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Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his fam Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an aircrash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on suddenly fell from the sky, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all. From Seattle to Washington, D.C., from New Orleans to Maine, the hunt for Jason Archer follows a trail as complex as the world he lived and worked in - a world of enormously powerful computers, a multimillion-dollar takeover deal, titanic financial standoffs, artificial intelligence, and the Internet. With brilliant minds colliding, ruthless men waging battles of intimidation, rainmakers going toe-to-toe with killers, and security specialists making a fortune trying to plug the holes, the startling truth behind Jason Archer's disappearance explodes into a sinister plot with the murder of the country's single most powerful individual. And soon Archer's wife, Sidney, aided by the relentless and sharp-eyed FBI agent Lee Sawyer, will plunge straight into the violence that is leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and shocking, exposed secrets...


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Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his fam Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an aircrash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on suddenly fell from the sky, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all. From Seattle to Washington, D.C., from New Orleans to Maine, the hunt for Jason Archer follows a trail as complex as the world he lived and worked in - a world of enormously powerful computers, a multimillion-dollar takeover deal, titanic financial standoffs, artificial intelligence, and the Internet. With brilliant minds colliding, ruthless men waging battles of intimidation, rainmakers going toe-to-toe with killers, and security specialists making a fortune trying to plug the holes, the startling truth behind Jason Archer's disappearance explodes into a sinister plot with the murder of the country's single most powerful individual. And soon Archer's wife, Sidney, aided by the relentless and sharp-eyed FBI agent Lee Sawyer, will plunge straight into the violence that is leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and shocking, exposed secrets...

30 review for Total Control

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Long wait til suspenseful ending, rather preposterous plot... Maybe our expectations were set a little high after reading the author's great thriller "Absolute Power" and his almost as good "Simple Truth". Unlike those stories where at least we cared about the protagonists and the plot had some cohesion, "Control" takes a awful long time to plod toward a thrilling finale. Unfortunately the events that unfold to get us there are extremely far-fetched, with the allegedly intelligent leading lady su Long wait til suspenseful ending, rather preposterous plot... Maybe our expectations were set a little high after reading the author's great thriller "Absolute Power" and his almost as good "Simple Truth". Unlike those stories where at least we cared about the protagonists and the plot had some cohesion, "Control" takes a awful long time to plod toward a thrilling finale. Unfortunately the events that unfold to get us there are extremely far-fetched, with the allegedly intelligent leading lady super-lawyer, Sidney Archer, little more than a gun-totin' housewife with hardly a clue throughout the whole tale. The plot sounds like movie pabulum: a zillionaire tycoon has merged with a techno-geek's dream-works, and now they're in a competition to take over another firm of great internet marvel. Sidney, and hubby Jason, a technocrat putting together a lot of details to support the deal, get caught up in the struggle, and soon a plane crash leads the players (but not us readers, who know he's up to something seemingly sinister) to believe Jason was among the fatalities. What follows is an almost endless "chase" between all variety of petty thugs, hired killers, ex-FBI and FBI type hotdogs, with a wealth of dead bodies strewn about by book's end. Flying planes and driving cars in snowstorms too severe to shut the airports and roads pose no problem for our stars, typical of the silly suspensions of reality we must endure to get through this. We know Baldacci can do better from his other novels. This book looks like something written on contract: it had to get out; it had to be 700 chilling pages; it had to have non-stop action no matter how preposterous. Oh, and don't waste time fleshing out the characters to make them seem real - after all, this is a fantasy. When it takes us two weeks to get through a "thriller", we know something's wrong.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    This should be rated 4.5 stars. Book deals with corporate espionage concerning computers and that was the only detraction. Baldacci keeps the plot at a fast pace throughout and the finish is in doubt up to the last minute. Highly recommended, especially to Baldacci fans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Williams

    This was the second book I've read by Baldacci in the last two months and I must say I love this author. He is one of my favorites. I have probably read more books by him than any other one author. But then there's a but. This book was just like the last one I read, although they were different in that the last one was part of a series and this one was a stand alone. Too many acronyms, too many characters to keep up with and too many long chapters. But I will still give the book 4 stars because This was the second book I've read by Baldacci in the last two months and I must say I love this author. He is one of my favorites. I have probably read more books by him than any other one author. But then there's a but. This book was just like the last one I read, although they were different in that the last one was part of a series and this one was a stand alone. Too many acronyms, too many characters to keep up with and too many long chapters. But I will still give the book 4 stars because I do enjoy his stories and this was one with all kinds of legal and corporate tie ins with the story and of course the FBI.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karl Marberger

