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It could have been a contender...
on January 16, 2000
This book has all the elements for a highly charged political tour de force -- a presidential assassination, White House intrigue, deep cover hit squad, conspiracy at the CIA, don't ask-don't tell Marines, etc. Unfortunately, the elements are handled in too rambling and disjointed a manner to work. Even the foray into the wonderful city of New Orleans is stiff and wooden and, ultimately, boring. The central character, White House aide Nick Addis, just can't seem to catch a break. Everyone he comes in contact with while searching for answers about the assassination of President Hanover -- and whether a shady land deal back in Hanover's home state of Louisiana where he was governor has any bearing -- ends up dead, maimed, or missing. All of this should have provided fodder for some super-charged action and complexity of plot, but it just doesn't happen. How deeply knowledgeable about or even involved in the assassination plot is the widowed First Lady, or the Vice President-cum-new president, or assorted other Cabinet members and government officials? By the end of the book, I was still in the dark about exactly what happened, why it happened, or "who done it" all. At 370 pages, this was a good length to read in 1 sitting; instead, it took me 5 days, with 2 other books read in between. The author obviously has a deep working knowledge of the inner workings of Washington but, alas, that is not enough to make the concept of this offering work -- which is too bad, because it SHOULD have worked.