Absolute Power

Absolute Power A grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world s richest men only to witness through a one way mirror two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire

A grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world s richest men, only to witness, through a one way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire s trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation s chief executive Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained lettA grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world s richest men, only to witness, through a one way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire s trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation s chief executive Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch.Meanwhile, Jack Graham, once a public defender and now a high powered corporate attorney, gets drawn into the case because the on the lam burglar just happens to be the father of his former financee, a crusading Virginia prosecutor Embroidering the narrative through assorted plot whorls are the hero s broken romance his conflict over selling out for financial success the prosecutor s confused love hate for her burglar father the relentless investigation by a northern Virginia career cop the dilemma of government agents trapped in a moral catch 22 the amoral ambitions of a sexy White House Chief of Staff and the old burglar s determination to bring down the ruthless president Meanwhile, lurking at the novel s center like a venomous spider is the sociopathic president.

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  1. David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, because every mom needs a break now and then He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996 one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star In total, David has published 34 novels for adults all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television His novels have been translated into than 45 languages and sold in than 80 countries over 110 million copies are in print worldwide David has also published six novels for younger readers A lifelong Virginian, David graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.David and his wife, Michelle, are the co founders of the Wish You Well Foundation , which supports family and adult literacy in the United States In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger Through Feeding Body Mind, than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.David and his family live in Virginia.

505 Reply to “Absolute Power”

  1. I read this some 15 years ago and it s a must for all lovers of thriller and sinister suspense books.It s an adrenaline filled read, starting from the first scene when Luther, a petty thief, witnesses the POTUS committing murder Thereon, it s a race to ensure he does not become the next victim Absolute Power and The Winner are, undoubtedly, some of Baldacci s best work.

  2. This is probably my favourite of Baldacci s novels Absolute Power is slick, swift and daring in its plot of corruption, murder, litigious attorneys and the dark side to wealth and cash.

  3. David Baldacci s Absolute Power has a decent story, but it was hard for me to enjoy because I found the writing so hackneyed that it distracted me from the plot Here s a representative descriptive passage At the sound of the explosion, the playing stopped as three pairs of eyes turned as one toward the house In another minute they were inside It only took one minute for the screams to be heard The quiet neighborhood was no .Forget, for a moment, the clumsy use of the passive voice in the first [...]

  4. my second read A Virginia Burglar, Luther Whitney 66 Clint Eastwood in the movie made a surveillance break into the Sullivan family s rich home US President, Alan Richmond 40 Gene Hackman in the movie takes drunk Christine Sullivan to her house for sex From a closet in her house, Luther watches them fight, Alan s slashed with letter opener Christine s killed by 2 Secret Service men, Tim Collin Bill Burton Gloria Russell 37 , President Chief of Staff took the bloodstained letter opener, Luther es [...]

  5. Meh Relatively quick paced action, clich d kind of mystery thriller crime guns Yank stuff The distraction I needed but nothing substantial For what it is it is pretty much a 5 star thing, but in my opinion it is hardly that.

  6. I think this may not be a great novel and has probably been panned by those far astute than I, but I loved it I was about 100 pages into in when I started on my trip of 1 one hour flight, 1 one hour layover and 1 five hour flight It totally kept my interest until I finished the last page as we landed at my home airport A veteran burglar chooses the wrong mansion to rob on the wrong night and witnesses the President of the United States trying to kill his sex partner and his secret service agent [...]

  7. Absolute Power illustrates what it is I like best about David Baldacci s books the perfect balance and blend of action and storyline Rare is the storyteller that can capture the attention of my military fiction loving action craving husband, and at the same time provide enough compelling plot and character development to have me turning pages long into the night.With the exception of his Camel Club series if you haven t read them run go find them now , Absolute Power is my favorite Baldacci book [...]

  8. This was a real page turner I couldn t put it down, as with all political thrillers they can be difficult to follow at times and this was no exception but the story was brilliant and I really enjoyed it I d seen the film many years before and could only remember bits of it so not sure how much it ties to the book but I know I did enjoy watching it I would recommend this book, it is quite long but powerful and a real eye opener into the world of Americal presidential politics.

  9. I loved this book, it grabbed me from the start and made me want to continue reading A well crafted story, strong characters that are believable and easy to visualise An interesting story line that is different to the usual thrillers Lots of twists and turns and worth the read.

  10. Somehow I missed this book when I started reading Baldacci I am glad I saw it on It was a page turner from the start to the end If you haven t read it,put it on top of your to read list

  11. REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK DECEMBER 4, 2015Narrator Scott BrickI was thrilled by this book right up to 70% Then I began to tire, then wilt, then couldn t wait for it to end The problem I have with Baldacci s first book is that it didn t have enough or any hero moments those scenes where the hero comes to the rescue and the audience claps at least, in Asia back in the 60s or the US cavalry finally came There was none of that here The evil POTUS had the upper hand all the way and the good guys limped the [...]

  12. This book had a great premise and overall was good I felt like there were too many subplots and it didn t get all wrapped and tied together neatly like in some other authors books I also didn t care of all of the bad language in it I know that is lame to some and that sometimes that type of language is used to define a character, but it shouldn t be every character.Spoiler alert The part of this book I disliked the most is the lack of Luther being in it He had next to no dialogue, other than int [...]

