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Stumbling Forward (The Perpetual Campaign; Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Truscott
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Book Description

Clarissa Rogers is a young idealist who’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, however, that means serving as communications director for a hopelessly egotistical, opportunistic and unqualified congressional candidate.

It isn’t too miserable at first. Alex Hogan has no chance of actually getting elected to represent Minnesota’s 7th District. Then he gets lucky—again and again and again.

As Election Day nears, Clarissa’s hit with the reality that winning may not be the best thing. Along the way, she captivates a womanizing political consultant, draws the attention of people who could change the world, and emerges as the one person who might actually be able to send Alex Hogan to Congress.



She kept replaying the video on her laptop and the events of two days ago in her mind until Winston unlocked the front door of the headquarters and called out to her. They were the only two staffers on the campaign and, after Sunday afternoon’s display, it was unlikely volunteers would come flooding their way anytime soon.

“I’m here,” Clarissa shouted from her office. Winston walked in and quickly recognized a pity party in progress. He reached over to the desk and closed the laptop.

“We’re making some changes starting right now,” he said. “What’s done is done. Can’t change it and it wasn’t your fault anyway. Our candidate is a jackass, but he can be worked into something.”

“I wish I shared your optimism—”

“Maybe we’ll improve him to a simple village idiot by the time this thing’s over.”

It was the first time Clarissa had laughed in days.

“What kind of changes are you talking about?” she asked.

“For starters, I’m bringing in some help.”


“I put in a call to Carter Jennings.”

“But he’s soulless.” Clarissa couldn’t help herself. She had heard a lot about his professional and personal career.

“Only a little bit,” Winston chuckled. “He is very good, though. Knows what he’s doing.”

“Seriously? Carter Jennings. Why not Satan? He’s busy?”

“You’ll love him. Now come on, let’s get out of here. Have you eaten?”

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  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OUDOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nails it! November 30, 2010
By Laurie
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thoughtful December 7, 2010
By Robb B.
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Political Tour de Force 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than politics October 17, 2011
By VickiT
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Politics as you've seldom seen it 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read! December 22, 2010
By Tom
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Truscott gives us a great story about Politics in Minnesota with an insider's point of view. After reading this I understand how this state could elect politicians like Jessie Ventura, Al Franken, Michelle Bachmann and Hubert Humphrey.
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