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Friday, February 26, 2010

First Daughter review and GIVEAWAY!

First Daughter
Eric Van Lustbader
400 pages

* I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review



Sometimes the weakness we fear most can become our greatest strength . . .

Jack McClure has had a troubled life. His dyslexia always made him feel like an outsider. He escaped from an abusive home as a teenager and lived by his wits on the streets of Washington D.C. It wasn’t until he realized that dyslexia gave him the ability to see the world in unique ways that he found success, using this newfound strength to become a top ATF agent.

When a terrible accident takes the life of his only daughter, Emma, and his marriage falls apart, Jack blames himself, numbing the pain by submerging himself in work. Then he receives a call from his old friend Edward Carson. Carson is just weeks from taking the reins as President of the United States when his daughter, Alli, is kidnapped. Because Emma McClure was once Alli’s best friend, Carson turns to Jack, the one man he can trust to go to any lengths to find his daughter and bring her home safely.

The search for Alli leads Jack on a road toward reconciliation . . . and into the path of a dangerous and calculating man. Someone whose actions are as cold as they are brilliant. Whose power and reach are seemingly infinite.

Faith, redemption, and political intrigue play off one another as McClure uses his unique abilities to journey into the twisted mind of a stone cold genius who is constantly one step ahead of him. Jack will soon discover that this man has affected his life and his country in more ways than he could ever imagine.


I had never heard of this author until I recieved this book as well as the sequel, review coming soon, in the mail from the publisher. I've only read a couple of thrillers so far and this is one that I really enjoyed a lot. The synopsis of the book says a LOT about the story so I'm going to tell you what I liked about the book and hopefully not giveaway too much.

Number 1 I liked the characters....All the characters in my opinion were pretty great. Even the "bad guy." My personal favorite was Jack himself....He's a "broken" man who is trying to reconcile all the wrongs and hurts of his past.

Number 2, I loved how much of a fast paced read it was. Being that I have such ecclectic tastes in books, if a book doesn't grab me and suck me in right away I get bored with it and have a tendency to move on to something else. That soooo did NOT happen with this story....I got sucked in right away and I had a very hard time putting this book down!

Number 3, all the twists and turns....Liked them a lot. Though there were a few times some of the twists and turns ended up confusing me, I was able to right myself again pretty quickly. The author kept you guessing "who done it?" all the time.....I literally figured it out at the same time that Jack did.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading First Daughter. My only "problem" with the book was some of the twists and turns. But as I said above even in those few instances I was able to right myself again pretty quickly. I defiantely recommend reading this book....Even if you aren't into thrillers....It may be classified as a "thriller" but it is also a redemption story.

I am giving away courtesy of the publisher 1 copy of First Daughter. Here are the rules to this contest:
1. You MUST fill out the form.
2. You MUST leave me a comment letting me know you filled out the form.
3. Winner will be drawn at random.
4. Contest runs until 11:59 pm CST on March 25.
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Spellboundbybooks Melissa said...

Hi, Filled out a form for the giveaway. I like the sound of this book. Great Review

Cym Lowell said...

I filled out the form! Thanks for this opportunity-


Marjorie said...

Super giveaway, I filled out the form.


holdenj said...

I filled out the very easy form. I haven't read any of his books either, but looks like they're good.

Sue said...

I filled out the form. Looks good!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Not my type of book but thanks for the awesome review and contest :)

Happy Friday :)

StephTheBookworm said...

Cool, filled out the form!

KMichelleC87 said...

Thanks for the contest. I filled out the form.

Kathy Martin said...

I filled out the form. I like to read the occasional thriller and this one sounds very good. Love stories about flawed characters who manage to act anyway.

Pricilla said...

I filled out the form. I love his books.
thank you

CallMeKayla said...

Just filled out your form!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book. I filled out the form, thanks for doing this. :)

angie said...

I filled out the form:)

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Kelsey said...

Awesome contest!! Yay! I love book contests! I have filled out the form.


Kelsy Alexandra said...

great contest!! i filled out the form



Jennifer said...

I filled out the form. :)
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IceJewel said...

I have entered :)
Thanks for the contest !

IceJewel said...

Ahh..Thriller,twists and turns and fast paced too ! Would love to read it.Great review :)

Janet Ruth said...

Great review, this book sounds great.

I filled out the form for the giveaway.


Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Wonderful contest! I filled out the form. Good luck to everyone!

Anonymous said...

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Haku said...

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justpeachy36 said...


I filled out the form

Holly said...

i entered :)

Misusedinnocence said...

I filled out the form. :)

holdenj said...

I filled out the very easy form! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this contest, I am very intrigued!

Stella said...

Thanks for this contest, and especially for making it international! I filled out the form, thanks!

MarionG said...

I did fill out the form and I love Van Lustbader(have read over 6 of his books.

Linda Kish said...

I filled out the form

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mariska said...

great contest !
i filled out the form.