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on July 7, 2016
Since being elected governor of her state, Clarissa Jennings has piled one success story on top of another. She's a charismatic politician and popular one since getting her state's dismal economy back on track. Other states' residents and politicians want to know how she did it, so she's a popular guest speaker at events across the country where she charms the masses. Could she be using these appearances to set herself up for a run in her party's presidential primaries?

This is the fourth and final book in the Perpetual Campaign series.

The political saga of Clarissa Jennings continues with the same cast of characters on both sides of the aisle that have appeared in the previous books in the series. Even the politically inept Alex Hogan, who started the series as a candidate for congressman, shows up this time as a US Senator.

Trying to juggle the responsibilities of the office of governor with the continuing requests for non-state business events all over the country and with two young children and a husband needing her attention, Clarissa somehow manages to find time to deliver the keynote address at her party's convention. That speech raises her visibility not only to members of the public, but also to other politicians in both parties who envy her popularity and success.

Meanwhile there are other races for other offices going on that involve her current staff and past, present, and new enemies. There's a lot happening in the book, mostly politically motivated, but also some trials and tribulations outside the political sphere.

Just as with the other books in the series, this one goes inside the workings of politics to show the inner workings of the campaign staff, speech writers, spin, bloggers, favor-trading, delegate counting, and fund raising that goes on at every level of politics.

By the end of the book, you'll be wishing there were a Clarissa-clone out there somewhere right now willing and ready to run for national office.

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on November 8, 2012
Chris Truscott delivers: every time. I have read this complete series and have become familiar with the widely disparate characters that grace the pages of Truscott's well-conceived political tome. I have said from the beginning that Truscott understands and explores both sides of the aisle as his characters manuever through their perpetual dance. This volume spends more time on the liberal side of the fence, but in saying that, hard core liberals will not embrace his primary character because she doesn't go "far enough" for their tastes. She is a practical liberal, preferring a budget surplus to yet another teat to suck on. Her stance is admirable and acceptable to both sides of the aisle.

Now, as the Non-Campaigh ends and Clarissa Jennings finds herself inside the beltway, all bets are off. A whole new set of rules apply. There are NO rules, and may the best (wo)man win. I love Truscott's style of writing. He credits his wife with being the better writer in the family. Whether true or not, Mr. Truscott ranks among those writers whom I admire the most. May he continue to enthrall us.
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on December 20, 2012
"Is there something kind of evil about this?" Evan said. "I mean this celebration of wealth and power--" -The Non-Campaign (The Perpetual Campaign; Book 4)

Another gripping and fast-reading instalment in Truscott's ever-evolving Perpetual Campaign series. Truscott's strength here is the dialogue, which has matured over the series and is both compelling and convincing.

For me, the politics remains a backdrop, the real story the people. Especially Governor Clarissa Jennings, who is stronger than ever, yet just as vulnerable as the young idealist she once was.

I enjoyed the surprise ending. No spoiler alert, but in hindsight, it's what the story had been building towards.
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on September 21, 2012
I loved the Non-Campaign. It had so many interesting things in it. Just last year I had spent time in Iowa at the Straw Poll and seeing how different campaigns or Non-Campaigns worked that was so similar to what Chris writes about.

I don't want to give spoiler, but the end is shocking and then the epilogue shocking again.

When Chris continues this series I will buy and read.
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on March 6, 2013
In a plot that would seem predictable, Truscott manages to deliver surprises and keep the reader hooked. Even better, the characters' individual struggles and doubts are truly engaging, and he lets us know just enough of their stories to keep us wanting more. This is the politics game: the absurd, the frustrating, the worst and the best of human nature. Loved the whole series.
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