Sunday, July 18, 2010

Absolute Power by David Baldacci .

Luther Whitney burgles a house and sees a woman killed. A famous and powerful man is involved, what should Luther do?

Absolute Power was David Baldacci's 1st novel and was written in 1996. It has 550 pages and was published in paperback in 2003 and I purchased the omnibus edition that was released in 2009. This novel is about the abuse of power by the rich and famous. It shows how people below these leaders are just pawns in their game. This story shows that there are good and bad guys, some are worse than others. The further up the tree these people are, the worse they can be. Hence the quote at the beginning of this book...

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" - Lord Acton

This book is okay and I will vote it 3 stars on Book Army . It is a crime thriller with a fast plot. David's writing is very polished and the joy is in the detail, there is lots of detail in this story and it is all relevant. This is an entertaining book with clean writing that explains the conspiracy and cover-ups involved. Many characters do not make it to the end of the story, you do not follow one particular character but a diverse collection. This leads to reduced empathy from the reader. You observe the unfolding story as a bystander rather than a participant. I did not enjoy Absolute Power as much simple genius or the collectors .

The ending is fine and the epilogue gives a warm feeling. The Author's note at the end maybe tongue-in-cheek, you decide!
Seen this book made into a film starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. Bloody good film it is too!!
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