Absolute Power by David Beldacci

Name:                 Absolute Power

Author:               David Baldacci

Rating:                4             This is my first David Baldacci book and I was pleasantly surprised. Loved it. I wouldn’t call this a page turner but I enjoyed all and looked forward to reading.

Skip factor:         0% None. I skipped nothing.

Summary:           This is the story of Luther Whitney, a once professional thief who has been clean and out of prison for some time when one last opportunity to steal arises. What he sees on that last job is so shocking, you will read the entire book just to find out what happens. The premise is that good. Other characters are his estranged daughter and her ex, Attorney Jack Graham, who eventually takes Luther’s case, along with governmental officials and police detectives. Some aspects of the main characters:

Luther was my favorite character. Baldacci portrays his emotions and Luther captures your heart.

Jack, engaged to a rich girl but in love with Luther’s daughter, a morally righteous girl, juggles several conflicts.

Kate, Luther’s daughter, I didn’t like in the beginning but grew to love.

Police Officers/government agents, some were good, some bad. Baldacci had me cheering for the good and hating the bad.

Characters:        Baldacci builds the characters with his story. I loved Luther and liked Jack. I grew to like a few supporting characters (police officers/detectives) and absolutely hate others. Baldacci is a great writer of dialogue. Emotional depth average for some characters, but great for Luther.

Storyline:            The start was fantastic. Hooked me immediately. The story was believable. The main conflict kept me returning to read. At the risk of revealing too much, I’ll refrain from talking to much about resolving conflicts other than to say some were resolved to my liking and some, not. Each of the main characters had purpose and goals.

Writing style:     Loved his style. Narrative and dialogue, well balanced. Good pacing. Easy voice.

Who should read? Crime, detective and mystery lovers.

Read on!


Cyndie Zahner is the author of The Suicide Gene, a psychological thriller, and Dream Wide Awake, a paranormal novel that is totally fiction, but has been inspired by her own experiences. See the video of her own paranormal experience, a premonition of 9/11 here. Follow her on InstagramTwitterFacebookGoodreadsBookBubLinkedIn and purchase her books on Amazon.