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First Family | [David Baldacci]

First Family

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.
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Publisher's Summary

When she turned the page and her gaze flickered over the date on top it was as though the lightening outside had somehow grounded right into her. A billion volts of pain, a shriek of anguish you could actually see, and feel, as it pierced her.

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

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    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 04-30-09
    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 04-30-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "First Family"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Dunbarton, NH 05-12-09
    Eric Dunbarton, NH 05-12-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book"

    Great book, great narrator must read! It kept me driving for hours:)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nora Seymour, MO, USA 05-10-09
    Nora Seymour, MO, USA 05-10-09
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    "First Family"

    Not one of Baldacci best.

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    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 01-30-10
    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "the best fiction writer I read"

    the usual solid plot and characters you find with Baldacci

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 10-02-09
    Stuart 10-02-09
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    "Can't get enough"

    I can't get enough of his books. Whether this series or the Camel Club series wonderful plots, characters and action.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Larea Tyler, TX, USA 08-19-09
    Larea Tyler, TX, USA 08-19-09
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    "Awesome"

    I love the relationship between Sean King and Michelle Maxwell and FINALLY they get together. The plot and mystery of this book was one of the best.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    05-12-09
    05-12-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Twists and Turns"

    Lots of action ... hard to guess in what is behind Mr. Sam's kidnapping. Very suspenseful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Albuquerque, NM, USA 04-29-09
    Ian Albuquerque, NM, USA 04-29-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Must-listen for King/Maxwell fans"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-17-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about First Family?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Family?

    I love it when people in power get what they deserve, despite their wealth and power.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "An average read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you recommend First Family to your friends? Why or why not?

    There are so many really great audio books available, I could not recommend this particular one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Ron Larty naratted well, but I did not like how Michelle was portrayed. But that could have been the authors fault.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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