The Candidate 1st Edition
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- Publisher : Doorway Press; 1st edition (August 12, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 468 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984887555
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984887552
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.06 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,389,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I skipped class today so that I could finish the book. I've read all Cobb's books and this one is near the top - The Falcon series is hard to top. Great job!
In this intriguingly written fiction lie coincidences in the facts of the 2016 political cycle. The Democratic candidate is a woman and the two-term outgoing Democratic President supports her. The other hopeful is the male Republican candidate, a leader in the early polls, who has questionable campaign strategy. Tragedies befall Marshall, his family, and staff when they are each targeted by an unethical State Department employee and ex-Navy Seal, who would lose substantial resources if Marshall won and instigated his campaign platform.
The book also hits home for residents of Colorado. Marshall's campaign is based in Golden, his sons attend the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the family vacations in the Mosquito Range near Alma.
I recommend The Candidate, with one warning. It's hard to put down.
Henry Marshall is a man with a solid Christian foundation who is given the opportunity to serve others, even though he hadn't sought that path. His life story exemplifies how God works in the lives of men and women to direct their paths -- through "catastrophes," "twists," "coincidences," and "unexpected situations" that the world sees as unbelievable, unfair, or evil, but which God uses for good for those who trust in Him. And the ethical group of people who surround and support him is a good representation of how we should support and treat each other.
The book contains numerous quotes from The Federalist Papers as reminders of what our Constitution represents, and the story weaves those quotes into the characters' experiences and plans. The story's ending is the "hoped-for" ending, but not in the manner that one might expect. And, of course, achieving one goal just means that more goals are yet to be achieved -- Congress and the establishment will not willingly give us their power and control! (Perhaps a sequel....!)
The story was written during the campaigning for the 2016 presidential election, so one can see some parallels to real-life and fictional people and events. But I believe that the book accurately captures the frustrations and desires of many Americans that were culminated in the 2016 election results. (In fact, the "name" of the 2016 President-Elect is found once in the story -- see if you can find it!)
Using a fictional story to present history and solutions for today's problems is an effective technique. You'll enjoy the story; but you'll enjoy it even more if you find your opinions and perspective being swayed by the main character's viewpoint and goals.
I received this book as a gift from the author to read and review. I just finished the book and can say I did enjoy reading it. The issues I found in my opinion (which I will outline some in a moment) didn't hurt my overall enjoyment of the read. I found the central plot point of a independent candidate making a run for our nation's highest office to be an intriguing storyline and much of the behind the scenes look into a political run was also eye opening. While I admit that one's personal politics could help sway a reader in one direction or another depending on how much they agree with the central character, I don't think that someone on the complete opposite end of the spectrum would have much difficultly still get caught up into the story's characters and ideas. This book was written with integrity does much more supporting than attacking. This is not a bash everyone else's political ideas book but instead a let's spend quality time looking at why this may be a good idea. Politics aside however this is still an engaging and very readable story. I flew through the book rather quickly and even surprised myself when I realized I knocked out 100 pages just while waiting for my car's oil to get changed. I do want to be fair with my assessment however and bring a couple issues to anyone's attention who is reading this review. The secondary "thriller" plot in some places got in the way of the main plot (the campaign) and also seemed to never fully enough impact the main character. It seemed in some places as well that it may have been rushed a little with more a feeling of it's supposed to be here but we won't spend any more time than we need to on it. Secondly there was a good deal of good setup for why the main character could become a strong independent candidate. I felt as reading though that perhaps the story skipping ahead a bit to too much to and now he is a strong candidate. I would have liked a little bit more thorough look at the how. I think the story that would have fallen between "why a candidate" and "is a candidate" could have been more developed and would have also even developed the main character even more. Not to mention it could be argued that that small piece is the part of the story the one hardest for a reader to imagine on their own.
In the end however like I said earlier I enjoyed reading this book. I was rooting for the main character and loved the background look into the politics. A good strong respectful case was made and a lot of effort and homework was noticeably put in to make this story feel as if it was written by a political insider very much aware of how politics work behind the scenes in the US.