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The Next President [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Flynn
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Book Description

J.D. Cade came home to southern Illinois from Vietnam and thought he’d never have to kill again. He was wrong. Someone starts blackmailing him. Not only does this new anonymous enemy know J.D.’s darkest secrets, he also implicates J.D.’s son in a death that could reignite a blood feud.
The blackmailer wants J.D. to use his deadly skills to assassinate Senator Franklin Delano Rawley — the first African-American with a chance to become president of the United States.
In order to save his son, spare Rawley and emerge alive, J.D. must somehow find out who is behind a conspiracy that could change the fate of a nation.
(First published in June, 2000 — eight years before the election of Barack Obama. Also published before the first season of "24.")

Editorial Reviews Review

J.D. Cade is a successful businessman who has put his first career, as an Army sniper in Vietnam, far behind him. And he's walked away from a volatile feud involving the Cades and the McCrays, two families who have hated each other for over a century for reasons barely remembered by any save the surviving McCrays. The McCrays have been gunning for the Cades as if the intervening years had never passed. Now Cade's being threatened with exposure for the steps he took to protect his family from the murderous McCrays years ago. And the blackmailer wants a very specific payment from this still-sharp shooter: he wants J.D. to assassinate the charismatic and principled candidate who is only weeks away from unseating the incumbent and being elected the first black president of the United States. If J.D. refuses, his beloved son's life will be destroyed. And despite the fact that he bears Franklin Delano Rawley no ill will, and even comes to respect and admire him, J.D. accepts the challenge and allows himself to be manipulated by the faceless, nameless threat to everything he holds dear. His first effort to kill the candidate fails. As he persists, the reader comes to understand the complexities of his character, and appreciate both his dilemma and his inner struggle. J.D. finds himself not only won over by the candidate but also drawn into a relationship with Rawley's savvy and attractive campaign manager. A decent, resourceful man with his own code of honor, J.D. must untangle the web of political deceit and intrigue that dates back to his own service in Vietnam in order to free himself from a shadowy adversary who will stop at nothing. An original, suspenseful thriller that will keep you turning the pages, Joseph Flynn's The Next President is appropriately timed to offer a literary alternative to what looks like the most tedious election campaign in years. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

The latest entry in the election year tradition of political thrillers from the campaign trail is this tough, stylish tale about a reluctant assassin who can't bring himself to follow orders to kill the Democratic nominee for the White House. The assassin is successful businessman J.D. Cade, a former army sniper who is being blackmailed into killing Franklin Delano Rawley, the black senator from Wisconsin who's engaged in a tight battle with the incumbent in the 2004 election. Cade knows neither the identity of his blackmailer nor why he wants Rawley eliminated. All he knows is that his nemesis has threatened the life of Cade's 21-year-old son, Evan, if Cade refuses to do his bidding. The blackmailer's leverage is a secret in Cade's past: three decades ago, Cade killed a man named Alvy McCray, the last death in the great Cade/McCray blood feud. Cade fears that revealing the secret will reignite the family vendetta, which has been simmering for more than a century on the Illinois-Kentucky border. Although Cade attempts to kill Rawley in Chicago, his long-range rifle shot just misses. His next step is to ingratiate himself with the Rawley campaign, posing as a major donor. Although he then gets several opportunities, he still cannot liquidate his target. In desperation, Cade decides to try to discover the identity of his blackmailer, whom he plans to murder instead. Flynn (Digger) propels his plot with potent but flexible force, using just the right mix of pressure and release to maintain suspense deep into the story. He also shows a patient touch with his characters, allowing Cade and several others to develop well beyond the status of simple role players.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1653 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stray Dog Press, Inc. (January 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable... September 21, 2002
Format:Hardcover bad this book is. I've been a thriller lover most of my life, and am usually pretty forgiving of minor flaws as long as the story is good. Unfortunately, this book is one of those rare exceptions. The plot is very weak and extremely unbelievable and the characters are cardboard figures, uninteresting and poorly developed. The only reason I kept reading it was because of the mostly favorable reviews posted here and I figured the book HAD to get better. The only real mystery involved with The Next President is where was Joseph Flynn's editor and why was it published. The only thrill for me was when I finally came to the end. I know some of you reading this negative review will be skeptical of it since it is in the minority of reviews to date. However, I don't want to see you waste your time and money -- as I did.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but Far, Far from Great.... July 31, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've never read a Flynn book before and after tackling this one I likely won't come back to one again real soon. In a nutshell the story is about a presidential candididate and the would be assasin who is being blackmailed to act. The story line is okay, but loses itself by the author jumping back and forth between various parts and timelines. In essence he is trying to write two stories here and does only a so so job with each. Then when he tries to tie one to the other the picture becomes fuzzy. It's also a rather lengthy hard copy book, over 400 pages for a thriller. I suppose it's length is due to the various story lines and the additional explanation of the backgrounds that the author adds. There is some action, but mostly a lot of dialog about who suspects who when the first attempt to kill the candidate fails and the shooter joins up with the campaign in an unofficial manner so he can stay nearby. There is a small amount of suspense as you try to figure out who the "backup" killer is in the story and who the brains is behind the whole attempt to kill the candidate. Unfortunately the author gives out such broad hints on both areas that the reader easily figures out the plot before you get to the last hundred pages or so. From this point forward the reader has to wade through the dialog to confirm his/her analysis which is why the later parts of the book drag out into the final parts of the plot.

