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Jason Archer, a brilliant engineer, wants to provide his wife Sidney Archer and his daughter with the world, but to do so, he has to complete a risky assignment.

When Jason disappears after a place crash and his bosses and investigators accuse him of being involved in a criminal conspiracy, Sidney is shattered. Soon extraordinary secrets come to the forefront and Sidney is on the run from the killers who want to retrieve a vital piece of information that Jason sent Sidney before disappearing.

FBI investigator Sawyer starts investigating the air crash which starts out seemingly simple but unfolds into a tangled web of lies, threats and murder of one of the most important men in the world. Best part of story, including ending: It is a good crime thriller with a few bits of emotion thrown in. Sawyer wants to find out the truth but is torn by a desire to protect Sidney from everything.

Best scene in story: The scene where Sidney goes to the site of the plane crash after seeing her husband's travel bag on television was extremely touching.

This report prepared by Amrita Nandagopal



David, in his early 40's has a good writing style, functional and interesting enough with good narrative sans the pomp., concentrating more on action and description rather than on introspection and philosophizing. This book, an action-suspense thriller is of Ludlum genre, and seeing the good job done by David, he can well occupy the niche vacated by Ludlum.

It is a taut story with a complex plot is full of non-stop action, and a pace that leaves you breathless.

Lee Sawyer, an accomplished FBI agent is investigating a mysterious case of a plane that fell down from the sky has reasons to believe the crash to be an act of sabotage.

Sidney Archer, a young attorney with a lovely 2-year-old daughter, and a loving husband Jason, a software geek successfully employed in an IT- giant has a life that one could ask for. One fine day the whole thing comes crashing down with the sudden demise of her husband in the plane crash that Lee is investigating. Lee meets her and is sympathetic to her tragic fate.

The investigations point to a deadly plot to eliminate an important passenger on the flight, and Jason who never took the flight is alive, but in hiding. Jason is declared a fugitive and the investigators as well as conspirators are hounding Sidney who has accessed some data in Jason's computer. Sidney is on the run and in process has been declared as an accessory.

The story narrates the determined investigations by Lee, and the dogged fight by Sidney to unravel the conspiracy and exonerate her husband. In the process, David also unfolds the enormous power and reach of the information technology and computers that are and can transform the future drastically…for good as well as the bad. Though David has made Sidney the central character, to me Lee Sawyer appealed more as the central character.

After graduating from the old masters of yesteryears like; Maclean, Wallace, Hailey,Lecarre, Forsyth etc. I had come to depend on the ruling trio of Clancy, Crchton and Grisham. Now I have added a new writer David Baldacci to my list and he seems to be a promising writer who will go places in coming years.

This report prepared by r b siddhanti








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Big vehicle disaster?    -   Yes Kind of vehicle:    -   plane Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   passenger plane City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York) Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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