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
Agree with others that the secondary story of Michelle's family was distracting and a waste of time. Without it the book's length would probably be a 1/3 shorter and not worth the listen. Even the primary storyline dragged on. There were too many points along the way where the author comes up with a solution to a problem that is unrealistic. Reminds me of one of his previous books with these characters where during a gun battle the two bullets from the villain and Shawn miraculously collided, thereby preventing injury. Sigh.
Definitely not of of Baldacci's better reads; not even close.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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