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Abuse of Power | [Michael Savage]

Abuse of Power

Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist, he ultimately loses his job and finds himself working in obscurity as a freelance news producer in San Francisco. One afternoon, Hatfield is on a ride - along with the SFPD bomb squad - when a seemingly routine carjacking turns deadly. And when the FBI urges Hatfield to stay out of it, he knows he’s onto something big.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host comes a high-intensity debut thriller, the story of a smeared network journalist who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot.

Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist by a radical leftist media-watchdog group, he ultimately loses his job and finds himself working in obscurity as a freelance news producer in San Francisco.

One afternoon, Hatfield is on a ride - along with the SFPD bomb squad - when a seemingly routine carjacking turns deadly, after police find several pounds of military-grade explosives in the jacked car. And when the FBI urges Hatfield to stay out of it, he knows he’s onto something big.

This event will open up a shadowy trail that leads Hatfield from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, London, Paris, and back again, as he works with a stunning Yemeni intelligence agent and a veteran Green Beret to expose a terrorist group known as the Hand of Allah - and a plot within the highest corridors of power that will dwarf 9/11.

In this lightning-paced first thriller, spanning the globe from Europe and Israel to the back alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown, a reporter must make the choice between protecting his own life and investigating a terrorist cell whose goal is nothing less than total political control - no matter what the cost.

©2011 Michael Savage (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Howard Warwick, RI, United States 10-25-11
    Howard Warwick, RI, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2009

    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle

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    "Now that the Left has checked in...."

    The three reviews I found here after listening to "Abuse Of Power" were so slanted it seems they are obviously politically motivated. Their leanings are showing.

    I found the story gripping and not easy to put down. The narrator, Peter Larkin, I think did a fine job, very entertaining.

    Michael Savage has two large followings: those who love him and those who don't.
    We are reviewing his book not him. If you were expecting to listen to a vanilla novel with no political comment you purchased the wrong book.

    And why is Audible only showing these three horrible reviews? This is not representative of the 38 people that reviewed the book.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Louie 11-01-11
    Louie 11-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    Felt this was an excellent book with a fast moving plot and very representative of the times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    donald Fallon, NV, United States 01-23-12
    donald Fallon, NV, United States 01-23-12
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    "Exciting"
    Where does Abuse of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books I have heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abuse of Power?

    The detial of the encounter wiht MI6 in Londaon


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The golden gate bridge at the end of the book.


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

    no, I commute so I listen during my trips back and forth to the office.


    Any additional comments?

    A page turner, well written and exciting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cedar City, UT, United States 11-21-11
    Brian Cedar City, UT, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Abuse of Power is a great book..."

    ...but be warned that there is some content that those who will not appreciate some of the descriptions in the book. There are descriptions of intimacy that verge on romance novel. I personally think it would have been better written without those parts, but the story had some great twists that kept me guessing. There were points were there was over description, but I tend to be very critical in that way. The average listener who wants a good mystery and thriller will enjoy this book I think.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alton Gwinn, MI, United States 11-15-11
    Alton Gwinn, MI, United States 11-15-11
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    "a must listen."

    A very good story. Some graphic sex but otherwise, 4star rating because of this. a great story line that probably has some basis in fact.

    Narrator was very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Santa Monica, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Aaron Santa Monica, CA, United States 01-23-12
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    "An Amazing book"
    What did you love best about Abuse of Power?

    The pacing and discriptions are great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abuse of Power?

    The night club in the UK.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The night club in the UK.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Truth, Justice, and the American way :P


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Every one I gave this book to they have been impressed. The reader reads it well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nick San Francisco, CA, United States 09-22-13
    Nick San Francisco, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The best BAD NOIR NOVEL I've ever read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Abuse of Power the most enjoyable?