    A large, intricate plot and a lot of suspenseful scenes. Also had a lot of technical detail and was well researched. I felt it was a bit too long, but it was still good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mister Jones

    This is my one and only review of a recently behind the curtain reading of this WAY overrated pop suspense writer. I thought the characters were incredibly shallow; one dimensional, and not one elicited any empathy and/or sympathy on my part. Fine, it's a successful lawyer mom and a successful company executive dad who finds himself involved is some nefarious secretive hush hush fiasco in a corporation, a cover up, and a phony death. Okay you're not holding my interest; in fact, you're boring me This is my one and only review of a recently behind the curtain reading of this WAY overrated pop suspense writer. I thought the characters were incredibly shallow; one dimensional, and not one elicited any empathy and/or sympathy on my part. Fine, it's a successful lawyer mom and a successful company executive dad who finds himself involved is some nefarious secretive hush hush fiasco in a corporation, a cover up, and a phony death. Okay you're not holding my interest; in fact, you're boring me to death. A great writing faux pas: DO NOT TELL ME; SHOW ME! And that's another problem with this, uh, book? Baldacci tells because he seems unable to show through the characters themselves. This isn't third rate or a fourth rate book; it just isn't entitled to be rated. It make a temporary leg support to your coffee table perhaps; however, paperbacks can only hold up under the worst circumstances--this one doesn't! YUCK!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    PROTAGONIST: Sidney Archer, attorney; Lee Sawyer, FBI RATING: 4.0 WHY: Jason Archer works for a huge technology firm, whose secrets he may or may not have stolen. He's taking a secret trip to LA, which he's lied about to his attorney wife, Sidney, and switches to a Seattle flight at the last minute. The LA flight is sabotaged, and all aboard die. Sidney tries to sort out the truth of the situation and is eventually aided by an FBI agent, Lee Sawyer. Although the book was over 500 pages, it held my PROTAGONIST: Sidney Archer, attorney; Lee Sawyer, FBI RATING: 4.0 WHY: Jason Archer works for a huge technology firm, whose secrets he may or may not have stolen. He's taking a secret trip to LA, which he's lied about to his attorney wife, Sidney, and switches to a Seattle flight at the last minute. The LA flight is sabotaged, and all aboard die. Sidney tries to sort out the truth of the situation and is eventually aided by an FBI agent, Lee Sawyer. Although the book was over 500 pages, it held my attention throughout. The main negative for me was the action-packed conclusion which felt like an out of control western shoot-em-up. And I could have used a lot fewer tears along the way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    A very thrilling novel, the plot keeps thickening until the very end, many twists and turns. I found some parts of the story to be kind of confusing and hard to follow but it all comes together in the end. The book was a little longer than necessary I thought some parts were kinda slow but it was still a good book. Highly recommended to Baldacci fan's. A very thrilling novel, the plot keeps thickening until the very end, many twists and turns. I found some parts of the story to be kind of confusing and hard to follow but it all comes together in the end. The book was a little longer than necessary I thought some parts were kinda slow but it was still a good book. Highly recommended to Baldacci fan's.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Quintin Zimmermann

    A great premise that is undermined by fantastical plot twists that defy belief. There is such a thing as too much. Total Control, much like sugar, will cause a tooth ache of the brain. The "are you being being serious" question repeats like a sledgehammer when all you want is contemplation. A great premise that is undermined by fantastical plot twists that defy belief. There is such a thing as too much. Total Control, much like sugar, will cause a tooth ache of the brain. The "are you being being serious" question repeats like a sledgehammer when all you want is contemplation.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas W Perkinton

    If all of David Baldacci's novels are as riveting as the first two, I will have to expand my reading time. The twists and turns of good guys and bad keeps your eyes on who else will fall from grace or become a real hero. This guy can write. If all of David Baldacci's novels are as riveting as the first two, I will have to expand my reading time. The twists and turns of good guys and bad keeps your eyes on who else will fall from grace or become a real hero. This guy can write.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    This was a fast paced, action packed thriller that kept my attention until the end. Actually, I thought this could have been a good movie. Sometimes, I lost track of the characters, however, there was enough places within the plot where the characters and plots are summarized and it brought me back on track again. I liked both they characters Sydney and Lee. Sydney, although vulnerable, has a very strong personality which probably comes from her legal background. Lee is an exceptional agent with an This was a fast paced, action packed thriller that kept my attention until the end. Actually, I thought this could have been a good movie. Sometimes, I lost track of the characters, however, there was enough places within the plot where the characters and plots are summarized and it brought me back on track again. I liked both they characters Sydney and Lee. Sydney, although vulnerable, has a very strong personality which probably comes from her legal background. Lee is an exceptional agent with an open mind and does not give in to the pressure of solving the case as quickly as possible. He truly is looking for the truth. But....he is attracted to Sydney and I believe he is working hard to deny it. The underlying themes within the book are computers, cyber security, Federal Reserve and our country's economic sensitivity. All very interesting subjects and since this book was published in 1997, I am reminded how far we have come in our computerized world. It's been a while since I have read a Baldacci. After reading this book, I am reminded how good of an author he is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike Finton

