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"The bodies pile up, as do the wry asides about what is and what is not good for the country. Hayley Chill is one of those preternaturally talented solo operatives skilled in every endeavor, from her physical stamina to her administrative competence to her Jason Bourne-like cool in the face of near-death experiences. She also figures in one of the more surprising double-reverse plot twists I have seen in some time." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The plot of Chris Hauty’s DEEP STATE rings eerily true in a novel that will keep you turning the pages well into the night. Be warned, you might not look at newspaper headlines the same way come morning. In a country with a government of the people, by the people and for the people, is the DEEP STATE really pulling the strings?" (Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL and critically acclaimed author of THE TERMINAL LIST and TRUE BELIEVER )
"Hauty provides a fresh twist on the American patriot. Hayley Chill has what it takes to carve out her place in today’s thriller scene. She’s shrewd, fierce, and always lands the blow that puts her on top." (Kyle Mills, #1 New York Times bestselling author of RED WAR and LETHAL AGENT )
“Jarring…intriguing…the ending seems pulled directly from a movie.” (Booklist)
"DEEP STATE is a modern-day whodunnit set in the political morass that is current Washington, DC. Riveting and engrossing with an atypical protagonist, it keeps you guessing until the final pages are turned. Chris Hauty has just placed a marker in the world of political thrillers." (Matthew Betley, acclaimed author of RULES OF WAR )
"Engrossing . . . kick-ass." (Publishers Weekly)
"An edge-of-your-seat thriller novel you'll want to read in 2020." (Bookriot)
"Screenwriter Chris Hauty’s talents are on full display in his terrific debut, Deep State, a crackling and perfectly timed political thriller... all the ingredients of a Brad Meltzer or David Baldacci-like sizzler of a story." (Providence Journal)
"A crackling and perfectly timed political thriller." (Book Trib)
"DEEP STATE is a compelling page-turner with an unpredictable last-minute twist that will knock you off your feet." (Library Journal)
"With his super-charged plot and a perfectly-timed, mind-bending twist, Chris Hauty becomes the latest writer to take the thriller world by storm . . . DEEP STATE will compete for best debut novel of 2020 and have readers dying for the anticipated follow-up." (The Real Book Spy)
"This one will require reading in one sitting." (Lima Charlie Reviews)
"DEEP STATE is a perfect political thriller for our times." (CrimeReads, Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020)
"DEEP STATE lets readers think they know what's going on, right up until a jaw-dropping finale...magnificently crafted thriller." (Shelf Awareness)
About the Author
- ASIN : B07RPP4NN9
- Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books (January 7, 2020)
- Publication date : January 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5868 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,932 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The reason for only two stars is the constant use of the "f" word and using the Lord's name in vain. It really didn't make the book any better.
Set primarily around the White House and the President's activities, an ex-Army veteran and women's boxing champion finds herself as a new intern assigned the White House Chief of Staff's office amid all the inside politics and drama of power seekers and the influential elite. Then, the bodies start piling up.
The author's skillful storytelling follows a long-chapter format (25+ pages), something that slows the storyline with in-depth information essential to the plotline, creating a more thought-provoking reading experience. The well-written narrative dominates the story, punctuated with snappy and believable dialogue.
This was a fast, fun read with lots of surprises, even though at times the events seemed to repeat current political situations and repeat other deep-state scenarios. However, the author adds several new twists and unexpected developments, making the overall reading experience satisfying and enjoyable. Some might object to the occasional coarse military-like language, but the book is generally inoffensive.
I especially appreciated the well-performed Audible narration that enlivened the complex characters and their convoluted interactions.
Hats off to the author's debut novel. I hope to see many more.
With all of the thriller books out there, it seems as if it would be very difficult to make waves in the thriller community with a debut novel. I've seen very few authors be able to do it over the past 5 years, with the exception of Jack Carr, Matthew Betley, and some others. Chris Hauty absolutely knocks this out of the park!
I expect this to be one of the top books of 2020, which is saying a lot as it comes out the first week of January. Hayley Chill is an incredibly dynamic, fresh, female character, who is so different from the your other thriller protagonists, and you get a taste of that from the first few pages.
The writing is fantastic with a twist that will blow you away. Trust me, you'll know when you read it exactly what I'm talking about. Your jaw will drop. And this isn't a spoiler, because you'll never figure it out before you read it.
And actually, don't trust me, because as this book will show you, Trust No One!
Audiobook Review: The narrator does a great job voicing Hayley Chill and all of the other characters.
There was much hype behind this debut thriller... and after having just completed the text... BELIEVE the hype. This was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A page turner. Completed in just over 2-days (full-time job got in the way). Get after it people, you will not be disappointed and continue to "Trust No One".
Reads like a stand alone novel. Is a Hayley Chill series in the works?
People are so funny. But, but, but Hauty's a screenwriter. So what! If this was not a thriller, then why did so many people read it so quickly? Because, it was that good! BTW. "Trust No One". Ha!
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The story is a conspiracy type affair by the numbers. At no point do you get the impression the main character will come to harm. The "bad guys" are faceless and a bit dull, not to mention they don't exactly come across as "tier 1 operators". At no point in the book did I ever think they might succeed.
The "twist" that has been mentioned, makes no difference to the story - and it feels like the epilogue (which goes back in time to explain the twists "backstory") was moved there to allow the twist to be a "surprise".
The whole story is implausible and personally I found the main character annoying and unlikable. She comes across as a female attempt at Jack Reacher.
Lastly, the author goes to great length to mention brands and styles of things, some of which I knew, most of which were completely irrelevant. Is the cost of a coffee mug really that important to the story?
I really don’t care what the model of a backpack a character uses (clearly added to try and show that the character was rich), or who his sofa was made by to show he has “taste”. If this were a film, it would be a product placement nightmare. If, as an author, you can only impart the facets of a character by the material possessions that have, then you need to try harder.
Is the twist surprising, yes, mostly because it’s so ridiculous. Is this a good read, not really. Please don’t let there be a series
This is an amazingly accomplished first book that I enjoyed enormously; it won’t be for everyone — but nothing is — and the true ‘red, white and blue American hero’ is getting a little frayed with it’s never ending retelling but, nonetheless, this is an imaginative book that drew me in and retained my interest.
It’s not a novel with an esoteric or life changing message, but it’s enjoyable, well written and, unusually these days, well edited. If you like thrillers, give it a try; I shall be buying the next book written by this author.