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First Daughter (Jack McClure Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

a strong exhilarating thriller

One month before moderate Republican Edward Carson is to be sworn in as the president of the US, his nineteent years old daughter Alli Carson is kidnapped in spite of Secret Service agents. ATF agent Jack McClure leads the hunt to rescue Alli whom he knows as his late...
One month before moderate Republican Edward Carson is to be sworn in as the president of the US, his nineteent years old daughter Alli Carson is kidnapped in spite of Secret Service agents. ATF agent Jack McClure leads the hunt to rescue Alli whom he knows as his late daughter Emma¿s boarding-school roommate.------------- Those who abducted Alli are brainwashing her to do a terrorist deed at the inauguration ceremony. Meanwhile as Jack struggles with making progress in his investigation, the current POTUS invoking God like he always does declares a holy war against the First American Secular Revivalists and the E-Two terrorists, who he blames.--------- Jack is an interesting hero as he struggles to overcome dyslexia and his search for the abducted Alli turns FIRST DAUGHTER into a strong thriller. However, the current President¿s invoking God¿s wrath as a motive to declare a new war on terrorism seems over the top even if this is a hyperbole of the claims of Mr. Bush and some of his more fundamental supporters. Thus when the story line focuses on Jack and Alli it is a strong exhilarating thriller when POTUS is featured it turns inanely satirical. Still readers will enjoy this exciting tale.----------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

ok

another writer using a story of lost love as the story within the story Not a good attempt to copy V. FLynn,s Mitch Rapp.

posted by Anonymous on January 1, 2011

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a strong exhilarating thriller

    One month before moderate Republican Edward Carson is to be sworn in as the president of the US, his nineteent years old daughter Alli Carson is kidnapped in spite of Secret Service agents. ATF agent Jack McClure leads the hunt to rescue Alli whom he knows as his late daughter Emma¿s boarding-school roommate.------------- Those who abducted Alli are brainwashing her to do a terrorist deed at the inauguration ceremony. Meanwhile as Jack struggles with making progress in his investigation, the current POTUS invoking God like he always does declares a holy war against the First American Secular Revivalists and the E-Two terrorists, who he blames.--------- Jack is an interesting hero as he struggles to overcome dyslexia and his search for the abducted Alli turns FIRST DAUGHTER into a strong thriller. However, the current President¿s invoking God¿s wrath as a motive to declare a new war on terrorism seems over the top even if this is a hyperbole of the claims of Mr. Bush and some of his more fundamental supporters. Thus when the story line focuses on Jack and Alli it is a strong exhilarating thriller when POTUS is featured it turns inanely satirical. Still readers will enjoy this exciting tale.----------- Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    ok

    another writer using a story of lost love as the story within the story Not a good attempt to copy V. FLynn,s Mitch Rapp.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Van Lustbader's First Daughter is a domestic political thriller.

    Van Lustbader's First Daughter is a domestic political thriller. The book is quite good; I like political thrillers. It is worth the read although you must be ready for religion mixed with politics.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Run of the Mill Thriller

    Book1 in the Jack McClure series

    This new series joins the many political thrillers available to today's readers. The story revolves mainly around politics and religion and an outgoing President who makes his decisions based on his religious beliefs.

    The story is tightly plotted with many twists and turns and enough cliff-hangers to keep us flipping pages. It opens with the abduction of Alli Carson, the 19-year-old daughter of U.S. President-elect, a month before her father's inauguration. P.E. Edward Carson seeks the help of his long-time friend Agent Jack McClure, his daughter Alli was once a roommate of Jack's daughter Emma who died in a tragic accident. P.E Carson knows Jack well enough to understand that his determination and devotion will drive him to extremes to find Alli and bring her home safely. On Jack's personal side he has learned how to hide and deal with his dyslexia however he is still struggling with the loss of Emma and the subsequent separation from his wife. There is trouble stirring in the world of politics, the outgoing administration wants their Christian philosophy to dominate, they firmly believe it is a secularist movement that is behind the kidnapping and refuse to consider any other possibilities.

    The plot thickens when Jack goes renegade, working strictly against protocol; he runs a parallel investigation to the Secret Service and other government agencies. While on the path of this dangerous and calculating kidnapper, Jack chooses to trust his own instinct and unique abilities to stay one step ahead of the villain....

    This thriller has oodles of farfetched action to entertain us. I felt the religious sub-plots boarded too much on extremism and hindered the pacing quite a bit, if there was an underlying message between the lines, I am afraid I totally missed it. Jack's life is portrayed as rather sad and depressing, he is a man that lost everything dear to him and subsequently hides himself in his career. His character is well- develop: a flawed but brilliant hero with unique and extraordinary abilities. The villain has a sci-fi overture not quite fitting to this thriller....and the rest of the characters fall into my run of the mill category.

    After all is said and done, I must admit this novel will be filed into my ho-hum category....not bad but not memorable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Eric V. Lustbader:

    V. Good. Enjoys his character contruction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    What a Twist!!

    I really liked this book but was definitely taken by surprise (you'll know when). Had read several of his previous books and felt this was up to par with those.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Good theme but missing a lot.

    Good start, wow!, thought this will be a great story....but seems to fall flat through the middlle of the page count. Decent ending with a twist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Excellent intrigue! Check this one out.

