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The First Counsel
The First Counsel
Author: Brad Meltzer
The runaway bestseller that takes us down the rabbit hole of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. — John F. Jennedy, Jr., was Lark. — Amy Carter was Dynamo. — Chelsea Clinton was Energy. — Meet Shadow. — Shadow is the Secret Service code name for First Daughter Nora Hartson. And when White House lawyer Michael Garric...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446572187
ISBN-10: 0446572187
Publication Date: 6/1/2010
Pages: 608
Edition: Reprint
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  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This one totally sucked me in. A book review quoted on the back cover says it's "fast-paced and suspenseful throughout" and that is actually true. This is a guy who knows the economy of words. I have a very low quota for thrillers, and I was reading along (very quickly), thinking this was a simple, toss-away read like any old Grisham or Crichton novel and not really that bothered by it when sometimes the characters seemed to take a sharp left-turn out of nowhere and for no explained reason. Plot points occasionally need to come out of nowhere in a thriller. However, there was one sharp out-of-nowhere twist at the end (meant to explain the entire mystery) that left me feeling slightly nauseated. It was so sudden and random, in fact, that it pretty much wiped out my opinion of the novel up to then. So the casual recommendation I was going to offer "to fans of light thrillers" is now heavily qualified by the bad feeling this book left me with. I kinda resent the way the narrative jerked me around.
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Helpful Score: 5
An exciting mystery with one compelling cliffhanger after another! If you enjoyed the T.V. hit "THE WEST WING," you will love this! The ending is an absolute shocker!
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Helpful Score: 4
Stayed up until 3:00 AM to finish this one. Fast-paced and suspenseful to the last page!
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Helpful Score: 4
suspense and intrigue. a young lawyer in Legal counsel office at White House gets involved w/president's daughter and more then he can imagine. politics, murder, drugs and much more. Action never ends. Although a little long it is a fast read. I enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 4
I have never been into politics much but this book really held my attention!
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I just couldn't get into this book. Certainly a first for me when reading Meltzer. He is a great author so don't let this review discourage you from reading his other books
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Excellent book. Well written, one of his best works.
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This begins entirely too slow. I almost gave up on it, the book could easily be 100 pages or so less. But once it got going it was a great thriller.

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