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Total Control

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A book by David Baldacci

released in February 1997.  Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.

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Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vision
1 review about Total Control

Too Unrealistic

  • Nov 24, 2000
This is one of those books that I simply didn't like but was compelled to continue reading to the end. It is one of those books where the heroine, Sidney Archer, tries to unravel a mystery even though she will probably end up dead. (in real life anyone that does what she does would have been dead about 50 times. She just seems to have "Indiana Jones" luck for getting out of dangerous situations). Any sane person in the same position would probably quit their search at the beginning. That is why I feel the book was unrealistic. Other things that make it unrealistic is that as Sidney's saga moves on she all of a sudden becomes like The Girl from U.N.C.L.E in her resourcefulness and her ability to shoot a gun.

There is also no real explanation why an FBI agent helps her even though he believes her to be guilty. A woman's charm can only go so far.

There is also a part of the book where a "crack" investigator is meeting with her. You think that he is going to be the big hero of the book, but he is immediately knifed in the back. This was an interesting plot twist (kind of like Janet Leigh being killed off early in the Psycho movie).

The ending of the book disappointed me. (I don't want to say too much because it would be a spoiler to those who haven't read the book). I felt that it was unrealistic too.

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