Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two 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.
©2009 David Baldacci; (P)2009 Hachette
I am a Baldaci fan, and the main story is terrific, however the totally irrelevant sub-plot dealing with Michelle's mom is irritating. There are only two reasons why an author introduces a device like this. One is if the main story is too short and he needs a filler, or if he is introducing new characters that he intends to use in future books and he wants us to "bond" with them. I suspect the latter is the case here. The problem is that every time the author switches to the sub-plot, he kills the continuity of the main plot. I don't care what happens to Michelle's family. The book is "First Family", not "Michelle's Family". In fact, this would be a great book to abridge, since eliminating the entire sub-plot would leave a very readable, taut story. Furthermore, I didn't particularly liked Michelle and Shaun. Maybe the irritation of switching stories made me dislike them. The author certainly worked hard enough to add complexity to them, but maybe he tried too hard. Men/women cop partners who wrestle with their emotions for each other are too much of a cliche. I don't look forward to future books featuring these two, but if Baldaci sticks to one plot at a time, maybe I will learn to like them.
Lots of action ... hard to guess in what is behind Mr. Sam's kidnapping. Very suspenseful.
After a disappointing previous effort that I thought got bogged down in psychobabble and torture politics, Baldacci really delivers with an exciting main plot, a shocking sub-plot, powerful reverses and rewarding resolutions. Sam Quarry is an intensely memorable character, made even more so by Ron McLarty, whose talented voice also adds soul to the laconic Sean King.
Ron McLarty is the best! And Baldacci always weaves a great tale. Great audiobook partnership. This plot kind of dragged a bit. Two story lines going on at once got a little distracting at times, but it came together pretty well.
I love it when people in power get what they deserve, despite their wealth and power.
The personalities of Sean & Michelle seems to have changed, don't know if this was the narration or the actual story. I liked the pair in the other novels, but now couldn't care what happens to them at all.I was very disappointed in the story. There was no real mystery in either of the two short stories which were combined to make a novel lenght book.
There are so many really great audio books available, I could not recommend this particular one.
Ron Larty naratted well, but I did not like how Michelle was portrayed. But that could have been the authors fault.
I read the first few books in this series, but I don't think I'll be reading any more. Anyone got a really good mystery writer they would like to recommend.
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