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Deadly Ambition Paperback – September 28, 2011
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About the Author
A Michigan native who studied writing in school, Donna first came to Vegas to make costumes and soon was weaving the stories she heard in the back of the girls' dressing room into her first novel. Now she is the author of The Alexandra Merritt Mysteries, which include 'The Last Two Aces in Las Vegas', 'The Las Vegas Desert Flower', 'The Las Vegas Special', 'Rough Ride in Vegas', 'M.I.A. Las Vegas' and the recently released "The Las Vegas Sophisticate'.
Donna has written several other stand-alone thrillers, 'Desperate Ambition', about a political assassination, 'The Right Society', about a devout Christian family that moves into a religious community and finds it's easier to get in than it is to get out, and The Other Hand, about a famous athlete who leaves his family for a young, virginal girl. Shortly after they divorce, she winds up slaughtered. He is the primary suspect, but not the only one. Donna has a popular series of historical romances, The Manhattan Stories, 'Jessica', 'Pillsbury Crossing', 'The Cabin', 'Kimimela', and 'D'Arcy Curran'. A sixth and seventh in this series will be released soon.
Her light-hearted work, 'Conversations With Skip', is the story of a shelter dog adopted by a young woman having trouble sleeping after her divorce. With his unusual ability to communicate, he is soon running her life, arranging her romances, and teaching her to laugh again.
Her most popular novel, 'Maude', the story of her Grandmother, is a #1 best-seller on Amazon and has spent multiple weeks on the Wall Street Journal's Top-10 list. 'Maude' is now available as an audiobook, was recently released in Italian and is currently being translated into Russian, German and Slovak for upcoming international editions.
She has also written three screenplays, a stage play, poetry, short stories, and a children's story.
Donna stills takes occasional classes at UNLV and at writer's conferences and is an active member of the Anthem Author's in Henderson, NV.
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side, to the jungle, the drawing room, and the living quarters of the WH....to the mansion at the horse farm, to the sound of the growling horsepower of a Corvette engine, and the lead-lined bullet proof limo known as the Beast. You know the enemies and other twists make you want to rush to the end to get the final curtain drawn... but enjoy the ride told from the feminine point of you. It has a chuckle or two in it which you may spot as current events. Watch your back at all times in real life.
If this book had been intended as satire, it might have fallen flat but at least it would have had some basis for asking us to read it. As it is, this one is simply a time waster. I wasted too many hours of my life on it; I hope you don't. Just move along. Nothing to read here.
I'm always willing to suspend disbelief when I enter a world created by an author. A skillful writer can cause that suspension to be felt rather than dragged out of me as this was, but still, I'm pretty forgiving about the unbelievability of story lines. But in this book, the author first asks that we suspend disbelief and then that we suspend intelligence and judgment and finally that we suspend common sense. Those commodities I yield less easily.
In a nutshell, this is a story about political ambition of a kind and degree that is literally unthinkable. A sitting President's chief of staff blames the First Lady (who happens to be a Congresswoman!?) for her spouse's terrible popularity ratings, which are about to make him a one-term President. So he decides the only way to solve this political dilemma -- and the consequent unemployment of the Chief of Staff (who, it turns out, harbors Presidential ambitions in his own right) -- is to kill her. He sets up a plan to do so but in the midst of executing the plan, the President shows up at the assassination site, and the highly trained marksman kills the President by mistake. His widow next gets appointed VP to replace the utter degenerate who succeeds to the Oval on her husband's demise. The same Chief of Staff forces the new guy out with a scandal that he does absolutely nothing to resist (he didn't want the job to start with), which means the former First Lady is now President.
And I'm not done with the ludicrous storytelling Ms. Mabry asks us to swallow. I'd go on, but frankly I can't bring myself to write any more of this ridiculous plotting.
Suffice to say it gets worse and culminates in the dumbest, most inexplicable and unbelievable ending to a non-satirical novel I've ever read.