff; and the old burglar's determination to bring down the ruthless president. Meanwhile, lurking at the novel's center like a venomous spider is the sociopathic president. Baldacci doesn't peer too deeply into his characters' souls, and his prose is merely functional?in both respects, he's much closer to Grisham than to, say, Forsyth; but he's also a first-rate storyteller who grabs readers by their lapels right away and won't let go until they've finished his enthralling yarn.
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Helpful Score: 2
Spellbinding as only Baldacci can give us. This book will not disappoint anyone who loves mysteries.
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This book caught me right fromthe beginning. You wont be disappointed.
lilliemae avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 14 more book reviews
Great story that will surprisingly have you cheering for the villain. Great plot twists, one of Baldacci's best!
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A good one. Flows well to the end. Story of a murder by Secret Service agents protection a crooked president that was witnessed by a man in the act of robbing the place where it all takes place.
pateiwah avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 57 more book reviews
I was both surprized and disappointed that the book and the
movie were both different and alike, I think I liked the movie better in many ways but the book was good on it's own.
the book has more 'meat' in the characters and plot.things
the movie touched on are now more understandable.
if you read the book and have seen the movie, go in with yours eyes open and enjoy a good read.
3catsmommy avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 19 more book reviews
This book kept me gripped to the plot...I could not put it down. Stayed up 2 nights in a row reading till 3 am. What an exciting read,whether you liked the plot or not-it was certainly well written and will take you for a ride!!!
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This book was made into a movie with Clint Eastwood, except the movie was quite different and not as good as the book. You will enjoy this book much more than the movie, even if you have seen it. I sure did.
joie avatar reviewed Absolute Power on + 7 more book reviews
Awesome! Couldn't put it down.
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Exciting page turner
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Luther Whitney, a man in his late 60s, is a well experienced burglar, who specializes in burglarizing the wealthy. On the night of his planned last heist ever, something went wrong. In the midst of burglarizing the house, he entered a vault that would allow him to see everything that was going on in the bedroom by way of a one-way mirror. While the lady of the house returned with a companion, the President of the United States, he was trapped inside and witnessed two Secret Service agents killing the billionaire's trampy young wife as she tried to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation's chief executive. That made Whitney the target of the nation's executive.


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