  13. Not sure how I missed David Baldacci s first book, ABSOLUTE POWER However, have seen the movie several times over the years with, Gene Hackman, Clint Eastwood, and Ed Harris 1997 A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S President.From the mansionin Virginia, the sexual scandal, passion turned violent, a burglar behind a wall Passion turns deadly involving the President of US A witness New meaning to the wrong place, at the wrong time Corruption, conspiracy, scandal An attorney [...]

  14. I ve enjoyed books by Baldacci in the past, but this one is awful First, the writing is garbage it reads at a fifth grade level, uses fifth grade vocabulary cussing , is frequently grammatically incorrect, and consists of cliched, trite, unoriginal phrasings Second, Baldacci comes off as arrogant, misogynistic, morbidly fascinated by violence, especially against women, and overall like a person I would definitely NOT want to know yes, his characters are detestable, but his enjoyment in recountin [...]

  15. This is the book that got David Baldacci started in his writing career and for a first book I thought it was his best I d seen the movie Absolute Power with Clint Eastwood then I d decided to read the book and I thought the book was a lot better It follows the same plot line as the movie but it has many differences in it It s about a long time thief named Luther Whitney who is in the middle of robbing a rich couple s home and he witnesses a murder and the man involved with it is the President of [...]

  16. I spotted a 20th Anniversary edition of Baldacci s first book in my local library and realised that I had never read it although I had seen the Clint Eastwood film A well constructed plot idea in the first place and well written for a first novel, the book is probably a little too long and the ending does not really build to a crescendo, so 4 stars for me not quite 5

  17. I am not sure how I felt about ABSOLUTE POWER I have read several books by Baldacci, but this one seemed different I rated it 4 out 5 It definitely grabbed my attention right at the beginning and kept me engaged However, strictly my opinion, the story dragged out longer than it had to The story line was busy and there was a lot of different characters popping up Also, there were scenes it the story that did not have a great deal of significance with the story line.The book started out with a lon [...]

  18. This was my first audio book I had a long car ride 14ish hours each way for the Thanksgiving holiday, and found this at a great used bookstore, reasonably priced and 19 hours in duration Having heard good things about Baldacci but never read him, this seemed promisingIt was disappointing This is a novel without any mystery or suspense The reader watches the crime occur and then endures 900 pages of characters stumbling to figure out what we already know The characters are flat and stereotypical [...]

  19. The President of the country uses all his resources to cover up a murder blamed on a witness whose identity is unknown to him, but he knows he is out there He has the loyalty of his protectors if not their respect Mingled into the story is the witness s daughter and her ex fiancee , their relationship, and the relationship between the father and daughter It is an easy read but I never identified with any of the characters which almost always prevents me from getting lost in a book.

  20. Absolutely LOVED this book What a great storyline I want to say , but can t say much for fear of spoilers I will say this President thinks he can get away with ANYTHING Killing doesn t matter, the secret must stay that.a secret Sorry, that s about all i ve got It s a good story Very plausible, very suspenseful Highly recommended.

  21. My first David Baldacci I didn t realize, until after the first page, that it was a movie I d seen several times and loved So it was difficult seeing the characters NOT as the actors I failed Rushed through the book as it is a page turner Howeverrrrrr, strange for me to say this, but I preferred the movie shock horror

  22. I did not enjoy the hopeless, helpless, anxious, unlucky, victim feel for most of the book I also had problems with the narratorVIEWER S OPINION Bad things keep happening to good guys I didn t have anybody to root for or to be excited for No good guy was smart enough The bad guys kept outsmarting the good guys And luck was on the side of the bad guys I never smiled while reading this book My feelings were unpleasant One night I had trouble sleeping because I was anxious and worried about things [...]

  23. I listened to this book on audio CD while driving across country to a trade show Having read some of Mr Baldacci s later works, I was curious to go back a couple of decades to an earlier novel.Overall, Absolute Power is a serviceable political thriller As usual, Mr Baldacci does an excellent job with character building a strength of any good novel and certainly well done here If you don t hate Alan Richmond by the end of this book, you haven t been paying attention The supporting cast is well do [...]

  24. Luther Whitney is a thief with a conscience He s breaking into the home of a wealthy family in Washington D.C when the woman of the house returns unexpectedly He hides in the closet and she enters her room with her lover The two way mirror lets Luther see the action as the sex turns rough and when the man can t perform due to his alcoholic state, she ridicules him A struggle ensues and the woman picks up a letter opener and is approaching the man when two other people come into the room When the [...]

  25. I have never read a book by David Baldacci, nor have I seen the movie based on this book The book was interesting enough to be enjoyable, but I didn t love it The concept that the President of the United States is involved in murder and cover up was very intriguing Perhaps my hopes were too high Baldacci does a great job introducing a larger number of characters, but does not give you the feeling that there are too many characters to keep straight.The story lines come together very well, but I d [...]

  26. A thief, Luther, got than he bargained for when he visited a mansion in Virginia thinking he could make it out of there with a few prize pieces He becomes trapped in the wall when two people being having an intimate moment The shocking part is the murder that takes place and it has to do with the US president.Jack is an attorney and he is determined to find out what really happened that night Who is telling the truth, a burglar or the man entrusted with the most powerful job in America Politica [...]

  27. This has been a very nicely woven thriller , involving the President.The Writing is very good it captures you attention from the first scene The opening scene is very well written where the thief breaks in the house and sees the woman being killed by the president But i found that the story dragged on a bit long and there were many sub plots and so many characters at one point it all felt so improperly balanced towards the wrong side There should have been some confrontation of the central chara [...]

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