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Op eigen gezag

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  32,484 ratings  ·  872 reviews
Western Airlines vlucht 3223 van Washington naar Los Angeles vertrekt volgens schema. Aan boord bevinden zich 174 passagiers en 7 bemanningsleden. Zodra het vliegtuig op hoogte is, begint het cabinepersoneel met de normale werkzaamheden. Totdat een flits ter hoogte van de rechtervleugel een einde maakt aan de dagelijkse routine: meer dan de helft van de vleugel scheurt los ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 2008 by A.W. Bruna (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jerry B
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeff Dickison
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should be rated 4.5 stars. Book deals with corporate espionage concerning computers and that was the only detraction. Baldacci keeps the plot at a fast pace throughout and the finish is in doubt up to the last minute. Highly recommended, especially to Baldacci fans.
Mister Jones
Jul 10, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
A very thrilling novel, the plot keeps thickening until the very end, many twists and turns. I found some parts of the story to be kind of confusing and hard to follow but it all comes together in the end. The book was a little longer than necessary I thought some parts were kinda slow but it was still a good book.

Highly recommended to Baldacci fan's.
Quintin Zimmermann
A great premise that is undermined by fantastical plot twists that defy belief.

There is such a thing as too much. Total Control, much like sugar, will cause a tooth ache of the brain.

The "are you being being serious" question repeats like a sledgehammer when all you want is contemplation.
This was a fast paced, action packed thriller that kept my attention until the end. Actually, I thought this could have been a good movie.
Sometimes, I lost track of the characters, however, there was enough places within the plot where the characters and plots are summarized and it brought me back on track again.
I liked both they characters Sydney and Lee. Sydney, although vulnerable, has a very strong personality which probably comes from her legal background.
Lee is an exceptional agent with an
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.
Narrator: George Guidall

This was a bit of a convoluted mess at times yet I came very close to giving it 5 stars (!!!). I didn't, in the end, because it went on too long, had too many characters, and was hard to follow even though the main premise was simple. I enjoy corporate espionage and intrigue but not when the developments are too complex to keep up with. In this case, as I said, the main plot is simple - Jason Archer is supposedly selling his company's
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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.
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.
Thomas W Perkinton
If all of David Baldacci's novels are as riveting as the first two, I will have to expand my reading time. The twists and turns of good guys and bad keeps your eyes on who else will fall from grace or become a real hero. This guy can write.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baldacci
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
Mike Finton
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is so good, it is hard to put it down! David Baldacci knows how to keep the reader up in the air and wanting more. So many twists and turns. Didn't know who did the deed until the very end.
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thriller - 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 family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disapp ...more
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read, kindle
It is amazing how technology dates a book. Despite that, this story is fascinating. Sidney and Jason Archer have an ideal life. She's a top-notch attorney working for a top-notch firm on a mega-deal. Her husband is working for one of the companies involved in that deal. But Jason is holding something back. He's nervous and he won't explain why. But when the commercial jet he is supposedly on blows up, it becomes evident to Sidney that something else is going on. The Agent in charge from the NTSB ...more
Ravindu Thimantha Gamage
I'm certain that almost all of us, at some point, have watched the generic, insipid, action popcorn flick which seems so far-fetched to the point we question if the movie should've been categorised as fantasy. This is the literary version of that.

I'm not gonna lie and say that this book bored me because it didn't. What it did was to make me feel stupid for kind of wanting to keep reading it instead of throwing it away. I don't know whether I would've liked this more if I read this when it was re
Steve Haywood
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I was really into this book for the first half - anxious to find out what would happen next. But I found myself near the end, just wanting to get through it. I don't know if it was the constant guessing what was going on without some payoff throughout or the increasing foul language, but I lost interest in the characters and by the end wasn't too concerned with how they ended up. So I started out thinking I'd really like it, but in the end have to say it was just ok.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I don't care if the plot lines were far-fetched, it was a page turner for me until the end. Escapism reading, which is what I needed right now. Many characters and twists & turns kept one guessing about who were the bad guys
Thomas Strömquist
Baldacci's second book did not repeat the success of the first, but is rather a bit in it's shadow I think. Characterization is lacking. But it is a good thriller if you know what you are in for.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this novel is too long and loses steam because of it. 6 of 10 stars
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was way too long. A lot of unbelievable action along the way. I just wanted to get to the end. I am going to try The Winner to decide if I want to continue to read this author's books.
Plots, sub plots, sub sub plots...I needed a chart to keep track of everyone and everything they were doing. Sidney managed to repeatedly kick ass though.
Mark Boyd
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sr. FBI field agent Lee Sawyer is called out to a crash site of flight 3223 bound for LA from Dulles National Airport. The passenger plane with 176 people aboard plus a flight crew of 7 takes a nose dive from 35,000 ft. shortly after takeoff, crashing in the Virginia countryside, killing everyone aboard. One of the passengers, Arthur Lieberman, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board happened to be one of those unfortunate souls on board. George Kaplan, lead investigator from the NTSB (Nation ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The original hardback version of Total Control was released in 1997. That’s got to be very early in Baldacci’s writing career, and it shows. This is not one of my favorites and I’m a huge fan of Baldacci.

Briefly, a guy is caught up in corporate espionage. His wife finds herself in the middle and a desperate search for facts ensues that endangers her life, the lives of her young daughter and, her parents.

Liked: The typical Baldacci story is here. It’s a page turner. 1997 technology is fun to read
Kara Klos
Total Control is one book with too many stories. While it’s not difficult to follow, it seems completely preposterous that all of these stories would even occur to begin with...much less be linked.

The main character is Sidney Archer. She’s beautiful, intelligent, a successful attorney and mother. Her husband makes some poor choices with bad people and she ends up in big trouble. Despite her great intelligence, she repeatedly makes very poor decisions landing herself in more and more trouble. Do
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
This is somewhere between a three and a four for me...

The audio in and of itself was great. The reader didn't try to do different voices and it worked well, because there were so many different people it would not have gone well to try and do so many voices. And he had a very pleasant voice to listen to.

The book was a bit long. I felt like you could have lost a whole disc and totally not noticed. The story kept a decent pace more the most part though so I enjoyed that. I did have trouble keepi
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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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