First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #4)
It began with what seemed like an ordinary children's birthday party. Friends and family gathered to celebrate. There were balloons and cake, games and gifts.
This party, however, was far from ordinary. It was held ...more
With one of our protagonists having a melt down and suffering with the shattering effects of things in her life (one of the reasons the book gets a 4 from me instead of a 5 the whole ...more
The plot was interesting.
And now the list of what I didn't like:
1) The reader. I found his voice mostly annoying and vaguely insulting when he put on his woman's voice. If your only version of a woman's voice is whiny, then keep your own voice.
2) ALL the female characters. ALL of them. They were terrible. There was the passionless manipulative bitch (Jane Cox), the quivering coward (Diane), the slut (Cassa ...more
But I did overall like this installment that has Sean King and Michelle Maxwell dealing with 2 dysfunctional families: The extended First Family and Maxwell's. David Baldacci does stretch the boundary of the suspension of disbelief though. The story line itself is a page turner. He is a master ...more
Those of you that have read previous reviews of mine know that I detest spoilers. But since it is my recommendation that you skip this particular Baldacci creation, I should be forgiven for the fo ...more
President's niece being kidnapped ((view spoiler)[and it turned out that she wasn't his niece, but his daughter, because apparently when he was young the President couldn't control his zipper (hide spoiler)]), Michelle still fighting her demons and suddenly got bad news herself ((view spoiler)[her mothe ...more
This time they get involved with a kidnap and murder of the family of the President of the USA. Sean King does have a friendship with the family and he and Michelle run into the kidnappers as they are leaving but are rather outgunned. Despite the policing power at their fingertips the First lady prefers Sean King on the case as well because of services render ...more
At first, we know who the good guys and bad guys are, and the breakdown of that certainty as the story moves forward is the single most telling featu ...more
Also as usual, there are two story lines. On ...more
Author: David Baldacci
In David Baldacci's thrilling novel First Family, no one ever thinks of laying a hand on The First Family. A tragedy befalls The First Family on the birthday of their most favorite niece, Willa. An old flame ignites while Michelle and Sean are in the White House and after a few gruesome murders later, they are able to piece together every bit of information. Once again David Baldacci captivates his readers by the use of language and...more
Two plots here. The first one, and the one whic ...more
The secondary plot involving old wounds with Michelle was satisfying as well. It ended an arc tha ...more
In this story, America has a truly evil President an ...more
Character Development: 3.5
Writing Style: 3.5
This book is the fourth in the series involving Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. It appears to pick up shortly after the events in Simple Genius, although the exact timing is never formally confirmed.
It strays a bit from classic Baldacci, as this novel focuses a lot more on personal elements ...more
This is the 4th of the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series. Both are former secret ...more
The First Lady, Jane Cox, has been keeping her husband out of trouble and getting rid of his problems, mostly women, for yea ...more
My oh my how this series is rapidly spiraling out of control. I love Baldaccai's writing, and while I don't find this quite as engrossing as some of his earlier work I am still drawn in like a bug to a light. This series has certainly...not sure how to word it??? I guess this would be best be described as a Soap Opera in print. Michelle's family is the epitome of dysfynctional, and their continued drama is someti ...more
Jane Cox is married to the President of the United States. They've just thrown a birthday party for Jane's niece Willa. All is find and dandy until after the party when Willa is kidnapped and Jane's sister is murdered during the abduction at their family home.
That's when Sean & Michelle ...more
First Family is definitely one of his best- just when you thinks things are calming down, more fuel is added to the fire and the plot thickens! He brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two of his heroes from previous novels. You don't have to have read the other books to follow this story, but it does help in remembering their backgrounds, etc.
The niece of ...more
When the First Lady's niece, Willa, is kidnapped on her 12th birthday, former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are asked to find her, even if they no longer serve in an official capacity. And in doing so, they unravel a secret that's been kept for 13 years, a secret that threatens to tumble the presidency in ...more
I'll give this a four. Definitely want to check out his other books though. The Sean and Michelle thing has a DEFINITE Mulder and Skully feel to it. I think Baldacci did a good job of bringing in subplots that did ...more
And dag nabbit, if it weren't for those pesky detectives, Sean and Michelle, the villain would have gotten away with it.
The plot stretches belief and coincidences as no one seems to notice that the President has a past worth hiding that included rape and drunkeness abetted by his wife. Sounds like the Clintons.
But the plot keeps moving along ...more
As to the book, good twisty story with a few dead ends and dark alleys to get lost in.
look, i'm pretty torn here. in some ways, this one has the best (most complex narrative). it even throws in a side mystery involving michelle's mommy. i enjoyed having two mysteries to solve, regardless of how simple they were to do so.
but my biggest problem here is the depiction of women. baldacci isn't exactly a renowned feminist in this series. hi ...more