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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416576495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416576495
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, politics is a man's world to its very core—especially when it comes to the race for president, which is at the center of this first novel. Women characters are either wives with drinking problems, tarts who use sex to get ahead professionally (but not that far) or VP candidates chosen purely for show, who are belittled behind the scenes for lack of experience and lightweight intelligence. Democrats are drunks who play dirty and bloody each other's noses. Cue the white knight—Gov. Bob Long, newly come to Christ, a true independent candidate—to save the day, rock both parties' worlds and remind the country about good values and the meaning of patriotism. Long is God's candidate, and with Christian leaders taking his side, he just might trump Republicans and Democrats alike. Reed's prose is average for a potboiling political thriller, and the crisis-laden plot keeps the pages turning, but the novel's specifically Christian agenda will satisfy some readers and alienate others. (June)
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"Ralph Reed, a top-flight political player, has done it again with Dark Horse. This political thriller is a spellbinding mix of suspense and intrigue that takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour of a bitter and hard-fought presidential campaign. Dark Horse, a timely account of the best and worst of American politics, is a must-read." -- Sean Hannity, host, The Sean Hannity Show, and cohost, Hannity & Colmes

"Ralph Reed has written a lively novel that crackles with real-life political drama. Dark Horse is a page-turner that combines an insider's knowledge of politics with the suspense of a thriller. You won't be able to put it down." -- Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush

"Only Ralph Reed is capable of extending a political thriller to the realm of the spiritual and the devotional. Dark Horse is an exciting read that beats even the real thing of 2008 for suspense and drama." -- Robert D. Novak, syndicated columnist and television commentator --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Ralph Reed is the founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. He was senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in both 2000 and 2004 and chairman of the Southeast Region for Bush-Cheney '04. As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, he led the GOP to its biggest victory in history. Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, LLC, a public relations and public affairs firm. As executive director of the Christian Coalition, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent history. He is the best-selling author of six books. Reed and his wife, Jo Anne, live in Atlanta, Georgia. They have four children.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book I recomend it highly.
Todd Morrissey
Dark Horse is well written with several plot lines that keeps you vacillating with curiosity.
Marcia L. Smith
This book was okay and very well written, however I have a couple of major problems with it.
R. C. Lemos

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In today's volatile political climate, it seems a novel about politics might be eclipsed by the real-life drama playing out in Washington and on news talk shows every day. Yet with an obvious insider's grasp of political life and surprising skill for a first-time novelist, Ralph Reed, a veteran political consultant and former executive director of the Christian Coalition, manages in Dark Horse to present a scenario that is almost as interesting and compelling, if perhaps not quite as dramatic, as the real thing.

The book opens with California governor Robert Long, a moderate Democrat, facing liberal Senator Salmon Stanley for the Democratic presidential nomination. When the Democratic National Convention gets underway with no clear frontrunner, tension rises as campaign aides for both sides work behind the scenes to try to pull out a victory. When the dust settles, Stanley is declared the winner, but Long is not ready to fade into political obscurity just yet--especially since Stanley's victory is marred by allegations of fraud.

Long's campaign chief, Jay Noble, heads to Mexico after the convention to nurse his political wounds, never suspecting that while on vacation he will meet the woman of his dreams. And when Long decides to run for president as an Independent candidate, Noble's vacation is cut short. From there, backroom deals and public grandstanding abound as Long and Stanley battle it out with the incumbent Republican vice-president and with each other.

As the scandal surrounding the Democratic nomination continues to make headlines, the careers of some of Washington's most powerful influencers are at risk. Meanwhile, Andrew Stanton, widely known as "America's pastor," wonders which candidate to support, ensuring the vote of the religious right.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wood on June 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dark Horse is a fast paced story that could have been easily lifted from newspapers or right off of the network news programs. Although it was a little challenging at the very beginning, probably due to the reader being dropped into the middle of a political process with a large cast of characters, Once you sort out the players the payoff is worthwhile. Ralph Reed has been involved in bare knuckled politics for many years. It is obvious from the tags for this book, that he continues to be a lightening rod of vitriol from his political adversaries. I suppose success brings both adoration and vilification.

Notwithstanding all of that, Dark Horse is a fun read, in the way that Bill Buckley's Blackford Oakes series are fun to read. One gets the sense that as this story unfolds the reader is treated to a behind the scenes look at the intrigue of a national campaign. Who better to let us in on that than one who has been in the center of many political storms over the years. Though Reed portrays politicians and religious leaders reasonably realistically, every one appears to be brawlers when the gloves come off in the heat of the battle. it is easy to imagine that much of the story was drawn from Reed's experience as a consultant in the political process and a former candidate for office himself. That little touch of realism makes the story that much more interesting.

If you are looking for a fun read with a little constitutional education and political drama, Dark Horse fits the bill. For the aspiring young politico, Dark Horse captures the heat and emotion and does so in a manner that one would not mind their kids picking up the book and reading it. Hopefully Ralph will give us another book in the no so distant future that extends the story line of some of the interesting characters we have met in this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Hester on March 3, 2009
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Reed's interview on The Daily Show made this book sound more interesting than I found it. I appreciate the detail that went into the plot; and i appreciate the character development even better. But I was painfully bored with the story. And since i paid for the thing, i made myself hang in there until the end. There is a fun "thriller" scene buried in the middle of it somewhere that got my attention. Otherwise, for the non-political-junkies out there, don't do it. for the political junkies, it's probabaly a lot of fun.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrs leslie pope on December 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Immediately ordered other book by Reed. Found delivery was excellent and held my attention. Couldn't believe I hadn't heard about this book, as I am an avid reader. Thanks for giving me a forum to share my enthusiam. All of us political animals who were glued to news before Nov. elections loved it. Read "Dark Horse"!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By m.doob on September 28, 2008
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This was a bit difficult to get into, but soon had my attention. I am amazed that anyone runs for public office, knowing the depths opponents will go to smear them. Ralph Reed knows politics and puts his knowledge out there in an interesting and all too realistic novel.
My only complaint would be his incessant description of every item of apparel that almost every character is wearing. Colors, brand names, height of heels...I really didn't care after the first few instances! His book would have been a much more tightly knit story of suspense without so much unnecessary description of things that were unimportant.
It is still definitely a four-star read, though!
Please remember this for the next book, Ralph:)
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