I'll admit that when I first saw this book, I was skeptical. The title seemed pretty dull. Obviously self published. However, once I began reading, I was blown away. This is a masterful tale of political intrigue. And when I found out that it was part of a series? I set up email alerts to notify me when the newest one comes out. The author is quite prolific, putting out a new installment every year.
While placed in a contemporary setting, the plot roots itself in history, going as far back as the Cold War, giving it a profound verisimilitude. The care with which this story has been crafted is evident in its overwhelming depth. The plot spans the country and the globe, immersing itself in almost every aspect of life, proving itself relevant to audiences of all backgrounds. Its real strength, though, lies in how it draws the reader into the reality of the story. It requires work, yes, but the reader is more than rewarded as the intricacies of the sub-plot reveal themselves.
This sense of immersion persists even after the story is finished. All of the characters are so compelling, that one even begins to believe that they're real. I found myself even choosing sides. Looking at some of the other reviews, I can tell that I'm not the only one who feels this way. It is almost impossible not to get sucked in. The power of this series makes the Edward vs. Jacob war (Jacob, by the way) look like a water balloon fight. This is a craze that is going to sweep the entire country.
It's like Ayn Rand and Tom Clancy had a child. And that child is a book. And they keep making one every year.