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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  17,899 ratings  ·  440 reviews
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 fam ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published December 28th 1996 by Grand Central Publishing
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Mister Jones
Jul 10, 2008 Mister Jones rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: well, I wouldn't.
Recommended to Mister Jones by: Another one from Mom's trash bag
This is my one and only review of a recently behind the curtain reading of this WAY overrated pop suspense writer. I thought the characters were incredibly shallow; one dimensional, and not one elicited any empathy and/or sympathy on my part. Fine, it's a successful lawyer mom and a successful company executive dad who finds himself involved is some nefarious secretive hush hush fiasco in a corporation, a cover up, and a phony death. Okay you're not holding my interest; in fact, you're boring me ...more
I liked Baldacci's first book but I loved this one. It sucked me right in from word one. Plus it's a fat book that just was wonderful all the way through. Sidney Archer is a partner is a high powered law firm representing a successful high tech company in their purchase of another high tech company. Her husband, Jason, is a technical expert at one of the companies. He boards a plane for the West Coast and it's blown to bits by a bomb. Sidney's life blows out of control as the following events un ...more
The book is a typical David Baldacci thriller with just the right amount of suspense and emotions. I won't explain the plot here, it would be too complicated and long. I won't tell you that this novel enabled me to see shades of Ludlum, Mary Higgins Clark and Patterson - all at the same time.

What I will tell you is that I'm writing the review of this 720 page paperback as the timer on my computer screen says 04:41 hours and that I'd started reading it from my bookmarked page 325 at 00:35 hours.
Long wait til suspenseful ending, rather preposterous plot...

Maybe our expectations were set a little high after reading the author's great thriller "Absolute Power" and his almost as good "Simple Truth". Unlike those stories where at least we cared about the protagonists and the plot had some cohesion, "Control" takes a awful long time to plod toward a thrilling finale. Unfortunately the events that unfold to get us there are extremely far-fetched, with the allegedly intelligent leading lady su
Interesting story, wonder why I took so long to read it? Normally I can get through a Baldacci in 2 to 3 days at most. This story reminds me of Grisham's thrillers; The Pelican Brief and The Firm I think...

This review is under construction...thank you for your patience!

A plane crash in the very first chapter and technology talk like iris scan security...

Jason's plane has crashed...the question is whether the man lives or not?

Sidney gets the call that Jason's flight has crashed....but the man w
PROTAGONIST: Sidney Archer, attorney; Lee Sawyer, FBI
WHY: Jason Archer works for a huge technology firm, whose secrets he may or may not have stolen. He's taking a secret trip to LA, which he's lied about to his attorney wife, Sidney, and switches to a Seattle flight at the last minute. The LA flight is sabotaged, and all aboard die. Sidney tries to sort out the truth of the situation and is eventually aided by an FBI agent, Lee Sawyer. Although the book was over 500 pages, it held my
This is a really long book at over 700 pages in paperback. I really liked the pace of the story, and the multiple twists that were taken. Infact, I thought I might know who the "bad guy" was, but kept changing my mind, and in the end, I was not totally correct anyway. I like books that surprise like this.

