Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Whole Truth by David Baldacci

The Whole Truth, fast paced  401 pages, by David Baldacci, one of my go to authors is another book I read earlier in the year but haven't posted here.  It's time to gather books to donate to our local library's monthly  book sale,  and this one which is  a first edition from April 2008 is going despite my fondness for the author.  I am trying to not accumulate more books because I have over flowed the  shelves in the study once again.  According to the inside jacket this is the first international thriller Baldacci has written and with it introduces new characters,  the  protagonist, Shaw, a man without first or other names with a colorful past, who is "reluctantly" following directions of  a secret multinational intelligence agency, traveling the globe to keep it safe. Shades of the New World Order are reflected in this novel.   Nicolas Creed administers the Ares Corporation, the world's largest defense contractor.  Katie James, journalist striving for the story or interview that will place her at the top of her profession.  In a note at the end of the book, the author writes about "perception management" defined by the Department of Defense in its manuals and offered by public relations firms today.  "Apparently if you want to be exceptional at creating the Big Lie, you really need to specialize in it.  Perception managers are not spin doctors because they don't spin facts.  The create facts and then sell them to the world as the truth.  And that to quote Mark Twain who would've had a field day with the PM guys is the difference between the lightning bug and lightning."  Another excellent thriller by Baldacci.  5 *****