Book review: Saving Faith by David Baldacci

March 29, 2008

Title: Saving Faith
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 449

The author

David BaldacciDavid Baldacci was born in 1960 in Virginia, USA. He struggled to get his work published while working as an attorney.

When his first novel, Absolute Power, was finally published in 1996 it was an international bestseller. He has written 15 novels, all of which have been bestsellers.

Over 50 million of his books are in print worldwide.

The plot

Faith Flockhart is a Washington lobbyist who, along with her boss Danny Buchanan works to help direct foreign aid to underpriveleged nations. Most people assume lobbyists are immoral devils who protect the interests of Tobacco or Oil companies. In fact, that is exactly how Danny and Faith made their sizable fortunes. However, on Danny’s travels all over the world he witnessed terrible human suffering that pricked his conscience.

He decides to work as an un-official lobbyist for charities and NGO’s that help the poor in developing countries. Danny teams up with Faith to start a new lobbying firm. Unfortunately, Danny finds that politicians are unwilling to help people in distant nations, especially since Danny no longer has large corporations financing him.

Danny decides that he has no option but to use his vast fortune to influence politicians, a classic case of doing with wrong thing for the right reason. A powerful CIA veteran discovers Danny’s dealings and blackmails him into a partnership of sorts.

Danny keeps Faith in the dark about the CIA and begins to distance himself from her. Faith, uncomfortable with the way they are “influencing” politicians and further spooked by Danny’s strange behaviour, decides to run to the FBI.

Danny along with a private investigator called Lee Adams must do their best to save Faith from vicious CIA hitmen.

The verdict

The book wasn’t all that exciting. I fail to understand how such a dull book could reach #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Only the final few chapters generated some mild suspense.

I plan to read another book by Baldacci soon. Perhaps it will explain his popularity better than this sorry excuse for a thriller.

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