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Believe the Power In a secluded house not far from Washington, D.C., the FBI is interviewing one of the most important witnesses it has ever had, a young woman named Faith Lockhart. For Faith has done too much, knows too much, and she'll tell too much. Believe the Suspense Feared by some of the most powerful men in the world, Faith has been targeted to die. But when a priv ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Vision (first published November 28th 1999)
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Kellie
Jul 11, 2009 Kellie rated it it was amazing
This wasn’t bad. I have to say though, the first 300 pages were a bit slow. I also found it hard to like the characters. But the last 200 pages were very good. The story is about the FBI and CIA and their abuse of power. Faith Lockhart is caught in the middle of a “sting”. Her boss has been illegally bribing political officials in Washington for a good cause. One of the heads of CIA has caught wind of this bribery and gets involved. His idea of how to handle it is a lot more dangerous than anyon ...more
Mollie
Jul 24, 2011 Mollie rated it did not like it
This is probably the worst book I've read in awhile.

I checked out a few "summer read" books for a camping trip this last week. Loved his Wish You Well so thought I'd give this a try...

Ugh. Crappy story line, completely unbelievable interactions...i.e. after a bit of sexual tension, some anger, & some alcohol becomes a sexual assault, then suddenly the two protagonists are soul mates and can't be apart. Please. Then the big douche bag at work who took away the female protagonists FBI credenti
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Steven Peterson
Jan 02, 2012 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
Another creation of David Baldacci. I have now read a couple of his books. Strengths are obvious, such as fast paced action, plot lines, likeable (and unlikeable) characters. His writing is not always so smooth and sometimes there are elements in his work that seem improbable.

This work is a good read, and the plot speeds the reader along. Key characters: Lobbyist Danny Buchanan who uses corrupt methods for a good cause; his associate, Faith Lockhart; Lee Evans, a PI; Robert Thornhill (a top offi
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Chidi Okonkwo
Jan 05, 2012 Chidi Okonkwo rated it really liked it
I stumbled across the book at a local Barnes and Nobles last year. Thought I’d give it a try, after reading the overview on the back cover. I was instantly drawn into the pages of this political thriller, which was expertly written by a man who is well versed in his craft. The author definitely did a lot of research before writing this story. And all of the praise presented on the early pages prior to the story’s introduction was well deserved. This is not an action story, it is more of an intel ...more
Corey
May 24, 2015 Corey rated it really liked it
While the first quarter of the book was slow and I didn't know which direction it was heading in, it picks up during the second quarter. It was really hard to follow for a while but after a while things started to pick up the pace. Some of the story was in a way, scary, because something like what happens in the story could really happen with the US Government in real life, you just never know, but I won't spoil it for anybody.

Even though it didn't seem to get as much praise as some of Baldacci'
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Zade
May 07, 2015 Zade rated it it was ok
The fact that it took me two weeks to remember that I had finished this book and needed to write a review should tell you just how little effect it had. While Baldacci has written some entertaining novels, this is not his best effort. It's not terrible, there's just nothing particularly engaging about it. There were several sections in which I had to force myself not to skim; it was just that dull.

For those who are terribly interested in the world of lobbying and influence peddling in Washingto
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Seizure Romero
This is where I pretty much gave up on Baldacci. I thought I could rely on him for brainless filler reading but now he's just annoying. "Willing suspension of disbelief." Look it up. Basic agreement between author and reader. I'm willing to accept a lot of things when I'm reading fiction (I read vampire novels, fer chrissakes), but I cannot abide shaky premises in order to support an equally weak plot. YET ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: Faith has set up a complete fake identity and even purchased a hous ...more
Susan
Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Faith Lockhart has been the right hand man for a powerful, successful lobbyist for years but strange things are going on and she thinks it's time to call in help so she goes to the FBI. Before she can even explain the situation, an agent is killed. I'm a huge fan of Baldacci and this is as good or better a story than his others. The characters are enormously interesting and likeable and the plot is wild and credible.
Timothy Miyahara
Saving Faith is the kind of book you select when you want to be entertained but not mentally challenged. Call it "summer-beach-reading" material. It's not bad, and although the story is somewhat formulaic, it does have enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and entertained. It does try to convey a few moral lessons, but the primary purpose seems to be keeping the reader guessing at the various levels of intrigue and corruption centered within the Beltway.

