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Part Primary Colors, part House of Cards, The Means is a “compelling psychic drama” (Forbes.com) and a “tale of political intrigue” (The Free Lance-Star) that takes you deep into high-stakes politics where everyone has something to hide.
Tom Pauley is a conservative trial attorney in Durham, NC, who is tapped by GOP leaders to campaign for the Governor’s mansion. His bold style makes him a favorite for a run at the White House.
Mitchell Mason is the president-elect of the United States, pushed into politics by a father determined to create a political dynasty. Mason manages the White House with a personal touch that makes as many friends as enemies.
Samantha Davis is a child actor-turned-lawyer-turned-journalist, working her way up from the bottom in a competitive industry. She is determined and brilliant, and her dogged pursuit of a decade-old story could trigger a scandal that would upend the political landscape.
New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brunt’s “fast-paced, noirish novel” (Library Journal) creates an incisive portrait of ambition, power, and what it takes to win in the ruthless world of politics today.
Refreshingly well written. Good character development, great storyline with a few surprises. A welcome change from Clancy, Thor, Coulter et al. Excellent job, Mr. Brunt.
Enjoyable Political Fiction; A Bit Too Much "Copying" of Real World
This book was a fairly interesting political story, with some twists - that were a bit too easy to figure out, except the one on the last page, which I didn't totally understand and was disappointed to end the novel with that confusion. My complaint about the story line is where attempts were made to bring a real life feel to it, political scandal story lines seemed almost too "copied" from real life events. The debate and outrage by the GOP candidate over the scandal question was a little bit too "Newt". And seriously - an adulterous President is gonna drive his wife to lesbianism? Not cool!
However, it is VERY distressing to think that false campaign mud flung a few days before an election could actually affect the outcome. Here's where this is a WARNING to the American media - don't run with every sensational story without doing your due diligence as a JOURNALIST. I'm talking to you FoxNews.
But overall, I enjoyed reading this book and because of that, I may go back and read Douglas Brunt's first book.
This is an entertaining story and an easy read.