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The Running Mate (A Jack Houston St. Clair Thriller) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Andrew Delaplaine has written in widely varied fields: screenplays, novels (adult and juvenile), travel writing, journalism. Writes the Jack Houston St. Clair political thriller novels. Also “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes IV,” a series of novels starring the great-great-grandson of the famous consulting detective. Also “The Annals of Santopia” series, an epic that follows a Santa born in 1900 through to his death 82 years later, among others. Has written and directed three features (one doc, two narrative features), and won several awards for his film work. (See imdb.com for details). Based on South Beach in Miami. Writes the popular Delaplaine Travel Guides which are updated throughout the year in both print and ebook formats for these cities: San Francisco Las Vegas South Beach Miami & South Beach Key West & the Florida Keys Walt Disney World & Orlando Fort Lauderdale. Long Weekend Guide to Naples (Florida) Long Weekend Guide to Palm Beach Email: andrewdelaplaine@mac.com.

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  • File Size: 2045 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gramercy Park Press (November 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068R6F3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Though born in Coconut Grove, Delaplaine was raised at Edgehill Plantation in South Carolina. Currently lives on South Beach.

He writes several series:

The JACK HOUSTON ST. CLAIR books are political thrillers based in Miami and Washington.

The ANNALS OF SANTOPIA books re-imagine the Santa Claus legend, and follow one Santa from the time he's born in the year 1900 until he dies in 1982.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IV follow the great-great-great grandson of the famous consulting detective as he solves crimes from his base at Fleming House, his boutique hotel on Lincoln Road in South Beach.

The TRAP DOOR books follow Charlie Heminges as he travels back in time through a trap door in the stage of London's Globe Theatre to Elizabethan times where he works as a young actor in Shakespeare's company. (Only one book in this series so far, THE TRAP DOOR.)

The JAKE BRICKER books are "comic thrillers" featuring what his police chief calls "the ineffective detective" as he fumbles his way through the crime-ridden world of South Beach. Along the way, he learns nothing. (Only one in this series so far, THE METER MAID MURDERS.)

The DELAPLAINE GUIDES
As a travel writer for many years, Delaplaine still publishes several guidebooks updated 3 or 4 times a year.

"LONG WEEKEND" GUIDES
He also writes several guidebooks for people visiting certain cities for 2 or 3 days and need a short, concise view of the city -- where to stay, what to do, where to eat.

With sister Renee, he owned a trendy restaurant (Scratch) in the Cocaine Cowboy days when South Beach was just getting started in the late '80s; a notorious nightclub (the Warsaw Ballroom) famous for its decadent foam parties during the days when South Beach was more aptly termed Sodom by the Sea; founded, edited and published what is still the longest-running weekly on South Beach (Wire); ran a TV show (The Live Wire). Also writes a "History of South Beach" called SOBEPEDIA, organized in A-Z fashion, with thousands of cross-references, updated 4 times yearly.

He has directed three feature films and several shorts. (Details at www.imdb.com)

He also writes feature films. The last one made was MEETING SPENCER starring Jeffrey Tambor, available on Amazon.

Email: andrewdelaplaine@mac.com


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Rodgers on August 4, 2013
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I made the innocent mistake of reading THE RUNNING MATE first before I realized it was actually a sequel to a series of books called THE KEYSTONE FILE, which comes in several parts (and are still being written from what I gather).

But after reading this, I got the first Keystone book and am going to get the next one right away. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, this is a great book that is very compelling from start to finish. The whole political machinations involving a tied election for President are actually reflected in the Constitution (I looked it up online and read the Constitution for the first time in my life when I was about halfway through this book!) Thoroughly absorbing.

The book shows that we don't really know how anything works in Washington. We haven't got a clue. We'll never get it from the media, either.

I gave my copy two 2 friends and they both devoured it. Both told me they enjoyed it as much as I did.

I take issue the reader who didn't like the details about the food and the coffee. These people are from Miami, so they love their café con leche. I thought this aspect of the book humanized the characters and showed up different character traits. I liked that a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bt on May 27, 2012
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A great book- excellent plot. I've recommended this book to a lot of avid readers and they ALL have told me they enjoyed it. We will be looking for other Andrew Delaplaine novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Edwards on February 3, 2012
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Alas, another book with potential but the characters in the book must all be of lower intelligence because they were reduced to using extensive foul language on a regular basis. After the first few pages I'd had enough. Too bad because it looked to have some interesting potential.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By polliesue on May 28, 2012
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I was disappointed in the book. The plot was not bad but the author needs to read his work after finishing the first draft. High school students know never to begin sentences with "just then", but this book was filled with them. I will give him an "A" for completing the book, but nobody wants to read a first draft. My advice is to take a writing class and keep trying. The constant use of brands and kinds of coffee was irritating. One more thing--we know the main character's full name after the first chapter. Don't keep using it throughout the book. To be fair, there were some good plots lines in the book, and I did like the part about the airplane mix-up. I believe if the writing and editing improves, the author can and will produce a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john on June 9, 2013
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Right in line with some of the new American Political plots! Sometime I wonder how much fiction and how much truth are really combined in books like this! Exciting read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Barnes on March 5, 2012
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Really enjoyed this book, political intrigue, family relationships, action packed, this has the lot, kept me attached to my kindle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Athens on January 31, 2012
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I actually purchased this book for free and so I do feel rather guilty at giving it a poor review. I agree with a previous comment it was slow in parts, and frankly would have been far better if it wasn't so long. I did find the continuous details of drinking coffee, wines etc., boring and unnecessary, and too many repeats regarding the coffee making which were irritating. The author should also note that his readers only need one description of the character. We don't need to be reminded time and again. In fact many a good writer can build the characters so well that you can picture them without having a detailed description. How many times do we read a good book, then it's turned into a film, and we are disappointed with the cast, which don't fit our mental image of the characters. Apart from this the story line was good not very plausable, but who cares it's fiction.
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By Patricia Vittetoe on July 2, 2014
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Interesting concept.
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