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Access to Power by [Ellis, Robert]
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From Publishers Weekly

Drawing on his experience as a high-profile media consultant, first-time author Ellis spins a potent political thriller that deftly conveys the superficiality and shrewdness of life on Capitol Hill. When renowned image-maker Frank Miles is hired to wage a no-holds-barred advertising blitz for Mel Merdock, a senatorial candidate with deep pockets and few morals, Frank's primary concern is to win the race, even if his client isn't the best man for the job. Three weeks prior to election day, Frank's longtime business partner and friend, Woody, is murdered during what appears to be a botched robbery. Unable to shake the feeling that Woody's death was no accident and aware of the considerable enemies his sometimes sleazy media schemes have earned him, Frank does some investigating of his own and uncovers a shocking trail of corruption that leads all the way to the White House. Ellis writes in crisp, punchy prose, mirrored by the novel's short, sound bite-like chapters, which are skillfully woven to form an absorbing narrative. A side story involving a romance between Frank and an associate is a pleasing touch, and Ellis's painstaking attention to character development, pacing and detail will ensure that this hard-hitting debut will leave conspiracy buffs hungering for more. (Aug.)Forecast: The book's plain, dark cover won't catch a browser's eye, but print advertising in USA Today and the Washington Post will help generate respectable sales for this debut thriller.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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In his savvy and stunningly suspenseful first novel, Robert Ellis combines his insider's knowledge of political machinations with the breakneck pacing, intricate, compelling plot, and complex characters one would expect from a well-seasoned writer.

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  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055X09LW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Chris Mottola on July 30, 2001
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What Grisham is to law, Ellis is to politics
As a political professional, I can tell you, it is hard to find a newscast or an article, much less a novel, that accurately portrays what it is like to be inside of a high-pressure campaign.
Robert Ellis' book does that and more.
It is page turning thriller that seems to be ripped from the most recent tawdry scandals of the Beltway.
Scummy candidates, immoral media types, souless aides...it's all here.
Almost as much fun as discovering the resolve is seeing if you can guess which real life politicians his characters are based on.
Mr. Ellis is an insider. And it shows.
Access to Power is the best plane, beach, weekend read you'll have this year.
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Damn that Robert Ellis! I read Access to Power on the recommendation of a friend, and I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. Which is great, except that it kept me up until 4 o'clock on a Monday morning, which made me useless for work that day. Access to Power is the best thriller I've read since the heyday of Robert Ludlum. The novel shows a real sophistication about Washington politics, and it's a first-rate murder mystery besides. Ellis writes in short, compelling chapters that make the book really easy to read -- and almost impossible to stop reading! This is a great book for a vacation or a long trip. If you like mysteries, it will hook you right from the start, and you'll enjoy a great roller-coast ride as the plot winds along to the surprise ending. A great beach book!
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I really dug this book. As Frank Miles runs a senate campaign and investigates his best friend's murder, George Raymond haunts Washington DC trying to cover his tracks and multiple murders. But Raymond has a few hangups, as I guess most anyone who kills people for a living would. He has this thing for self-help tapes and listens to them in his car. George Raymond is an unbelievably great character and redefines bad guys for all time. I'll never forget this incredible person. While he scared the blank out of me, there's a hint of humor in the guy. At times I thought I could hear the author laughing in the background. Robert Ellis's Access to Power would make a great movie. I can't believe I found this book.
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Robert Ellis debuts with 'Access to Power' - political consultant Frank Miles is at the top of his game. He wages senate and house campaigns, he even worked on the President's campaign. His firm, along with his two partners, is a success.

Then his long time partner, Woody is murdered. Metro police immediately rule it a robbery gone bad. But Frank thinks differently and starts to follow the clues only he sees.

This first novel is a little thin on character development and the plot is one-dimensional. But Ellis shows promise. If this is a series debut and his fledgling writing improves, he could become a must read.

Recommended
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I read the first chapter, put the book down, turned every light in the house on, made sure the doors were locked and bolted, ran back to my chair, and didn't get up until I was finished ...
Robert Ellis's "Access to Power" is the best mystery thriller I've read this year. I think I liked it so much because it stands out. Something new and different.
Frank Miles is a political consultant with a problem - his partner's been murdered and DC's finist can't figure it out. Frank investigates on his own. Then there's another murder and another. While all this is happening, Ellis unloads on Washington in a way that blew my mind.
The characters jump off the page. Frank Miles is cool and kept me going. George Raymond may be the most vicious bad guy I've ever met in a book. But Ellis's depiction of women really got to me as well. He obviously knows women and likes them.
"Access to Power" packs a heavy punch. The twists and turns are ingenious and thrilling. I can't wait for his next one.
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By Star Grazer on September 26, 2013
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The early parts of this book were excellent. The author created an environment of intrigue and excitement that seemed to set the stage for a very good book. However, in latter parts, the plot seemed to fall apart and most of the content seemed to be just filler rather than anything that really advanced the plot. The ending, while dramatic, was full of logical flaws and scenarios that were very unrealistic. I suppose the author was trying to add some action scenes that would enhance the chances of getting a movie deal for the book but I was turned off by the fact that much of it made little sense.
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I loved the Dead Room by Robert Ellis and thought maybe I had found a new favorite author. My love of his book the Dead Room prompted me to give this book a read hoping for another thrilling read but it fell far short of my expectations. The story line was weak and never grabbed my interest, I kept hoping it would get better but it did not. This book just didn't do it for me the characters were flat and the protagonist was basically the same as in his previous book nothing new or exceptional. I only spent .99 cents on the book and unfortunately that is about all it is worth.
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A fast paced murder suspense that continued to surprise me with each rapidly turned page. Add to that some insight into the world of political campaign managers and manipulators and this was as enlightening and energetic a read as I've had in a long time. Robert Ellis knows how to drive a story that pulls you along like a speedboat pulling a water skier; and with almost as much physical excitement.
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