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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Alexander's mildly entertaining debut, a political thriller, gets off to a fast start, but suffers from imagination fatigue as it settles into a predictable course. Soon after Sen. Bobby Hart, a rising California Democrat, gets word that terrorists are planning to strike on American soil as the presidential race heats up, the killings, code-named Rubicon, begin. The Democratic nominee falls victim to a suicide bomber in Los Angeles; the leading Republican suffers the same fate in Atlanta. Doggedly and almost single-handedly, Hart forages around until he figures out that Rubicon is not the work of Islamic extremists. Blatant similarities between the book's Republican administration and the current Bush administration may irk even hardcore Democrats, while a subplot involving Hart's emotionally fragile wife back in California verges on the silly. The story limps to the finish with a tedious courtroom scene. (May)
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“Entertaining...gets off to a fast start.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Every American of voting age should read this book.” (www.curledup.com)

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately, the plot does not hold together well.
Michael G. Kurilla
It also will probably give a people a lot to think about when they vote in the future.
Grandma Pat
Unreadable--stick characters, cliched plot, juvenile writing.
Dr. Bob

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89 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Bainbridge on May 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As I wrote on my blog ([...]), what the publisher's blurb doesn't tell you is that this isn't so much a novel as it is a pastiche of left-wing. nut-job conspiracy theories that might easily have been ripped from Daily Kos diary pages.

Put another way, Rubicon is a thinly fictionalized version of Bush Derangement Syndrome wish fulfillment, the gist of which is that an unnamed vice president (obviously Cheney from the descriptions) creates an intelligence network to provide data supporting whatever the Administration wants and then hatches a plot to maintain the unnamed president (equally obviously Bush) in office indefinitely.

Even my more liberal readers probably won't like it. There's zero suspense, as you can figure out where the plot's going (in broad scope) by the end of the second chapter. The writing and plotting are subordinated to making every possible political point in the left's indictment of President Bush.

As one of my readers in fact commented:

"Rubicon, Hart remembers, is the river Caesar crossed with his army when he decided to seize power in Rome. For Caesar it meant that there was no turning back for a republic on its way to becoming an empire. But crossing the Rubicon meant the beginning of an era in Rome. Could it mean the end of something else today?"

This is just painfully bad writing. If you think your readers are too uneducated to appreciate the historical origin and meaning of the phrase "crossing the Rubicon" then avoid using it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Pat on January 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Rubicon and it is one of the best books I have read. I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction, and yet while reading it, I had to see some similarities in the last eight years of our political times. It was fiction yet I think all people need to read it and truly think how fear based politics could lead to a government controlled society. The book deserves a place in debating and discussing it. It also will probably give a people a lot to think about when they vote in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradford on March 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this in a used bookstore, and my expectations were not high. But this book has kept me up reading late into the night. Let's get something out of the way. Folks who celebrate the singular genius of Dick Cheney will be turned off by the author's political slant. But those who approach it with an open mind will be well rewarded. To be fair, the novel falls down a bit when the hero gets on a soapbox. And while the story is a bit farfetched, the plot fits well with the history of false flag operations - including those committed under Democratic administrations. The story telling itself is crisp and moves along. The novel features a compelling central character whose relationships go beyond the cookie cutter conventions of most political thrillers I have come across in recent years. This lends the story resonance and meaning and allows it to surpass the work of more celebrated authors who handle action well but whose characters are soulless. Alexander displays uncommon sensibility for this genre, and I look forward to reading more of his work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marsha E. Lytle on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When a senator learns of a plot involving the CIA and the Executive Branch of the American government, he risks his life and political career to uncover a plot intended to make sure the current political party stays in power. This book hits a little to close to home when you think back a decade ago when we got mired down in the Middle East because of faulty intelligence. I thought the plot was fast paced with believable characters. I've been averaging a novel a day this summer, and this was one of the ones that kept me reading straight through.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since they are writing fiction, novelists have the option of choosing any setting they wish. The White House is a frequent location (Remember the novels of Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Truman, for example?), and the Bush-Cheney preoccupation with secrecy makes their White House a natural for a thriller. And it is a fact that Bush-Cheney have pushed executive privilege very far. With that said, Lawrence Alexander has written a fascinating story of an attempt by the occupants of the White House to take over the government. His protagonists are Democratic Senator Robert Hart of California and Republican Senator Charles Ryan of Michigan. Hart learns of Rubicon, code name for a secret plan that turns out to involve murder of presidential candidates just before the election in order to postpone it indefinitely. The bad guys play for keeps, and a string of murders follow and lead to a thriller of a climax. This is a nice, topical novel and is certainly enjoyable.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting story of the global conspiracy at the highest level kind. Of course this sort of tale can never be that convincing due to the near impossibility of keeping things secret with so many people involved. However, it is worth suspending disbelief since the main tenets of the plot are quite clever and it is well told.

The main protagonist, Bobby Hart, is a little too good and a little too lucky to completely ring true, but he is an interesting and clearly multi talented character. The extent and objectives of the conspiracy gradually emerge, and there are close parallels with Caesar and the Roman Empire and the effects of his crossing of the Rubicon, which is the code name for this plan.

I thought the first half of the book was better than the second as, once the conspiracy was out in the open the conclusion was fairly predictable at least in broad terms. However it was a story which was well thought out and which I enjoyed.
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