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We Are Holding the President Hostage Audiobook

We Are Holding the President Hostage

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Aging mafia Don Salvatore Padronelli, a.k.a. the Padre, is furious when fanatical terrorists capture his beloved daughter and grandson on a trip to Egypt. Fed up with diplomatic caution that prolongs their captivity, the Padre and his loyal henchman cleverly insinuate themselves into the White House and hold the President and his wife hostage. Now the Padre calls the shots on getting the President to take steps to release his family. This classic confrontation between two men on utterly opposite sides of the law is laced with humor and illustrates how fierce paternal love can motivate even the most ruthless of gangsters into reckless acts of courage and bravery.

©1986 Warren Adler (P)2016 Warren Adler

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    Mrs L Lloyd 07/09/2016
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  • bec/audiothing
    Australia
    18/08/16
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    "Great Read, Interest in Politics Not Required!"

    We Are Holding the President Hostage was first published in 1986, now, 30 years later it is available as an ebook and audiobook.

    The story opens in Egypt with the attempted kidnapping of an American Assistant Secretary of State, when this went awry, the terrorists immediately changed plans and kidnapped Maria Michaels and her five year old son Joey who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    The kidnapper, Ahmed, has no idea that Maria is the daughter of the very powerful Mafia leader, Salvatore Padronelli “The Padre”.

    The Presidents attempts to negotiate freedom for Maria and Joey are failing and the Padre is becoming very impatient.
    The Padre holds a meeting and tells his men of his audacious plan.

    Meanwhile, at The White House, first lady Amy Bernard is finalising plans for a grand State Dinner.
    The evening of the dinner is when the Padre strikes, some of his men, dressed as waiters, snatch the President and hold him hostage in the presidential quarters.
    However, things do not proceed as smoothly or as quickly as the Padre had expected.

    Meanwhile, Maria and Joey are in captivity with only their basic needs being met, it is quite touching, the way Maria attempts to comfort her son.
    Back at the White House it’s interesting to hear of some of the less ethical plans that some of the Presidents men come up with.
    The final plan causes the First Lady to doubt her husbands integrity and the tension is building.
    Though a little slow to start, this was an exciting read, I couldn’t wait to find out how they would resolve the situation, and there is a little twist in the tail.
    I would also recommend it even if the reader has no interest in politics.
    Narrator
    Eric Bryan Moore has a versatile voice ranging from the trusting to the menacing. His good pace and rhythm carries the story well and makes it an easy listen. He gave a distinct voice to each character of which there were many, the accents, again, quite a few, sounded natural and authentic.
    I hope we will be hearing more of him in the future

    Audiobook provided by the producer, author or narrator in return for an unbiased review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri
    Waverly Hall, Ga.
    26/05/16
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    "When All Else Fails, Call In The Mafia!"


    What would a father do for his family? More importantly, what would a mafia father do for his family? Well, this mobster father, know as the Padre, is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for his family. He devises an ingenious plan that will either save his daughter, and grandson or cost him his life, he's going to hold the president hostage!

    Once the padre has the president under his control, he uses the additional resources, and political assistance to help devise a plan to force the capturers to release his daughter and grandson. However, once the capturers learn who's daughter they are holding captive, the stakes get even higher. This was good story involving terrorism, politics, suspense, and a few twist.

    I'm a big fan of paranormal stories; however, I have to take a break every once in a while and enjoy something different. So when I received the opportunity to listen to We are Holding the President hostage by Warren Adler, I had to listen to the story. Stories including mobster are great, and while they can be ruthless, normally they are a tight knit family, live by their own code of ethics, and you don't want to cross them.

    This is the first story I've listened to by Eric, and he did a really good job! He has great voice, and the narration was clear and precise. However, I had to change the speed to 1.25/1.50 as narration seemed slower. Not sure if it was due to the recording or just speaking slower. I would loved to heard a few more accents to help distinguish the different characters, and stronger emotions for the more intense scenes but overall a great performance. I would certainly listen to another story narrated by Eric Bryan Moore.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daman
    03/08/16
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    "Kept me glued to my seat....."
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't. I didn't want it to end.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Bryan Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The voice captured the essence of the book really well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a combination of politics, terrorism, and the sequence of events made it worthwhile listen.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy
    Missouri, USA
    26/07/16
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    "Good"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Warren Adler? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I have another one in my queue to listen too.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn’t a gripping thriller and I had a hard time trying to decide what category to put it in and in the in end thriller is where it landed. I know that The Padre is in all reality a bad guy, but in this instant, he was a father and grandfather and I really felt bad for him. He was willing to kill himself and all those around him in order to get his daughter and grandson brought home.

