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A Death at Camp David Paperback – November 11, 2015
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"This was a great book to read. The plot kept you guessing The characters were sometimes quirky but ultimately you were engrossed in what they were up to. I especially enjoyed the forensic toxicology being a toxicologist myself. And I was very surprised at the ending. I highly recommend this book. I know you will enjoy it." (Suzanne Fitzpatrick, toxicologist)
"WOW. I was up all night reading this book. Could not put it down. As a fan of Grisham, DeMille and Baldacci, I found this story to be as intricate and as suspenseful as the best of them. Kudos to Dr. Milman for an extraordinary first effort. Can't wait for the sequel." (Jeffrey Hyman, musician)
From the Author
I began writing "A Death at Camp David" as fiction nearly two years before anyone ran for president of the United States. Since then, several events that are described in the book came true. First, a woman ran for president and then, the White House had a party at Camp David. Now, they are looking for a body and if they find one, then the book will become non-fiction. With thousands of fans and over 50 Book Signing Events, most of which sold out, the book is an enjoyable, captivating read with a big surprise ending.
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I understand this is the author's first book and the potential for better is promising. The story's interweaving layers was interesting enough that it made up for the few, slow sub plots. If you enjoy political (real life) drama you'll enjoy the book. Also, If you live in the DMV, you'll enjoy the local references.
The drama in this book is presented in a light and airy manner. I have to say it though, for the most part, it wasn't too difficult to put the puzzle piece together. I found that some character introduction were unnecessary. I don't need to know who the girlfriend of so-and-so is unless they add to the plot. Neither was it necessary in my view the history lesson on social matters.
The sex as described in the book was minimal and not at all offensive. I was pleased by the ending even though I didn't get my answer..wink, wink.
As mysteries go, this one is so-so. It involves a lot of politics and sex. So there's enough there to keep you interested. There are flaws to be sure. Milman suggests that the White House Social Office would be in charge of security at a presidential party. (Doubtful.) He loses track of whether the victim's ear rings have diamonds or pearls. And moving a dead body to get it out of your bedroom is probably not without legal consequences no matter who you are.
But it's the writing - at times stilted, at times hackneyed, always amateurish - that gave me the laugh-out-loud, eye-roll moments that had me enjoying this book. Milman has never met a cliche he didn't like. The main character - who just happens to be a toxicologist - is a sexual tiger. (Aren't we all?) I kept going not because I wanted to find out what happened next (though, I admit, I did) but to enjoy the crazy prose. The publisher, Xlibris, must be a self-service or vanity publisher. I'm not trying to be mean. Milman had his idea, wrote his mystery, and got his book published. I have nothing but admiration for his initiative, determination, and his pursuit of a dream.
This book was a gift to me. Had it not been for that and that it's clearly a quick read, I probably wouldn't have bothered reading it. But if you find yourself gifted with this book as I was, take the few hours you'll need to read it. Preposterous story, writing that has to be read to be believed, but you'll be supporting a dream.
Hoping for another book from this author soon.