    This is so good, it is hard to put it down! David Baldacci knows how to keep the reader up in the air and wanting more. So many twists and turns. Didn't know who did the deed until the very end. This is so good, it is hard to put it down! David Baldacci knows how to keep the reader up in the air and wanting more. So many twists and turns. Didn't know who did the deed until the very end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Atishay

    The book is a typical David Baldacci thriller with just the right amount of suspense and emotions. I won't explain the plot here, it would be too complicated and long. I won't tell you that this novel enabled me to see shades of Ludlum, Mary Higgins Clark and Patterson - all at the same time. What I will tell you is that I'm writing the review of this 720 page paperback as the timer on my computer screen says 04:41 hours and that I'd started reading it from my bookmarked page 325 at 00:35 hours. The book is a typical David Baldacci thriller with just the right amount of suspense and emotions. I won't explain the plot here, it would be too complicated and long. I won't tell you that this novel enabled me to see shades of Ludlum, Mary Higgins Clark and Patterson - all at the same time. What I will tell you is that I'm writing the review of this 720 page paperback as the timer on my computer screen says 04:41 hours and that I'd started reading it from my bookmarked page 325 at 00:35 hours. This is what Baldacci will do to you, no matter how hard you try to resist it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Babette

    I am not sure now how I happened to have this book, but it was one on my 'clearance' shelf. At over 700 pages, it was too long. The story became tedious after a while - I just wanted to get to the end and be done with it. I was hoping for a real page-turner, but it wasn't. I was expecting better. I am not sure now how I happened to have this book, but it was one on my 'clearance' shelf. At over 700 pages, it was too long. The story became tedious after a while - I just wanted to get to the end and be done with it. I was hoping for a real page-turner, but it wasn't. I was expecting better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gail Stewart rumsey

    This is the first David Baldacci book I have read and I plan to read more. The story, characters and writing are first class and kept my attention the whole way through. It appears this is the only book with Lee Sawyer as the lead investigator or to feature Sydney Archer. Will move on to the other stand alone books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I don't care if the plot lines were far-fetched, it was a page turner for me until the end. Escapism reading, which is what I needed right now. Many characters and twists & turns kept one guessing about who were the bad guys I don't care if the plot lines were far-fetched, it was a page turner for me until the end. Escapism reading, which is what I needed right now. Many characters and twists & turns kept one guessing about who were the bad guys

