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The Whole Truth (A. Shaw #1)

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"Dick, I need a war."

Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world's largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to "perception manage" his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind.
Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Vision (first published April 22nd 2008)
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Donna He doesn't have a first name. His mother never gave him one at birth. In the Catholic orphanage, there was lettering over the bed across from him that…moreHe doesn't have a first name. His mother never gave him one at birth. In the Catholic orphanage, there was lettering over the bed across from him that was supposed to say "AMEN" but letters had fallen off the wall and all that remained was "A". So he gave himself this first name for use on identification -- A Shaw. But he was always called Shaw.(less)
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Lynn
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has action flick printed all over it. Scary to think that this could happen - at least the premise that PM "Perception Management" could be used to make the world believe whatever the person paying for it wants them to believe. Not so believeable: that any human could be so close to being an actual Super Hero as Shaw is but that's what makes it so action packed and fun. I. too, would like to see Baldacci bring Katie and Shaw back for more.
kartik narayanan
The Whole Truth is the first underwhelming Baldacci that I have read.

The story is disjoint and goes all over the place. The characters are stereotypical. The hero is your typical strong alpha male type and the villain a campy old school james bond type. In fact he even has a sub in his yacht like Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me and his nefarious scheme reminded me of Eliot Carver's plan to start a war in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Overall, it was unsatisfying and I am pissed off since I have to
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Carol
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated: 3.5 stars

Looked up Perception management and it is a real concept, and folks can learn about it. I learned a new term with this one, “perception management”. The DOD even has manuals on it. It is the process of creating facts as “truth” and publishing them in as many ways as possible so that they are actually perceived as true. In this case a billionaire armaments supplier is falling on hard times and is upset with all the little brushfire wars, so he hires a PM company to stir up hostili
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Chuck
Jul 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baldacci's "Whole Truth" is particularly relevant right now, because it deals with the idea of "managed truth" versus "actual truth." "Managed truth" is what people in power--governments, large corporations, believe to be true, and the book explores what can happen when "manged truth" becomes more influential than real truth.

Longtime readers of Baldacci will appreciate the difference between this book and the previous ones. It has the powerful "agent type" who follows an internal code that is mo
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Terence M
Audiobook - 11:22 hours - Narrator: Ron McClarty
One of David Baldacci's "ok" novels.
3.5 stars Review to come.
Kevin Rubin
The Whole Truth is in truth, a very mediocre Baldacci book… Not that he writes the best books of all, his best is only mediocre…

It's one adventure about a man mysteriously named A. Shaw, a James Bond like covert operator working for some organization that's never named. It's not clear if the organization even belongs to a country or not, or if it's international. All we know about it is his boss is named Frank Wells.

Even Shaw's fiance refers to him by his last name, Shaw, which doesn't feel at
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Jeanne
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heidi, Lisa, Beth
The concept of perception management in this novel introduces a concept more troublesome than spin doctors.
Rather than spinning a different slant on an actual occurrence, PM spreads a fictional , yet believeable, "truth" which awaits discovery so opinion and beliefs are created that will benefit the manufacturer of that "truth".

The statement in the beginning of the book summarizes this concept:
"Why waste time discovering the truth when you can so easily create it?"

In a world where we choose to b
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Joe Stamber
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, read-2015
I've been meaning to try Baldacci for a while, and now I have I can cross him off my list. The Whole Truth was a heavy handed slice of boredom. Each time a main character was introduced, Baldacci felt it necessary to give the reader that character's life story, including how amazing they were at what it was they had chosen to do. There was the impoverished orphan who grew up to be an all action hero, the beauty queen who could speak 156 different languages, the arms dealer who had come from the ...more
Annie
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world's largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to manage his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind. Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a different agenda. Reluctantly doing the bidding of a secret multi-national intelligence agency, he travels the globe to keep it safe and at peace. Willing to ...more
Jim  Hassett
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Baldacci writes a good mystery with his usual "page turner" pace. However, this time he adds something to think about as he does a good job bringing in "perception management" as a topic. He shows how PMs could manufacture facts and then sell them to the world as truth. This is much easier today with the web (thanks Al Gore!) and little verification of facts. As Baldacci says in his Postscript, "And by using these methods, a major untruth can be established so quickly and overwhelming ...more
Jeanie
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was action packed, easy to read and to follow. Not alot of detail, but sometimes all the details can bog you down. I liked the premise because I think it is so much easier to believe a lie than taking the time to find out the truth. Because of the lie, the world is at the brink of another World War III. The characters were strong, but flawed so easy to relate. Looking foward to reading the rest of the series.
Kellicmyers
I love David Baldacci and this was no exception. The premise of The Whole Truth involved a conspiracy to bring the U.S. back into conflict with Russia rather than focusing on the Middle East. Poses the question, which world is safer--cold war type conflict versus terrorism. It raised some interesting points, and made me feel like I was back in political science classes. Also, a good storyline and interesting characters.
Barb
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting. one of those books where you just think that could never happen, but that's why you enjoy reading it!
Lesley
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent
Bob
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned a new term with this one, “perception management” . The DOD even has manuals on it.It is he process of creating facts as “truth” and publishing them in as many was as possible so that they are actually perceived as true. In this case a billionaire armaments supplier is falling on hard times and is upset with all the little brushfire wars, so he hires a PM company to stir up hostilities between Russia and the world as well as with China. As the misinformation spreads and tempers flare the ...more
Bob
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bond meets Jason Bourne, May 13, 2008


