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Avg. Rating: 3.6
This is my third Baldacci book and none have been as good as I'd hope. The Simple Truth is like no other book I've read. The plot kept my interest all the way to the end, and all of the characters were well defined with distict personalities. Yet this novel had many deficiencies. Baldacci failed to combine the plot and characters into an exciting story.
Rufus Harms files an appeal with the Supreme Court stating his innocence. Brother of slain court clerk John Fiske and clerk Sara Evans race to find out what really happened to Harms while being pursued by several people, some friend, some foe.
The action scenes were horribly done, I often skipped over them. During the final shootout, characters appeared out of nowhere just to advance the plot. The flow of the story was non existant. Baldacci did a horrible job of putting a time frame into the story. I just finished reading and I have no idea of the action in the book lasted two days or two weeks. It seems like the events just ran together with no time of day ever given as reference.
All of Baldacci's books sound good based on the plot, but The Simple Truth fails to deliver an exciting story.
Food for your mind
"The Simple Truth" is the second book I read of David Baldacci's. Previously I'd read "The Winner" and recently I've finished "Saving Faith". All three books have much in common: the beautiful heroines, the evil masterminds who try their very best to kill those innocent angels and, of course, the big, muscular overachievers unexpectedly taking the role of the women's saviors. Whether they succeed, that's left to the author's imagination, Baldacci's novels are suspense thrillers after all.
Having said this, I preserve to myself the right to object.Even considered Baldacci's simple formula, it's still pretty clear that Baldacci writes great books.The women of his books are not only good-looking, they're all beautiful persons in their own right. The other characters are not less compelling, which makes for a tense read.
From all of Baldacci's books, this one particularly stands out. With all its heart, "The Simple Truth" fights against prejudice in the reader's mind and offers a fresh sense of humanity. You can easily identify with all characters, each of them resembles a part of yourself. "The Simple Truth" is by far not a timeless book, but it's a contemporary's view on our time worth reading and arguing.
Enjoy this delicious food for your mind!
Painful to read
I have enjoyed Baldacci's work before but this book was simply awful. I couldn't believe any of the characters and the storyline was terrible. I was very surprised to get such stilted writing from Baldacci. You can miss this one in my opinion.
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