  16. 5 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 9, 2016 Narrator: George Guidall This was a bit of a convoluted mess at times yet I came very close to giving it 5 stars (!!!). I didn't, in the end, because it went on too long, had too many characters, and was hard to follow even though the main premise was simple. I enjoy corporate espionage and intrigue but not when the developments are too complex to keep up with. In this case, as I said, the main plot is simple - Jason Archer is supposedly selling his company's REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 9, 2016 Narrator: George Guidall This was a bit of a convoluted mess at times yet I came very close to giving it 5 stars (!!!). I didn't, in the end, because it went on too long, had too many characters, and was hard to follow even though the main premise was simple. I enjoy corporate espionage and intrigue but not when the developments are too complex to keep up with. In this case, as I said, the main plot is simple - Jason Archer is supposedly selling his company's confidential info (pertaining to their proposed buyout of another firm) to a rival. That's it in a nutshell, but Baldacci adds in murder, mercenaries, closeted businessmen and the Federal Reserve. To really keep one's interest, you'd have to (pun intended) know a little about interest rates and the central banking system. Just a teeny bit to appreciate the second mystery thread. So yes, Jason Archer's corporate treachery is just one thread. The two are connected but it took me a LONG time to unravel and fit things together. This was one book where the reader is as clueless as the FBI since, very often, we can already guess who the bad guy is and the motive for the bad deed, be it murder or selling secrets. Apart from this rather major negative (the convoluted telling) it's a solid FBI investigation and the star of the show isn't Jason Archer but Lee Sawyer, the tortured FBI special agent, tormented not just by his broken family life but by his attraction to Archer's wife, Sidney (Sawyer's attraction is kept well in control and does not intrude in the story, in case you're wondering). A little reminder: this book was published in 1997 so one has to bear with the explanations about email backups and pixels, etc, stuff back then we were just starting to get to know. Ohh, Sidney. She's not just a smart lawyer but Rambo-in-heels. Who would've guessed? Normally, I would have found her type easy to dislike but not here. I did like Sidney, her unflagging devotion to her husband and her kickassiness. I found Total Control unputdownable and carried my cellphone and bluetooth earphones with me even to the toilet throughout the two days and nights it took me to finish this 18-hour-plus audiobook. I did get rather irritated about having to use my Back Button several times simply because I couldn't follow the revelation, or some significant comment. I have not had to do that this many times for other audiobooks, ever. Any other book, I would have, undoubtedly, aborted. That I stuck firmly to Total Control is impressive to me. Still, much as I enjoyed this one, I'm going to have to listen to something much more straightforward to give my brain a rest. PS: the romance-lover in me can't help but imagine Lee Sawyer and Sidney Archer getting together one day, when she's ready. For now I am satisfied Sawyer was a little less tortured at the close of the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Thriller - Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disapp Thriller - Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an aircrash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on suddenly fell from the sky, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all. The hunt for Jason Archer follows a trail as complex as the world he lived and worked in - a world of enormously powerful computers, a multimillion-dollar takeover deal, titanic financial standoffs, artificial intelligence, and the Internet. Soon Archer's wife, Sidney, aided by the relentless and sharp-eyed FBI agent Lee Sawyer, will plunge straight into the violence.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I think this novel is too long and loses steam because of it. 6 of 10 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark Boyd

    Sr. FBI field agent Lee Sawyer is called out to a crash site of flight 3223 bound for LA from Dulles National Airport. The passenger plane with 176 people aboard plus a flight crew of 7 takes a nose dive from 35,000 ft. shortly after takeoff, crashing in the Virginia countryside, killing everyone aboard. One of the passengers, Arthur Lieberman, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board happened to be one of those unfortunate souls on board. George Kaplan, lead investigator from the NTSB (Nation Sr. FBI field agent Lee Sawyer is called out to a crash site of flight 3223 bound for LA from Dulles National Airport. The passenger plane with 176 people aboard plus a flight crew of 7 takes a nose dive from 35,000 ft. shortly after takeoff, crashing in the Virginia countryside, killing everyone aboard. One of the passengers, Arthur Lieberman, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board happened to be one of those unfortunate souls on board. George Kaplan, lead investigator from the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is assigned to investigate the crash. Finding the right wing of the plane a few miles from the crash site, Kaplan calls his old friend at the FBI, Agent Sawyer. It appears now the crash could be construed as a terrorist act to kill Lieberman. The same morning Jason Archer informs his wife Sidney, he must leave on an unexpected trip to LA, while she's on her way to NY to negotiate the purchase of a high tech company for Jason's employer. Hearing of the crash, Sidney rushes home to see Jason's valise on TV, pulled from the wreckage. Distraught, she heads to the crash site and ends up knocking Agent Sawyer down in her hurry to find her dead husband's belongings. The stage set, Total Control is about the world of high tech espionage and intrigue. Baldacci in his masterful way, weaves the story and plots in such away that it's hard to set this book down. Sidney, a beautiful blonde badass attorney finds out her husband lied and was not on the flight to LA but ends up in Seattle where a video shows him handing over a briefcase of information to some mysterious men in black topcoats and sunglasses in a dark warehouse. Agent Sawyer ends up working both cases and in the process interviews Sidney and immediately is caught up in her beauty and pain. The companies involved in the espionage try to pin everything on Sidney's husband and eventually implicates her as well. The story starts slow but quickly picks up speed and by halfway through I'm totally out of control. A great story and a thriller to the end. Another Baldacci success story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    It is amazing how technology dates a book. Despite that, this story is fascinating. Sidney and Jason Archer have an ideal life. She's a top-notch attorney working for a top-notch firm on a mega-deal. Her husband is working for one of the companies involved in that deal. But Jason is holding something back. He's nervous and he won't explain why. But when the commercial jet he is supposedly on blows up, it becomes evident to Sidney that something else is going on. The Agent in charge from the NTSB It is amazing how technology dates a book. Despite that, this story is fascinating. Sidney and Jason Archer have an ideal life. She's a top-notch attorney working for a top-notch firm on a mega-deal. Her husband is working for one of the companies involved in that deal. But Jason is holding something back. He's nervous and he won't explain why. But when the commercial jet he is supposedly on blows up, it becomes evident to Sidney that something else is going on. The Agent in charge from the NTSB is certain he knows the target but he quickly discovers there is much more to this than he could ever could have imagined. I was impressed with how complex the plot became, how intertwined seemingly disconnected people really were and how greed is at the root of all evil. The technology dates it because they are still sending email via AOL and talking about tape backups, but it didn't make it less enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ravindu Gamage

