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I really do not understand who 5-stared this book [confirmed buyer]
am 10. Juni 2010
Hi there, I ordered "Absolute Power" a while back because I enjoyed Baldacci's
"Camel Club" Series (although those books also got exponentially worse) and
I wanted to see if his other books were up to par.
In my opinion, "Absolute Power" is a true waste of time. It's an utterly boring
and frustrating book. Here are a few reasons:
- The whole story could be covered in about 20-40 pages. It's utterly shallow.
Some authors might be able to make this work, but Baldacci fails horribly
in this book.
- The book really reads as if Baldacci first wrote up the main story points
in 20-40 pages and then started to add unnecessary details and fluff to
boast the book to 500+ pages. At one point I mistakenly bookmarked the book
at the wrong page to take a call. When I started reading again I had skipped
12(!) pages in the middle of the book, which I only realized another 20 pages
in. It did NOT take away from the story AT ALL. I could have finished the book
without ever having read these pages and it wouldn't have influenced my
overall reading "experience" of the book. "No word wasted" really doesn't
apply to Baldacci at all.
- The interesting parts are very condensed and can only be found sporadically
throughout the book. I have never put down a book as often as I have this
one. I usually get through one in a few sessions. This one took me more than
- ALL characters in the book are hopelessly clumsy and trusting. Nobody suspects
a thing, assassins and gunmen keep missing their targets and running into doors.
Parts of the "more action-oriented" passages read like slapstick-comedy-scripts.
- ALL characters in the book are retarded when it comes to decision meeting.
Neither the good guys, nor the bad guys nor the wannabe-bad guys (the lawyers)
make good decisions. It's like they asked a 6-year old to make decisions for them
and they either had to be a) the first thing that popped into the kid's head or
b) the thing that the kid would never ever think one should do in that situation.
-Did I mention that the book is LONG? I'm no stranger to reading 500+ - 750+ pages
but this one felt like it had 2000+ pages.
In conclusion, I bought the book because it had a good rating. I regret buying the
book. Don't buy the book, it's a waste of time and money.
Sincerely, a [confirmed buyer] ;)