- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530117054
- ISBN-13: 978-1530117055
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faithless Elector Paperback – March 24, 2016
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About the Author
James McCrone is the author of Faithless Elector, a suspense-thriller about stealing the presidency and its forthcoming sequel, Dark Network; as well as many short stories, plays and essays. James’s work both on an off the page deals with politics and issues of social responsibility and justice. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently lives in Oxford, UK.
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There were so many things I loved about this book. First of all, I learned more about the Electoral College and the process the U.S. has for electing its president. Many years ago I remember a political science class in college where the professor stated that we should have a national primary, get rid of the electoral college process and go with a strict popular vote to elect the president, which made sense to me. That was back in the 80s and clearly nothing has changed. The complexity of this process leaves too many loopholes for corruption, as this intense story points out.
In this day of computers it simply wouldn't be that difficult to assure the integrity of elections which is obviously not happening. I could go off on a complete rant about that, but this is a book review, for heaven sake. So I won't. But I enjoy learning something from a book, especially when it's packaged in a fast-moving, gripping story where you can't read fast enough to find out what will happen next. There were parts where I wouldn't have dared take my blood pressure. Yes, it was that intense.
The characters in this book were strong and believable. The main character, Duncan Calder, is a political science professor. He's charming, intelligent and undoubtedly handsome, but not someone who is accustomed to being plunged into a world of intrigue and murder. It was very credible, the way he adapted, using his intelligence and survival instincts. All of the characters were also vivid and believable, particularly Imogen Trager, a former grad-student of his who is now working for the FBI. The history these two have is believable and handled in a very convincing way. They were very human and nothing that felt contrived.
The descriptions and imagery were fantastic. The author described the various settings using prose that read like literary ambrosia. Yet, he knew when to cut to the chase, literally, and make the story and plot move at a breathless pace. It reminded me so much of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels that I loved, books I gave up like an addiction back in the days when I had a day job because they would force me to stay up into the wee hours of the night finishing them. Like those best sellers, the sense of danger of this thriller is palpable. There were a few brilliantly funny lines that had me laughing out loud and a touch of romance, masterfully intertwined within this incredible. I not only look forward to the next book, given not all the mystery was resolved in this one, but will probably read this one again. That, also, is something I rarely do. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Don't miss it.
His book is not the noir of Chandler but it does border on that darkness and could possibly achieve that if his protagonist was more cynical. But that is not a criticism of McCrone's effort.
His protagonist is an academic, a political scientist for god's sake, and a damned interesting man at that. He comes across in the book as a human being, warts and all. This book is dynamic and suspenseful and well worth the meager cost that Amazon is charging. Get it now!! McCrone will be to political fiction what Grisham is to legal fiction in a very short time.
My only complaint about his book is that he uses the word "bovine" twice, which IMHO is once too often.
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A non stop thriller that is just right for this crazy election year.Read more