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Publisher's Summary

A blockbuster thriller from number one Sunday Times best-selling author Sam Bourne, in which Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.

The unthinkable has happened….

The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara.

When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the president comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.

Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the president - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the president and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her commander in chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

©2017 Sam Bourne (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Bourne has proved he can more than rub shoulders with the likes of John Le Carre and Robert Harris." (Mirror)
"An intelligent, finely crafted mystery that brilliantly channels the anxieties of our time." (The New York Times)
"A strikingly fresh thriller…ingeniously realized." (Sunday Times)

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Scaringly relevant!!

This fiction book could be written about the
sitting president. It is both a commentary about the chaos that seems to encircle the current administration and a capitivating action driven story!

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  • Margaret
  • 09-05-17

CHANGE THE NARRATOR. NOW.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator of intelligence and ability.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Unable to form an opinion. The female narrator was excruciating, managed less that 2 hours before giving up disgusted. Will continue in book form. Infact, bought 3 copies. No one to irritate me, but myself.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Woodward’s performances?

NEVER.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Kill the President?

THE NARRATOR.

Any additional comments?

Excellent novel killed by horrible rendition, like listening to an high school girl over acting a script. Never heard an American narrate anything so poor. You'll be irritated beyond belief, if you love the English language.

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  • Steve Hocking
  • 12-01-17

Great story

Great story. It could almost be true. Not a fan of the narration. The voice is grating.

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  • MR K Hayes
  • 11-09-17

not a page turner

I was a little disappointed. there is a lot of anti Trump content which I am in tune with but this rather overwhelmed the story.

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  • karl bartlett
  • 10-25-17

Great book.

Hope there is no truth in this book. Very informative and a real eye opener.

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  • Gadget Freak
  • 09-05-17

An interesting - and plausible - story.

What did you like most about To Kill the President?

A plausible and interesting story.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Woodward’s performance?

Her attempts to "voice" the various characters was, to my ears, strained and irritating. Your experinece may differ.

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

Rather it made me think.

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  • TheRealist
  • 09-04-17

To kill my ear ears

So I like books, but this was too close to reality by in a very left wing biased liberal way.

It feels like a 'fake news' undercurrent, it can be it's fiction, but there is some very uncomfortable about it.

Some of the plot is a little lose, with too many loose end.

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  • Jason b
  • 08-29-17

Not one of Sam bournes best


I found the book fairly average even though there were aspects which were gripping the rather mono tone narration made it very hard to follow

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  • David W.
  • 07-18-17

excellent story which avoids Comic parody

I enjoyed this book which gives measured consideration to a presidential Assassination and and analysis of a corrupt administration. The author is clearly drawing distinct parallels to the Trump administration which is clear from the moment he describes the president as a bellicose demogogue. however he doesn't give Trumps cartoonish traits centerstage rather effectively uses them as plot devices.

well with a read.

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  • munishp
  • 08-24-17

Excellent story with poor ending.

Wow this books really good. The only problem is, reality seems to be worse than fiction. Great book, a shame about the ending.

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  • mary watts
  • 08-21-17

To Kill the President

Great story although I was often confused between the real news and the book. The narration let this book down. Hammy accents for the urush and English characters and poor interpretation of dialogue. This great thriller would have been better read straight from this particular narrator.

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  • Robert Barwick
  • 11-26-17

Demented fantasy

Jonathan Freedland, establishment shill that he is, has projected the nightmare fantasy of mainstream liberals that Trump is evil incarnate, and therefore his assassination is justified. Although the hero makes a token effort to stop the assassination, nevertheless the reader/listener is effectively incited to want the killing to succeed, in the way we wish Hitler had been assassinated. Freedland doesn't even try to disguise his presidential character is Trump. The author's political commentary, including his vicious attacks on the anti-war UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is virtually the opposite of Trump but nevertheless also a political outsider, show he is not a normal author, but has an agenda, which is to defend the establishment. Therefore I regard the intention behind this book as dangerous.
That said, it gets humorous in parts. For instance, the assassin reassures himself that only conspiracy nuts will think the assassination is a conspiracy, when in fact that is exactly what it is! Freedland is on record ridiculing JFK conspiracy theorists, yet he can only make his assination story credible by making it a conspiracy.
Otherwise, the narration is excellent.