Category Archives: Political Thriller

The Candidate (A Newsmakers Novel) by Liz Wiehl

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The CandidateHow can you be certain that who you vote for as President is the person the country needs and who you believe is the best person?

Erica Sparks has worked hard to overcome her personal problems with alcohol to become one of the nation’s highest rated cable news host. It isn’t easy to be on the top since logically at some time, you know that you have to come off that mountaintop.

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Now she has the responsibility and privilege to get to know the two Presidential candidates. One is a woman, Lucy Winters who appears sincere, down-to-earth, genuine and trustworthy. The other is a handsome veteran who also was kidnapped while on a humanitarian mission to Iraq. This man, Mike Ortiz at times appears charismatic while often his eyes look empty and coached by his wife. Who would get your vote?

Tropical Liaison by Richard S. Hillman

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

Tropical LiaisonRichard Hillman’s book opens in a state of political unrest. Thirteen-year old Rafael is hiding in the attic of his parent’s home after the Security Polic arrive. He hears loud, horrible noises before the quiet. Going downstairs to investigate, he finds his parents’ bodies covered in blood. He escapes and goes to the Freedom Front’s encampment. Twenty-four years later, an election was held in the small fictional island of Guarida . Claudio Sanchez comes to power.

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Emmanuel White Vidal, Manny to his friends, is called to a meeting at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He is asked to go down to the University of Guarida for a couple of years and is told that there is a strong possibility his cousin Rafael, who’s been presumed to have died in a house fire along with his parents many years ago, is still alive. Manny agrees to go to Guarida and makes plans to search for his cousin.

Power Blind: A Graham Gage Thriller by Steven Gore

Power Blind Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The United States Supreme Court has played a pivotal role in US history. Political parties have salivated at the chance to affirm or vote down a particular nominee. When Senator Landon Meyer “suggests” his choices for two vacancies to the President, he won’t take “No” for an answer. But there are skeletons in his closet that could sink his political ambitions and PI Graham Gage is determined to find the truth when he is asked to investigate the death of Charlie Palmer. Palmer made his living doing politicians’ dirty work and he was very good at it. Now Gage must connect the dots between Palmer and Landon Meyer before democracy as we know it disappears.

Dead Watch by John Sandford

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Dead Watch by John SandfordA well-written political thriller that brings forth many of the corrupt happenings that occur in the political arena. Hopefully the killings and beatings that happen in this telling do not actually occur on a daily basis. But the other shady dealings do without question and none of us are sure about the more gruesome aspects. Who knows?

Lincoln Bowe is an ex-U.S. senator who is now missing and strangely enough few people seem to be concerned. He is estranged from his wife, Madison, and though she still feels for him she is more concerned about Arlo Goodman and his Watchmen. Arlo is the governor of Virginia and wants to be at least the Vice President of the United States and Madison Bowe believes he will do anything to get that position.

Jake Winter is a published writer of political happenings. Also he is a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan and now along with his writing he works for Bill Danzig, the President’s Chief of Staff. Jake has a great reputation for knowing his way around Washington. His military background has kept him sharp mentally and physically, despite a limp from shrapnel that ended his military career.

The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth

afghanReviewed by Allen Hott

Entertainment with a good amount of history is the way that Frederick Forsyth usually writes and The Afghan is no exception to his rule. Picking up on today’s terrorist orientated world Forsyth weaves a great story around Al-qaeda and Afghanistan. Many of the events that Forsyth refers to are pulled from today’s headlines. He has researched every item well and uses each in such a way as to make the reader aware of what is happening in the world while he keeps the reader’s attention with an intriguing “what-if” this or that occurred.

Beginning with the raid and killing of Tewfik al-Qur, Al-qaeda’s senior banker. American and British intelligence agents recover his computer and are able to garner some information from it. The main word that they find to recur again and again in his transmissions is al-Isra. By using a gathering of experts on the Middle East and its many religions they find that the term “al-Isra” refers in some way to a divine experience or great happening.

Kill Me Twice by Jerry Bayne

twiceReviewed by Laura Goodwin

This novel was my first political thriller and I was totally engrossed and captivated by it. It is very well written and the entire time I was reading it, I did not want to put it down. The main character is Bradley Cardiff who was a former CIA who was very good at his job. His entire family is killed in a car bomb and it is presumed that he was killed in the blast as well. He has a plan of action to seek revenge against the people who ordered the hit and the one who actually did it.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein

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Exactly how far does fan support go and what can happen because of it? In today’s society it isn’t enough to play a game and to enjoy the competition. Today the participant must win and win at any cost. But when this attitude delves its way into the minds of the fans it can become a very dangerous occurrence.

Gary Morgenstein has taken that premise and developed a somewhat strange and yet very scary possibility of what happens when over stimulated fans get involved with major league baseball.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame is a story of the Buffalo Matadors baseball team, which has been mired in the bottom of the standings of big league baseball for too many years. When enough becomes enough the owner decides it is time to make a change. He believes that first of all he needs to build fan support and from there the ball club will begin to right its downward spiral.

And so Harry Witkowski looks for and finds whom he believes to be the perfect candidate to help pull the Matadors back to the top. Egged on even more by Eddie Olds, the local Buffalo sports writer who has been picking on both the Matadors and Harry about their situation, Harry picks a PR man named Ned Switzer to help rebuild the ball club’s fan standing. Because not only have the Mats been losing but also they have definitely lost their fan base and attendance is at an all time low.

Switzer comes out of the gate flying! He brings in cheerleaders (all female and in scanty costumes); he puts in a new razzle-dazzle scoreboard that talks to the fans; and he begins getting Harry into the action. Fleisher convinces Harry that they need to get the fans very involved. If an opponent needs to reach into the stands to catch a pop foul ball, the Mats’ management encourages the fans to stand in the way and even contend with the player so he cannot make the catch. And it gets even worse as fans throw things onto the field when they are not in favor of a call.

Among these wayward fans are a group of guys led by Cal Fleisher. Cal is one of the staunchest Matador fans and considers himself to be their Number 1 fan. Harry himself eventually absorbs Cal’s group as he exhorts the fans right in their seats on their own level. As the season wears on the Matadors battle fiercely with the Racers whose big star, Virgil Kent, annihilates the Matadors in almost every outing. The cry of the Matadors becomes, “Get Kent!”

The season builds to a dramatic finish and the Matador fans are relishing every inning! However prior to the finale between the two teams in their battle for the championship many more incidents and twists are put into place by Morgenstein. By the end the reader practically needs a scorecard to keep up with the various players and the action.