    Where to start? I enjoy listening to Michael Savage's radio show and I agree with nothing he says, however he very funny and passionate and he hates just about everything and everyone. If you are a fan of the persona Savage has created for himself on the radio, then you'll love this book. First, the main character is clearly him. The main character Jack Hatfield is a former talk show host who was fired for comments that were "taken out of context." He now lives on a boat in the San Francisco Bay with his poodle (Eddie instead of Teddy). Jack Hatfield is actually much more reasonable and likable than the author. I wonder if this is who Savage really wants to be? Jack was a former war correspondent in Iraq where he saw combat, came under enemy fire and got to carry his own weapons while on patrol. Jack now lives in the shadow of his firing for the "better kill a billion Muslims before they kill us" comment he made on air. The character is hungry for a comeback and the events of the book give him that opportunity. He and the other cast of characters rant and rave about the same things Michael Savage often does on his radio show. The lying media, the lying Obama administration, the lie of multiculturalism and how the 60's, the free love movement and poet Allen Ginsburg destroyed society. You can google Ginsburg's name and Savage's to find out the hidden meaning behind that feud. The book is peppered with all of Savage's pet peeves. Such things as bad Chinese food, naive liberals, dumb women reporters, the country of Great Britain and the fact that a sleeper cell of terrorists could be anyone anywhere. Other characters get more and more cartoonish. They include, a rogue MI6 agent who cant stop announcing he is an MI6 agent. A FBI agent that hates Jack so much and keeps saying ,"My god Jack, you've gone crazy!" The head terrorist that use dumb American women for pleasure and access to secret government sites. A Gorge Soros character who of course is controlling the world and Jack's destiny. If Savage could write and Fleming Bond novel, (and thank god he can't) this is how he would write Blofeld or Goldfinger.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Savage again?

    Yes, we are listening to his second book, A Time for War, right now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, so many great little ones. First the way Savage portrays the main character Jack (himself) is so awesome. A tough grizzled reporter who's not afraid to kick some ass and grab a kiss from girl between gun fights. He is a master of disguise, using forged passport and costumes to sneak into a certain country he is banned for entering. Jack Hayfield is how men should be, none of this metro-sexual hipster nonsense. Women love him and men want to be him. You almost expect him to start throwing out the catch phrase "Who loves ya baby!" as he walks down the street. Jack is also a man of action. I counted no less than 4 times in the book where Jack is taken into custody by Terrorists, secret organizations, and the FBI and he always ends up over powering them, knocking them out, getting their guns and running off! Once using a laser pointer to blind his captors and get away! It was great!

    Spoiler Alert an aspect of the finale is discussed here:

    The finale involves a Terrorist getting their hands on what Michael describes as a 'Back Pack Nuke,' except the way he describes what the explosion and the fall out will be like makes no sense. You quickly realize Savage meant to write a 'Dirty Bomb' and not a Nuke. A Dirty Bomb is a conventional explosive with radioactive material inside designed to spread it across a large area. Not a 'Backpack Nuke' which is miniaturized Thermo Nuclear Bomb! I think thats what Savage meant but I'm still not 100% sure. When listening to the book you can almost imagine the characters looking back at you and shrugging their shoulders as they read this dialogue that makes no sense even to them.


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

    Yes, we listened to it over a long car ride and found it very enjoyable. Made us laugh out loud at very parts. Very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is competent but quickly devolves into parody when imitating other accents and dialects. The books opens with a pair of young black men car jacking an SUV in San Francisco. His 'Come on Jive Turkey' style gets more cartoonish form there. The British MI6 agent is equally over the top, "Awe Mr Hatfield you have a nasty habit of not dying!" I do however feel he was directed by the author to read it that way so I don't blame him. In the end, I don't consider this a bad review and highly recommend you all buy and download this book. My wife and I quiet enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rick whitehurst Benbrook, Texas 03-11-13
    rick whitehurst Benbrook, Texas 03-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "KIND OF WEAK"
    What would have made Abuse of Power better?

    DISJOINTED HARD TO FOLLOW AND GET INTERESTED IN. FIRST AND LAST OF HIS BOOKS.


    Has Abuse of Power turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    JUST MISS IT. WAIT TILL IT IS ON CLEARANCE.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    02-18-13
    02-18-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Abuse is the right word"
    What disappointed you about Abuse of Power?

    The premise of this story was ridiculous from the beginning
    and throughout the book. Harry Potter was more believable


    What was most disappointing about Michael Savage’s story?

    The premise was not believable.


    Did Peter Larkin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He couldn't save this book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathon wood river, IL, United States 01-08-13
    Jonathon wood river, IL, United States 01-08-13
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    "A Huge Disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Michael Savage and/or Peter Larkin?

    I did like Peter Larkin's narration of the story. I was very impressed with his ability to switch from character to character utilizing different voice tones, accents, and vocal affectations.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Savage again?

    YES! I have read almost all of his non-fiction and they are quite outstanding.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Abuse of Power?

    The awkward sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a predictable, boring thriller. I could not suspend my disbelief during much of the story and the plot at times was even comical. There was WAY too many sex scenes, which wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the gratuitous and awkward descriptions that made even me, someone who finds inappropriate humor to be the highest form of comedy, feel uncomfortable. If you are about to buy this book...please think twice...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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