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As the mind-numbingly tedious trial progresses, ugly facts emerge that reveal the victim as less than the good-old-boy reputation that precedes him. Apparently he was a womanizer who beat up his wife and possibly raped his son. Painfully lacking in story, viable characters or a beginning, middle and end, the movie contains nothing that can remotely be described as a dramatic visual.

The single most animated quality in The Whole Truth is a search for red herrings, of which there are enough to fill a tank of dead fish on Cannery Row. Who killed Boone? What was the motive? Was it the boy or his mother? It could even be the defense attorney. So the elements that many readers find satisfying in Baldacci's other books are there. What distinguishes Shaw and James, though, is their flaws. They are who they are, and are more admiarable than not, but then fail, they do not always do the right thing, and are quite believable despite their heroic qualities.

When you throw these meaty characters in with a plot that is frightening but all too plausible, you have a heckuva summer read. The concept of perception management in this novel introduces a concept more troublesome than spin doctors. Rather than spinning a different slant on an actual occurrence, PM spreads a fictional , yet believeable, "truth" which awaits discovery so opinion and beliefs are created that will benefit the manufacturer of that "truth".

The statement in the beginning of the book summarizes this concept: "Why waste time discovering the truth when you can so easily create it? Who does the "truth" benefit: the network wanting a ratings boost; the journalist wanting to portray the story that will create a name for themself; a polician seeking constituancy support? Entertaining reading. Shaw must have 9 lives, but where would the story be without the hero?

Apr 26, Terence M rated it liked it. Aug 25, Kevin Rubin rated it it was ok. The Whole Truth is in truth, a very mediocre Baldacci book… Not that he writes the best books of all, his best is only mediocre… It's one adventure about a man mysteriously named A. Shaw, a James Bond like covert operator working for some organization that's never named. It's not clear if the organization even belongs to a country or not, or if it's international. All we know about it is his boss is named Frank Wells. Even Shaw's fiance refers to him by his last name, Shaw, which doesn't feel at The Whole Truth is in truth, a very mediocre Baldacci book… Not that he writes the best books of all, his best is only mediocre… It's one adventure about a man mysteriously named A.

Even Shaw's fiance refers to him by his last name, Shaw, which doesn't feel at all natural in conversations in the book. She was disappointing, I expected she'd have a larger role in the book. There's not much given about Shaw's background so he hardly feels like someone we, as readers, can care much about. He doesn't particular grow or evolve much in the course of the book. He opposes a major arms dealer, Creel, who uses a firm that takes PR to the next level, PM "Perception Management", making up facts on a huge scale to manipulate Russia and China to the brink of war so he can sell them weapons.

Creel says he's a peaceful man, he's never gotten into a fight, and any time he orders his underlings to kill people, as many as 28 in one hit, it's not personal, it's just business.


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Shaw joins forces with a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Katie, who's been down on her luck, drinking her way out of the top of the journalistic profession to covering funerals because she can't stay sober enough to work well. She gets roped into it by accident but they make a decent team once they get to trust each other. Overall, extremely mediocre. It's fast paced enough to read without getting bored, but it's just empty literary calories View 1 comment.

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Mar 19, Joe Stamber rated it did not like it Shelves: read , audio. I've been meaning to try Baldacci for a while, and now I have I can cross him off my list. The Whole Truth was a heavy handed slice of boredom. Each time a main character was introduced, Baldacci felt it necessary to give the reader that character's life story, including how amazing they were at what it was they had chosen to do.

There was the impoverished orphan who grew up to be an all action hero, the beauty queen who could speak different languages, the arms dealer who had come from the I've been meaning to try Baldacci for a while, and now I have I can cross him off my list. There was the impoverished orphan who grew up to be an all action hero, the beauty queen who could speak different languages, the arms dealer who had come from the wrong side of the tracks to as good as rule the world, the award winner reporter gone rogue and the computer security guy whose search engine was bigger and better than Google.

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Maybe, but by that time I'd given up before I was put off reading forever. View all 10 comments. Jun 28, Annie rated it really liked it. 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 manage his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts.

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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 Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. 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. Jul 24, Jim Hassett rated it really liked it. Once again Baldacci writes a good mystery with his usual "page turner" pace. However, this time he adds something to think about as he does a good job bringing in "perception management" as a topic.

He shows how PMs could manufacture facts and then sell them to the world as truth. This is much easier today with the web thanks Al Gore! As Baldacci says in his Postscript, "And by using these methods, a major untruth can be established so quickly and overwhelming Once again Baldacci writes a good mystery with his usual "page turner" pace.

As Baldacci says in his Postscript, "And by using these methods, a major untruth can be established so quickly and overwhelmingly across the world that no digging by anyone after the fact can make a dent in the public consciousness that it actually isn't true at all. And that is precisely what makes it so dangerous.

Feb 08, Corey rated it really liked it Shelves: political-thriller , suspense-thriller , spy-espionage. It's been a while since I've read a Baldacci book, I still have quite a bit of his books to read, but The Whole Truth was enjoyable, I really liked the storyline and the characters, I also found the plot to be well thought out. The main character is only known as Shaw, no first or last name, and he works for a secret group that works to keep the world at peace. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good spy novel or political thriller.

May 04, Jeanie rated it it was amazing. This was action packed, easy to read and to follow. Not alot of detail, but sometimes all the details can bog you down. I liked the premise because I think it is so much easier to believe a lie than taking the time to find out the truth. The characters were strong, but flawed so easy to relate. Looking foward to reading the rest of the series.


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May 15, Kellicmyers rated it liked it. I love David Baldacci and this was no exception. The premise of The Whole Truth involved a conspiracy to bring the U.


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    Also, a good storyline and interesting characters. Aug 18, Tony rated it liked it. I give this book 3. I really liked the premise of the story and the build up to the final confrontation, but I thought the last quarter of the book tried to wrap things up a little to quickly.

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    A few of the plot twists seemed a little too predictable and one of the "discovery" of a "Good Guy" secretly a "Bad Guy" seemed forced and unrealistic. I won I give this book 3. I won't expound on this to prevent spoilers. As I mentioned before, the plot of the story was intriguing and I was completely drawn in right away. I do look forward to checking out Baldacci's other books with Shaw.

    Jul 22, Barb rated it really liked it Shelves: david-baldacci , own , fiction , series , cd , Feb 09, Cindi rated it did not like it.

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    This book was painful to read. Jun 08, Lesley rated it it was amazing. If this had been the first book that I'd read by the author then I wouldn't have bothered reading any more - ludicrous storyline and characters! Thankfully, I do like a lot of his other stuff. Jul 10, Sskous rated it did not like it. The Whole Truth cocktail highlights the namesake craft gin with cucumber carpaccio, lime, mint and Fentimans Tonic. Can you Handle the Truth, at micro, stars the craft gin with a twist on the Mint Julep served in a copper mug with fresh mint. It pairs well with the sparkle of Okanagan Lake that you can peek at from the patio.

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