1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn incredible page turner from thriller master David BaldacciTHE DREAMShe is twenty, beautiful, dirt poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a 100 million lottery jackpot All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S forever THE KILLERIt s an offer she dares to refuseuntil violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high stakes, big money subterfuge It s a price she won t fully payuntil she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich THE WINNERFor if LuAnn Tyler comes home, she will be pitted against the deadliest contestant of all the chameleonlike financial mastermind who changed her life And who can take it away at will...
|Title||:||The Winner (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Grand Central Publishing 1 August 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||302 Pages|
|File Size||:||982 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Winner (English Edition) Reviews
Nach einem eher langatmigem Beginn ist das Buch extrem spannend. Die Charaktere nehmen Gestalt an in der Vorstellungskraft des Lesers, man sieht sie so vor sich als wären es realen Personen die man kennt. Es ist schwer, das Buch aus der hand zu legen und ich kann es nur jedermann empfehlen.
This book is extremely exciting and you can't stop reading until the very last page. Imagine being called by someone who offers you to help you win big in the lottery - and you receive more money than you would ever have imagined to possess! On the other hand it's not as easy as you may have expected since your benefactor always has an eye on you....
Another one bites the dust..... This time Baldacci came up with an original plot. Good one I have to say. And it is difficult to put the book(e-Book) down....
This book was extremely agreeeable to read, very entertaining and basically joyful, in spite of the inevitable gruesome murders. I very much recommend it to people who are not in the mood of too much realism.
The writing is ok as always with Baldacci, but some of the coincidences are really ridiculous. The vilain kills one of the investigators and finds out that the girlfriend of this person is in fact his own sister ... out of millions of people in the world! How ridiculous can you get. Also, by the middle of the book it must be clear for any reader that the vilain will eventually kidnap the daughter of LuAnn and that there will be a final showdown with a happy ending. We all know it, but we still read the second half of the book.
An absurd plot and cartoon characters can still be fun, if done with style and panache. But this does neither. The writing is appalling. I kept reading to the end because I just could not believe that it had been published. Every sentence is so clunky that reading each one is like falling downstairs. The one sex scene was a scream. Apparently Warner publishing, being an entertainment co, does not bother with pesky editors. Here are just a few of the many, many examples:"Behind the stone mask Charlie fought the urge to abruptly give back his breakfast." (The stone mask is metaphorical."Riggs felt himself drawing closer to her although he hadn't budged an inch. Her gaze seemed to be pasted onto his face, all the sunlight streaming through the window seemed to be blocked out as though an eclipse were occurring.""The entire crowd seemed to tense at once, like a biceps flexing and forming a ridge of muscle.""They both sat there on the phone, not saying anything, simply listening to each other's breathing, two trains careening out of control, about to slam into each other across a wireless void. Luann tried with all her might to hold back the thick gush of air that was ramming against her throat."I have not read Mr. Baldacci's other books, and I am not likely to do so now. Read it and weep. Or as Mr. Balducci would say, "paste you gaze on the raging river of type and let the tears erupt from your blazing orbs."
Baldacci presents in a believable manner the tale of a down-and-out truck stop waitress from the deep south who wins the lottery, albeit illegally. LuAnn Tyler lives abroad with her guilty conscience, her little girl and a faithful retainer named Charlie for ten years. Then she decides she must make a real home for her child in the States, so she moves to Virginia. That is when the action begins and Baldacci captures the reader in a "cannot put it down" scenario. The mastermind of the lottery is out to get her, the FBI and IRS are hot on her tail and she is, against all odds, determined to make up for her past sins. Set among the backdrop of Charlottesville, VA, which the writer knows well, the book is well written. The terror which grips LuAnn grips the reader as well and keeps one turning the pages until the very end. Well worth the time and a welcome addition to the genres of suspense, thriller, and mystery!
I would rate his first two novels "Absolute Power" and "Total Control" as solid 9's. Good entertainment, with well drafted plots, consistent writing and good solid endings. "The Winner" is entertaining much of the time, but there are too many gaps where the writing and the plot are like a B movie - there is no mystery after the half way point. It is too bad as the book starts well and the first section is entertaining, starts with the beginings of a good plot with a lot of directions to take it before finishing. Unfortunately the story becomes bland after LuAnn wins the Lottery, and losses the pace and any sense of mystery. The story becomes too predictable and the characters appear like Barby and Ken - plastic.Unfortunately I think I have lost one of my new favorite writers. I will be more critical before I buy one of his books again.