“ Author: David Baldacci „
I cant say that I was the one to discover David Baldacci because my wife did. She found " The Winner" either in a charity shop or at the library, I cant remember now, wherever it was she loved it. Eventually I thought I had better see what all the fuss was about and of course ended up loving the book to. Since that day I have read every one of Baldacci's 18 novels, some I have liked more than others. I particularly loved the four "Camel Club" novels written between 2005/2008. The book that I least liked was "The Christmas Train". This is the only book of his that i would not recommend anyone to read. Nearly all of Baldacci's novels have plots within plots and as he switches from one plot to the other you just cant wait to get back to the first. He leaves you on tenterhooks with ease time and time again. Baldacci books are always well researched and his "King and Maxwell" series deal with many emotive issues that leave you wondering who the bad guy is, even when the book is finished. So if you are looking for a new author look no further you wont go far wrong with the master of suspense - David Baldacci.
David Baldacci is an author of a wide variety of novels. I read Absolute Power which was quite a gripping thriller which I enjoyed although I found it a bit simplistic, especially when compared with my favourite authors Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth but possibly it is a slightly different genre and it is easier to read. I enjoyed it well enough though that when I saw another of his novels in a charity box I picked it up and eagerly started reading. In hindsight maybe I should have read the cover to see what I was getting (often I like not to so that its more of a surprise). After a chapter of 'Wish You Well' I stopped in confusion and read the cover. This book was about young children moving to rural America eating cornbread and running around barefoot - not at all what I was expecting. Reading the cover apparently it is the same David Baldacci but he thought he'd try his hand at a different style of writing. I tried to carry on but the book (that was started two years ago) still has a bookmark a few chapters in. The writing was not great but not terrible but the book just held no interest for me whatsoever. I don't just read thrillers and do like books about different cultures but after a few chapters nothing was happening and it didn't seem to be going anywhere so I gave up. My advice - probably best to read the cover of a book before you start it, and I think I'll be taking that advice myself in future!
Much like “dotchristine”, I too stumbled upon this author by accident. The first book of his I bought was Total Power. Quite simply, I could not put it down. When I finished it I went straight out and get another of his books, then another, then another. His writing keeps you on the very edge of your seat, you cannot wait to turn the next page. He writes with such understanding and detail that you think he must have had experience of all the characters he writes about – but that would be impossible, wouldn’t it? He characters are completely believable and the plots intriguing and highly detailed. I am an avid reader, particularly of thrillers and crime novels and have read many good books and many not so good, but Baldacci’s are good – very good. Another plus point is that each of his books is so different. Many authors write similar tales, based loosly around the same topic or characters. There is nothing wrong with this when done right, such as Jeffery Deaver or James Patterson, but many fail to reach this pinnacle – John Grisham comes to mind. Baldacci is different, every novel different and every character new. I would strongly recommend anyone who hasn’t read one of his books, to do so. My personal favourites are Total Control and The Winner.
I stumbled upon David Baldacci's first book, Absolute Power, in an airport bookshop a couple of years ago and spent my first 2 days of holiday with my nose buried in it, I couldn't put it down till I'd reached the last page. Ever since, I've bought every single one of his books the minute they've been released for sale in the UK and I'm eagerly awaiting the next one. With all the hype that surrounds every new John Grisham book, I simply can't believe how Baldacci's books go by almost without mention. The stories and the plots are far more interesting than anything Grisham has come up with in the last 5 or 6 years (and believe it or not, I'm a Grisham fan too) and the characters are so much more likeable and believable. If I had to choose one book to recommend it would probably be Saving Faith, or Absolute Power (the book is a million times better than the film by the way), or Total Control... Well the Winner and the Simple Truth are brilliant as well. Buy his books now, you won't be disappointed!!!