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 did not like this book at all. Way too unbelievable- too much fluff, and for the most part, boring. I couldn't wait for it to end.
It felt like listening to a bad 4-hour-long Lifetime movie- or bad soap opera.
I thought this was a book that could have been much shorter if he was going to bother to write it. I agree with the other review that this is an author who is churning out his books. He should slow down and go back to his older ways of writing.
I am a David Baldacci fan but it's as if he phoned this one in. The story line is stupid, there are a lot of inconsistencies and inaccuracies and just a great example of lazy writing. Half way through the 1st file I actually stopped to verify that it really was a Baldacci book. If this is how he's writing now I will not need to read another one.
Reader & Wordsmith
Baldacci does not disappoint with this story. The plot is intricate, the characters are well developed and the ending had wonderful twists. Throughout the story, I kept having the feeling that something was not as it seemed but could not put my finger on exactly what it was. As I rushed to keep listening, I was sad to know the story was coming to an end.
First Family will keep you in suspense until the very end. Lots of action and great dialog. I highly recommend this story by Balducci
This was a GREAT book. It kept me glued to my Ipod. So many twists and turns and each one connecting to the other. This was my first David Baldacci listen and I'm off to get one more. If they are all as good as this one, I'll be his #1 fan!
I loved this books - seriously great series and I hope David Baldacci is planning on more. Michelle and Sean are a perfect balance for a partnership. In this one, you really can't decide who the good and bad are. Intruiging plot and a very satisfying ending. The new narrater was fine... but I really don't like change in narrators in a series after I have been through a few of the novels already.
Have no idea, haven't read the printed version
Unlike the last 2 of this series where only the end was interesting, this got me from the get go. I really like that both protagonist were much more likeable and did less stupid things; I can't stand when the main characters do things that get you screaming "Oh, don't be an idiot!"
But I especially LOVED how the bad guy was so for real that while the reader doesn't condone what he did, they do manage to love/hate him in the end. I even cried at the end because I completely got how much he loved his daughter--and how he could be angry with God.
His accents are pitch perfect; I really like how easy he makes the Southern drawl sound and kinda sexy. And his female voices are spot on, very believable!
Oh yes, when Tippy died. I felt a father's heart break.
I wish David had done as well with the 2nd and 3rd. Oh well, he did enough to keep me on the series. Normally if I have difficulty staying with a novel, I move on, even if I spent a credit.
You know a thriller is failing when its most vivid, interesting and sympathetic character is the villain, followed by the 12-year-old girl whose kidnapping he has orchestrated.
Everyone else here is boring, and the plot plods. The murder of Michelle's mother and its investigation - completely unrelated to the main plot - bogs the book down further.
The narrator is good, especially when giving voice to the villain. Not good enough to bring this novel up to a credit-worthy level.
This was a great book, but very long. I took a four hour trip to see my daughter and listened the whole way there (4 hours) and back (4 hours) and still had a lot of listening to do after I got home.
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