Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the ...more
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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
It continues the protagonists' character arc development that we saw in Simple Genius and brings it to a conclusion. In addition, the story is excellent with its themes around revenge and forgiveness, both the in the main and side plots. I liked the satisfying resolution to both Michelle's trip to the past as well as the main plot line concerning the first family.
The other characters, including the nominal 'villains' were well detailed ...more
This storyline is very involved and there is a lot of depth to the characters and the plot. However, we are still dealing with the fallout from Michelle's breakdown ...more
King and Maxwell this time are called in by the First Lady of the President of the United States. Years ago, Sean King, during his days with the Secret Service saved her then-senator husband from an assassination attempt, and the First Lady and King have been close friends sin ...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
Second Read: Her footsteps were unhurried. Down the street, making one left, a two-block straightaway, and then a slight right. There was a pause at one intersection, a longer stop at another. Just from habit, reall ...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
Also as usual, there are two story lines. On ...more
Maxwell & King series Book #4
From The Book:
A daring kidnapping turns a children's birthday party at Camp David, the presidential retreat, into a national security nightmare.
Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell don't want to get involved. But years ago Sean King saved the First Lady's husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now the president's wife presses Sean and Michelle into a desperate sea ...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
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
Two plots here. The first one, and the one whic ...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 think that the author, because of his experience and intelligence, did all the little things right and bungled the supra stuff. The large details. That ...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
The secondary plot involving old wounds with Michelle was satisfying as well. It ended an arc tha ...more