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Abuse of Power Mass Market Paperback – May 22, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 311 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Jack Hatfield Series

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“Larkin does handle the book’s many international accents well, and his efforts bring to life sections of dramatic dialogue and moments heightened tension.” – Publishers Weekly

“A plot with a death toll potentially surpassing the tragedy of 9/11 is in the works, fueling a high-octane confrontation in this suspenseful saga.” – The Midwest Book Review

“[Peter Larkin]…did well with the range of the personalities….[Abuse of Power] is one that will be enjoyed by thriller fans and conspiracy theorists alike.” – Bookloons

“Those who don’t mind their espionage filled with a strong dose of the author’s conservative politics will enjoy the story’s pace and twists. Character development is well done, and Larkin’s narration is superb as he digs into a bottomless trove of accents.” – AudioFile Magazine

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From the Back Cover

From the New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host comes a lightning-paced first thriller about a maverick journalist who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot―and is the only one daring enough to put a stop to it.

Former war correspondent Jack Hatfield rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist by a radical leftist media-watchdog group, his career came crashing down. Now an obscure freelance news producer in San Francisco, Hatfield is going about his business one afternoon when, during a ride-along with the SFPD bomb squad, a seemingly routine carjacking turns deadly. When police find several pounds of military-grade explosives in the jacked car―and the FBI urges Hatfield to look the other way―he knows he's onto his next, big story…


Soon Hatfield finds himself following a shadowy trail that will take him across the globe, from Tel Aviv to London and Paris and back again, as he works with a stunning Yemeni intelligence agent and a veteran Green Beret to expose a powerful Islamist terrorist group with a plot to rival 9/11 and whose goal is nothing less than total political control―no matter what the cost…

"Score[s] a bull's-eye." ―Publishers Weekly


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312553013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312553012
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Veil_Lord VINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
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Before I begin, this is a review of the book not the author. If you're someone who hates the guy and will just do everything they can to give the book bad reviews, consider for a minute if you'd like to see that happen to a Keith Olbermann if a bunch of right-wingers wanted to punish him for his politics. Don't be that guy. If you're not interested in giving this book a fair shake on its own merits then please just stop reading and go away. If you're one of Savage's listeners who likes everything that he does you might as well stop reading now and just buy the book because you're going to anyway.
I've read one of Michael Savage's previous books, political zoo, and found it mostly entertaining. So when I got a chance to try out an advance copy of this book I jumped at it because I was pretty curious if the guy could actually pull off fiction. If you want the short version, sort of.

The novel follows a reporter named Jack Hatfield who's life is loosely based on Michael Savage's. Jack was kicked off of his TV show for controversial statements, was banned from entering Britain, and has a general feeling that the government is overlooking the activities of Muslims out of political correctness. He ends up being a first-hand witness to a botched car bombing and from there his digging for the truth leads him on a multi-continent mission to try to stop a terrorist attack.

For me at least, the first couple of chapters were really hard to get into. I found the way the author introduced back story to be confusing and hard to read. I consider myself conservative, but I grew a bit fatigued being beaten over the head repeatedly with political views.
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Anyone who has heard of Michael Savage knows that he is ultra-conservative; you can also tell that he is a conservative by reading the page that tells about the author. Also, most, if not all authors who are writing political thrillers are conservative so I feel that is unfair to give a bad review just because you do not like this author's politics.

The book was very hard to read and for me to get interested in because there was too much filler at the beginning. After the first two or three chapters, it gets better, but there are more rough patches. Jack Hatfield is a reporter who has been blacklisted by most news organizations for the controversial views that he aired on his talk show, which has fired him. Most of his former colleagues and friends who were his government contacts will not speak to him and he has been banned by the British government and cannot travel within the U.K...

When a friend of his is killed while trying to diffuse a car bomb, he realizes that there is something wrong with the story that the FBI is giving out during the press conference. When he questions them on the misinformation that they are relaying to the media, the FBI spokesperson tells Hatfield that not everything that happens is because of Muslim extremists. However, before his friend was killed trying to diffuse the car bomb, he told Jack the story that had been told to the police so he knows there is a cover-up going on. As he starts investigating the story, people who are involved start dying; in what appears to be accidental deaths. His home is broken into and threats are made against him, but he is not the type to back down and is determined to find out what is happening and why.
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It was light reading and the purpose of the book was to expose the truth and he accomplished that. I did not like the gratuitous sex or the swearing. I don't really think it added anything to the book and kind of reminded me of a pulp fiction type of venue. I bought it because I wanted to read Michael Savage because I listen to his talk show sometimes. I think he nails what is going on in the world with pinpoint accuracy and is an independent conservative which I find refreshing. He does not sidle up to the other talk show hosts who seem to think there is hope in the republican party. I have lost almost all confidence in any real change in our government unless we get the RINOS out of there as well as the destroy America democrats. Seems to me both parties are socialist and only have different names. Savage does not pull punches so this is why, other than a reasonable cost, I chose to read this book. Would I buy again, probably not. I was going to get "A Time for War" but I am concerned about the characters living lives not in keeping with the values I have. Conservatism has to have with it the founding fathers' morals and adherence to the Bible. Our nation was built on biblical principles so I think we need to be consistent in showing support to our Constitution and the precepts it was founded on.
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Since many others seem to have given most of the story away, I will not re-iterate. Dr. Savage does a good job for his first suspense novel, but in my opinion, not a great job. His character backgrounds and motivations are underdeveloped. Unlike a Clancy novel, he does not spend enough time developing the story and the characters. The book did keep me reading, so I give it 3.5 stars. Near the end, it is very obvious that Dr. Savage got tired of writing and moved into an unbelievable series of events and moved to the "suspend disbelief" ending much too quickly. The book should have been at least 150 more pages. Dr. Savage does bring a lot of his own experience into the book, and takes you into his stomping ground of San Francisco nicely. He does make George Soros, (Lawrence Soren) out to be the truly nefarious guy he is in real life. Very little development of the co-conspirators and their plans and their motivations. He surprisingly lays off President Obama, making it seem that the president is nothing more than a pawn in the hands of his extreme left wing handlers. Makes you wonder if he is right.....
If Dr. Savage is willing to take enough time to write another suspense novel, I would buy it and read it. I am not sorry I took the time to read his first suspense novel. I recommend that you buy it.
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