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The First Counsel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't put this one down!

This was intense. I hadn't read Meltzer since finishing Dead Even several years ago. I shouldn't have waited so long. A solid and harried (in the end) story, but well worth a read.

posted by Anonymous on January 31, 2005

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not Meltzer's best.

I'm usually very easy to please, and enjoy Meltzer's other books, however this book was not very good. It was not exciting or intense drama, but felt like soap opera drama, cheesy and you don't really care about the characters. There are better fiction books out there....
I'm usually very easy to please, and enjoy Meltzer's other books, however this book was not very good. It was not exciting or intense drama, but felt like soap opera drama, cheesy and you don't really care about the characters. There are better fiction books out there. Hope this review helped!

posted by Anonymous on July 12, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    Fast reading but thin plot

    Meltzer's latest outing does not live up to the breathless reviews. The White House inside info is very interesting but not crucial to the plot. Annoyingly, the most fascinating character in the White House -- the president -- is rarely seen or heard from. In fact, the lead character Michael Garrick makes a presentation to the president on a topic that I was sure would be central to the plot. But Meltzer skips over the meeting entirely! Why? Who knows. Here was a chance to portray the highest level intrigues and give us a real feel for the Oval Office -- but it never happens. Garrick, as a well-trained and highly placed lawyer, is reduced to hysterial babbling throughout most of the book. Meltzer is sometimes heavy handed with his prose. An example of Garrick's over-wrought dialogue: 'Is that the lie of the moment? Some maudlin disclaimer?' (p. 450) Nora, the First Daughter, is an interesting character who keeps you guessing. The plot itself centers on a conspiracy and coverup that I won't give away. After 300 pages, you don't know much more than after the first 25. But Meltzer does keep you reading. It's compelling stuff but wears a little thin over the course of the book. The ending ties up many loose ends and was disappointing -- mainly because the conspiracy was more personal than political. So, again, the White House insider viewpoint is almost wasted. Still, a compelling read for Washington thriller junkies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Ok

    Not his best but still good.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Easy read

    very easy to read, does seem like a rerun though.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Attention getter.

    A fast moving mystery with an unexpected and sad ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Recommended

    Although a fairly good read, I found it very slow moving in places. The story was very good otherwise.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    an easy read

    The Charachters were not believeable. The story line is a little out of it. Maybe if I knew more about how the goverment works it would have been a better read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    fast paced, but poorly plotted

    I was disappointed in this one. The hero is likable, and the plot moves quickly, but the plot makes little sense to me.

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