Hope you’re all doing well. I have had a decent couple of days. Not a lot going on other than work and some bits and bobs with the house so it’s been an easy breezy time of it.
My last review was for the first @BillClinton and @JP_Books partnering that I read in preparation for this one; The President’s Daughter. Thank you to @PRHAudio and the authors for an advanced audio copy of this book in return for an honest review. The President’s Daughter is due to be published on 7th June 2021 and you can get a copy here.
Michael Keating was a Navy Seal before he moved into politics and found his way to the White House as President of the United States. After a bold but unsuccessful mission, his Vice President turned against him. President Keating was out and Madam President Barnes is in.
Matt Keating now wants to live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire, but there are people in the world that hold a severe grudge against him. He receives information that his daughter is under severe threat. Will the ex-President sit by and let the country’s current administration and it’s agencies handle the situation or will the Navy Seal in him take over?
General Thoughts 🤔
I enjoyed this book even more than the first. I have come to the realisation that I really enjoy an action thriller and this book certainly fits into that category perfectly. It’s perfectly paced, full of explosive action and it kept me hooked with all of the political drama and deceit.
I thought that the plot in this second book from this duo was much more thought out and complex. It also did a fantastic job of drawing on my emotions. Something so frightening happening to a child is every parent’s worst nightmare so this storyline is definitely emotive and the stakes are as high as they can get.
I think I developed quite a soft spot for Matt Keating. I thought that he was a strong, genuine but also flawed character and that made him quite easy to like; nobody is perfect now are they? I admired that he made decisions and stuck to them even when those decisions were so close to home and impacted his own family and mostly, his own daughter.
Mel Keating was my favourite character…what a girl! She was brave and strong and I don’t know how she managed to keep her head up and looking for ways out of danger for as long as she did. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be being the daughter of a President (both whilst in and out of office) and there must be so much to think about that teens should never have to think about. Mel managed to draw on everything that she’d been taught even in the face of such huge danger.
Writing Style ✍️
The book is split into 4 parts and an epilogue and the chapters are super short which I really like for an action thriller. It keeps the reader on their toes and for me personally, I find it easier to fall into a “just one more chapter” habit. The story is told in real time from the points of view of various different characters; which I really liked.
I listened to the audiobook and I think the narration was one of my favourite things about this book. It helped to bring the action to life and made me feel so very tense. Having so many different narrators worked really well; especially with multiple POVs and short chapters, it helped to keep me on track with what was happening to who and when.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I felt like this book was definitely a big improvement on The President is Missing (and I did enjoy that book). I was drawn into the storyline and the characters which made the action all the more tense and thrilling. I would definitely recommend this book and I would certainly push for people to listen to the audiobook as the narration is fantastic.