The FBI agent investigating a plane crash has to decide why the plane really went down, who was at fault, why, and who the target was. Also, the reader gets to know a bit more than the agent for
Jason Archer is upto something, but you don't know what. The plane he is supposed to be on mysteriously falls from the sky killing everyone on board. The authorities and his employers soon start to blame Jason for sabotaging the aeroplane. His wife Sydney is left to try and pick up the pieces and figure out what's going on.[return][return]Overall, I loved this book. It was a first rate thriller that pushes the right buttons, the pace is fast but not too fast that you get whiplash, and you actual ...more
Joyce McKune
Action packed. Corporate lawyer, Sydney Archer is in an important meeting with her client when she gets the phone call that her husband has been killed in an airplane crash. Lee Sawyer (FBI) is called to the scene when a part of a bomb is found in the wing that was blown from the plane. He thought at first the plane was downed to kill the head of the Federal Reserve who took that same flight monthly, or to kill Jason Archer who was on the manifest, but head of security for "the client" had a vid ...more
I could not put this book down. Awesome writer and enough suspense and almost romans peeking through. The main character could stop running earlier and go for help. There is a stubbornness in her that does not align with her otherwise assertive self. Similarly, the female lawyer main character could pick up FBI agents following her on foot through New York but missed a white van of villains following her through a small town. Slightly less credible but otherwise a gripping novel. Worth reading m ...more
I normally don’t read books in this genre (i.e. prolific author who spits out one book or more per year), but my dad left this for me after a visit and said it was a real page-turner. He also said the mystery of who was behind the dastardly shenanigans were not obvious until the very end. Since I really love to be stumped (due to a good plot and good writing, of course), I decided to devote some time to this ~700 page thriller. The story is set in the 90’s with doses of computer technology, so t ...more
Jeremy Owen
Un-put-downable , absolutely riveting etc.etc. The cliches keep-a-coming . Baldacci's tale of corporate plotting , betrayal , greed and it's effect on a family is a belter .

The roller coaster story begins with the disappearance of Jason Archer , a high-achiever in the business world who apparently is completing his part in a deal which will make his family ( wife and daughter )financially stable for life .

When he never returns , his wife - a high achieving lawyer - has to do everything within he
Prashanth Kanichar
David baldacci has two points narrative he explains everything that we can get a clear picture still the mystery continues.secondly there are many twists which explodes like bombs in story.but the length of his books feels u that 'now i must take a nap and i will come back later for sure!'
this novel ..Jason archer a executive at some tech company who loves his family is disappears without informing wife..the plane he was ticketed on suddenly crashes and FBI agents starts investigation
Gail Stewart rumsey
This is the first David Baldacci book I have read and I plan to read more. The story, characters and writing are first class and kept my attention the whole way through. It appears this is the only book with Lee Sawyer as the lead investigator or to feature Sydney Archer. Will move on to the other stand alone books.
I am not sure now how I happened to have this book, but it was one on my 'clearance' shelf. At over 700 pages, it was too long. The story became tedious after a while - I just wanted to get to the end and be done with it. I was hoping for a real page-turner, but it wasn't. I was expecting better.
Mark Soone
I might go 3.5 stars if that were a goodreads option.

This was not among my favorite baldacci reads, and the storyline develved into the unbelievable borderline laughable progressions. The technolohy was obsolete for todays world so, although a negative i will assume some of it was cutting edge at the time of its writing. This reminded me of a jeff abbott read, high on action, excitment and adreniline while the story tself was not always pausible.

If you like a fast and furious thriller, that doe
David writes a good book although usually to long. I usually connect with his books quickly since I've lived in Virginia the place of many of his stories. My hometown of Middleburg was one of the towns his charater lives. I found it very brutal but this seems to appeal to many people likes.
I enjoyed reading this book - it was a real page turner and had so many twists and turns it was hard to keep up with them at times. I didn't rate this higher, because I had a problem believing the main character, Sydney Archer, could handle herself the way she did in so many tight situations. I understand she grew up around guns, and understand she knew how to handle them and how to shoot. But there were so many times she got out of tough spots, or wasn't seen, or someone else came to the rescue ...more
So, I must confess to loving David Baldacci... but only in audiobook form.

Perfect, mindless entertainment for my daily commute to/from work. One can only take so much NPR, especially during pledge season.
Cris Anne Perez
This one is a moderate page-turner. I say "moderate" because I felt selective interest in the chapters of the book. After the initial dilemma was offered, I felt hooked but that lessened over time after finding out that there were too much connections, that the story is sometimes going out of the border of reality. I know that this is categorized as fiction but I still hoped for something plausible.

