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The Faithless: A Political Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Allan Airish
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How many votes does it take to become President of the United States?

The answer, as Jack Patton learned from his father Ray at an early age, is just 270... the key is making sure they’re the right 270 votes. Specifically, the 270 votes belonging to members of the electoral college--the only people in the country whose votes directly decide the presidential election.

The Honorable Ray Patton served as a judge and political party leader in Nobles, the tiny Texas town where Jack was raised. Jack, on the other hand, left politics behind--along with his father--when he moved to Austin for a different kind of life. When Ray passes away, Jack comes up with a plan to honor his father in a way that respects his legacy: by becoming one of the select few chosen as a presidential elector.

But someone else has a different plan in mind... a shadowy figure who controls the political machine for Washington's elite. Ultimately, his plan will put Jack in the center of a deadly political conspiracy. The endgame? One of the most audacious thefts of all time: the stealing of the presidency.

Please note that this is the complete novel, containing Parts 1 through 5 of the serial release in their entirety.

"Great read! I could not put this book down"--TR Ross
"It's like 'The Firm' went political"--Dennis Anders

Allan Airish is a professional writer with more than a million words published in various fields. The Faithless marks his debut as a novelist. The author can be found online at www.allanairish.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Political Thriller October 21, 2013
By Nyssa
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Jack Patton's father is dying and as a parting gift he leaves his son with a mission: to make a difference. The high point of the elder Patton's life was when he was a Presidential Elector for the state of Texas and cast his vote for Ronald Reagan, so Jack decides to try to become an Elector too in his father's honor. What starts out as a patience-challenging path to the inner circle of his district's Republican party turns dangerous as he comes into contact with a group of political dirty tricksters out to steal the upcoming presidential election for their candidate.

On one level this book is an action thriller, and on another level it's a thought-provoking look at the political system in the US. At the local level the political process is often just friends and neighbors sharing a club-like environment, but at the higher levels with higher stakes, it becomes an anything goes bagful of dirty tricks and threats that goes to the highest bidder. The intricacies of the Electoral College are thrown about to the point that what I thought I understood about the system turns out actually to vary from state to state in its implementation. The underlying theme of being able to overturn the results of an election through the subornation of just a dozen or two Electors is eye-opening.

There are some rough parts to the story that could have used some shoring up with additional background material or explanations, but overall it packs enough punch to just edge into the 5 star category.

Recommended, especially in an election year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!!!! March 7, 2013
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It's like "The Firm" went political.. I can't wait for the movie. Matt Damon, are you listening? I smell "Oscar"! Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding November 26, 2012
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My opinion: outstanding. I loved it. It was a great read. It kept me entertained and once I reached about 1/3 of the way I couldn't put it down. I never thought I would like a "political thriller" but this changed my mind. I have very diverse tastes when it comes to my reading and now it includes this. I was most reminded from the first page by what I love when it comes to good John Grisham (that is a good thing, trust me) but it wasn't until half way through when it hit me that the style was very similar to Michael Crichton (again a VERY good thing). My only regret is that I didn't read it before the election.

The author did a great job explaining the real electoral process (I didn't realize how little I knew about it) without talking down to the reader, using unwanted exposition, or making someone who already has a good understanding tune out. His knowledge of locations was also pretty amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. December 1, 2013
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I do not read much fiction but this was great. I had a hard time putting it down. Spent most of the Thanksgiving day weekend in the bathroom not from my wife's cooking. Great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on rigging election May 18, 2013
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This was pretty good political thriller on how presidential race could be rigged by using knowledge of electoral college. Not too deep, but a pretty good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written political thriller... May 7, 2013
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Devious bad guys are always fascinating but the villains in this novel go that extra step. The planning and intelligence that goes into creating these characters truly astounds this reader. We travel through the election with the baddies as the trial and error their way to what they hope will be a win. How can they move the varied members to deliver the state to their candidate? Add to the mix truly strong female power players. Candace was a character that could have been very easy for the author to write so that she read more as a male character but Airish makes her a credibly strong female though we know about her what we see and how she conducts herself.

Vera Lynn, Jack's sister, is the true female power player for the good guys. It is clear from the start that if her father had been able to see beyond his only son, she would have been the horse to back for the Electoral College. She's smart, cany and is satisfied manipulating the political field behind the scenes. When Jack is ready to give up, she pushes him on. They may have had their differences at the beginning of the novel but when she sees that he's serious in honouring their father in a way he would have loved, Vera Lynn is ready to go and ready to win.

The Faithless: A Political Thriller was originally released as a five part serial and I cannot imagine the agony of having to wait for the next installment. The Faithless: A Political Thriller is fast paced with fully realized characters and realistic motivations. This reader came away from this book feeling (if not in actuality) like a person who knows more about the political process and how the Electoral College works.

The Faithless: A Political Thriller by Allan Airish is one of those five star novels for which a new scale should be created.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill ride from the country to the Capitol April 9, 2013
By Lili
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An exciting, intelligent tale following Jack, a failed prodigal son, wishing to honor his father's memory by becoming an elector in his home state's electoral college. In Jack's world, becoming an elector simply means carrying out the duty of voting for the candidate that the people voted for. But in an age where polling has become a science and billions of dollars are spent by special interests to make sure the candidate the "right" candidate wins, becoming an elector can also mean becoming a pawn in a game of chess. Bribery, coercion, assassination, and seduction are all used by an elite group of political manipulators, attempting to rewrite American history by stealing a presidential election.

This novel touches on the current political polarity caused by an unwillingness of both major political parties to work together to accomplish things, but mostly relies on the flaws of the electoral system where a vote for one candidate is also a lost vote for the other in the race to the magical number of 270. Wonderfully paced with just the right amount of character building and scene setting, I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of novels or political dramas. This is a perfect combination of both.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish
I'm hardly qualified to offer an opinion. Maybe it struck me as too like many others. Sometimes I postpone such (my collection has at least 220 books). Read more
Published 17 months ago by James McLellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative- A Must Read!
Even though it lives up to its name as a political thriller, The Faithless taught me a lot more about the electoral college than I'd ever been willing to admit I didn't know. Read more
Published 19 months ago by LitGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was a great read and a true insight into how the Electoral College actually works. Held my attention and like all good thrillers had a few twists. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JWL
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithless - A Political Thriller
Great read! I could not put this book down. Very exciting - someone is about to legally hi-jack the presidential election of the United States via the electorial college! Read more
Published 19 months ago by TR Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressed!
This was a great book that was well balanced with action, drama, and character development. I liked the short chapter format as it seemed to stretch out the action of the book more... Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Must Read
Faithless is a definite read, most especially at this time. Not only does one learn a lot about the election process and how the electoral college works, but the reader is also... Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Just
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Allan Airish is a professional writer with more than a million words published in various fields, from encyclopedias to video games. He is composed mainly of carbon, and despite various reports to the contrary, he has never shot a man just to watch him die. The author can be found online at www.allanairish.com.

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