    I'm certain that almost all of us, at some point, have watched the generic, insipid, action popcorn flick which seems so far-fetched to the point we question if the movie should've been categorised as fantasy. This is the literary version of that. I'm not gonna lie and say that this book bored me because it didn't. What it did was to make me feel stupid for kind of wanting to keep reading it instead of throwing it away. I don't know whether I would've liked this more if I read this when it was re I'm certain that almost all of us, at some point, have watched the generic, insipid, action popcorn flick which seems so far-fetched to the point we question if the movie should've been categorised as fantasy. This is the literary version of that. I'm not gonna lie and say that this book bored me because it didn't. What it did was to make me feel stupid for kind of wanting to keep reading it instead of throwing it away. I don't know whether I would've liked this more if I read this when it was released; back in the 90s. What I do know is that I didn't like the book —eventhough I really wanted to read it all and get to the end and that Baldacci could've done better. In fact, he has done better. This felt forced, far-fetched, insipid and tasteless. Would have been a one star, but is a two star because regardless of all the negatives, I wanted to keep reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steve Haywood

    Jason Archer is upto something, but you don't know what. The plane he is supposed to be on mysteriously falls from the sky killing everyone on board. The authorities and his employers soon start to blame Jason for sabotaging the aeroplane. His wife Sydney is left to try and pick up the pieces and figure out what's going on.[return][return]Overall, I loved this book. It was a first rate thriller that pushes the right buttons, the pace is fast but not too fast that you get whiplash, and you actual Jason Archer is upto something, but you don't know what. The plane he is supposed to be on mysteriously falls from the sky killing everyone on board. The authorities and his employers soon start to blame Jason for sabotaging the aeroplane. His wife Sydney is left to try and pick up the pieces and figure out what's going on.[return][return]Overall, I loved this book. It was a first rate thriller that pushes the right buttons, the pace is fast but not too fast that you get whiplash, and you actually care about what happens to the characters. Combine the realistic American setting and the power plays between the rich and powerful, and you have all the makings of a first rate thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    The four stars are for an entertaining read but mainly its point about ‘total control’. Considering the book was written in the late 1990s it makes a valid point about technology and its risk - potential.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    This book was way too long. A lot of unbelievable action along the way. I just wanted to get to the end. I am going to try The Winner to decide if I want to continue to read this author's books. This book was way too long. A lot of unbelievable action along the way. I just wanted to get to the end. I am going to try The Winner to decide if I want to continue to read this author's books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    You absolutely cannot go wrong with a book by David Baldacci. I read audio books while I walk and couldn't wait for my morning walk to see what was happening in this fabulous and exciting book about Jason Archer who works in the tech industry and tells his wife Sidney he is heading to a job interview in L.A. She soon learns that the flight he told her he would be on has crashed and everyone has died. The FBI finds out that the crash was intentional and the person who made it happen has been mur You absolutely cannot go wrong with a book by David Baldacci. I read audio books while I walk and couldn't wait for my morning walk to see what was happening in this fabulous and exciting book about Jason Archer who works in the tech industry and tells his wife Sidney he is heading to a job interview in L.A. She soon learns that the flight he told her he would be on has crashed and everyone has died. The FBI finds out that the crash was intentional and the person who made it happen has been murdered. Was the plane crashed because the Fed chairman was onboard or was it due to something related to a tech take-over that Jason's firm had been working on? And had Jason been selling the firms secrets? As always, the book is page-turning suspense and not very much is as it seems to be. The writing is brilliant. The character development is fantastic. The dialogue, detail, intrigue, cleverly built solutions to the puzzle pieces are fabulous.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Huma

