First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #4)
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Following the instant #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, and Simple Genius, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci's most heart-pounding thriller to date . . .
A daring kidnapping turns a children's birthda...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
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell team up with the FBI to find the President Dan Cox (wife Jane Cox) kidnapped niece Willa Dutton.
Another politician that can't keep his zipper up...Sen.Dan Cox rapes campaign aide Tippy Quarry > Jane Cox arranges for an abortion that goes bad > Tippy in a coma for 13 + years. Sen. Dan Cox has sex with Diane Wright in car (Sean King sees him and delivers him home to his wife, Jane) Diane Wright gets PG, has baby > Jane Cox arranges for baby to...more
The novel was all about protecting the president (his wife in particular). He was a slime ball and everything from his past becomes a nightmare to many victims. The book begins at a birthday party with a pla...more
A kidnapping of the President’s niece draws ex-secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell into a plot that even their highly trained eyes are hard-pressed to solve. It takes them on a crazy journey around the east side of the United States of America. On their journey they experience crazy plot twists that not even the experienced mystery genre readers could not comprehend until...more
But overall, it was lacking. I'm not expecting James Joyce when I read one of these thrillers, but I expect more than what I got out of this one. I'm not a big one into thrillers, but having read Steve Berry and...more
Being an Australian, I tend to notice when a book I read has American spelling, and I dislike the frequent use of 'gotten' which makes me cringe, though I know it's common in the US. I have not rated 'First Family' as mediocre because of that, but because it was a thriller that failed to thrill. (I picked it up second-hand at a school fete at a tiny town in Australia.)
The biggest problem with this book, I think, is poor characterisation. If the reade...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
A story of politics, retribution, and loyalty. The niece of the President is kidnapped after her 12th birthday party and the First Lady enlists the help of Baldacci private investigators from his previous novels, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, to track down the kidnappers and bring her niece back safely.
From the start this tale builds strong mysteries, twists and turns that are set off with pyrotechnic-like precision. Character motivations and charact...more
So, the First Lady's much-loved niece Willa is kidnapped. Lady Jane Cox asks Sean King, a former Secret Service agent to find and bring her home. Sean along with partner Michelle Maxwell investigate the case with the reluctant help of the FBI (cliché?).
The antagonist, Quarry, in my opinion is more fascinating than the protagonists. Baldacci writes in such a way that you have no option but to feel something for him, w...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
I have to say the story started out as a bit of a mess. There’s complex and ambiguous, then there’s convoluted and confusing. The initial problem was the old “who is the main character here?” which was party intentional because as readers we were expected to sympathise with all the characters not just the ‘good’...more
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell were not looking to become involved. As former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, they had no reason to be. The FBI doesn't want them interfering. But years ago, Sean King sav...more
Two plots here. The first one, and the one whic...more
He also masterfully ties in two different plots with the same theme.
The only reason I give it 3 stars is because I skim the ending.
I do this with so many...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
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
The First Lady, Jane Cox, has been keeping her husband out of trouble and getting rid of his problems, mostly women, for yea...more
He's good at the thriller stuff without being overzealous about it. First family follows the story of the first family (What else!) David manages to make the first family seem utterly human. The book talks about making mistakes and taking the heat for them. The president is running for yet another term and the past has finally decided to catch up to him. Hi niece Willa goes missing and the kidnappers sends a series of letters addresse...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
Ex CIA agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are asked to meet Pam Dutton, who wants to hire time. When they arrive at Pam's home, someone has just murdered Pam and kidnapped her twelve year old daughter, Willa. Willa is the First Lady's neice and when the First Lady, Jane Cox, finds out about the kidnapping, she hires King and Maxwell to find Willa.
We find that Sam Quarry is behind the kidnapping. He sent two men to carry out the crime. When Pam Dutton fought bac...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
I meant to treat this as a leisure book. What that means for Will and me? Well, normally, one of us reads one book and the other another. That way, between the two of us, we can read more and just report to each other on our jogs in the morning.
With this book, that was outright impossible. It was so exciting and I kept wanting to read passages to Will; I was worried I would miss a detail and we'd thus not be able to keep at the guessing game as to what happened why and who did it...more
Now hired by the First Lady ,they set out piece together the scant evidence in a race to save her niece ,Willa . Hindered by the lack of evidence and intentional omissions of evidence they are led on a trail of deceit. The muddied waters of politics leave...more
David Baldacci has published sixteen novels: Absolute Power, Total Control, The Win...more