The story centers on a witnes
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Fiona Leonard
Ever had a book hangover? You know the feeling that you get when you've read a brilliant book and you can't get it out of your head? OK, well you won't have to worry about it with Saving Faith. It's about a woman named Faith and a guy called Lee and the CIA and FBI and it's set in Washington and people get killed and rescued and shot and stuff. I read it in 24 hours, and beyond that description all I can say is I wish I knew what happened to the dog. Did the FBI hurt it when they stormed the hou ...more
Jon
Aug 13, 2007 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baldacci fans
Shelves: thriller
Another competent thriller from Baldacci, though with a few flaws. This is more a thriller than a mystery with way too many characters, flat dialouge and a flabby 450 pages. Not his best, but a little more believable than some of his recent books and an easy read. As far as his early works go, The Winner and The Simple Truth are better.
Beth Pearson
Sep 14, 2010 Beth Pearson rated it liked it
Hmmmm---I'm not even half through and I've been reading it for 4 days. That tells me it's pretty slow for me....even though I've been swamped and not reading much. I am sure I would sneak a bit more reading in if I was crazy about it.
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It took me a week to finish this book. It wasn't really slow; when I was reading, I enjoyed what I read. I just didn't feel that need to have to get back to it right away. It took me a long time to really care about the people and what happened.

I was bummed
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Julianne
Jun 06, 2008 Julianne rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Julianne by: Aunt Jere
Looking good so far (about 1/3 through). Gotta tell you, though, I'm not a politically minded person and I'm trying hard to keep up with the story (lobbyists, voting, etc). I've never seen so much hate for the FBI in my life. I'm surprised.

Had to ask my husband some federal agency questions, too. Baldacci isn't explaining it well enough for my understanding, or perhaps I just want to know more than the average reader (or maybe he'll explain later, who knows!)
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Jeane
Nov 14, 2009 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know those authors of which you always see books, always want to read one and never do....well Baldacci was one of those for me. Finally I read the first book and i am so glad about it.

The beginning was a bit slow but when finally everything was put in action it became better and better.


Faith Lockhart is the assistant lobbyist of on of the best lobbyists in the United States. A man who changed his life to help the foreign poor but started to change. When faith isn't allowed to be part of him
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Deale Hutton
Sep 19, 2014 Deale Hutton rated it really liked it
Good Baldacci. There are so many twists that when you reach the finale, you wonder if something else happens. The premise CIA vs FBi, political intrigue, bribed politicians ring accurate, unfortunately. This particular bribery has a great twist. The 'bad guy' is really horrid, and the conflict well written. The romance is a bit schmaltzy, but okay. I always like his books, this one was incuded.
Linda
May 12, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Baldacci can do better. Do yourself a favor, and skip this one.
Khaled
Apr 08, 2013 Khaled rated it liked it
Book very slow at the beginning and then it picks up. Ending was kind of predictable which I didn't like. Doesn't compare to his other books like "The Winner" or "Total Control" which were amazing
Andria
Nov 29, 2014 Andria marked it as abandoned
Didn't realize that rape was part of the story line, not a fan of that type of story line so I didn't give it a chance.
Susan Grace
Jan 11, 2016 Susan Grace rated it it was amazing
So much fun!! Action and intrigue from the giddy-up! Classic Baldacci! Loved it!
Jacob
Nov 11, 2015 Jacob rated it liked it
It wasn't bad...but Baldacci has better books. This one took a couple of wrong turns.
Evelyn Wilson
Dec 19, 2016 Evelyn Wilson rated it it was amazing
Just like the J.D. Robb books -- in death --- I have began with David Baldacci's 1st book and now I have read his 3rd. I have purchased Total Control and The simple Truth but that must be on my nook. Going to look because he is such a good author. I do believe the FBI and the CIA are corrupt just like in Absolute Power the POTUS was corrupt. It happens !!!!
Richard Rivers
Oct 26, 2016 Richard Rivers rated it really liked it
This book is all about political backrooms and not much about killing/saving Faith. Its a good read, but there could be much more about keeping Faith alive and including action in the book.
Kit Coman
Jan 04, 2017 Kit Coman rated it liked it
Not Baldacci's best or worst.... quick read with interesting characters, but a very predictable path to the ending.
Gregory Tait
Dec 11, 2016 Gregory Tait rated it liked it
Ok, not great. I could not get behind the characters. they seemed shallow and one dimensional. The story was also predictable. I really like Baldacci but this book did not do it for me.
Sonjie Outlaw
Nov 04, 2016 Sonjie Outlaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another 5+++++++

As always David Baldacci gets your attention and you can't put the book down. Any fan of his will surely like this book.
Tracey
Jan 06, 2017 Tracey rated it liked it
Started off a bit slow for me but a few chapters in and the story started coming together. Held my interest.
Charice Lind mehring
Nov 13, 2016 Charice Lind mehring rated it it was amazing
Shelves: david-baldacci
Another excellent novel. Action packed and keeps you guessing as to all the parties involved and what side they may be on all the way to the end.
Kosha
Dec 05, 2016 Kosha rated it really liked it
i enjoyed that one.
Laura
Jan 08, 2017 Laura rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and thrilling read.
Doreen
Nov 29, 2016 Doreen rated it liked it
Not one of his best. Slow beginning
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. 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 30 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 ...more
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