A daring kidnapping turns a children's birthday party at Camp David into a national security nightmare, but the hostage is not who anyone would expect. The First Lady enlists the services of King and Maxwell to bring the child back safely. Years ago, King saved her then-senator husband from an assassin's bullet; whether they shared anything else is their secret. With Michelle still recovering from her own demons the pair are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them, and the line between friend and foe impossible to define...or defend.
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The reason I chose the abridged version of this book is because all of Baldacci's books that I have heard before were good, but I always wanted to flip ahead and cut some of his self-adulation. Yes, he is a good and intelligent writer, but I don't need laborious reminders of that in each book. That being said, the abridged version is probably as good as or better than the book.
The story moved quickly and had well thought out side stories and subplots.
The narration was excellent, but the sound effects were not welcome, especially while driving.
King is the most memorable character. He may not be the last Boy Scout, but he is a credit to the club.
Baldacci has taught me that less can mean more. He is an excellent author and I look forward to reading all of his works. I will, however, choose only the abridged versions from now on. Most authors are better unabridged; Baldacci is better abridged.
To those of you who haven't listened to or read David Baldacci, this novel, like most his others, has a story line that is just good enough to keep you interested. Not great, but good. I didn't really gain affection for any of the characters and I almost didn't care how it would end. There is some action, a little girl is kidnapped but you never learn that much about her, there's a bad guy but he isn't really all the bad, and on and on. Ron McLarty does a good job on an average story line.
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