Total Control

Total Control

Book - 1997
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Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust. Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an aircrash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on suddenly fell from the sky, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all. From Seattle to Washington, D.C., from New Orleans to Maine, the hunt for Jason Archer follows a trail as complex as the world he lived and worked in - a world of enormously powerful computers, a multimillion-dollar takeover deal, titanic financial standoffs, artificial intelligence, and the Internet. With brilliant minds colliding, ruthless men waging battles of intimidation, rainmakers going toe-to-toe with killers, and security specialists making a fortune trying to plug the holes, the startling truth behind Jason Archer's disappearance explodes into a sinister plot with the murder of the country's single most powerful individual. And soon Archer's wife, Sidney, aided by the relentless and sharp-eyed FBI agent Lee Sawyer, will plunge straight into the violence that is leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and shocking, exposed secrets...

Baker & Taylor
Successful lawyer Sidney Archer finds her life turned upside down when her beloved husband is killed in a fiery plane crash, a nightmare that escalates when she discovers that the FBI believes that her husband was responsible for the bombing--and that hemight still be alive

Blackwell North Amer
Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.
Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an aircrash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on suddenly fell from the sky, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all.
From Seattle to Washington, D.C., from New Orleans to Maine, the hunt for Jason Archer follows a trail as complex as the world he lived and worked in - a world of enormously powerful computers, a multimillion-dollar takeover deal, titanic financial standoffs, artificial intelligence, and the Internet. With brilliant minds colliding, ruthless men waging battles of intimidation, rainmakers going toe-to-toe with killers, and security specialists making a fortune trying to plug the holes, the startling truth behind Jason Archer's disappearance explodes into a sinister plot with the murder of the country's single most powerful individual.
And soon Archer's wife, Sidney, aided by the relentless and sharp-eyed FBI agent Lee Sawyer, will plunge straight into the violence that is leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and shocking, exposed secrets...

Baker
& Taylor

Successful lawyer Sidney Archer finds her life turned upside down when her beloved husband is killed in a fiery plane crash, a nightmare that escalates when she discovers that the FBI believes that her husband was responsible for the bombing--and that he might still be alive. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780446520959
0446520950
Branch Call Number: FIC Baldacci, D 1997
Characteristics: vi, 520 pages ; 24 cm

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dutchw
Jul 17, 2017

I love David Baldacci. He is, perhaps, my favorite contemporary author. Most of his books are suspense-filled thrillers. His plots are fresh, not recycled pulp fiction. His characters are unique. Each book introduces fascinating individuals, each with their own personal skills, demons and elaborate histories.
Most of his books are difficult to put down. For me "Total Control" was hard to pick up. It lacks the attributes that make his other works so extraordinary. At roughly 700 pages, I believe this is his longest novel. (Not that this is an issue for me. I enjoy long books.) I kept picking up this book for over 300 pages before my desire to read more was removed from life-support. I turned to re-reading his book, "The Target," which is solid gold Baldacci!
Perhaps my expectations were too high, having previously read dozens of Baldacci's outstanding gems. Maybe my poor old brain could not follow the host of incidental characters and digression to sub-plots while waiting for the central story to progress. You be the judge. I cannot recommend this book, but don't let me dissuade you from picking it up. Clearly some people love this book. Maybe you will be one of them.

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wilqser
Feb 21, 2015

Corporate thriller about two rival telecommunication companies vying for a merger with a larger company that would change the face of the industry. The novel is non-stop action and intrigue from beginning to end; it keeps you guessing as to who the villains are who are motivated by greed. There are a lot of twists and turns in plot that are divulged as you read through it. Novel written around the advent of the internet and the taboo of homosexuality is evident during the time, so it's a little dated - but the suspense it evident. Thoroughly enjoyed it for what it is. Well written by Baldacci.

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Magnifico1969
Sep 14, 2011

Excellent thriller mystery with a few unexpected twists!

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