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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Van Lustbader Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack McClure / Alli Carson Novels Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781427205353
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Jack McClure lost his daughter. Now it's his job to make sure the president-elect doesn't lose his.
For eight years, America has been led by a president hell-bent on aggressive foreign policy and re-building the nation on Christian values. A new administration is on its way in, but the president has a few power moves left to see his legacy solidified. Moderate conservative Edward Carson is taking the reins, hoping to set America on a new course. But weeks before Inauguration Day, Carson's daughter, Alli, goes missing from her college dormitory.
Jack McClure is an ATF agent who recently lost his daughter in a terrible accident...and Jack's daughter was Alli's roommate. When the president-elect chooses him to lead the search for the first daughter, Jack approaches the quest fiercely. The investigation leads him onto the path of a dangerous and calculating man. Someone whose actions are as cold as they are intelligent. A man whose reach is seemingly infinite.
Faith, redemption, and political intrigue play off one another as McClure journeys into the path and mind of a calculating genius who always manages to stay one step ahead of him. And Jack will soon discover that this man has affected his life in more ways than he ever realized.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Adroitly knits a tale of political intrigue ... Recommended for all fiction collections. Library Journal

  • Rarely have I read a book that grabs you so fast in the opening scene (and, oh, how it grabs!), then keeps up the pace until the very last page. Goodbye sleep; hello First Daughter. Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Sleeping Doll and The Broken Window
  • A terrific story, swift-moving and thought-provoking, but told with a depth and tenderness that will last long after you have closed the final page. Anne Perry, New York Times Bestselling author of At Some Disputed Barricade
  • Action, suspense and politics blended to perfection by a master. Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
  • I've long been a fan of Eric Van Lustbader, and he's at his heart-pounding best with First Daughter, a timely and frightening political thriller. If election year politics aren't already exciting enough for you, here are the chills you've been looking for. Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake
  • From the opening chapter, First Daughter smashes the sound barrier of psychological tension, action and suspense. The story hits Mach 5 and never slows down. I hope we see more of ATF agent Jack McClure. Outstanding! Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy
  • A seductive, sophisticated, authentic thriller. Finely conceived--brilliantly executed. Eric Van Lustbader's legion of fans will be both pleased and enhanced by this terrific story, terrifically told, by a master who knows how to manipulate the reader in fiendishly exciting ways. Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Venetian Betrayal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/6/2014

    " This book was a bit hard to get into but once I did I was hooked. Very entertaining and a touching story about the loss of an adult child and healing a broken marriage. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Frances | 2/5/2014

    " Can't give this one star. Did not really read it- the writing was so bad I gave up early and flipped to the end where I discovered the plot also hopelessly bad. Stay away! Save yourself. Many years ago I read several books by this guy and enjoyed them. That was when I was in college. Question is, was he always this bad or has he lost whatver talent he once had. I find it hard to beleive I had the bad taste to enjoy anything this awful even at age 20. But I am not willig to pick up an earlier book and find out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/3/2014

    " Good read. The author has a knack for ending at just the right place so you can't stop reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/29/2014

    " The hero is a dyslexic ATF agent who is brought in to find the kidnapped daughter of the incoming President who also just happened to be his dead daughter's best friend. The story is told well and the characters are very well developed. The content deals with both the religious right and the more moderate area and is somewhat frightening in its political overtones. Jack McClure is an imperfect protagonist who is well worth learning more about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Brase | 1/28/2014

    " This one was a well written book. While billed as a thriller, and packaged as a thriller that part of the story seems to fade to the background. The main portion of the story focuses on a dyslexic ATF agent that has ruined his marriage after the tragic death of his daughter. Would I be willing to try something else by Lustbader? Sure, I just hope that the next book by this author is not another mislabeled package such as this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/16/2014

