Friday, March 26, 2010

Absolute Power - David Baldacci

I've been a fan of David Baldacci's political thrillers for a while now, but realized I had never read Absolute Power - the one that started his string of bestsellers. (17!)

Luther Whitney is a master burglar. For the last twenty years, he's tried to keep his nose clean. But he pulls one last job for an old friend. He breaks in without incident, but is suddenly forced to hide when the owner and some others come home. He is stunned when the unthinkable happens - even more unbelievable is the perpetrator - the President of the United States.

Luther turns to lawyer Jack Graham - the ex boyfriend of his estranged daughter.

What a great premise for a story! And Baldacci does it masterfully. The plotting is tight and the action non stop. I enjoyed discovering Baldacci's 'beginning.' He has made the secret service/White House thriller genre his own.

But the reader in this case was fantastic. Scott Brick is an award winning audio book narrator. His voice is rich and resonant, conveying the suspense of this novel, keeping me on the edge of my chair. His voice conveys so much, from the malevolence of the bad guys to the uncertainty of a bewildered daughter.

There was a bonus short story included on the last disc (17!) of this set. I didn't realize that this book had been made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman in 1997.

Listen to an excerpt of Absolute Power.


Izzy said...

You have just reminded me that I should add David Baldacci to my 'must read' list. Have you read any real life political books? I just finished Race of a Lifetime about how Obama won the White House. Although I'm usually a dedicated fiction girl, I really enjoyed it. Baldacci is definitely on my list now. Thanks !!

Ann Summerville said...

I liked David Baldacci until I came across Hour Game which I found very gruesome in the beginning and didn't finish it.