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First Family Mass Market Paperback – 2009

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pan Bks. (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446555622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446555623
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (563 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,909,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
I have read quite a few David Baldacci books so generally knew what I was getting myself in for, from the opening page right through to the end of the book, was an unputdownable story of lust, love, hate and revenge. When after her 12th Birthday party is held at camp David, a little girl goes missing from her home, her mother (and sister-in-law to the most powerful man in the world) found brutually slain, and her brothers and sisters drugged, which all happens in the first 2 chapters you know something good is going to happen in the following 90 or so chapters. What does follow is a touching tale of how far a man will go to get justice for his daughter- even if that means taking out the first family!
Great Book well worth a read!
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I was unsure about this at first but then once I got into it, I realized it was a good story with some interesting ideas. It was, as always, well written by David Baldacci.
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.
Great read.
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This is a good read, I have read Baldacci's books before and always enjoyed them, this takes us into the realms of the President and his family, the plot was sometimes a little imagination stretching, but all good books should have that ability to take the reader away from his/her on life for a while, I thought the final chapters were a bit short and the final end game was a bit of a let down as to the finish of the 'First family'. all in all I would recommend this book for any fan of Baldacci and crime and mystery books in general
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By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mace Perry is an ex-cop who has just spent two years in prison for a crime that she was arguably innocent of. Fresh out of prison, she decides (as you do) that if she can only solve a murder case all on her own before the police can, then her innocence will be proven and she can get her job back. Luckily her sister is Head of Police and lets her tag along on a murder investigation on her very first night out of prison. Luckily too, the lawyer who discovered the body is so attracted to Mace that he is willing to team up with her, committing numerous felonies and losing his job along the way, to help her try to solve the crime (despite the fact that their relationship remains platonic). Oh and of course it all involves a sinister Government conspiracy as well as lots of opportunities for Mace to race around Washington DC on a Ducati.

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.
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Format: Paperback
True Blue is a top-class legal thriller, and Baldacci ticks so many boxes that many other writers don't even bother to consider. Set in two polar opposite worlds: the rich middle and upper classes of lawyers, police chiefs and millionaire philanthropists, and the scrape-off-your-shoe estates of junkies and gangs, Baldacci leads you deep and believably into each. Whether in a top-notch restaurant with a motorcade of bodyguards or escaping a drug-laden shack of a flat, we are immersed so deep into their worlds that we can live two lives in one book.

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.
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