The President's Daughter Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1998
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The President's Daughter is to thrillers what Hong Kong is to movies: hyperphysical and flashy, filled with international menace, and perfectly choreographed so there's no wasted action whatsoever. And like those movies, the book's a wonderful ride, particularly if you don't ask too many questions after you climb aboard. The characters are strictly Central Casting: a gallant war-hero president twitted by terrorists, a craggy old pro called out of retirement, an I.R.A. scoundrel with a heart of ... well, brass at least. The daughter of the title is a comely French countess (of course), who's kidnapped by a nefarious group of Israeli extremists. In return for her safety, they want Dad to nuke several Arab countries. Will he be forced to push the button, or will a trio of agents be able to reach her in time? Typical of the genre, the book's pull is the intelligence of the villains multiplied by the ingenuity of the heroes. The President's Daughter scores highly on both and readers itching for a globe-trotting game of cat-and-rat won't be disappointed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA. International espionage at its best. Two of Higgins's favorite heroes, Sean Dillion and Liam Devlin, unite with FBI agent Blake Johnson, a decorated Marine, to solve this suspenseful thriller. When the President finds out that he had a daughter while stationed in Vietnam, this knowledge triggers a chain of events that could place the world as we know it in danger. A devious group of people discovers his secret and, acting with terrible speed, they seize the woman. If the President does not comply with their demands, they will kill her. This mystery thriller is fast paced and filled with believable characters and humor, as well as heroes whose powers of deduction and actions continue to amaze and surprise readers right up through the climactic and emotional conclusion.?Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Simon uncovers a shocker when Alzheimer's victim Miles Kendell mentioned how he and his best friend Graham loved the same woman. Simon learns that Graham had an affair with Blythe Pierce while happily married and residing in the White House. He also learns that Blythe died in a hit and run accident never solved though it was deliberate murder and that Graham sired an out of wedlock child. Simon identifies the child as Dina McDermott, owner of Garden Gates. Soon someone who wants that secret left buried goes after Dina with only Simon as her protector.
THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER is an exciting romantic suspense thriller that deliberately starts slowly so that the readers understand the personalities of the key cast members. Once that is accomplished, the tale goes into SST speed until the climax. Though it seems unlikely that a sitting president could sire a child without the media finding out, fans will accept the smoking gun because Mariah Stewart's tale contains two likable heroes struggling to survive an unknown enemy.
Simon Keller quit his job as a journalist for the prestigious Washington Press when they refused to print a shocking story because Simon would not reveal his source. He refused because he had given his word, and he's writing a book to tell his story. He's free now to answer a call from his old journalism professor, Dr. Philip Norton. Now owner of a small independent publishing house, Norton proposes a two-book contract. If Simon will write the story Philip has in mind about former president Graham Hayward, Philip will publish Simon's work-in-progress. Simon accepts the offer and takes home boxes of documentation to review. He sets up interviews with colleagues and family members of President Hayward, and during one of these sessions he stumbles onto information that, if proven, will rock the political world. If what he's learned is valid, Graham Hayward had a secret affair.
Simon becomes more and more convinced this information is true, and a clue given by the sister of Graham's secret lover reveals even more startling information that leads him to a small town seeking Jude McDermott for answers. On the way into the library where Jude works, Simon sees a beautiful woman gardening there.Read more ›
I loved the ironies in the book that seemed to attack our own prejudices about the press and their lack of ethical high ground. This one is what Romantic Suspense is supposed to be about (a well crafted blending of Romance and Suspense) but so often isn't. Neither romance readers nor suspense readers will be let down with this one.
Ms Stewart has once again proven she has a unique talent for writing romantic suspense first offered with THE BROWN-EYED GIRL, a classic Romantic Suspense. THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER is a fine example of an author growing in her craft where the reader is the one is the one who benefits the most. I couldn't put this book down after page one; I just had to know who and why things were happening. There was never a lull in the action, a sure sign of professional storyteller. Readers will come to care about this hero and heroine well after they solve the mystery of a cover-up, political secrets and the all-important "who dunnit". THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER will be read and reread as it sure to be a Keeper on many a reader's shelf. CLASSIC ROMANTIC SUSPENSE AT ITS BEST.
So what's the recommendation overall. If you are looking for a quick mindless read with adventure, then this is for you. If you want a book with a lot more substance and a believable adventure tale, then you need to look elsewhere.
Most recent customer reviews
Mariah Stewart's style of writing keeps her readers wanting to stay up all night to finish the book.
There is never a dull moment in her stories and always believable.
"The President's Daughter" wasnt a bad book,but it wasnt great either. The characters had absolutely no chemistry. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by M. I.
The dialog was stiff, the chemistry between the two main characters non-existent,and the book could have been reduced by 90 or 100 pages and still told the story.Published on Dec 10 2002 by mahikahn
I got this on a whim. I enjoy fictional stories about conspiracy at high levels, this seemed like a good fit. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002
...I suppose the characters are nice enough, if implausible, and I did want to see them end up together. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002
A light read that was rather slow; likeable characters; requires great suspension of disbelief. No real suspense.Published on Aug. 14 2002 by Lazy Day Gardener
Mariah Stewart has ventured off her path and found a new way to make the reader salivate for more! I enjoyed every word of the book and found myself unable to turn the pages... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002
Struggling novelist Simon Keller is surprised when he receives a call from an old college professor asking him to lunch... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002 by MimmiB