If this review seems a little disjointed that's because the book also goes back and forth as well as the story. I suppose it's okay to read, but if there were a 2 1/2 star category that would be where I would rate it. Proceed with this one at your own risk.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot Disaster May 10, 2001
By A Customer
Not sure what other reviewers see in this book that I fail to appreciate. I enjoy this kind of book in principle, but the plot MUST make sense. Almost every page of this book (yeah, I'm exaggerating) describes an event that just doesn't happen in real life. Everything is so far-fetched and unreal. The characters act as they do without logical motives that make sense. Too bad, because I think this could have been a GOOD story if Mr. Flynn had spent just a little more time honing the plot into something more realistic. Oh well - a pretty bad story, so I'm not sure why I read all of it
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING...AN ENGROSSING THRILLER June 8, 2000
By Nick G
J.D. Cade is a trained killer for his country, a past he has put behind himself, until he becomes the victim of a sinister blackmailing scheme.
The plan is simple...J.D. must assassinate Franklin Delano Rawley, the first African/American on the verge of being the president of the United States.
In order to gain the cooperation of J.D., the blackmailer uses his son, Evan, as a pawn in this game.
J.D. must race quickly and carefully, to save himself, his son and the next president, for his every move is being watched.
The sub-plot involving Evan is so good it could have carried the entire book. The writing is first rate and similar to the very best of Stephen Hunter.
"The Next President" is EXCELLENT, FAST-PACED, ENTERTAINMENT. Everything about this novel works...Feuding families, family secrets, tough characters, explosive action, shocking plot twists and fast pacing, you can't ask for a better summer read.
A MUST read!
Nick Gonnella
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars political intrigue with dash,wit and danger September 13, 2000
This is Joseph Flynn's most fully developed work to date. The early promise shown in The Concrete Inquisition has been realized. The narrative advances without any wasted words, and the characters are believable, not stiff or laconic.
The political theme is timely, and the plot has enough surprises for the mystery junkie. I highly recommend this book, and will recommend it to my friends. It would make a great movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly wound suspense thriller! June 8, 2000
Joseph Flynn does it again with his latest effort, The Next President. As his previous novel Digger did before, this one kept me from getting a few good nights' sleep as I couldn't put it down. The internal struggle that J.D.Cade must endure, choosing between his own sons' safety, and the killing of a man who would be President, makes for a very quick read. With all the supporting characters, including ex-associates and current secret service agents, the twists and turns keep you guessing just who is behind the evil plot. J.D.'s romantic involvement with his targets' campaign chief takes romance to a whole new level. The book travels easily from the hectic pace of Los Angeles and a Presidential election, to the small southern Illinois and Missouri towns, where his son tries to work his own way out of a mess set up by J.D.'s tormentors. I look forward to the next novel from this talented writer whose books I can't put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
The book was exciting from the begin and end it caught me by surprise with its plots twist it was hard to put down and I want more
Published 3 days ago by Nedra L Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoyed reading this one
Published 5 days ago by Avee8tr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
convulated but possible.Interesting
Published 21 days ago by charles j. speranzella
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Boring and long winded. Unconstructed plot.
Published 26 days ago by Judith K. Olk
4.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Flynn is one of my favorite writers. His novels keep me...
Joseph Flynn is one of my favorite writers. His novels keep me guessing and most of the time I can't figure out what is going to happen. That is my test. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As usual Flynn had me guessing to the very end.
Published 1 month ago by Roger H. Harlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok read.
Good read. Not Mitch Rap but close enough.
Published 2 months ago by L G Beauvais
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Potential
“As Evan had grown older, this paternal hovering had chafed. He’d found it necessary to tell his dad to back off a little, give him some room to lead his own life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic writer.
Published 2 months ago by stampin06crafter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It had enough twists and turns in it to keep you guessing.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Koran
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