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Can someone heist the majority of the House of Representatives with no one noticing? That's the electoral coup that turns America upside down in The People's House. Until one man notices.

Political reporter Jack Sharpe is logging time at the tail end of a disappointing career - jaded about politics and stung by personal hard knocks. But after an odd election result in the Ohio Congressional district he covers, Sharpe stumbles across irregularities that spur him to dig deeper. The story takes him far beyond his corner of Ohio as he discovers an international plot one that strikes at the heart of American democracy by taking advantage of weaknesses in today's political architecture. His reporting leads to a showdown with a philandering Congressman and Presidential contender, and an eccentric but deadly Russian energy baron. In order to save himself and the country, Sharpe must rekindle his old fire to navigate a treacherous journey through danger, betrayal, and atonement.

©2016 David Pepper (P)2016 David Pepper

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Scary but mostly plausible scenario.

It was a good story and well performed. There were just a couple of scenarios that didn't ring true (flying the journalist to London and home again, c'mon).

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A Gripping Political Drama with a Unique Concept

This is a fabulous story with a unique premise. Americans have long known the ills of gerrymandering, but helpless to do anything about while those in power take advantage if it to stay in power, the average American just accepts it as a fact of life. But David Pepper expands in that showing us how control if the House of Representatives can be manipulated, and far more easily than you might think. What follows is an electoral drama that weaves other current issues into the story from #metoo sexual abuse, to fights over usage of fossil fuels and mining rights, to Russian melding in the American political process. The result is a fabulous story that may well be its own genre.

I read reviews that it started too slowly with a lecture about the electoral process. While I concede that there is substantial background information up front in how the system can be rigged, I felt that it was presented very well as part if the story itself. It was fascinating, and it flowed; and it was necessary to build a story to which the reader can relate.

The narration was excellent and the book was written to make it eaay to do. The characters are very three dimensional, everyone has a role. it even ended with a surprising twist on loyalties -- you really don't always know who us working for who. My one complaint. and it is miner, is that a book with an all too realistic premise and problem ends with a simple bipartisan agreement to get together to fix the system. We all know it doesn't work that way. In the last two years, every major piece of legislation and every major cabinet or juducial appointment has passed on party lines, and partisanship has been nasty. The Kumbaya post climax is so short and unrealistic as to be flippant. Still, this is a five star story that you can't put down.

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What a waste

The author had a good idea. Take the very basic outline of what could have happened in 2016 and then twist it around to a totally outlandish story. A waste of a moderately good premise.

The characters are even less than one dimensional. And obviously the author was told to flesh out the protagonist. His idea of fleshing out was so ridiculous that it was hard to keep from laughing.

I'm really sorry I wasted a credit on this waste of time.

I hope this author has it will write more boss that he can create better stories from.

Meanwhile the narrator does a somewhat good job doing the various American and foreign accents. But sadly they too are without any nuance or depth.

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Better than expected

I wasn’t sure about it, but it became a real page turner. Might make a good movie.

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well conceived plot

first rate political thriller
unresolved and truly terrifying plot which our political parties in their own self interests have created

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What are the real drivers behind our current politics??

Excellent political fiction thriller, based on the glaring weaknesses of America’s broken electoral process and partisanship......However, the uncanny similarities and

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Expected a message...got a well told story as well.

A little slow at start but picked up quickly. Good story, really nice plotting and a bit of a twist at the ehd. All that, well crafted writing and a timely political message. Well worth the reading, but the narration enhanced it beautifully.

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great suspense after a very dry start

This was a well crafted story that came alive in the narrator's voice. The beginning was a little too much of an essay on political science more than a novel but I'm not sure how else to catch us up on the modern spectacle that is our election process. The characters were believable and most of the plot's twist and turns made sense. The jumping back and forth in time sometimes made it difficult to follow. The ending was a little less than satisfactory with so much still needing to be solved. You would almost think the author was planning on a sequel, lol.


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The People’s House

Tried, really did. Listened to the first couple of hours and it never lifted off. The narration monotone. Lot’s of great reviews, though … you may find it peachy.

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