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. It felt like 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 Columbus Rose, Ltd; (P)2009 Hachette US
"Baldacci's careful plotting and confidant depictions of national security procedures make this a thinking man's thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ron McLarty is the perfect choice to present Baldacci's latest thriller. His clear, strong voice shifts effortlessly among the story's varying passages of sadness, anger, and irony. His facility with multiple characters of both genders and many ages, races, and regional accents enables the listener easily to keep track of everyone." (AudioFile)
Found that I just wanted to keep on listening as the rain fell outside. A story that is light in structure and a little predictable, but well read and kept me engaged to the end.
The story line was unexpected but the narrator was effective and with the use of the sound effects it was enthralling. Clearly the authors knowledge of the Secret Service and other law agencies makes this story captivating. Baldacci style is very enjoyable which will encourage me to listen to more of his books.
"Return to form for Baldacci?"
Like many others I have listened to True Blue and found it to be too implausible and cliche ridden. Ostensibly written before True Blue, First Family rocks you from the first page and continues apace. The plot moves so rapidly that, and is woven so intricatley, that you could easily forget that it is a "series" book that renews the reader's relationship with Sean King and Michelle Maxwell.
It seems to me that David Baldacci's books are most enjoyable when the central character (hero or villain) is a misunderstood loner with real old fashioned values. It works for him in First Family and the narrator just adds to what would be a pulsating read.
Have always enjoyed Baldacci but this was just too juvenile for me! Will not be buying another of his works.
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