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Publisher's Summary

Jack McClure lost his daughter. Now it's his job to make sure the president-elect doesn't lose his. For eight years, America has been led by a president hell-bent on aggressive foreign policy and rebuilding the nation on Christian values. A new administration is on its way in, but the president has a few power moves left to see his legacy solidified. Moderate conservative Edward Carson is taking the reins, hoping to set America on a new course. But weeks before Inauguration Day, Carson's daughter, Alli, goes missing from her college dormitory.

Jack McClure is an ATF agent who recently lost his daughter in a terrible accident...and Jack's daughter was Alli's roommate. When the president-elect chooses him to lead the search for the first daughter, Jack approaches the quest fiercely. The investigation leads him onto the path of a dangerous and calculating man - someone whose actions are as cold as they are intelligent, a man whose reach is seemingly infinite.

Faith, redemption, and political intrigue play off one another as McClure journeys into the path and mind of a calculating genius who always manages to stay one step ahead of him. And Jack will soon discover that this man has affected his life in more ways than he ever realized.

Take another thrill ride with Jack McClure.
©2008 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Rarely have I read a book that grabs you so fast in the opening scene (and, oh, how it grabs!), then keeps up the pace until the very last page. Goodbye sleep; hello First Daughter." (Jeffery Deaver)

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  • Steve
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 09-17-08

Not worth the read

The plot of the book has great potential, however the Author rambles on and on and takes forever to move the plot. There are so many people floating in and out of the story from the present to the past that it's hard to keep track of everyone. You can figure out most of the ending early on, which also takes the luster off of the story. The main character is emotionally unstable hearing voices and seeing visions of his dead daughter which is totally unbelieveable.

The most troubling part of this book is the Author's intent to force his secularist views down your throat. He belittles the people in the book who have morals and any sort of Christian background, making sure they commit heinous sin or acts against God or others.

I've read a lot of books/books on CD, and this one is the worst of them all

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • prescott, AZ, United States
  • 09-07-08

anti Bush anti religion bigotry

I liked the book in general but every single chapter had as the current president a religious zealot who was a war monger and wanted to change the US into a theocracy. As if. It was one bigoted stereotype after another. I am NOT religous thats for sure. I can see a Bush bashing book when I read one. All the "reformers" and "moderates" are wonderful and anyone willing to be religious (conservative christians only mentioned not jews or islamics) etc. are the evil bad guys. HORRIBLE BIGOTRY THINLY WRAPPED IN A STORY.

20 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzan
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 01-24-09

A Great 'Who Done It'

I liked this book from the very first moment I listened. A very good story with a tight timeline for adventure lovers. And an interesting main character that I could relate to him and his childhood, and his life. And has a twist at the ending that left me 'jaw dropped'.

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  • Tracy
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 09-25-08

First Daughter

I confess - I will pick up/purchase and/or listen to books written by Eric Van Lustbader. I am consistently rewarded with rich, multi-dimensional characters and complicated plots. 'First Daughter' was a great read - listen. Jack McClure is a complex character that deserves a series of books. I looked forward to snarls in traffic to gain more time with this well written thriller.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Ironton, MO, USA
  • 10-05-08

First Daughter

I had to re-play/hear the book for the flow and theme.

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  • Morto
  • Eugene, OR
  • 06-27-18

really by EVL

decent read but a little too predictable compared to many of his earlier works, especially the Asian ones.

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Very gruesome!

I couldn’t even listen to the whole thing. I liked the mystery and the way he solved things. By the gore was so gross and just made me sick listening. I had to stop. Too much for me.

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Awful narrator

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator. Perhaps a better story. I disliked it so much I couldn't force myself to finish.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Van Lustbader again?

I might read one of his novels rather than listen to one.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

Don't know, but not him.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First Daughter?

Not sure I would have cut anything--didn't get far enough to find out

Any additional comments?

I felt like I was missing a huge chunk of the backstory as if the novel literally picked up where a previous one ended. Perhaps Van Lustbader intended this so we, just like the lead character, would be clueless as to what was going on. I read and write technical manuals all day long. Sometimes, I just don't want to work at being entertained.

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Slow mover

What was most disappointing about Eric Van Lustbader’s story?

I was disappointed about the anti-religious bent of this story. I'm going to try the next book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

Not on purpose

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Missing pieces

I felt confused and out of the loop the either book. The bits that where meant to be suspenseful or exciting were lost on me because I was trying to figure out why/what/who. So many stories that were (I assume) supposed to meet up at the end but honestly it was like listening to random pieces of three different books that had a few characters in common. I got this book 2 years ago and had a hard time getting started. I finally powered through. Will not be investing in any more Lustbader titles.