First Family by David Baldacci

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Following the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Simple Genius, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci‘s most heart-pounding thriller to date . . .

FIRST FAMILY

It began with what seemed like an ordinary children’s birthday party. Friends and family gathered to celebrate. There were balloons and cake, games and gifts.

This party, however, was far from ordinary. It was held at Camp David, the presidential retreat. And it ended with a daring kidnapping . . . which immediately turned into a national security nightmare.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell were not looking to become involved. As former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, they had no reason to be. The FBI doesn’t want them interfering. But years ago, Sean King saved the First Lady‘s husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now, Sean is the one person the First Lady trusts, and she presses Sean and Michelle into the desperate search to rescue the abducted child.

With Michelle still battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and Sean, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define . . . or defend.
 

David Baldacci has earned his ranking as a best-selling author by keeping readers on the edge of their seat wondering what is going to happen next.  First Family is no exception.  The President’s niece gets abducted after attending a birthday party at Camp David, but no one knows why.  There is also a murder and an unrelated kidnapping and PI’s Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to help solve the case and find the missing girl.  

When you realize the lies and deceit that are brewing, coming from the First Family, you will see that not everything is what it seems.  You WILL NOT figure this one out ahead of time.  This is an intricate plot that is woven so well and the characters are very well developed.  Yet again, another author that I have to read more by…will my TBR pile ever get smaller?

Thanks so much to Miriam of Hachette for allowing me to review this novel!

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at http://www.david-baldacci.com and his foundation at http://www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com

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Fault Line by Barry Eisler

Join Barry Eisler, author of the military action thriller, Fault Line (Ballantine Books, March 2009), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in May on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
 
After graduating from Cornell Law School, Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center. Eisler’s thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous “Best Of” lists, and have been translatedinto nearly twenty languages. The first book in Eisler’s assassin John Rain series, Rain Fall, has been made into a moviestarring Gary Oldman that was released by Sony Pictures in April 2009.
 
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Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
 
Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole ambition: making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies–and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person he’d ever ask: his brother.
 
Ben Treven is a military liaison element, an elite undercover soldier paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value targets in the United States global war on terror.
 
Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s culture of denial and decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows because the black ops world is all he really knows–and because other than Alex, whom he hasn’t spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.
But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives Alex’s frantic call he hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal that there’s another player who knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini, a young Iranian American lawyer whom Alex has long secretly desired–and whom Ben immediately distrusts. As these three struggle to identify the forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to examine the events that drove them apart–even as Sarah’s presence, and her own secret yearnings, deepens the fault line between them.
 
A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically charged, Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and onto the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped by only three people–three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they’ll first have to survive one another.
 
MY THOUGHTS:
 
This is the first book by Barry Eisler that I have read and was intrigued by the description on the back.  This book is centered around two brothers who have been estranged from each other for quite some time.  These brothers are like night and day – Alex is an attorney in Silicon Valley while Ben is a government assassin.
 
Alex is working on a “project” and when things go wrong and people are killed – it is at this point he calls his brother for help.   You can see from the beginning that there is going to be turmoil between the two brothers because their personalities differ so greatly.  They are also still working through issues that surround the death of their sister when they were younger.
 
Although the plot itself held my interest, I found it to be predictable at times, especially concerning the feelings each brother was battling.  This author does has experience on his side, which helps lend credability to his writing, and he is obviously a good writer.  This is a good thriller, but I would put it right in the middle of the pack when compared to other books I’ve read in the same genre.  I will be certain to check out the “John Rain” series as these sound as if they are his best work to date, and will also look forward to what he has to bring in the future.
 
WIN PRIZES!!!
 
FAULT LINEVIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09will officially begin on May 1 and end on May 29. You can visit Barry’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in May to find out more about this great book and talented author!

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Join Jamie Ford, author of the World War II historical fiction novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Ballantine Books, January 2009), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in May on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
 
 
Career-wise, Jamie went to art school in Seattle to become an illustrator, and ended up an art director/copywriter. He’s won an embarrassingly large amount of meaningless awards including 400+ Addys, 7 Best-of-Shows, and his work has appeared in Adweek, Advertising Age, Graphis and Communication Arts. He also had a commercial appear on an episode of The U.K.’s Funniest Commercials inspired by an embarrassing incident with a bidet that he’d rather not go into right now.
 
On the writerly side, he won the 2006 Clarity of Night Short Fiction Contest, was First Runner-Up in the 2006 Midnight Road Reader’s Choice Awards and was a Top-25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fall 2006 Short Story Award For New Writers. He’s been published in The PicolataReview, and his fiction is online at Flashing in the Gutters and Fictional Musings. He’s also an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp.
 
Jamie’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet will be released by Ballantine–January 27, 2009.
On the personal side, he’s the proud father of two boys and two girls. Yep, it’s chaos, but the good kind of chaos.
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In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
 
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.
 
Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.
 
Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
 
MY THOUGHTS:
 
It is rare that I pick up a book and know from the first page that this book is destined to be in my list of all time favorites – that is exactly what happened when I picked up “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.
 
I was initially intrigued by this book because of the historical aspect.  I used to be a history snob, especially when it came to historical fiction, but have recently found that these are some of my all time favorite books.  While there is definitely a strong historical backdrop, this book is about so much more.  Trying to summarize it may not be easy, but I’m going to give it a shot…suffice it to say it is a book you really need to read to thoroughly enjoy, and I highly recommend you do!
 

