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President Franklin Blake survives a terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. The First Lady isn't so lucky. Kincaid, the junior Democratic senator from Oklahoma, finds himself backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would place vast emergency powers in the hands of a few men and allow for the suspension of most civil liberties. Meanwhile, Kincaid's new wife and chief of staff, Christina, works to find the truth behind the Oklahoma City attack.
©2008 William Bernhardt; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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  • Robert
  • Spring, TX, USA
  • 01-21-08

A Timely Subject

Capital Conspiracy places a previously excellent cast of characters into a timely subject - what price should we, as US citizens, be willing to pay for protecting our way of life. The story Bernhardt spun around this issue was "4 star" in construction but the execution (the reading) was lacking.
In most cases, Stephen Hoye has proven to be a good reader with a wide range of character voices. For example, Hoye was excellent in The Color of Law. However, his portrayal of Ben Kincaid (and several other characters) was not his best work. Specifically, Kincaid, though young and dealing with the powerful, came off as a bumbling, na?ve kid. In past stories, Kincaid had progressed as a young man – as both a trial lawyer and then a determined (though inexperienced) US Senator. It seems reasonable to expect that he would grow a little stronger and more confident rather than regress. In short, this characterization of Ben Kincaid lacked credibility
On the positive side, Bernhardt created good villains and sub-heroes of various types. As mentioned before, the context of the story is relevant in today’s world.
If you follow Kincaid and friends as well as Bernhardt, Capital Conspiracy is worth the investment of time and money. However, I would rather have read it than listened to it. In that way, I could have better interpreted the key characters.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 01-28-15

Way too obvious...

What disappointed you about Capitol Conspiracy?

The story was way too predictable, not believable, and not up to the standard of the first two books in the series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure...

Did Stephen Hoye do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. He got into their personalities pretty well.

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

Sure, just not enough.

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Good stopry line

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Kept my interest throughout.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of.

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

It would have been nice to do so, if the time was avaialble, which it wasn't.

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  • Kristen
  • Appleton, WI, USA
  • 04-11-09

Loved it!

I thought this was a great book - kept me interested throughout and had great plot twists...I cant wait for the next Ben Kincaid book!

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  • Jeffrey
  • Marana, AZ, United States
  • 12-11-08

Capitol Conspiracy

I enjoyed both Capitol Murder and Capital Threat, but this book was a huge disappointment. The plot is ridiculously unbelievable, and the book is laced with Democrat "talking points" and "big lies." The book revolves around a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow a committee to suspend the Bill of Rights if it (that same committee) declared a state of emergency. The arguments in the book about the amendment were shallow, to say the least.

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  • Jo Ann
  • topeka, KS, USA
  • 02-19-08

Capitol Conspiracy

I was disappointed in this book. I felt that it did not flow smoothly through the many characters in the book and lost the story line/s. Further, on a person note, I was disappionted in Ben

1 of 2 people found this review helpful