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Novels about presidents & first families (or non-USA equivalents)


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Initial post: 5 May 2012, 21:06:40 BST
E. R. Welsby says:
I'm in the mood for reading books about (fictional) presidents or their relatives. Novels about other presidents/prime ministers/etc and their families are also welcome, American ones are just the most common in my experience!

What I absolutely do NOT want is books where they're corrupt or otherwise massively dislikeable. I hate dirty politics and I'm not a big fan of reading about it.

Any type of book is fine - mystery, romance, thriller, children's novel, etc etc.

Books I already know about are:

Some of the Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy (thrillers, great)

The President's Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White (teen and excellent especially the more grown-up final two books)

The First Daughter Mystery books by Susan Ford and Laura Hayden (fairly enjoyable, benefit of being written by a real first daughter)

Triggers by Robert J Sawyer (sci-fi, not yet read)

All-American Girl books by Meg Cabot (kids books, pretty good)

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (about a first lady BEFORE she becomes one, pretty good)

A few books by Richard North Patterson (I quite enjoyed the two I've read but haven't yet had a massive urge to read the others)

The Candidate by Tracey Richardson (not yet read, looks to be a lesbian romance)

First Daughter books by Mitali Perkins (not yet read, kids books)

Does anybody have any suggestions for others I should check out, please?

Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2012, 21:40:36 BST
kermit 333 says:
Not sure if this is what you mean but "The First Family" by David Baldacci was very good; it was a while ago that I read it though so I don't think that the family was corrupt.....! Check it out on fantasticfiction.com or here on Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 12:57:25 BST
LEP says:
Blimey, it looks as though you've more or less covered them all. I'll have a think, as there's a thriller which came up on my recommendations which I can't remember name of or author (LOL) that might suit. I've just got to hunt it down.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 13:44:44 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012, 13:49:03 BST
LEP says:
Here's some off Google:
Chain of Command - Casper Weinberger
The President's Daughter - Jack Higgins
Presidents Vampire - Christop Farnsworth
The Ambassador's Son - Homer H Hickman
Father's Day - John Calvin Batchelor
The Plan - Stephen J Cannell
Killing Time - Caleb Carr
The Next President - Joseph Flynn
The Fourth Perimeter - Tim Green
Marine One - James Houston
Behold a Pale Horse - Franklin Allen Leib
Headwind - John J Nance
The First Patient - Michael Palmer
The Threat - David Poyer
To the Death - David Robinson
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
State of the Union - Brad Thor
Eighteen Acres - nicholle Wallace
Put a Lid on It - Donald Westlake
Going, going, gone - Jack Womack
One Knight Only - Peter David
Executive Privilege - Jay Brandon
A Nixon Man - Michael Cahill
The Next President - Joseph Flynn
Eleanor V Ike - Robin Gerber
To Try Men's Souls - Newt Gringnch
Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
11/22/63 - Stephen King
Eagle's Cry - David Nevin
Jackie by Josie - Caroline Preston
The Lions of Lucerne - Brad Thor

Don't know what any are like, so you'll have to check them out. Hope you find something you like.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 14:21:02 BST
LEP says:
Saturday - Ian McEwan
The Prime Minister - Anthony Trollope
The Ghost - Robert Harris
Why Spencer Percival had to Die - Andro Linklater
First Amongst Equals - Jeffrey Archer
The Prime Minister - Austin Clarke

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 18:25:27 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012, 18:27:55 BST
LEP says:
Here's a few more - again you will have to check them out for suitability:
The Ambassador's Wife - Jake Needham
Joss: The Ambassador's Wife - Frederic Hunter
The President's Wife - Thea Welsh
Capitol Venture - Barbara Mikulski
Dirk Pitt novels - Clive Cussler
Thursday Next

Posted on 7 May 2012, 20:52:05 BST
The Importance of Being Kennedy by Laurie Graham. An amazing book!

Posted on 8 May 2012, 16:52:20 BST
Anne says:
"The President's Daughter" by Mariah Stewart. Romantic suspense (lightweight but entertaining).

Posted on 8 May 2012, 23:02:25 BST
E. R. Welsby says:
Wow, thank you all - I'll start looking up all the books you've suggested.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012, 13:57:12 BST
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012, 15:03:35 BST
LEP says:
Here's one I've read which I forgot was about presidents etc. Sweet Hush by Deborah Smith. It's a romance/family saga and enjoyable. "Her Harvard student son has just eloped with the First daughter; CNN are setting up cameras next to her apple orchards; the irate First parents are threatening to have her taxes audited; the Secret Service are camped in her house; the ultra obsessively controlling First lady is snooping into her background and life, which is disastarous for Hush as there are things she doesn't want her son to know about his father.... Suddenly her life, past and present, is in the spotlight"

Posted on 9 May 2012, 14:06:43 BST
E. R. Welsby says:
Thanks again, LEP! I've added that one to my wishlist (along with a few of your earlier suggestions).

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012, 15:15:37 BST
LEP says:
Alan K Baker - The Martian Ambassador (Scifi/steampunk murder mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012, 15:28:10 BST
LEP says:
Murder in the Whitehouse - Margaret Truman

Posted on 13 May 2012, 08:27:23 BST
B. Cooper says:
'Primary Colours' by Anonymous/ Joe Klien is very good - about the campaign trail.
'O' by Anonymous is not brilliantly written but an intersting version of the near future of American politics

Posted on 13 May 2012, 22:09:05 BST
I Readalot says:
Fay Weldon's 'The Presidents Child' is quite old now but might fit the bill involving the illegitimate child of an American politician who rises up the ranks.
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