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
First Family is the latest in the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series from David Baldacci. This is my favorite series from this author and I was looking forward to this book. It is not a bad "read" but it does not live up the standard set by earlier books in the series. I thought the story drug and lacked the "grab me" compelling nature of the earlier books. It did pick up in the last fifth of the book, but even then it was only a marginal acceleration in excitement. If you like this series, it is worth listening to, but don't expect it to be on par with Baldacci's previous King and Maxwell books.
What a good book. I enjoyed it very much. Buy it!!
The good: intricate plot, long book, no loose ends, extremely well read. The bad: the glue the author needed to bring all the elements sometimes severely stretched the bounds of credibility.
I love the Sean and Michelle series and this one followed suit with the other books. I was really entertained and wanted to hear the end. Only downside, it was a little predictable in parts, but entertaining.
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