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Manifest Destiny Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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I m confident that this will be Rick Robinson's third consecutive, award winning, book. His writing skill and lifetime as 'insider you need to see' shine through with a riveting novel that keeps us on the edge of our seats. --Don McNay, syndicated columnist and Huffington Post Contributor
I maintain that the best storytellers hail from Kentucky and Rick Robinson is among them. A political insider in the Beltway and the Bluegrass, Robinson masters the vernacular of both. Anyone who knows anything about Kentucky politics--and Robinson does--knows it's often stranger than fiction. Once again, he has crafted a page-turning, can t-put-it-down-until-the-end, political thriller. Manifest Destiny is his best yet --Vicki Prichard, scriptwriter, Emmy award-winning doucmentary, Where the River Bends --Vicki Prichard, scriptwriter, Emmy award-winning doucmentary, Where the River Bends
About the Author
Rick has authored three award-winning political thrillers, The Maximum Contribution, Sniper Bid and Manifest Destiny. His latest title, Manifest Destiny was named Best Fiction at the Paris and New York Book Festivals. In 2010, Manifest Destiny was honored as the Independent Book of the Year. All three of the books are regulars on Amazon's Top 100 Best Seller List for political fiction.
Robinson is a contributor for the Daily Caller, One New England and Northern Kentucky Magazine.
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky as a partner with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.
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Top Customer Reviews
Can you imagine a US President being involved in a plot for the CIA to steal the Mace of the House of Representatives to give to the Russian President as a bargaining chip for cheaper oil? As I am an Aussie I learned a lot about US Congressional procedures and the history of the Mace which has 13 ebony rods representing the first 13 States of the Union, and that first Mace was destroyed when the Capitol Building was burnt in 1814 and another one was made in 1842 by a New York silversmith. None of this interesting background added any reality or believability to the plot.
I also cannot believe that a relatively recent member of the House could get dragged into the politics of Romania and help CIA covert agents to find his political agent who had been kidnapped by a group of old-time renegade Communists. As well his best friend strikes up a close relationship with a much younger First Class Air Hostess he meets on a flight to Romania, who stays on with him in Romania without any problems from the airline. Unbelievably she also gets involved and helps the CIA with their dirty work. It really would be a spoiler to mention the consequences when the unscrupulous Chief of Staff to the President decides to deliver the Mace himself to Romania.
Does all that need a reality check? My word it does. I only finished the book because I was fascinated to see what the plot was all about - and it was hardly worth the effort.
I have kindly given the book a 2 star rating because the writing and character development were reasonable.
I will no longer trust the rating system on amazon.....the participants are either extremely not very discerning or the results are being manipulated.
I found that the story held my interest throughout -- never a dull moment. Some of the torture and shootout scenes are depicted quite graphically, so be prepared.
Most of the plot lines are resolved in Manifest Destiny and the story holds together (if you don't mind the high body count), but in the end and the question remains: what will became of the national icons (especially now that they have morphed into two)?
But maybe that's the plot for another Rick Robinson tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great, intelligent read - the beginning of his books is always a little confusing, but it get's consistently better as the story develops. You will not be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Critical Reviewer
Good story & somehow believable Who really knows what goes on behind governments & there politicians..Scary look at nowPublished 4 months ago by Dorothy Saucci
Not up to the bar set by his "Maximum Contribution" but a big step up from his "Sniper Bid." The appendix contains a wonderful speech by Ronald Reagan -- reading it first as a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter Mathon
I'm just curios how did this guy get the information about Romania! It's a total BS!!!Published 8 months ago by V68
An excellent book. All too often politically oriented books are very liberal whereas this book was more realistic.Published 11 months ago by Len LaRosa