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Product Details

  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Massive Publishing (August 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615302319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615302317
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will keep you up at night long after you've turned the final page." - Keir Graff, author of The Price of Liberty

"A shining example of mass market fiction done right." --BestThrillers.com

"Readily believable...A sophisticated understanding of U.S. and foreign politics, economic concerns, and political maneuvering." --Publisher's Weekly (Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award review)

"A taut, intelligent romp of a thriller that is grounded in a believable global struggle for the most basic of natural resources." --SpyNovels.net

"Clips along at an astonishing pace with verve and grace." - Jerry Gabriel, prizewinning author of Drowned Boy

About the Author

William Tyree is the author of Line of Succession and The Fellowship. His short stories have appeared in Harvard Review, North American Review, the Atlantic and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.

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William Tyree is the author of the bestselling Thrillers The Fellowship and Line of Succession, as well as dozens of short stories and articles appearing in Harvard Review, the Atlantic, the Japan Times and elsewhere.

Raised in Arizona, he taught at Northern Arizona University and Tokyo's Asia University before deciding to immerse himself in technology. He then learned to code and launched a tech startup before working as a consultant to various federal agencies. The inspiration for his first novel, Line of Succession, came to him while co-presenting on eGovernment initiatives at Fort McNair's National Defense University in Washington D.C. The book went on to appear at the top of the Kindle list of bestselling political thrillers for 12 straight weeks.

He lives with his family in Los Angeles and continues to be obsessed with emerging technologies.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Dreyfuss on September 14, 2010
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This was my first read from this author, and I am pretty well hooked. It's a complex spy thriller with lots of fast-paced twists and turns. It begins on a military base with a soldier barely out of training camp directed to drive a vehicle loaded with Stinger missiles off base in the middle of the night. Once he gets to his location, he's assassinated by one of the coolest villains I have ever read in suspense thrillers - this guy is a killing machine who is employed by a private security firm that is a little like an evil version, or I should say a MORE evil version, of Blackwater. I won't spoil what happens next but we don't realize what the Stingers are for until a few chapters later, and it's one of the best political assassination sequences I have ever read.

One warning: Tyree is not afraid to kill off major characters. This creates lots of tension, which is good, but there is one good one that I am bummed about about not coming back in the series. I am only assuming more books are planned - we get closure in the second to last chapter, and the very last one reads like an epilogue that is gearing up for a second book. Let's hope!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Haley P. on September 20, 2010
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I spent a year after college working on Capitol Hill, and I have always been interested in books dealing with the intelligence community and conspiracy theories. This is the ultimate DC conspiracy story. Line of Succession is divided into short, extremely vivid chapters that are equal parts suspense and action.

In Line of Succession, an unpopular President begins to suspect that a private security contractor, Ulysses, may be buying
unauthorized weaponry from the Pentagon and selling it to America's enemies. The administration pulls counterterrorism agent Blake Carver out of the CIA to conduct a covert investigation. Just as he assembles a crack team, a wave of unprecidented coordinated assasinations wipe out much of the executive and administrative branches of government.There's a highly original subplot involving Iranian desalination technology that is interesting, but to me it's secondary to the main story, which has Blake Carver and team as both the hunters as well as the hunted. I really felt like I was watching a movie at times, and to me that is good writing.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bella GW on September 5, 2010
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I took a chance on this book and have a smile on my face to show for it (as well as very red eyes since I couldn't
put it down last night!).

People who liked the first three seasons of the TV series "24" and also the movie "Syriana" will probably be into Line of Succession (government conspiracies are strong themes here). But at the same time there are a lot of new ideas. It's more sophisticated than your typical Vince Flynn thriller, but with just as much action. Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jarratt Bryan on February 24, 2011
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I really enjoyed "Line of Succession." Interestingly, while the story is supposed to be about "water wars," it focuses very little on that. The crux of the book deals with an outsourced security company called Ulysses who, with the blessing and leadership of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attempts a military coup against the US. However, they're pinning much of the action against the US on a radical Islamic terrorist cell. Our hero, CIA Special Agent Blake Carver, must stop the coup from coming to fruition.

While there are some political aspects to the novel that can lean a bit to the Left (Ulysses' semblance to Blackwater; the JCS being "Republican," etc.), I don't think it's really making any statements one way or the other. Carver is not afraid to use "any means necessary" to get results; the intelligence community is not a bumbling entity; and I think the military (other than the evil leaders) tend to be portrayed in a positive light.

This is a fast paced novel that seems to have an insider's touch ala Vince Flynn novels. At less than $4 for the Kindle version, you can't go wrong!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael D on January 11, 2011
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In an era where political corruption and corporate greed constantly dominant the the headlines, Line of Succession paints an America that isn't far from reality and frighteningly touches on the possibilities from a dysfunctional world. Tyree keeps you on the edge of your seat with unexpected twist and turns, and keeps you engaged with characters that you either love or hate. At the end, Line of Succession will leave you wanting more. I'm looking forward to next adventure with Carver and Nico.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lars Strauss on November 17, 2010
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Could not put this book down, especially once I realized the enormity of the conspiracy after several chapters. For this genre, which I only seem to read in airports, it is fairly original. My only question is what we are to make of the epilogue. It reads as if Carver and Nico are about to be immersed in another adventure. Is this the first book in a series? Here is hoping.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sparky on October 5, 2011
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The good: interesting overall storyline.
The bad: The characters are cardboard, the dialogue is horrible.

Being a Clancy fan, I was hoping for another author who does a political thriller right. Mr. Tyree doesn't fit the bill. As another reviewer said, I really didn't care what happened to the characters, even some of the "good" ones. I think the author saw too many bad movies & tried to incorporate them into the book. Pass on this one.
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