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FIRST DAUGHTER


By Eric Van Lustbader

A Forge Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, September 2009 ($9.99)

ISBN-10: 0765361426
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-6142-4

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

The 19-year-old daughter of the U.S. President-elect is abducted a month before her father's inauguration. ATF agent Jack McClure is tasked with searching for the girl. The current U. S. President wants to use the situation to launch an assault on his "enemies."

The kidnapping plot line had potential but the political and religious aspects of the story were badly handled by the author. The political machinations were confusing and boring. The author's viewpoint regarding religion was so annoying, I'd rather he just hit me in the head with a blunt instrument and put me out of my misery.This book should have been tossed back into the "slush (reject) pile" by the first editor who read it.

I used to enjoy this author's early works (THE NINJA) but it seems each of his recent endeavors is worse than the previous one.

Unless you are a die-hard Lustbader fan, who simply must read everything the man's written, don't waste your time or money on this one.


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