An intriguing start to the series: "A Perfect Ambition" by Leman & Nesbit

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about the book....

It's time for Will to forge his own path.
But the force that drives him to greatness could also destroy him--and his family.

As the firstborn son of an old and powerful family, William Jennings Worthington VI knows what it's like to be under pressure. Groomed from birth with the relentless message that he was destined for greatness, Will has always pushed himself to succeed--nearly as much as his never-satisfied financial tycoon father pushes him. Becoming CEO of the world's largest and most adventuresome oil company seems the next logical step on the success ladder. But when circumstances turn, Will finds himself staring down a road that leads to Capitol Hill. Can he trade the board room for the Senate floor? Or will family secrets keep him from his destiny?

Internationally known psychologist and birth order expert Dr. Kevin Leman teams up with national journalist Jeff Nesbit for this compelling new series filled with political intrigue.

my review....

Leman and Nesbit have offered up a unique plot in "A Perfect Ambition", taking the principles of the Birth Order theory and creating a family of characters who has been shaped by their birth order to respond to drama and crisis in totally different ways. Although I found the first few chapters to start at a slow burn as the characters and settings were established, I soon found myself utterly intrigued by the plot unfolding in the pages. It's one thing to read about how oldest children tend to become the picture of responsibility and middle children often feel overlooked and go the opposite direction of their older sibling, but to see such a thing play out in this story was actually quite fascinating. Add in the fact that this family is among the richest in the world, and you can't help but be curious about how they will live out the calling on their lives.

I loved the way that the authors create tension and drama both in the family but also in the very world around them, from the board rooms of the most successful oil company on earth to the frigid waters of the Arctic where a world-wide disaster is unfolding. An unnamed character also emerges every so often in the story with a hint of ominous intent, and this leads to quite a twist both to this novel and to where the series overall is going. Add in the revelation of a family secret that has the power to change everything the siblings have known, and you have the makings of a great story! As I turned the final pages of the novel, I immediately started grieving the terribly long wait until the next installment in the book. I, for one, am anxious to see where this series is headed.

"A Perfect Ambition" has top-notch writing with steadily building drama and suspense, and characters that you will grow to care for. Not only will you be captivated by the story, but you will even learn things about yourself and your family along the way. I give this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the authors....

Dr. Kevin LemanDr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order BookSheet MusicMaking Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Jeff NesbitJeff Nesbit is a former communications director to the vice president at the White House, served as the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, and has been a national journalist with Knight Ridder Newspapers. He is the author of 20 novels. Cocreator of the Emmy award-winning Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Sports, Jeff is executive director for Climate Nexus and writes "At the Edge," a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report.

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