In the game of Washington politics, the stakes are as high as they get - and not everyone is prepared to play by the rules....
Newly elected US President Stephen Baker is flying high after signing a popular bill giving new rights to victims of domestic violence. But in Vic Forbes he has a ruthless enemy who is in possession of a crucial piece of knowledge that could destroy his career. When Forbes is found murdered, the conspiracy theorists go into overdrive. Did the President order his killing, or was it his opponents?
Ex-Presidential advisor Maggie Costello is called in to investigate. As she digs further she finds evidence of a conspiracy that reaches back into history and the heart of the US establishment.
©2010 Jonathan Freedland (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
If you like conspiracy theories in US politics, this is for you. Written by a journalist, this is an easy listen, informed by his knowledge of how politics works. Interesting is his incorporation of the internet as a major factor particularly as Facebook revolutions were starting in the Middle East as I listened. His lead characters were not particularly engaging -- a rather coy male view of independent but selectively dependent woman -- and of course there is the strong supportive male with a fine feminine streak. It was well read with the sense of urgency that the text required -- but ultimately both the reading and the plot resulted -- whether intentional or unintentional, I don't know -- in it being a political satire.
"Thought Provoking and Clever"
I've enjoyed Sam Bourne in the past so was surprised by the different nature of this book. It was a pleasant surprise. It's hard to review without giving too much away but once I started listening to this one, I just couldn't stop. The storyline is very current but Bourne really provides issues for consideration regarding who really controls the politics of the western world. The plot was clever and altough I guessed one part of it, that didn't impact on the ending. I like Maggie Costello so look forward to following her future journey. The narration was superb with an excellent range of character voices that sprang them to life. Don't be put off if you are not into politics as the entire story has the far wider appeal of murder and mystery so beloved by crime and thriller buffs!
"keeps you interested"
it keps you listening but is a bit predictable and therefore quite forgettable. Some of the plot is far fetched, and not very convincing, and you know it would play well as a film, enough action and intrigue, but didn't make me rush back to continue listening i'm afraid.
"Another Bourne success"
In my opinion not quite as good as The Final Reckoning but absorbing non the less.
Brian in Spain
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