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After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved - who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment - put Reeder at odds with the Service's apolitical nature, making him an outcast.

FBI agent Patti Rogers finds herself paired with the unpopular former agent on a task force investigating the killing of Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter. Reeder - nicknamed "Peep" for his unparalleled skills at reading body language - makes a startling discovery while reviewing a security tape: the shooting was premeditated, not a botched robbery. Even more chilling, the controversial Venter may not be the only justice targeted for death.

Is a mastermind mounting an unprecedented judicial coup aimed at replacing ultra-conservative justices with a new liberal majority? To crack the conspiracy and save the lives of not just the justices but also Reeder's own family, rising star Rogers and legendary investigator Reeder must push their skills - and themselves - to the limit.

©2014 Max Allan Collins (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Future World?

It's somewhere between 2020 and 2030; the first and fourth amendments have been shredded by neo-con supreme justices and Roe vs. Wade overturned. Then a conservative Supreme Court Justice is murdered in what appears to be a botched robbery. The FBI's special agent in charge brings in his old friend Joe Reeder who has already discerned this wasn't a robbery gone wrong; it was an assassination. Then another justice is brought down and suspicion falls on Reeder.
This is a nice little story and if there weren't so many implausibility's it would be a good buy. Unfortunately there is only so much suspension of belief possible before it becomes too jarring and ruins the narrative. If they'd dialed it back just a bit It might've been a four star work. Maybe it's just me but I can't give more than two.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 08-23-17

Very Good story and great narration.

This was a very good book. I really liked Joe Reeder aka Peep. I like a good mystery, conspiracy story and this was one for sure.

The story line and plot was very good. Who is assassinating the Supreme Court Justices? Joe Reeder found out! I liked that it kept me guessing until the end.

I won't give any spoilers but this was a good one, I liked the writing and the story flowed very well it didn't get confusing at all, it was fast paced and entertaining,

As for the narration it was great, Dan John Miller did a really good job on the female voices and read with emotion, He has a very nice reading voice too. This was narrated in 2014 so I am sure he has gotten even better.

I have already started the next book in this series and am enjoying it already.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 08-15-17

Good read and great narration..



Don’t ask me why I read book three of this series then went back to one. Just goofy, I guess. However, I don’t think I really missed anything important so they can all be stand-alone stories.

This one was about Reeder and how he first met Patti but that’s about all that was different. Miggie and Fisk were in this one too but that’s all. There was Sloan, Cribbs and Eaton, and Nicky Blount from book 3 made and appearance. It was about a conspiracy to kill Chief Justices of the United States, and they did get two of them. But Reeder put it all together at the end of the book and the bad guy was a really big surprise. And there were an awful lot of head-shots in this book. Lots of blood and brain matter. Yuck!

This book was better inasmuch as it described Reeder’s white hair and white eyebrows but that was about all. I really hate not know what all the main characters look like. I mean, really look like.

There was a little sex described between to really young kids, maybe 19 and 20. And the F-bomb was used 32 times.

As to the narration: Dan John Miller did a fabulous job, laughing, yelling, whispering, on the phone, whatever was needed. His reading voice is awesome, even if his women’s voices need a little bit of work.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-20-16

Good, but disappointing, political thriller!

Max Allan Collins, as he is wont to do, has again written a book based on a good concept and then damaged it by no or poor research. I have already written a review of State of the Union, the second book in this series, making the same point. Collins' lack of research takes a nice 4 star novel and reduces it to three stars.

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Great start great middle, lame end

Loved it up until, the last few chapters it started to be predictable and boring.. Great reader.

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Good sudpence

The story has great turns. Did not find the bad guy until the author wanted that information released.

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supremely good

good twists. worthy of reading his other books. even though conservatives are portrayed as the bad guys, liberals are the killers.

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Don't dare skip this one!

I love the story and the characters. Someone complained about the authors political views and gave it a 1 star, how stupid was that. Come on man just read the book and enjoy the story cuz the lead character is awesome, the story unfolds perfectly. If you love CSI type shows and books you gotta listen to it. Best book I've listened to in a long time! Loved every minute of it!! And the narrator Dan John Miller is amazing, simply amazing, such a talented actor he is. Made me watch the entire book in my head as a movie, with his voice talent. Thank you Mr. Miller for narrating this book. Can't wait to listen to your other books.

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very addictive

loved it kept you attention. made you hurry to get back to it when you had to stop for something

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  • Kristen W.
  • ALLEN PARK, MI, United States
  • 09-17-16

Somewhat predictable

It started off as a good story, but the intricacies ended up being explained by the characters in narrative rather than through the story itself. It was an ok drama.