    Haven't read Van Lustbader for a while, now I can't wait to read the next Jack McClure book. Characters are well designed, suspenseful and believable. Don't miss a moment of this terrific book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Great read!

    I couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Not an easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Truly

    the worst book I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    great

    loved this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    RATING:4.5!POLITICAL THRILLER AT IT'S BEST! FIRST DAUGHTER BY ERIC VAN LUSTBADER...

    FIRST DAUGHTER by Eric Van Lustader is an intriquing political thriller set in Washington,D.C..It is well written with a plot that will catch you from the first sentence to the last sentence. The characters are intriquing,and will hold your attention.It has intrique,mystery,murder,political intrique,action,suspense,ATF agent,politics,murder,and mayhem. When ATF agent Jack McClure is called into action to help find the president,Emma,he will find a conspiracy that not could effect of power at be but could also destroy everything he holds dear. This is a heart provoking story that combines a personal story with the chilling actions of Washington. It is a fast paced,action packed roller coaster of a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must read for any and all political,suspense,action,and thriller readers. This book was received for the purpose of review from Zeitghost Media.Details can be found at A Forge Book and My Book Addiction Reviews.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Terrible

    I bacame intriqued by this book after reading a discription of it's sequel. the general idea of the book seemed original and interesting. It may in fact be an interesting story, but the writing is so poor that I couldn't get through it. The dialogue was completely unbelievable. The characters were totally undeveloped and uninteresting. The plot was underdeveloped and this author should really really drop all of the nonsensical descriptions and develop the plot. There is no logical progression to the story and about a fourth of the way through I finally had to give up. This may end up being the most poorly written book I have ever tried to read. Don't waste your time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Lustbader Continues to Entertain

    A little different twist in plot direction from Lustbader. This tale does not disappoint in its story development and constant dramtic tension. I admit I'm a fan and this story does nothing to change my opinion of the author's abilities. Story should be read by all adventure readers.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Couldn't finish

    Although the subject matter initially seemed intriguing, this story was weighed down by religious rhetoric from the beginning. Character development became muddled when it started to feel like all of the characters had the same opinions and thought processes. I finally became weary of waiting for the plot to come together and gave up on this one.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Have you ever...

    Have you ever wondered if the teen or adult child of the Presidential family ever became involved in a group outside her home? This book can give an idea. It isn't as absorbing as the Bourne series, but with a little more effort it could be.

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    An Intriguing Mystery That Keeps the Reader Guessing

    In First Daughter, ATF agent Jack McClure is brought in on the search for Alli Carson, the daughter of the U.S. president-elect, and former roommate of Jack¿s deceased daughter Emma. Jack must conduct his investigation amid a tumultuous political climate, in which varying loyalties within different government agencies imperil his investigation and his life.<BR/><BR/>The suspense in this mystery is not whether or not Alli Carson will be found alive, since we see her safe and sound at the inauguration at the book¿s outset, but who is behind the kidnapping, and what is their connection to Jack¿s past?<BR/><BR/>Jack is a mess. He suffers from dyslexia, struggles with the demons of his youth, and is wrought with guilt over the death of his daughter and his contribution to the end of his marriage. His faith has failed him as well, and has only been further eroded by a former friend¿s affair with Jack¿s then-wife, and another friend¿s fall from grace. The exploration of Jack¿s past, accomplished through flashback chapters, is exceedingly well-crafted. Lustbader¿s unreeling of Jack¿s memories is done at just the proper pace to join the two plot lines at the book¿s climax.<BR/><BR/>The conflict between faith and reason is central to this story. The outgoing president is a caricature of the worst traits attributed to George W. Bush by his detractors. He is depicted as arrogant, quick to attack, and overly influenced by the evangelical wing of Christianity. The president wants to frame one of two prominent atheistic organizations for the kidnapping, and has no qualms about fabricating evidence in order to do it. There is a great deal of dialogue and narrative devoted to the influence the religious right wields in the United States.<BR/><BR/>Many Christians will feel that Lustbader is attacking their faith, and some reviewers have even commented as much, but the story presents neither side in an entirely favorable light. It is also important to remember that these are fictional characters engaged in discussion and debate about a real-world issue. Discourse on sensitive topics should not be quashed because some people perceive anything other than praise as an attack, and I think Lustbader does a good job of getting the reader to give serious thought to a delicate subject.<BR/><BR/>First Daughter is an intriguing mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the end. While I would not go so far as to call the story redemptive, it leaves the reader thinking. The action might be a bit thin for some thriller fans, but readers who like their adventures with a heavy dose of mystery will find themselves right at home.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    As one who relies on Barnes and Noble reviews before buying a book, it was difficult in this case as the two five star reviews were written before the book was released. So I had to make my own decision, and I bought the book. My mistake. I rarely stop reading a book halfway through, but this one was too offbeat, what with the wacky president and the caricatures of really bad guys, and all of the psychobabble.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

    Take a writing course

    Eric Van Lustbader is a very creative writer...no doubt in my mind. But like many modern writers in the past 10 years, he hasn't learn the art of finishing a story. The first 3/4 of the book, was great. The last 1/4, he lost it. I had the feeling he was trying to hard to get the book finish and need a few more twist in the plot so he made them out of thin air rather than from his mattieral. And the final battle with the enemy...what? Talk about missing the mark. And then from there to the end things really didn't make much sense.

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