My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is an airport blockbuster with a scary, all to real heart, set in the White House, very few names have been changed and the President himself is never actually named because we all know who he is. It’s scary reading a thriller when the opening sequence, a show down with North Korea, is echoed on actual news channels in real life. The premise of the book is that the President needs to be killed because if he isn’t, something very bad is liable to happen and the potential assassins have ruled out all other options. Against them is Maggie, a White House counsel from the old days, she hates the President but doesn’t want him assassinated for fear of Civil War. This to me was a plot hole, she knows most of the reason why the assassins want to kill the President and it is a BIG reason, worse than her fear of Civil War, at the same time people are trying to stop her investigating, using potentially lethal means to put her off, so I didn’t quite totally get her reasons for going on. Maybe I’m getting blood thirsty in my old age or maybe just a bit of a wimp but if I’d been her knowing exactly what could happen, I’d have been “Okay, maybe I stop investigating”.
Anyway, Maggie continues to investigate and things happen in typical airport blockbuster style, this is no work of high literature but it does make some pertinent points, particularly with the monologues of the chief presidential adviser character about why the President is so popular with certain parts of the population, how the President utilises power, how scandal after scandal after scandal can make him immune in a way that just one scandal wouldn’t, particularly when his opponents spend more time laughing at his spelling and how he presents his message rather than what the message actually says. I wonder how many more books will be inspired by this era?