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The Dream

She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever.

The Killer

It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-s
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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing
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A.J. Sendall
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Winner – not!
I had seen the name many times, but had never read anything by David Baldacci until last week. That Baldacci is a prolific writer is evinced in any airport book store. I was expecting something light and easy like Grisham, but it was a whole lot worse.
The two main characters, LuAnn Tyler, and Jackson, are completely implausible, and at times self-contradictory. Jackson was supposed to be ‘terrifying’, we were told so repeatedly, but he was laughable at best. Baldacci also repea
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Kristy James
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started reading The Winner based on a recommendation from my eye doctor, of all people. Frankly I'd never heard of the author before, but decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. I'm even more glad I gave up on the hardcover library book and, instead, got the Kindle version (it's much lighter!).

The Winner is a surprisingly interesting and good book. The characters seem very real and you choose your sides very early on. The plot is something else. Even though I'm a writer, I can't imagine
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Fran
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book it was so good. A twist on the typical rags to riches tale. Fast paced thriller. It begs the question: what would you do to win the lottery? How would you spend those winnings?
Almak
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Almak by: Emily
Being highly recommended to me I was anxious to absorb myself reading a good book. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.

Primarily, I was disappointed with descriptive nudity, a masturbation scene and a sex scene, all of which could have been removed and the book as a whole would have been better.

Nonetheless, the premise held the possibility of a good story but it was just too predictable. There was only one surprise in the book and the beginning drug on forever. Baldacci takes over a hundred
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Marissa
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I've said it before, I'm a sucker for mysteries/crime/thrillers. I always have been. While other people were soaking up Judy Blume, I firmly ignored the conversations between God and Margaret and stayed up all night reading The Pelican Brief and The Client. Now, there are two questions that pop up given that information: the first being the question of how was I allowed to stay up all night at 13 (or so) the second is what was I really doing reading those books? To the first question I'll ...more
Ryan Sampey
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ernest
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A single mother is offered a guarantee to win the lottery and after initial hesitation, accepts. Circumstances force her to leave the country but her eventual return is not welcomed by everyone.

My main problem with this book is that I could see the pieces, parts and elements of this book while reading it rather than ever reading it as a whole work. The protagonist needs to look sympathetic, so there will be an element added…here. The villain needs to escape from this situation, so he will have
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Suzanne
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
3.5 stars - I didn't agree with a lot of decisions made by the main characters, but it was an exciting enough read with an interesting villain.
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, the story line was brilliant and was one of David Baldaccis easier books to follow. A page turner from the start, I'd happily recommend this.
Wendy
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jane Stewart
Above average plot with intricate developments, but it was missing the wow factor. Good but not great.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
To let readers know where I'm coming from, my preferred genre is romance novels. The fact that I liked this should mean something since it is off genre for me. Throughout the book there was the underlying frustration of how can anyone ever stop this bad guy, but he gets it eventually. The story was excellent mechanically with good showing not telling. I would have liked more e
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Sarah ~
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
في الروايات تكون الأمور عادة واضحة ..
على الأقل بالنسبة لي ..

هذه الرواية كلُ شيء ضبابي .

فقد تتعاطف مع شخصية الآن بعد قليل ستنقمُ عليها ..
لتتعاطف معها بعد ثوانٍ أخرى ..
أبدع بالدتشي في صياغة الشخصيات ..
وأبدع خاصة في شخصية جاكسون " شخصية لا تتكرر " ..
رواية جميلة
تستحق النجمات الأربعة التي منحتها إياها .
Kelly
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
My second Baldacci book and it did not disappoint! This is a fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining book...I was hooked on page one and stayed hooked through every page until the last. This would make a killer movie!
Rob
This book promised so much but delivered so little.
The first 100 pages and the last 100 pages were page turning but the bits in between just went on and on and on.
The main villain is a brilliant mastermind who has devised a way to rig the national lottery. To make it work he needs people to buy lottery tickets that he guarantees will win and make the ticket holder instant millionaires. In the process he, the villain, and the ticket holders go on to make unimaginable wealth.
Needless to say it's
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Jason
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Ever since school got out for the summer, oddly enough, I have been reading a lot.

I picked up a few books at a local church book sale.
I have heard really good things about David Baldacci (mainly because of the movie based on his book, Absolute Power) and I found this book for $.50 so I thought I would give it a try.

In fact, when handing my money to the cashier at the sale, the lady said that this was her favorite David Baldacci book. She had good taste.

