First Family Mass Market Paperback – 2009
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Paperback. Pub Date :2009-11-1 Publisher:. Yi Chau Maxwell and King. DC PIs. step on the toes of everyone. including the FBI and the Secret Service They even manage to bruise the ego of First Lady Jane Cox. who hires them after her 12-year-old niece is kidnapped following a birthday party at Camp David. Baldacci excels at making the improbable believable as one obsessed man. 62-year-old Sam Quarry. takes on the best security the US can muster from his Alabama redoubt. Even more impressive than Quarrys determined campaign is the ingeniousness with which Baldacci manages to disguise both Quarrys precise motivation and aims. Meanwhile. Maxwell has to deal with her mothers death and a host of other personal issues. Baldaccis careful plotting and confidant depictions of national security procedures make this a thinking mans thriller.
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Great Book well worth a read!
Sean and Michelle, both former secret service agents are brought in to find the kidnapped president's niece, working directly for the, very clever and focused, first lady. Then the plot gets very involved as well as a number of sub-plots.
I picked up this book expecting a gripping thriller, but I found it such hard going that it took me over a week to finish it. For starters, the plot is just ridiculously far-fetched, simply riddled with implausibilities. A lot of time is also taken up with a convoluted sub-plot that adds nothing to the story. While the heroes aren't very interesting, the villains are one-dimensional and behave in the most unlikely ways. For example the reader needs to accept that a brutal gang leader nicknamed "Psycho" would agree to play one on one basketball with his intended victims rather than just knifing them, or that a top notch assassin would decide to have a knife fight with her victims rather than just killing them.
I found the writing to be highly repetitive (I counted at least 9 chapters that ended with some variation of "Mace ran to/roared off on her Ducati") with numerous highly similar discussions between the same characters. I'm not sure that the book's ending even made sense, but by then I was past caring.
The book is a complete disappointment. There are better thrillers out there.
Mace Perry and Roy Kingman are fantastic lead characters, with Mace as a kick-ass ex-cop and Kingman the wimpy sidekick. The sizzling chemistry between them is gripping in itself, and even moreso the relationship between Mace and her police chief sister.
One of the best characters in the book, though, is villainous supporting character Mona Danforth, the culmination of every dragon headteacher, every grade-A student and Connie from Holby City.
Many sub plots are introduced at the beginning of the book, which makes it hard to see which one is going to be the book's subject. It takes a while for the wheels to start grinding because not enough time is spent on any one plot in order for anything to happen. But when they do start turning, they just keep speeding up and there is barely a moment to breathe along the journey. We zip from one twist to the next, and the shocks just keep on turning.
My only criticism is the book's 114 chapters. A single scene can be broken up into several tiny chapters for no apparent reason, and this sometimes interrupts the flow of the narrative. But that is just a small irritant in what is a tremendous story, with tremendous characters who live on long after the Ducati is fired up for the final time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A soso story line. characters not believable . Very disappointing from an author who had previously shown excellent skills. Perhaps next time!!Published 20 days ago by J. Green
Hard to put it down once you start reading - another excellent book from David Baldacci. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series.Published 1 month ago by P. Smith