A fan of Tapper as a journalist, but as a novelist he falls into the familiar journalistic-trap: the detail (great in a news story) overwhelms the storytelling, leaving a decent (not spectacular) premise flat on the page. At times, too, this first novel reads as a bit of an insider's game, with names dropped just to be dropped rather than to move the plot forward in a significant (or at least entertaining) way.
Interesting historical era (1954) but the author is a hi-profile talking head/journalist with CNN and the anachronisms and chronological errors are off-putting to say the least. Needs a better editor.
An excellent book. It does start out a little slow as he is setting up his characters and then wham!! Politics, power and corruption move in. Powerful characters and a good mystery. His descriptions of Washington D.C. in the 50's could almost be the same city today as he describes what is happening. Then there was fear of Communism and now there is fear of immigrants. I have a much better understanding of Ike's phrase" military-industrial complex" and what he was referring to..
O.K., Tapper is not a Deaver - let's put that out first so thriller is a bit of an overstatement. However, the skilful combination of fact and fiction (and conspiracy thinking) makes you realize just how corrupt Washington is and, indeed, always has been. Fans of history will like this well-researched book.
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