Short overview for you:

LuAnn Tyler had
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Aildiin
This is one of the earlier book by David Baldacci and somehow he didn't have the mastery of his craft back then that he has now.
I don't know what it is, whether it's the plot, or the characters but I stumbled through the whole book and never was captivated by the whole story and I have read a lot of the recent books by Baldacci ( like the John Puller serie or the Will Robbie and I was captivated by those and couldn't drop them).
Anyway, somewhat of a miss for me, but that will not keep me away fr
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Patrick
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lotto winners beware!! What an incredible concept and so very wonderfully composed by another master of the crime/thriller/mystery genre. A criminal mastermind dupes struggling women into buying lottery tickets for the monthly nationwide drawing with promises of a $100 million payoff.
What happens afterwards to many of these 'winners', well, let's just say they would have been better off saying HELL NO. Not so fast, should someone turn this depraved evil genius down on his offer they would be, uh
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Terri Lynn
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
LouAnn Tyler is poor white Georgia trailer trash. Her parents are dead and she is a waitress at the Number One Truck Stop where she keeps her 8 month old illegitimate daughter Lisa under the counter because the child's deadbeat father Duane is a piece of alcoholic drug-ridden trash. LouAnn is 20 and dropped out of school in the 7th grade and is an idiot. LouAnn, Duane, oh yes it is Bubba and his shack up Bubbette.

Then suddenly LouAnn is offered a chance by a strange man to win 100 million in a
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Sandy
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense
LuAnn Tyler, a 20-year-old unwed mother of a baby girl trapped in poverty in rural Georgia, is offered a chance to win the (fixed) Lottery. Her fateful decision to accept the offer allows her to escape a frightening act of violence at home, but when she disobeys her handler and returns to the country after 10 years, he is determined to punish her. It’s a fast-paced thriller, and I could envision it as a movie. Perhaps in that format it could overcome some of the character extremes that stretch p ...more
Bunsa
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
"The Winner".
Loses. My first David Baldacci book, he seems quite popular, so I though I would give one if his books a read.
Maybe I chose the wrong one, but I thought this book was terrible. The one thing I will give it is that I won't call it boring; I definitely wanted to read what happened next. That being said, I also wouldn't call it "fast-paced" either. It dragged through certain areas, and then skipped through some I thought would have needed more attention and detail, then lingered too l
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Linda Hart
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I do like reading Baldacci's mysteries. This has a unique fast-paced plot, with lots of twists and turns, and his characters are well developed. Each time I read one of his books I'm impressed with how different they are from each other and I wonder how he comes up with such varying scenarios and interesting characters. He is a very talented writer. There is no bad language and although there is a sex scene it's nothing compared toKen Follett or other popular mystery writers.
Jen
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite Baldacci book. If you love a good mystery, this book is sure to please!
Lino's Version
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The Winner
David Baldacci
1997
A little verbose
A little out there
A little of this and a lot of that.
This book has action, a scenario that is believable – with the little touches, but some coincides that bog the story down. It is a little convoluted…and financially not too sophisticated but for 1997 is was ahead of its time.
Well done and a fun summer read.
PS think that I had read this but did not remember very much – is that a good thing?
3 stars

The Dream

She is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hop
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Nai Wang
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading his more recent works about special forces bad asses (Puller, Stone, Robbie) it was a culture shock to read this earlier work about an ordinary girl. I wasn't sure at first if I would like this but as the story unfolded this girl is far from ordinary and likely to join the ranks of bad asses. Great writing, narration and story development, this was one I would recommend over most of his other works. It's refreshing to read a different kind of book by Baldacci. This book really expo ...more
Krystle Kouture
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Longer and more complex than your average bestselling thriller. Enjoyable, but not the best.
Victor A.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
An uneducated, dirt-poor single mom goes to an interview for what appears to be a great temporary job offer, only to find out that the real purpose of the meeting is a lottery fix. Her end of the deal? All she has to do is ask no questions, do as she's told, take her winnings and live happily ever after. There's only one hitch in the giddy-up: our heroine, Lu Ann Tyler is sharp as a tack (as we're constantly reminded by the author) and knows that there's something crooked about the deal. She has ...more
Darius Murretti
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Baldacci's the best !!!
Martha☀
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, crap, 2018-bingo
1.5 stars
The premise had potential and Baldacci piqued my interest for about half the novel. But quickly, this story became repetitive and patronizing. I just couldn't stop rolling my eyes. The characters and plot went from intriguing to far-fetched, then ludicrous and finally a waste of my time. A down-and-out woman is given the chance of a lifetime in winning big in the lottery. Despite knowing that it is fixed, she jumps at the chance. Her secretive contact keeps hold of her winnings for 10 y
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Randy Ortiz
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love David Baldacci. His books quickly cut to the chase and he is a master at developing unique and relatable characters. This book is no different. The villian is acceptional.

HOWEVER, Annie from Stephen King's Misery would have slit his throat on this one because the believability of the premise just wasn't there.

Because it is fiction, there is room for leeway, but the villian could have accomplished what he was trying to accomplish by much easier means...it just didn't make sense to make oth
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Marjolein
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
READ IN DUTCH

It was the first book I read by David Baldacci, and I must admit I liked it. I thought it to be interesting to read and original. Some parts were not really realistic, but it didn't really seem to matter in this book. I liked it, I would even recommend it. And it made me buy another book by Baldacci, which I still need to read sometime.
O, wish we had more time to read, but I guess I'm not alone...
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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; it was subsequ ...more
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