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.
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"
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.
"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.
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!
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.