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  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OUDOK
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on November 30, 2010
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Chris Truscott knows elections and tells all in this crisply told story of one Congressional race. The details are true to Minnesota politics, but the dynamics are pretty universal. Besides being thoroughly entertaining, the novel also poses realistic dilemmas of ends justifying means. Idealists and cynics will find their worldview confirmed. Be inspired, or at least amused.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robb B. on December 7, 2010
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Truscott captures the true insanity and chaos that often is the political campaign process. His book is easy to digest for the political novice, but also engaging enough to be enjoyed by those deeply immersed in the political world as well.
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Christopher Truscott's "Stumbling Forward (The Perpetual Campaign; Book 1)"

This is the first time I have read Christopher Truscott's writing. I am not a political junkie at all but this story isn't what you think. This E book was recommended to me (thanks to S ) and I wasn't sure what I was in for but I got addicted right from the beginning to the very last sentence. I have stayed up very very late reading it because it was worth losing sleep over this story . There are 3 more E books and another coming in this series and the minute I finished book one I started book 2 . I bought all 4 of the books in this series because Mr. Truscott's writing is wonderful and his descriptions of all his characters are right on target and very vivid images that makes a reader think they could reach out and touch many of the characters arm or whisper in their ear.

No spoilers by naming these characters but I know that you will really get attached to some characters and will want to give some characters dope slaps. I went through many different feelings, rolling my eyes many times, smiling happily at times, very sad a few times, saying to my self- "oh no, more BS from this character yet again". I loved the cliques, the dry sense of humor, and the work ethics and dedication of some of the characters to do their job. This story reminds me of the election we all went through for the past few years, all the bashing ads over and over and over again of candidates and the millions of $ wasted on these types of elections is pathetic JMHO.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Painter on April 10, 2011
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I received this book as a gift, and thought it would be an interesting read. It was so much more than interesting! Christopher Truscott has created a must read for anyone who has even the smallest interest in politics. His characters are rich with personality - except for Hogan who is wonderfully, yet scarily, clueless and obtuse. The behind-the-scenes situations and deal-making kept the story flowing at a fast pace and it was hard to put the story down without wondering what new catastrophy was coming next! I so enjoyed the mix of personalities and how they worked off each other - I swear I work with all these personalities in my office even though I'm not in politics and Mr. Truscott nailed them perfectly. Mr. Truscott made each one very real and by the end I was rooting for some and booing others. Mr. Truscott was able to bring so much to several of the main characters, and watching them grow and step up to the challenges was wonderful. Watching Clarissa take on more and more responsibilities, and become the very adapt person she ended up as was perfect! At times I laughed out loud, and at others I shook my head in disgust - my fear was this is real politics, sad so sad. While the story's flow of politicians and how they conduct business was entertaining, I'm afraid it's more real life than fiction. The deal-making could be from any party, any campaign, any town. Sad but true. At the same time, the dedication, hard work and commitment from so many of the campaign supporters in the book are exactly what I see in my town as well. Mr. Truscott was able to write this political story and keep it real, entertaining, and educational - and still keep my interest at all times. His story could be anyone, anywhere.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. on December 7, 2010
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As someone who has bared witness to political gaffs at Midwestern state fairs, I can say that Truscott nails deep-friend political intrigue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VickiT on October 17, 2011
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"If this idiot gets elected to Congress, we're moving to Australia."

Categorized as a political novel, this book is so much more. I have to be honest and say that I don't have a lot of interest in politics, let alone American politics, but Truscott's easy writing style hooked me in the sample and kept me reading to the end. What happens behind the political scenes was interesting, not to mention educational, but for me it was more about the character dynamics. A sprinkling of humor, some classic one-liners, and a dash of sexual tension all add up to make this a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Producer on May 6, 2011
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You already know that magicians reach into little hats and pull out big rabbits. Likewise, there is no surprise when village idiots get elected. It's done all the time. "Stumbling Forward" takes you inside the sordid hat of political campaigns, exposing the contents of the campaign magician's bag of tricks, and unveils what that pretty assistant really does while she pretends to stand demurely to the side.
Stumbling Forward is the first of a five-part series loosely called "Perpetual Campaign", in which the author weaves together high-paid professionals who will knowingly pimp even a village idiot to a trusting voter base, with campaign whores who will screw the public even if to get that village idiot elected. Why? Because campaigning is their only source of income, and winning is their guiding principle; damn the voters full advertising ahead! Desperate plans and dirty tricks are chalked up on campaign locker-room play boards for you to study. Then they are executed with finesse and fumbling on the political playing field for your entertainment and astonishment. As unbelievable as it might sound, the story is fully believable. The characters are driven to setting gossamer sails that catch whatever public or private whim or dollar blows their way, even if that way is headed for the rocks.
There are times when the author's personal bias leaks through the story onto your shirt. Trust me, you'll notice the stains. But does that bias stain this way or that? Not to worry, equal time is allotted to leaking still more bias the other way, leaving you the reader looking at stains like a voter who's attention has been diverted from the souls of politicians and their handlers.
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