I don't like the ending of the book. If Jason Archer's death is inevitable, the author must not ha
I've been wanting to read a David Baldacci book for a long time and I finally started with this one! Even though it was written in 1997, it doesn't hurt the suspense or the storyline one bit and I loved the book! It took me back to how much I used to love the early Robert Ludlum books. It was actually kind of fun to see where technology was (or wasn't) in the mid-90s and you know while you're reading how it would be different today. Throughout the book, subtle nuances made you wonder if you had ...more
I liked the book very much; an interesting plot with twists and turns, interesting characters.

The only problem is that Special Agent Lee Sawyer defies the typical description of an FBI agent.

Jason Archer is a rising young executive with Triton Global, a privately held conglomerate. The president, Quentin Rowe, is hot to acquire a company named CyberCom, which will give Triton a massive advantange in AI technology. The chairman of Triton Global, Nathan Gamble, appears to be a single minded sociop
I thoroughly enjoyed this book like the previous Baldacci book I read it was captivating and believable. There were a lot of characters that were good guys that didn’t seem like good guys and bad guys and didn’t see my bad guys. There was one I was disappointed with because I still think he was a bad guy even though it was written to make you think he was a good guy after all.

The main characters are well-developed and even the supporting characters made me feel relieved or betrayed as the charac
This is a timely story with the number of major corporations going public to accumulate wealth. "Total Control" discusses the corporate world of mergers and considers espionage and greed.

Jeffrey Archer is a respected employee of Triton Global where his wife, Sidney, is a legal counsel. He's secretly looking for another job and books a flight to California.

While at the airport, he meets another man and changes his destination with a flight to Seattle.

The plane he was going to take crashes, killin
Frederick Bingham
I listened to this on CD, read by George Gwidell. The narrator did an excellent job of portraying the characters. I had read this several years ago. Jason Archer is a hotshot computer whiz in a major high tech firm. One day, he goes off for a secret rendezvous on a hush-hush mission. He gets on a plane in Washington DC and flies to Seattle. He was supposed to go to LA, but at the last minute switched with someone who looked like him who went to LA in his place. The plane to LA is sabotaged and c ...more
Pat Timpanaro
Another book by Baldacci to listen to -- lately none of my book club books have been available on CD.

This book was written in 1997, but I didn't know that when I started to listen. There is a plane crash at the beginning of the story. I guess I hadn't been paying enough attention to the details, but I was convinced it was Flight 93 on September 11. Of course it wasn't, but it was kind of fun for a while to try to see where the story was going.

I thought this was a good book, very interesting stor
David Roberts
I am reviewing the legal thriller Total Control by David Baldacci which is an excellent novel which I bought from a local market store. This book is a decent length at 520 pages and I really enjoyed reading it. It keeps your interest throughout and was the 2nd novel from Baldacci after Absolute Power. Baldacci is an accomplished lawyer who lives in Virginia, USA & his 1st novel was made into a successful film, directed by Clint Eastwood. More or less all his novels top the bestsellers book c ...more
Holy guacamole!
There's dozens of characters, dozens of bad guys, dozens of micro plots, but good guys... Eh, not that many. This was one wild read! I am huge Baldacci fan but not sure if this is one of his better books. Everything in this story was so involved! It was similar to watching a soupy scary movie and screaming "No don't go in there! No one would go in there!?" Well the characters in this book couldn't hear me yelling at them.
I am a real David Balcacci fan. I am re-reading some of his books. Total Control was written in 1997 and was probably cutting edge at the time. It is about the computer and IT industry and how competitive it is and also how cut throat. It is very timely given the IRS scam currently in the news. If you like thrillers that take twists and turns just when you think yo have it figured out, you will really like this book.
Sidney Archer and the implosion of Triton Global. A simple marriage of a financial analyst and corporate attorney turns deadly when Jason uncovers major market manipulation by his boss Nathan Gamble at Triton Global. Timing becomes crucial as the major acquisition of CyberCom approaches and Triton fends off competitors after Gamble revenges past market losses. Sidney, the primary M&A counsel for the CyberCom deal, becomes entangled in the deception and coverup from stock manipulation and mur ...more
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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