This seems very similar to other Brad Meltzer books. There are more in depth characters, and the women tend to be villains, or not very nice. Some parts of the story touch on difficult or sensitive topics, but listing them would give away the plot. The actions scenes, like chases are too long. I drifted away from the story until people stopped chasing each other around. Narration was brilliant as usual.
The suspense and action in the story is consistent throughout. The inside descriptions of the White House provided great imagery. Finally, this is a book I can recommend to my teenagers, as it wasn't full of sex and profanity as many other authors' books in this genre. Thanks, Brad Meltzer, for sharing your talent!
I usually enjoy Brad Meltzer but this audio book drives me nuts. First the reader is difficult to distinguish between characters which makes it difficult to follow the story line. Maybe it would have been better if I read the book.
Love reading tech & business especially when it comes in a single book.
Well worth the time and price of the book. Also great insight into the inside of the White House both physically and historically.
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Characters are well defined and the story is a roller coaster. I have always been impressed with Mr. Meltzer's writing. He melds fiction and history into a tight story with great characters. He did it again in The First Counsel.
I must do a special shout out for Mr. Meltzer's honest and accurate portrayal of a person with intellectual disabilities (ID). Even though this character was not a main focus of the story, he still developed the character as a real person and not a caricature. I have worked with people with ID for over twenty years and I get so angry at authors in both literature and television that have characters with ID appear either completely evil or hapless and helpless. Mr. Meltzer added a character who is a full person who happens to be ID. Thank you!
I found it frustrating when the reader lowered his voice for emphasis I could not hear him.I was driving this is not good
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The storyline is good and enough twists in it to make it a good listen but the reader....
I listened to this through the end hoping it would get better, but was very dissapointed. The plot is implausible at best, the characters are generally dislikeable and the author often fails to build the proper foundation to make their actions believeable. Very shallow writing with a thin, unlikely, and predictable plot.
First Council contains many insights into the workings of the executive branch. Questions of trust intermixed with interesting plot turns permeate the book. It kept my interest!