political thriller

Review of ‘In Sheep’s Clothing’

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When President Thomas Walters killed himself, Vice President David Kendall is installed as President. He quickly learns that not everything in the White House, or in Washington, is what it seems, and that the very thing that drove Walters to suicide could also threaten his life.

Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter was the closest agent to Walters, but still not close enough to stop him, and that still haunts him even as he vows to protect the new President.

Both men find themselves running for their lives after an attempt is made to assassinate Kendall while he’s onboard Air Force One enroute back to Washington, DC.

In Sheep’s Clothing by L.D. Beyer, which I received as a gift, is a chilling tale of political intrigue at the highest levels of government and the depths of human depravity. The author takes readers on a whirlwind ride through the machinations of government and the twists of the human condition, in a story chock full of ‘insider’ details about the organs of government and the often faceless people who make it up. It’s no exaggeration to say that this book is a page-turner, so don’t start reading if you don’t have three hours to do nothing else. A profound story of the corruption of power, and how the insane desire for power is the most corruptive of all. After reading this book, you’ll never see Washington the same way again.

One of the best first novels I’ve read so far this year. I give it five stars!

Review of ‘Permanent Interests’

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When the American ambassador to Italy, a bungling political appointee with a dubious personal reputation, is brutally murdered in Rome, the Washington bureaucracy is quick to label it a politically-motivated terrorist killing. But, mid-level diplomat Bob Innes, who is thrust into the middle of the mess, thinks it’s a different thing altogether, and in his efforts to prove his thesis, finds himself targeted by bureaucrats attempting to cover up malfeasance, and the Russian mob.

Permanent Interests by best-selling author James Bruno is a compelling story of bureaucracy at its worst, the back-room deals that make Washington the quagmire it is, and how crime and political greed intersect. Underlying non-stop, graphic action there is also a story of human dignity, decency, and love, in a story that will keep you reading from page one.

While I found the description of the Marine Security Guards who stand watch at our embassies a bit off—the commander of the Marine guards is usually a senior sergeant, not a major as Bruno depicts in his story—the story pins the tail very accurately on the bureaucrats in Washington and elsewhere who are often more concerned with their next promotion than in actually doing something useful. Bruno writes about these things with credibility and a ring of authenticity. Sure, it’s fiction. After all, it is a political thriller. But, take it from someone who has worked there, it’s not all that far from the truth. A five star thriller!

Review of ‘Overture to Disaster’

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Overture to Disaster by Chester D. Campbell is a post-Cold War political thriller that, in light of current events in Ukraine and other parts of the former Soviet Union, reads as if it could have been taken from the headlines or the lead story on CNN. I received a free copy for review, and found myself immersed in a story that rivals the best Tom Clancy novel.

This novel has everything – rogue former KGB agents who are determined to bring the U.S. to its knees through the use of stolen nerve gas with the help of the Peruvian terrorist group, Shining Path; senior U.S. officials who put profit and position before honor; and a few daring individuals, Russian and American, who are willing to put their lives on the lines to preserve peace and order.

Campbell’s knowledge of weaponry, tactics, and bureaucratic and political doings is first-rate, and he weaves it all together with characters that, while true to life, seem larger than life. The suspense is drum-tight, and the odds are astronomical, as a wrongly cashiered Air Force special operations pilot and a dedicated Russian criminal investigator race against time to prevent what could tip the world into a catastrophic confrontation with no winners.

Don’t even think about reading this book unless you have several hours to devote to it, because once you start reading, it’ll suck you into a world of betrayal and intrigue, and not let you go until the end.

I reserve five-star reviews for only the best of books, but if I could, I’d give Overture to Disaster six. Don’t let this one pass you by.