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3.00028446622629 out of 53.00028446622629 out of 53.00028446622629 out of 53.00028446622629 out of 53.00028446622629 out of 5 3.00 (9,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shaw and Katie James Series Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781600241482
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"Matt, I need a war."

So begins David Baldacci's new book--a thriller unlike any he's written before. "Matt" is Mathew Pender, of Pender Associates--a shadowy organization that specializes in managing seemingly impossible situations for its clients. Sometimes, those services extend to managing--and creating--armed conflict. When Matt Pender is asked by his client--the largest defense contractor in the world--to manipulate two nations against each other, a shocking and surprising series of events are set in motion that will possibly bring the world to the brink of World War III.*

In this epic thriller with a global backdrop, David Baldacci delivers all the twists and turns, compelling characters, and can't-put-it-down pacing that readers have come to expect from this master storyteller. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baldacci delivers twists and turns, characters, and quick pacing in this thriller with a global backdrop.”

    Boomer Magazine

  • “Ron McLarty’s gruff voice enhances this fast-moving thriller as he takes the listener through barrages of deadly assaults featuring gunfire, knives, bombs, and hacksaws. He portrays Shaw, the unwilling secret agent, as weary yet tough. Nicolas Creel, who needs a good war to help sagging profits, comes across as appropriately cerebral and coldhearted...The sound track is comparable to a terrific cinematic score: darkly foreboding or quietly romantic when appropriate, raising this audio to an art form and enhancing the already gripping tale.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “McLarty’s reading is accomplished, and his precise tone alternates between quiet and measured and furious and fast paced. His strong characterizations make it easy to distinguish the players, and an echo tone effectively signals Shaw’s memories.”

    Booklist

  • “Ron McLarty’s excellent reading captures the excitement and suspense of Baldacci’s story and allows the listener to hear the unique personalities of each character…Highly recommended for all public libraries.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ade | 2/20/2014

    " An entertaining story about faked Russian aggression that almost started WWIII...almost hits a little too close to home given what's going on in Georgia right now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 2/20/2014

    " My least favorite of the Baldacci's I've read so far. Didn't love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/18/2014

    " This reads like a James Bond movie. Lots of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dugger | 2/17/2014

    " Looking forward to Deliver Us from Evil now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Loren | 2/9/2014

    " This book started out good, but got a little ridiculous and very formulaic at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Jensen | 2/3/2014

    " Good thriller. Some not-so-great language, but I like the book. For anyone who likes international relations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yosef Shapiro | 1/28/2014

    " A very scary but plausible scenario. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 1/6/2014

    " This is really a pretty good action thriller. Moves fast, with larger than life characters and well done intrigue. One minute you think "this could never happen" but then you stop and think "but what if it could?". Also plenty of the predictable and over-the-top but well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/26/2013

    " Quick, fun read. I both enjoyed and was disturbed by how relevant the plot was to today's global and economic climate - the general premise doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boni | 11/1/2013

    " Very similar to the Bourne movies, great read not serious but exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim White | 10/19/2013

    " This book never stopped moving and was a very easy read. In fact, it was difficult to put down. If you want a thriller that keeps moving and reads much like a Hollywood script, this is the book for you. Another winner from Baldacci! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 10/15/2013

    " This had tons of intrigue. Just goes to show that being in control or having power can really drive people beyond the limit. Loved the character Katie James and Shaw is a real hero with a tainted past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 10/14/2013

    " Exactly what I'd expect from Baldacci. A solid story with plenty of action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Lynch | 9/26/2013

    " Found this one at used bookstore. Pretty good Baldacci,though it kind of takes time to get rolling. In middle of reading it. Getting better with each page; like a thriller should "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanna | 8/28/2013

    " This book as pretty predictable, but I still liked the story. There is a lot of action and would probably make a good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri faulk | 6/29/2013

    " Author gives lots of background in beginning chapters. I had read a Katie James/Shaw book before so it was great to read the 1st one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Haggerty | 5/5/2013

    " I liked it. He is a great storyteller and i plan on reading all of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ConvincoDude | 3/9/2013

    " Baldacci's best book by far. It's freaky how real this one seems. It could very easily happen, I'm sure, in this post-9/11 world. JJ Abrams and Jonah Nolan may have been on to something after all... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deneen | 1/3/2013

    " One of my absolute favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari Rosso | 11/9/2012

    " Very good book. Yes I agree with other comments... there is definitely some truth to this story. If Baldacci has an average book, then it is probably better than most of the other books out there. I always enjoy his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 10/20/2012

    " I liked this book. Bit of an action filled page turner. Could imagine it being a film, provided Tom Hanks or Tom Cruise were NOT cast as the hero! Worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Ahronian | 8/16/2012

    " Typical David Baldacci - a fast-paced, action-packed page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twinkle | 6/10/2012

    " For those who beleive on induced wars, here's a fictious narration of how its done, if its actually done. The slide side may be cliche dialogues and pedestrian language, but the Bond type cat-rat race is tight. Enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 4/4/2012

    " I really did like this book. loved the characters shaw and james. a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Klitzke | 3/10/2012

    " I was in almost all of the countries in this book while I was reading it. I actually picked up the book while in Amsterdam! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/18/2012

    " A good thriller with lots of action and unexpected plot twists. I enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/20/2011

    " Not one of my absolute favorites of his, but definitely not disappointing. It was nice to get to know these new characters, I'm looking forward to "Deliver us From Evil" very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Discovery College | 11/8/2011

    " This was an action thriller, along similar lines as the Bourne Conspiracy style of story. It was an easy read for mature readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/29/2011

    " This was my first Baldacci and I really liked it. I was a little disappointed in the induendo, it just wasn't necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/23/2011

    " This book is one of those CIA-type spy thrillers, fascinating in that the "bad" guy was a defense contractor drumming up cold war hostilities to ensure the health of his company ... yikes!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/13/2011

    " Great Balcacci book - a real page turner, particularly at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 5/31/2011

    " The most appalling massacre takes place on a quiet London street in a power play. Perception management is fully employed by a private company to manipulate the truth. It makes you wonder if there is anything that can be reliably believed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melvago | 5/11/2011

    " Typical Baldacci spy novel but I like it. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/8/2011

    " I think Baldacci is my favorite author. I am yet to read one I haven't enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 5/4/2011

    " The author's attempt to develop a thriller storyline outside of this country was not nearly as successful as the United States based storylines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autlaninga | 4/25/2011

    " I really did like this book. loved the characters shaw and james. a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckenna | 4/24/2011

    " I would give this book a 3 1/2. It started out kind of slow but ended up being really good. Shaw is a like able character. I didn't know it was a series but at some point I will have to read up on ol Mr. Shaw's life. He sounds pretty tough! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 4/12/2011

    " One of the best books I have read in ages. A wonderful super rich megalomaniac as the bad guy and a rough, tough hero as his opponent with a lot of action, intrigue and mystery in between. If this is your type of story I recommend giving it a go. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Johnvano | 4/11/2011

    " Derivative and dull until the final third of the "thriller." Introduces Baldacci's latest series, centered around a mysterious character named Shaw. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/1/2011

    " His worst. 14 novels. Not even a good procedural. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 3/29/2011

    " Really liked this book! Fast paced and good hero.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/17/2011

    " It took me a while to get into this book, but once I got in, I finished it quick. Very interesting - makes you think about things a little more. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.