    Interesting story, wonder why I took so long to read it? Normally I can get through a Baldacci in 2 to 3 days at most. This story reminds me of Grisham's thrillers; The Pelican Brief and The Firm I think... This review is under construction...thank you for your patience! A plane crash in the very first chapter and technology talk like iris scan security... Jason's plane has crashed...the question is whether the man lives or not? Sidney gets the call that Jason's flight has crashed....but the ma Interesting story, wonder why I took so long to read it? Normally I can get through a Baldacci in 2 to 3 days at most. This story reminds me of Grisham's thrillers; The Pelican Brief and The Firm I think... This review is under construction...thank you for your patience! A plane crash in the very first chapter and technology talk like iris scan security... Jason's plane has crashed...the question is whether the man lives or not? Sidney gets the call that Jason's flight has crashed....but the man wasn't on that plane...but Sidney doesn't know that yet... So Jason is not dead....at least not yet...He's entered an abandoned warehouse though and meeting men with guns... We leave Jason in a car with the goon holding a gun to his head.....and so the suspense continues.....meanwhile, Sidney has already started mourning her loss... So Jason survived the gunman in the car, but he's still trapped and his life is still in danger...back home he's dead to the rest of the world including Sidney, but he has sent out an SOS email to sum1, but we do not know to whom... Sidney's been to the site and is now determined to find out what was the actual reason for Jason's busy days for the last few weeks before his death... So Jason has made contact made with Sidney and the FBI is now suspecting him of bringing down the plane... So Jason mailed those floppies to himself and the package lies in his garage. However, the confusion over his death continues...Also a stranger warns Sidney on a plane flight and is killed soon after... Lee Sawyer, the FBI agent advises Sidney to remain vautious and safe....while she reflects that the last man who gave her that advice died after 5 minutes...!! Now Sidney has tracked down a tech wiz, called Jeff, to help her see the data on the disk....because she thinks her computer has been tampered with...she finds encrypted files, the key to which was apparently in the email that vanished just after a few seconds, earlier in the story... Jeff Fisher is now trying to de-encrypt the disks for Sidney... Lee Sawyer has sort of banded up with Sidney, they visit the office and home of the man who died shortly after warning Sidney to be careful in the plane....but Sidney hasn't told him yet about the 2 disks! Hmmm....a lot has happened, Sidney went to her office to access her email. She found the password and has also given it to Lee over the phone. But she was ambushed by Goldman and Paul (the RTG attorneys). But the mysterious killer killed them with her gun and also left behind the tape Paul made of Sidney talking with Jason over the phone. She phone's Lee to say goodbye and is now on the run... Sidney has reached her parent's home borrowing her brother's car from New York. What we don't know is whether her parents have reached Maine yet...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trent

    I was really into this book for the first half - anxious to find out what would happen next. But I found myself near the end, just wanting to get through it. I don't know if it was the constant guessing what was going on without some payoff throughout or the increasing foul language, but I lost interest in the characters and by the end wasn't too concerned with how they ended up. So I started out thinking I'd really like it, but in the end have to say it was just ok. I was really into this book for the first half - anxious to find out what would happen next. But I found myself near the end, just wanting to get through it. I don't know if it was the constant guessing what was going on without some payoff throughout or the increasing foul language, but I lost interest in the characters and by the end wasn't too concerned with how they ended up. So I started out thinking I'd really like it, but in the end have to say it was just ok.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Finally! Geez... it took me forever to read this, must basically because school started back and my schedule has been INSANE. Okay, I dug this book, even though the "technology" from the book is what - 14 years earlier? haha.. besides that, the plot was fast-paced and kept my attention. I did start to wane at the end, sort of a "come on already!" feeling, but the last 30 pages didn't disappoint. Finally! Geez... it took me forever to read this, must basically because school started back and my schedule has been INSANE. Okay, I dug this book, even though the "technology" from the book is what - 14 years earlier? haha.. besides that, the plot was fast-paced and kept my attention. I did start to wane at the end, sort of a "come on already!" feeling, but the last 30 pages didn't disappoint.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    Baldacci's second book did not repeat the success of the first, but is rather a bit in it's shadow I think. Characterization is lacking. But it is a good thriller if you know what you are in for. Baldacci's second book did not repeat the success of the first, but is rather a bit in it's shadow I think. Characterization is lacking. But it is a good thriller if you know what you are in for.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Plots, sub plots, sub sub plots...I needed a chart to keep track of everyone and everything they were doing. Sidney managed to repeatedly kick ass though.

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