The storytelling is superb, as the author is able to switch from 1986 to the 1940s and piece together the life that Henry Lee has led.  I admit, I never paid much attention in history, but even if I did you are not subjected to a “lesson” such as this.  If so, I probably would have enjoyed it more.  We all hear the details of war and it doesn’t really affect most of us unless we know someone who lost their life or a loved one that was affected.  A book such as this helps to bring life to the people during this time, and helps you understand what they had to go through to try and survive.  Being white, I think that many other caucasians should read books such as these to fully understand what our fellow human beings have had to go through.  We are not discriminated against as much as some of the other ethic groups, and this author makes you once again realize how unfair this is.

.Keiko traditions, about the confusion between the Chinese and Japanese during a time when all Asians were being scrutinized about the war.  But, more than anything they bring back memories of  ancestral were left in the basement by Japanese families in the 1940s.   Henry is there for a different reason.  These aren’t just pieces of history to him, they are memories.  Memories of his life during the World War II era :as the only Asian boy in an all white school, about trying to fit in while still holding fast to his thatThis book is centered around Henry Lee.  In the opening pages, Henry is standing in from of the Panama Hotel, on of the landmarks in Seattle that has gone to ruin over the years.  It is 1986, and they are about to unveil some belongings that were recently discovered belongings

 
This book is going to be added to my list of top 20 books of all time.  It has everything I look for in a novel and more.  This is Mr. Ford’s debut novel, and I for one am looking forward to anything else this author has to say.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
 
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HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEETVIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09will officially begin on May 1 and end on May 29. You can visit Jamie’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in May to find out more about this great book and talented author!

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Win a copy of “Priceless Memories” by Bob Barker on Audio

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Would you like to win a copy of “Priceless Memories” by Bob Barker on audio? Here is some info about the book:

In  his first audiobook, Bob’s trademark charm and charisma shine as he shares a lifetime of experiences. In front of the camera, he has been invited into the homes of millions of Americans as host of The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences, Miss USA, Miss Universe, The Rose Parade, and many other programs and specials. He will share stories of favorite contestants, episodes, and behind-the-scenes happenings.

Beyond his public persona, he will open up about his personal life. From being raised on a Native American reservation by a single mother through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, to training as a pilot in the Navy during World War II, through his romance with the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo, and his success at retirement.

His support of animal rights has always been a central part of his life. Bob delves into stories of how he has taken on Hollywood and the government in his crusade, including his anti-fur stand-off with beauty pageants, his involvement in uncovering animal abuse in movies and television, and the legislation he helped to pass. He also shares personal stories of rescuing animals, from dogs to elephants.

For the innumerable fans who have welcomed Bob into their homes over the last fifty years, this will audiobook will be like catching up with a dear and familiar friend who continues to lead a full and endlessly interesting life.

I will be giving away 3 copies of this book on May 25. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. Make sure to comment for your chance to win!

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Win a Copy of “The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson on Audio

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Would you like to win a copy of “The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson on audio? Here is some info about the book:

When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor’s horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story–of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.

I will be giving away 3 copies of this book on May 25. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. Make sure to comment for your chance to win!

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Win a Copy of “Boneman’s Daughter” by Ted Dekker on Audio

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Would you like to win a copy of “Boneman’s Daughter” by Ted Dekker on audio? Here is some info about the book:

Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is married to his work; so much so that his wife and daughter have written him out of their lives. Sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own. The method: a meticulous, excruciating death by broken bones that his captor has forced him to learn.

Returning home after the ordeal, a new crisis awaits. A serial killer is on the loose, and his method of killing is the same. Ryan becomes a prime suspect, which isn’t even the worst of his problems: Ryan’s daughter is BoneMan’s latest desire.

In a story that is devaststing in its skill and suspense, – Ted Dekker brings to bear his ability to terrify and compel in BONEMAN’S DAUGHTERS.

I will be giving away 3 copies of this book on May 25. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. Make sure to comment for your chance to win!

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Win a Copy of “No Matter What” by Lisa Nichols on Audio

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Would you like to win a copy of “No Matter What” by Lisa Nichols on audio? Here is some info about the book:

There’s no diet, no push-ups, no treadmill. But Lisa Nichols has got a plan that will move you, flex your “bounce-back” muscles and empower you to realize your dreams, no matter what. Her message is one of resiliency: you can get the life you deserve and realize your dreams, No Matter What! Millions of people are trying to live by The Secret‘s Law of Attraction, but the truth is that it won’t work unless you’ve strengthened your bounce-back muscles. Your bounce-back muscles give you the strength and agility you need to navigate life’s speed bumps-and the program in No Matter What outlines these 9 Steps or “muscles”, which include your Confidence muscle, your Faith-in-Myself muscle, your Honesty Out Loud muscle and your Forgiveness muscle, and tells you how to use them to achieve happiness and success. By developing and toning her own bounce-back muscles at critical points in her life, Lisa Nichols found the power to become her authentic self and achieve everything she dared to hope for. In this powerful audiobook, Lisa breaks down her plan for listeners. She shares her own remarkable story and prescribes a program of specific exercises and action steps for readers to learn from their past and move toward a courageous future.

I will be giving away 3 copies of this book on May 25. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. Make sure to comment for your chance to win!

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