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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,838 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Meltzer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John F. Kennedy, 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 Michael Garrick, a young White House lawyer, begins dating the irresistible Nora, he’s instantly spellbound, just like everyone else in her world.

It’s a world all of us have heard about but few of us really know. A world where power is an aphrodisiac, your father is the President, your close friends wear earpieces and carry guns, and everyone watches your every move.

Like most, Michael thinks he can handle the pressure. Until, while together late one night, he and Nora witness something they were never meant to see, and become ensnared in a secret agenda, a scheme by a White House insider that includes betrayal and murder.

Suddenly, this young Washington power broker, who just yesterday was out on a dream date, finds himself trusting no one, not even Nora, in a battle to prove his innocence. It’s a battle that will shake the walls of the Oval Office to their foundations, and may ultimately cost Michael Garrick his life.

In a fresh and knowing voice, Meltzer takes us down the rabbit hole of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and paints a riveting picture of a danger only one man will know: what it’s like to fall in love with the world’s most powerful daughter.

The First Counsel.

The President’s Daughter.

You’ve never dated anyone like this.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A potent cocktail of pulp fiction and inside-the-Beltway politics…hard-boiled…with pedal-to-the-metal pacing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Fast-paced and suspenseful…ups the ante for legal thrillers with its intricate plot and clever, complex characters…the perfect setting for perilous crimes.”


  • “Meltzer excels at plotting…The First Counsel is a cleverly commercial mix of legal thriller and political chicanery guaranteed to keep you turning pages until Meltzer puts the third branch of government in his sights, too.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Meltzer sprinkles his tale with many interesting details of working in and around the White House…His…narrative…digs its hooks in, and even skeptical readers will want to continue through the twists and turns, if only to confirm their own predictions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Washington color and scenery and the unusual cast of characters take The First Counsel a step above your average page-turner and will keep you reading until the startling conclusion.”


  • The First Counsel is a top-notch political thriller that takes readers into the very heart and soul of the White House.”

    Library Journal

  • “Meltzer doesn’t weigh his supernova plot down with niceties like political policy…or psychology. Nothing gets in the way of the adrenaline jolt Meltzer delivers like a master.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed the book. Meltzer doesn't build suspense, he jumps right in on page one and doesn't let up until its finished. I like that with each story he gives a little more insight into the workings of Washington DC and its politics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Corinne | 2/17/2014

    " A book that relies so much on snappy dialog is likely to irk me, I admit, but this one is really irritating. PEOPLE DON'T TALK LIKE THAT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kaylol | 2/17/2014

    " The last chapters were good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aletha | 2/14/2014

    " Great political thriller! Make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors in DC. "

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