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The incumbent, Thornton Tomtree, is running against the Catholic governor of Colorado, Quinn Patrick O'Connell. Thornton, who grew up playing in his daddy's Providence junkyard, made billions on a computer invention before becoming president. Brainy, calculating, and stiff, he lacks both charm and scruples--qualities that the honest and open Quinn, an ex-Marine, has in spades. Though set in 2008, A God in Ruins has its roots firmly in the past. In order to flesh out his characters, Uris casts his net all the way back to World War II, highlighting some of the more dramatic moments in Thornton and Quinn's lives as they move inexorably from youth towards a run for the White House. In the process, Uris takes up some of the attention-grabbing political issues in America from the second half of the 20th century: gun control, terrorist attacks, and Clinton's sex scandals.
Uris can always be counted on to inject the political with the personal, and Quinn is the perfect vehicle for this when his presidential bid is threatened at the eleventh hour by potentially damning information about his past. A lively supporting cast of characters--from Quinn's delicious wife Rita to Thornton's conflicted right-hand man Darnell--adds spark to this emotional story. At one point, when the campaign has reached a fever pitch, Thornton says about Quinn, "Our jingle-jangle rope-a-dope cowboy is going to be a handful." So is Uris's engaging book, which positively spills over with simple heroism and hot-button political issues. --Katherine Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Leon Uris book has always been most satisfying to read and enjoy. His command of techno descriptive action has been superb. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PAGranma
Shocking anti-Catholic, anti-conservative hatchet job. Very disappointing.MurrayPublished 3 months ago by Murray Byrne
I've been a fan of Uris for some time; my favorite is Armageddon. This book is disorganized and unbelievable, though not without some good moments. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles Walbridge
God in Ruins was not one of Leon Uris's best books. It was ok but nothing like Trinity. I recommend God in Ruins if you don't have something else to read.Published 4 months ago by Joseph d smith
I have been a fan of Leon Uris since high school. I was blessed to be introduced to his amazing novel "Trinity". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martin F. Zais Jr.
Mr Uris never lost the edge and insight so apparent in all his work. Of course, I must admit to sharing his views of man and politics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PATTI JOHNSON