Daryn Austin grew up dreaming of becoming the first female president of the United States. In November, she and Craig Parker win the national election and Daryn moves into the vice presidential mansion. Months later, destiny propels Daryn to the pinnacle of power when Parker dies unexpectedly. But Daryn's grand plans to implement real change in American society begin to crumble when she nominates the brilliant lawyer she had loved while attending law school to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Daryn finds herself in an emotionally charged battle of wills from which neither can escape unscathed.
©2002, 2011 Angela E. Hunt (P)2015 Angela E. Hunt
Yes many years ago I read this book. It was the book that brought me to the authorAngela Hunt.
When one of the major characters accepts Christ.
The President just realizes she set a plot in motion that killed the man she loved
The very end of the book moved me--Christianity is being able to forgive wrongdoing against you.
Yes Angela Hunt has two very good books that need to be made available as audio editions: The Truthteller And The ImmortalI am hoping someday that the company who owns the rights to these books will allow them to be available in an Audio version. I have The Truthteller on cassette but it is almost Worn to where you can't listen without damaging the cassette.
The plot is full with political intrigue, romance, and eventually redeemed lives, Angela Hunt has once again written a great page turning novel. Suspense from beginning to end.
An unexpected woman POTUS must adjust and also gather advisors and colleagues she can trust. The most significant is a man she once loved who has always kept to the most honest agenda. That's just the beginning, and the tale moves forward like a train gathering steam and racing forward. Plot twists keep you reading onward when you think you ought to go to bed for the night. All this without dishonor or erotica. Excellent read!
Kathy Poelker is the right fit for this book and provides an excellent voice performance, once again! Blessed with a reader's voice quality, she brings the characters to life beyond the author's efforts.
A gift from a friend.
realistic piercing genuine
Daryn Austin because she is a well-rounded character who grows and changes in a realistic way as the story progresses. She starts out ambitious and competent, but unable to to do the good she imagines as a side-lined vice president. After she assumes the presidency, she starts to fulfill her potential, but then gradually gets sucked into the political quagmire and starts making making questionable choices. No one is all good or all bad, and you can always change direction at any time, as this character illustrates.
Daryn Austin. Kathy ably calls out all the nuances of Daryn's hopes, dreams, fears, anger, pain, loneliness, ruthlessness, desperation, excitement, and ambition. It's so easy to buttonhole a character and play him or her that same way, regardless of the changing circumstances, but this narrator doesn't fall into this trap with any of the characters. Her portrayal evolves even as the character does.
Very enjoyable Christian fiction, played out on the national stage, with nuggets we can apply to our own lives!
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Judge By The Content of Her Character NOT Her Skin Color, Gender, etc. ~Paraphrasing MLK Jr.
Daryn has been a planner her entire life, it started when she was a little girl and her father became the governor of Georgia - from that day on she knew that one day she would become president.
While serving as the first female vice president, events play out and she must be sworn in as president.
As she is planning her next 10 years as POTUS (two years because she had to replace the president midterm does, not count toward the two for term limits) one of her first thoughts of Paul? Her lover and closest confidant when they went to college together. They parted ways when she had the opportunity to pursue her political life, thus choosing it over him. Now that she is in power she finagles a way to get the Miami-based lawyer (now married with a 16 college age daughter himself.)
What happens next is a stunning account of power, betrayal, sacrifice,action, forgiveness, redemption and twists and turns that kept this listener hanging on to every word.
The plot and the effects are like ripples in the water, once a stone has been tossed in . Each decision has consequences good or bad that are well-written and clear. One has to pay attention and each ripple will make sense.
I really hope that this author will continue to write. I plan to look her up as soon as I finish this review. If there are any other titles on audible I will add them to my WishList or go ahead and use the credit.
The narration was very good. The only part of the performance that was a bit off was the Hispanic accent for Paul. But with an array of characters from FBI to Supreme Court justices, receptionist, elderly parents, etc. it really was a great performance overall.
Notes: This is where I usually write about warnings that may offend, but there are only innuendos and no strong language, it took nothing away from this thriller. It was rather refreshing to listen to something in the political/thriller genre without those things.
There are 2 disturbing scenes near the end where there is violence. Both are described in pretty general terms so it is not too gruesome.
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