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"The Whole Truth" - A wake-up call.

    When I first opened David Baldacci's, The Whole Truth, I thought it appeared as another good book by my favorite author.
"Good?" I need to work on my adjective storage shed. "Good," doesn't even come close.

     I began to imagine the implications and the possibilities of his story-line actually being the real thing. My God, is it possible that humans have out-smarted themselves to such a degree? How many stories have we read on the internet now that were published as "news," and later find out to contain only a very small portion of the "whole truth?"

     "Yeah," one might say, "but the plot isn't realistic."

     Oh really? The United States is now at an all-time low in their abilities to fullfill the demands in the ammunition market. Bullets are being bought faster than they can be manufactured. Fears are escalating. In the past two weeks terrorist plots and activities have been discovered in North Carolina, and Denver. So I ask you, what would it take? What would it take to "flip the switch?"

     Would it take an economy where people have been unemployed now for over a year? (Terrorists are hiring). Would it take a simple message on the front page of Yahoo stating that the world was on the brink of war? All it takes is a few good writers and some photographs of riot activity, or falsified threatening messages from known terrorist leaders. Stick that on the front page of papers and news websites, and in several hours you have created a belief that it's happening. It's always been a matter of "the first story told." Once a statement is made about a situation, it becomes harder to prove it's a lie than to just go with it.

    Imagine a lady is confronted on the street and a friend says," Hey, I saw your husband and his friend earlier having lunch at Quiznos."

     "What friend?"

     "Oh, I didn't get her name." Anyways, have a good day.

     A little while later, someone comes up to her and says, "Mary, is everything okay between you and Rick?"

     "Um.....yeah why?"

     "Oh, nothing....it's really none of my business. I shouldn't get involved."

     Mary arrives home and receives a phone call from an unknown voice stating, "I can't tell you who I am, because I'm worried I'll get in trouble, but your husband is having an affair." (The voice of another person that witnessed him at lunch and is 'just trying to help').

     Mary hangs up.

     Rick walks in. She can't even look him in the eyes. She won't hug him. She's crushed. Her husband looks at her and says," Mary, what is it? What's wrong?"

     She smells perfume on his jacket. She's unaware of the fact that at work, a friend jokingly squirted him with the secretary's perfume bottle. The lady he was seen with earlier was actually a client for a new advertising campaign who met him over lunch to discuss the company's proposal. The facts don't matter because she already "knew" what was going on.

     "You bastard!" She slaps his face and runs to the other room.

     Rick follows Mary and demands to know "what in the hell is going on?"

     "I know about the affair."

     Now Rick is on the defense. She has her beliefs set. Changing them and getting her to believe "the whole truth" will be quite a challenge, and even when he proves his innocence, because of circumstances, false accusations, and lies, she will never trust him 100% again. Completely innocent in every way. But due to a now-created lack of trust, this may very well be the beginning of the end. She'll be suspicious of every female she ever sees him speak to.

     That's a small example. Imagine a news flash that "The Iranians are on their way." Everyone in this country dressed in an Arabic look or looking like their heritage goes back to the Middle East is in serious trouble. How many people would die or be injured, because of a false statement that grew like a rapidly spreading virus?"

      Baldacci's The Whole Truth is a great book, but more than that, at least for me, it was an eye-opener to the realities of our brave new world. ...Fiction? .........maybe.

      Okay, David, that's my promotion for the day! :)

 Raymond

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Raymond, I think that's

Raymond,
I think that's why I enjoy reading Baldacci. You are correct that "good" doesn't quite make an adequate description. His books always do that to me. In fact, I hesitate to finish reading them right before bedtime because I can't sleep for all the thoughts swirling around in my head. Of course, once into one of his, it is hard to put it down--the thoughts still swirl.

"McGowan's Retreat" by Rob Smith is another of these possible scenario-type novels, except about the financial meltdown. Perhaps not as complex or as lengthy as Baldacci, but certainly reminiscent of him. You might want to check it out.

Nancy

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I certainly will.

Nancy,

I certainly will check it out. It will seem a little weird, as my wife's brother's name is "Rob Smith." :)

Thanks for the input.

Raymond