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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.
How did this book get published? Everything about this novel is bad, from the writing, to the editing, to the proofreading. Read morePublished 26 days ago by L. R. Morgan
This book has everything. It has Marine Corps military action. It has human frailty. It has the drama of presidential election. It has an unbelievable and wonderful ending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maurice Grossman
This book does not appear to be written by the author; it is weak in characters and plot. I should have checked Amazon's ratings first and saved myself time and money. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Hayman
I would return this book if I could. I didn't finish reading the book as it went it to trash reading.Published 4 months ago by Robert
Typical Leon Uris novel with good character descriptions and good story line. With his demise, the world lost a great story teller, and our capacity to be involved with his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Yannopoulos
Enjoyed the character building and the story line,even if I did not agree with the politics. This book is truly for gun control advocates.Published 5 months ago by DOT
Thought provoking ideas. Unusual Uris book, more like a snippet of ideas Uris explored but did not develop in his usual in-depth style. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jean
I am a big fan of Leon Uris.
This book does not disappoiont.
Very entertaining and informative.
Set mostly in Colorada. Read more