    Some secondary characters I like and some I didn’t. I was not a fan of the president and thought his wife acted at times better than him. I also thought the daughter and son that were kidnapped were very brave.

    I did find the story enjoyable and I was really curious about how things were going to work out especially after some of the moves that The Padre made. I think my biggest complaint would be that I felt the ending was somewhat rushed. It seemed to get a bit chaotic and then boom it was over the end.

    Though it had its flaws I did end up enjoying it and the narrator did a great job keeping me entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    14/07/16
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    "Kept me on edge"

    This is a very well done suspense. Kept me on edge the whole time. I loved the whole idea of the mafia boss being the antihero of the book. I flew through this whole audiobook in a day. Just had to know how it would end. Well written with interesting if not always likable characters. Definitely recommend this one.

    Good narrator, I very much enjoyed his performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
    ohio
    12/07/16
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    "Really good"

    BOOK REVIEW............
    This is a really good book. Great writing and world building.

    NARRATOR REVIEW..............
    The narrator did a good job of bringing the story to life.

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    L.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • pixledust
    12/07/16
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    "Effective Way To Fight Terror."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. It has an original story and the narrator performs it well. The story is reminiscent of a combination of John Grisham's and Tom Clancy's style. It is a great action story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Holding the President Hostage?

    The entire book, from the kidnapping of Maria and Joey to the take over of the White House to all the resulting events, picks you up and keeps you in suspense. The whole book is memorable except the ending. The ending seems like the author just got sick of writing and so he stopped. That is a tiny fraction of the whole book and the rest of it is fabulous.


    What does Eric Bryan Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice that plays the political roles very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is incredibly entertaining. It is not overtly funny or moving. I think it mostly keeps you in suspense like a well-written action story should.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    07/07/16
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    "As timely Today as it was when first published"
    Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Holding the President Hostage to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the ebook edition. However, I want to now after listening to this Audible version. The story is different enough in regards to characters involved. Good guys? Bad guys? The rules have changed!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Holding the President Hostage?

    When the Padre's plan begins to evolve til its conclusion


    Which character – as performed by Eric Bryan Moore – was your favorite?

    Many are given a fine performance by Bryan Moore. It's more that his performances worked as an ensemble than one character. The Padre, the President, the President's wife, and the Padre's daughter performances stand out. But so do the bad guys.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took several sessions, the plot was intricate but easy to follow,when I could give it my undivided attention.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was originally published in 1986! It's as timely today as,it was when first published, in my judgement.

    Thank you for the opportunity to listen to and review!

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie F.
    25/05/16
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    "Interesting book,"

    I thought this was a pretty interesting book, and it was enjoyable. There are mobsters, politics, suspense, terrorism, etc. It's an exciting combination, albeit a little far-fetched. The narration for the Audible audio version was good. The voices sounded effortless, and the character differentiation was good. I had never read anything by Warren Adler before, but I would definitely check out more books by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    10/10/16
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    "The terrorist pissed off the wrong Don!"

    IMagine that a terrorist in Egypt misses the kidnapping target they planned on, and ended up grabbing a random AMerican and her Child off the street at the scene instead. Now, Imagine if that woman's father is a mafia Don who will stop at nothing to get his daughter and grandson home safely, even if that means taking the American President hostage. Thats right, Keeping POTUS trapped in the White House and making him follow through with getting the Don's family safely returned, regardless of the politcal or legal consequences. A fun story, with a few far fetched plot points, but that has a neatly tied off conclusion in an action filled plot line that takes a critical look at the governments response to terrorist acts.
    Eric Bryan Moore does a decent job narrating. He gives each character a voice of their own.

    I was given a review copy of this book by the author narrator or publisher through Audiobook Boom. I am leaving an honest review in response.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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