The Whole Truth (Shaw and Katie Jones, Bk 1)
The Whole Truth - Shaw and Katie Jones, Bk 1 Author:David Baldacci "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... more ».
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.« less
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.
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.
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.
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.