• The Big Lie

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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The Big Lie

By: James Grippando
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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As the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth, fighting for a faithless elector, caught between a corrupt president and his manipulative opponent - with each revelation more explosive than the next.

The country is reeling. For the sixth time in American history, the winner of the popular vote will not occupy the Oval Office. President Malcolm MacLeod, the Machiavellian incumbent, was spared from impeachment only because his political foes were certain they would oust him at the ballot box. Now, he appears to have secured a second term, thanks to a narrow victory in the Electoral College. 

His opponent, Florida Senator Evan Stahl, saw his campaign rocked by allegations of an extramarital affair - with another man. Despite the salacious headline-making scandal and the surrounding media frenzy, most Americans chose Stahl to lead the politically polarized nation. But Stahl is refusing to concede. Backed by millions of supporters, he looks to individual members of the Electoral College to cross party lines.

Gun lobbyist Charlotte Holmes is one of Floridas 29 electors who is bound by law and by oath to cast her vote for MacLeod, who won Florida by the thinnest of margins. When Charlotte announces that she intends to vote her conscience and throw the Electoral College to Stahl, the president and his Florida machine haul her into court on felony charges - which, for some, isn't nearly punishment enough.

Miami attorney Jack Swyteck is going to use every legal maneuver he can to keep his new client free - and alive. MacLeod's hand-picked prosecutor is determined to prove Charlotte is unfit to cast a vote. Dredging through her past, he's looking for skeletons to humiliate and discredit her, while others with far deadlier intentions have begun acting on their threats. 

As the pressure mounts, Charlotte and Jack must decide how far they'll go to stand their ground in the stand-your-ground state.

©2020 James Grippando (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Grippando likes to take chances!

With the political climate today any book dealing with politics has the potential to be explosive and not necessarily in a good way!
Yes this book begins as a political mystery but I would not call it a book about politics. The overtones are there and the timeliness is certainly relevant but...
The story explains how a candidate can win a popular vote but loose at the electoral college and an unpopular president can wind up getting re-elected.
When one woman with an electoral vote changes her mind and decides to vote against the sitting president and vote against her own party, there are many that would be happy to see her disqualified or dead. And although the presidency is a focal point the is much more going on.
The only similarities I saw in this book and our current President was in the popular vs electoral college votes and that the fictional president is also addicted to tweeting.
Jonathan Davis does a wonderful job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Outstanding legal/ political thriller!

Several Audible and Amazon reviews lead one to assume that THE BIG LIE has a positive Democrat political bias at the expense of Republicans. Reading through to the end leads one to learn the bias is against politicians of both major political parties. It is true that President McLeod has some of the more unsavory Trump personality characteristics but in the end the Democrat candidate for president is a worse person than McLeod/Trump. As a strong Republican during my entire adult life I was not offended by the political aspects of this novel nor do I believe it is particularly partisan. I find myself being thankful every day that Trump rather than Clinton is president even as I marvel at Thump's over-the-top need for having his ego stroked.

At its heart The Big Lie is mostly about the issue of the faithless electoral college elector. In order to keep President McLeod from being reelected the Democrats need to convince only six McLeod electors nationwide to change their votes in order to elect their candidate. One such Florida Republican elector named Charlotte has already committed to do just that. This novel is catalogs the opposing parties efforts to facilitate her or block her becoming a faithless elector. There is literally no limit to what each side was willing to do to assure a favorable outcome from their perspective. Politics as practiced in this novel is a blood sport.

The Big Lie is a great addition to the Jack Swytek series. Jonathan Davis narrates superbly as always.

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A little tough if you lean to the right.

I love the Swytek stories and the Davis Narrations are always top notch. When Grippando does politics he is usually quite fair and reasonable to all sides. He tried on this one but had a Trump like character that could have been written by the folks at SNL for Baldwin. Otherwise great work as Always.

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Asking for a refund.

I have enjoyed all his other novels.That said, I listen to books to get away from things like polarized politics. This is awful. I am asking for a refund after the first hour and will be careful with his next one. Jonathan Davis was great as usual. Not his fault.

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Thinly veiled political hit that didn't have to be

When I want to read/listen to a novel, I want it to be just that. I don't want it to be a political hit on ANY political party or ideology. This would be an absolute 5 star book if the writer had just stuck to HIS story.

We have a chosen elector in a presidential race who is bothered by the fact that one presidential candidate has won the electoral college, but his opponent has won the popular vote. Furthermore, even though she has sworn an oath to vote for the Republican candidate, the elector has lost faith in that candidate. She announces that she will vote for the other candidate - which would give the loss to the incumbent.

The popular vote candidate is the incumbent who was only spared impeachment because the election was close and the liberal party figured they'd just get him at the ballot box. The incumbent is trailing badly until a salacious story breaks about the his opponent and the suggestion that he might be gay. The incumbent squeaks by with the majority of electoral votes. It's suggested this was so because of the salacious story that no one even knows if actually true.

SO you can see, this WOULD be an interesting story, except for the fact that the writer assigns very identifying characteristics to President Trump, his perchance to tan, supposed loss of the popular vote in 2016, the Republican candidate, his name calling, possible impeachment (which in real life the Democrats went through because they couldn't beat him at the ballot box) but the author can't even admit that! Not all the characteristics identified are even true of the President, but a large majority of these characteristics the author assigns are ones that have been bandied about in today's media as being true. No one can doubt who the author has targeted as the "bad guy".

The narration is great, the characters are interesting and of course the story is very plausible and something that was discussed after the fateful loss by Democrats in 2016 - could they get enough electors to switch from their sworn duty in order to "do what was right" in the minds of liberals.

Some reviewers contend the book is not political, they are fudging. It is VERY political when you have one political character so identifiable for all the wrong reasons but none of the good qualities are presented; trust me, the incumbent doesn't have a nice bone in his body, does not care about his country and basically is an imbecile.

I'm just SO disappointed that the author chose to make his character with the identifying factors of a real person. And why is it that authors keep choosing the Republican/Conservative candidate to be the bad guy? Does it really make any difference which party is which? So yes, we know what the author thinks of President Trump - but I didn't pay for his book to hear HIS opinion. Credit back please!

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Grippando and the Big Lie

It's Political and sometimes I even found it funny. It doesn't matter what side you are on, I think you will enjoy it. It is obvious which side Grippando leans, but it okay because he lets you feel the characters. Jonathan Davis has always read the stories well.

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Very political

The story was well written as is most of Grippando’s books. I don’t think it was one of his best, but I enjoyed it. The book has a President Trump character and makes it out to be really bad. If you love a Trump, you will not like the book. If you hate Trump, you will probably love it. If you’re like me and you understand it’s a book and not a real person, you will enjoy the story.

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Good storyline but...

Jonathan Davis was fantastic as always. The storyline thriller/mystery was great as usual. That being said, i have grown weary of authors basing characters on President Trump and mocking him and using ridiculous characteristics to portray the President. If you support the President then this book will irritate you to no end. If you still harbor hate for the president and believe all the crap from the main stream media then you will love this book.

I have many of Grippando’s titles in my library but going forward, I will be more cautious before purchasing more.

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Pure Buffoonery

I usually enjoy the Jack Swyteck novels, but this one is a stinker. I think the author has a severe case of TDS. It was so over the top from both the story and performance that it was extremely painful to listen to .

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The best of Jack Syteck

loved this novel. it will keep yuh out guessing till the end. expert narrative as usual.

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