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Total Control by David Baldacci
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Jan 01, 2012

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Read in October, 2005

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 crashes with all passengers and crew dying in a fiery wreck. Arthur Lieberman, the ailing Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board also dies in the same crash.Archer's wife, Sidney, thinks he is dead. She is an attorney in a high-powered law firm working on the merger of two high-tech companies, one of which is Jason's employer.Sidney spends most of the book trying to find out what happened to her husband. She is aided by a veteran FBI agent Lee Sawyer. There is a load of bad guys involved, venal lawyers, a greedy business tycoon, an evil hired killer. What Sidney uncovers eventually involves manipulation of the world's financial markets on a massive scale.Some of the high-tech aspects of this book are laughably obsolete or commonplace.But otherwise a first-rate thriller.I had read this before, several years ago.

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