In, The Whole Truth, Nicolas Creel, an international arms dealer slash world philanthropist, creates conflicts to fuel the demand for his products: weapons of mass destruction. When Creel targets Russia with a smear campaign, things start to get ugly.

On the flip side of the coin, to keep out of prison, Baldacci's hero, Shaw, a man with a shady past and a reluctant future, does the bidding of a multinational intelligence agency. When Shaw's fiancé is
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Sskous
Jul 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book only because I started it on an airplane and couldn't find an alternative. After a few chapters it became a little interesting as a story line, but it really was very disappointing ~ especially the writing. I've never found Baldacci to be a very good writer. There's always some clumsiness in the narrative, though the dialog is usually decent and the story line suspenseful and believable. This time, however, it was very poor across the board. The characterization of Katie was ...more
Terri
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really hate it when an author wants to use a novel to make a political point but doesn't have the literary ability to make that happen without the reader feeling as though the point has been pounded home with a baseball bat.

That's the case here. Baldacci is a decent spy thriller writer. He is not an "artist," though, and for him to attempt to pull off scathing political commentary via his novels is like me trying to slam dunk a basketball while wearing heels on a freshly waxed court. It ain't
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Harshad Udayakumar
Rating-3.75/5
Rod
cant realI ly go beyond what Jeanie said about this book I totally agree put simply a very engaging and easy to follow thriller.
laying down the start of Shaw and James new partnership going straight into the next one
Cindi
Feb 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was painful to read.
Isa
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una apasionante novela que me ha enganchado.
Me ha gustado que el protagonista, pese a ser el mejor y todas esas cosas que suelen ser los agentes de este tipo, no se saque de la manga todas esas puestas escenas que resultan irreales (y que quizás no lo son, pero que me gustan igual).
También me da escalofríos la nota del final, que viene a corroborar detalles de la novela que, si eran ciertas en el mundo en el que vivimos (y por los indicios me apostaba a que sí), dan verdaderos escalofríos.
Buena
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Evelyn Wilson
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books-read
Learning about PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT !!!! The governments play us, using our taxpayers money! Shame !!!! I hate they had one of the persons who died die!
Star Merrill
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I nearly had a heart attack reading this. The action was nonstop! The kicker was the fact that it was so real, and close to what's happening here in the US, with all the fake news that the gullibles believe. Kudos to Baldacci.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
Just a note before I say anything "deep and insightful" (lol) I included thire on my action shelf. It's not an all out, nonstop action read. that said there is a strong action element to the story so I included it there.

Okay that said, I can give this one a thumbs up. While there is a slight weakness in it, I doubt it will make much difference to many readers.

Our hero A Shaw (no period, A isn't an initial) is an interesting character. While we've seen some of his characteristics in other heroes
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Stuart Diaz
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story if you have read another one of David Baldacci's books, he goes into a slightly larger realm when he includes most of the world in this amazing book. Shaw, the main character is working to repay his debt to a government official when he gets engaged to Anna Fischer. Shaw is looking to retire when things take a turn for the worse and Shaw has to re think his plans. Katie James is a reporter who has run into problems with alcohol and now is in a new low for a reporter and is desperat ...more
Eric Wright
What is spin and what is truth in what we read and see in the media and online?

Nicolas Creed head up the world’s largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. He has a problem. With less wars his bottom line is hurting. He hires Dick Pender an expert on PM, perception management to create a war scenario. Pender is hugely successful in spreading through the Internet a series of posts that are believed and spread like wildfire. Soon Russia is painted as returning to the Cold War. Events escala
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Jaime
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a vacation
Recommended to Jaime by: Alisa, Julie/Spence
GREAT escape from reality! This book deals with PM (perception management) and how big business uses these firms to manipulate /create truth out of lies to benefit their bottom line. In this case, start a cold war to benefit an arms contractor. If you are a Jack Bauer fan or a Sidney Bristow fan then this book is for you. Nice short quick chapters makes you always want to read "just one more." I've never read anything quite as good as Lee Child and his Jack Reacher character but this one was VER ...more
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