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US Attorney General Allison Leahy is the Democrats' best chance for holding on to the Oval Office. But she's running neck and neck with her opponent, Republican Lincoln Howe, a retired four-star general and bona fide African American hero. Then, days before the election, disaster strikes.

Twelve-year-old Kristen Howe, the general's granddaughter, is kidnapped. As the nation's leading law enforcement officer, Allison launches a nationwide manhunt - even as her opponent publicly questions her motives. For Allison, though, finding Kristen isn't about politics. It's a personal crusade that taps in to terrifying secrets buried deep within the past - secrets that can shatter all of Allison's hopes, twisting them into a nightmare of lies and the ultimate betrayal.

©2008 James Grippando (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • A. Blanchard
  • 16-03-2017

Narrator drove me crazy!

The story was good. Lots of twists! The narrator, however, was awful! There was no emotion whatsoever, and I thought if he mispronounced "grimace" one more time, I was going to scream! There a few other words he screwed up too. Was very distracting!

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  • LJWright
  • 27-11-2017

Very Engaging

Good depth of characters. Depicts the crazy political and selfish world of today. While the author over used the word grimace and the reader mispronounced it, I could overlook the blunder because the story outshined the error. Lanora Wright , Texas

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  • Leslie C. Jephson
  • 17-07-2016

Political Thriller with a Twist

I loved the story but sometimes the timing between chapters seemed rushed. It did have a happy ending.

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  • Wayne
  • 09-06-2018

Outstanding political mystery/thriller!

Author James Grippando is best known for his legal thrillers in the Jack Swytek series. This novel, published in 1998, is about the fictional year 2000 US presidential election. The publisher's summary sets it up well. Narration by Paul Hecht is excellent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Bernard W Dannenberg
  • 23-02-2018

Good story

Yes grimaced was mispronounced several times but the story and the reading were still excellent. Perhaps it should have been picked up by the director along with the chapter changes. I still live the readers voice

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  • Judy Byrd
  • 31-05-2017

The Abduction

I like the story but the narrator drove me crazy pronouncing grimaced. Honestly, it was so distracting I almost stopped listening. Otherwise, a bit predictable but overall a good storyz

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  • P. R. N.
  • 19-11-2020

I 'grimaced' listening to it

I've listened to many many audible books and never felt compelled to write a review until now. The book was good but I learned very quickly that the other reviewers were not exaggerating when they described the horrors of listening to this narrator (mis) pronounce the word 'grimace.' OMG. Why the author had to use that word so much in this one book is beyond me, but if you can somehow get past that annoyance throughout the book, you may enjoy the story.

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  • Navillus82
  • 01-03-2019

Okay but narrator is not the best

Not my favorite James Grippando but it was interesting enough. My primary issue was with the narrator. He has odd pronunciations of a few words, including “grimace” which was used an inordinate number of times in this book. It was like nails on a chalkboard every time he said the word.

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