BOOK REVIEW: THE WHOLE TRUTH
Driven by the murder of his fiancé, a government mercenary gets deeply involved in a plot by a Perception Manager that brings the world to a possible world war as has never been seen.
In The Whole Truth David Baldacci moves away from his Camel Club detectives of Washington D.C. and into the world of global intrigue. And rather than a group of detectives Baldacci introduces Shaw (the only name he uses) as the main character in this novel.
Shaw is a hired killer but a good guy who works for the G8 international organization in ferreting out and riding society of those who are intent upon creating havoc. As he travels along he meets and falls in love with Anna Fischer who works for a think tank that specializes in international policies. Shortly after they become engaged she and her entire organization are wiped out by a group of terrorists.
His entire world is collapsing as he had planned to get out of the business and settle down with his future wife. However his supervisor has Shaw at his mercy not only because of a past incident for which Shaw could serve time but also because he had a irremovable tracing device placed in Shaw’s body during a medical procedure when Shaw was unconscious. There is no way that Shaw can quit his occupation.
Into the story comes a former Pulitzer Prize winning news correspondent who happens to uncover the fact that Shaw’s fiancé was looking into an organization known as the Red Menace. As the Perception Manager pumps more and more made up facts into the media and the Chinese and Russians come closer and closer to a full scale war, Shaw and Katie James, the journalist, are drawn together to find out who, what, and why there are more and more incidents leading up to the potential mega war of all time.
Shaw and Katie are not only the hunters throughout the story but they are also the hunted as the mastermind behind the entire plot has enormous sources to continue looking for them. These sources are at the same time creating diversions of all types, which keep the world in turmoil and on the brink. The goal for Shaw is to get The Whole Truth and not the manufactured truths that have created the problems.
The book winds down with a satisfactory ending. Throughout the story the reader is aware of the top bad guy but there is an unusual twist as to who is one of the helpers of the bedevilment.
As with all of Baldacci’s books the action is fast and furious. He does not rely on sex or coarse language to sell his works. He uses plausible happenings (although occasionally they are somewhat stretched), fluid writing, and enough dialogue to keep the reader’s interest to the end.
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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