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First Daughter (Jack McClure Series #1)

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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