    " Jack McClure is the ultimate outsider. Beaten by an abusive father until he runs away, Jack grew up seeing the world differently. His dyslexia made it difficult to read the written word, but it also enabled him to see the world in a different way, one that made solving puzzles/mysteries much easier. He is now a top ATF agent. As the story opens, his daughter Emma was just killed in a terrible automobile accident, and his marriage has dissolved. Jack has turned to work to escape his guilt. When Emma's former roommate and best friend, Alli Carson, is kidnapped, her father asks Jack to investigate. This is not a normal investigation, since Alli's father is Edward Carson, the president elect. Alternating with Jack's backstory and what is happening to Alli, the investigation moves forward with many twists and turns. Things are never what they seem. In the end, the kidnapper is someone who has influenced Jack's life for years. When Jack finally rescues Alli, the plot is still not completed. There is one final socking event at the inauguration. A little slow in places at the beginning, but it races to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/15/2014

    " Very good. Would like to read more of his books. Deals well and builds up relationships between people in a realistic way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 12/23/2013

    " After reading Van Lustbader's Jason Bourne series I chose to read another of his books. This book, First Daughter is the first in a new series featuring Jack McClure. An interesting plot with a major turn at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 12/22/2013

    " It was good, the ending seemed a bit random, with no background... just a quick surprise the reader..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nyskier | 10/20/2013

    " Mediocre at best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/7/2013

    " Just couldn't get into this book. It didn't hold my attention for very long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kandice | 7/4/2013

    " Might read another of this author, but wasn't crazy about him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 6/26/2013

    " Entertaining while driving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy Casserly | 5/6/2013

    " I wanted to finish reading this book, as the opening scene definitely drew me in. However, the characters were a little predictable (most of them), the dialogue simplistic, and the political message a little heavy handed (maybe because I read it during the never ending election. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 1/11/2013

    " Despite a wonderful opening, First Daughter is too slow and just too silly- dyslexia does not give you the superpowers Lustbader thinks it does and people do not act like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 7/18/2012

    " Not sure if this book became a movie (Missing? with Liam Neeson) as the writer wrote the Jason Bourne series. Action packed and quite an entertaining thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 11/9/2011

    " What I learned from this book: if you're dyslexic, you can communicate with dead people! Who knew?!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 7/22/2011

    " I was very surprisingly entertained by this book. I did not want to put it down! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/20/2011

    " The book began with much suspense and interest, but waned as we see-sawed from past to present, dealing with the main character and his growing up in a hard way. By two-thirds in, I was begging it to end, which it did, but seemed to speed through to an ending, just to say it was over. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phaedra221 | 4/23/2011

    " Not one of the better van Lustbader books. Had to force myself to keep reading until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/27/2011

    " I enjoy a real page turner and this is one! Great characters, fast action, good plot- what more can a mystery reader want?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 3/11/2011

    " interested me enough to read the next book in the series. only thing that annoyed me was that lustbader kept referring to a special ability of jack mcclure but didn't really touch on it enough. still, it was a good read for me...kept me busy from the flight back from mardi gras :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/1/2011

    " I'm almost done, but I think I'm throwing in the towel. What a lame book. I could care less what happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/23/2011

    " I only gave it 3 stars because I'm not an espionage fan. Don't really know why I picked it up..... I think Lustbader was thinking "screenplay" instead of novel. Would be a great screenplay.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 10/19/2010

    " With the exception of the language, I thought this was one of Van Lustbader's best books. Kept my interest throughout with a couple of major twists at the end. Recommend to anyone who likes political intrigue--US vs. US and US vs. Russia "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 10/8/2010

    " Complex intrigue, action packed, with fascinating science and technology added for intellectual stimulation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 9/23/2010

    " I was tempted to abandon this book after about 60 pages. But I kept at it until I finished it. Wish I had gone with my first impression. The focus of the book seems somehow irrelevant to the overall background of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vannessagrace | 7/4/2010

    " The Last Snow isn’t your typical spy novel because it actually follows today’s politics quite closely. Reading it reminds me of what’s going on today with the current two political parties. Last Snow gives you pause to think about truth and untruths and what politics is really about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 7/2/2010

    " Not as good as Ludlam,I liked First Daughter, but this one was lacking. "

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About the Author
Author Eric Van Lustbader

Eric Van Lustbader is the author of more than twenty-five bestselling novels, including New York Times bestsellers The Ninja and The Testament. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages. He has also written several novels in Robert Ludlum’s highly successful Bourne series, including The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Sanction, and others. Before turning to writing full-time, he enjoyed a highly successful career in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education. 

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.