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The Faithless: A Political Thriller by [Airish, Allan]
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  • File Size: 2136 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Marginal Entertainment Value Books (July 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PFXBBC
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Jack Patton's father is dying and as a parting gift he leaves his son with a mission: to make a difference. The high point of the elder Patton's life was when he was a Presidential Elector for the state of Texas and cast his vote for Ronald Reagan, so Jack decides to try to become an Elector too in his father's honor. What starts out as a patience-challenging path to the inner circle of his district's Republican party turns dangerous as he comes into contact with a group of political dirty tricksters out to steal the upcoming presidential election for their candidate.

On one level this book is an action thriller, and on another level it's a thought-provoking look at the political system in the US. At the local level the political process is often just friends and neighbors sharing a club-like environment, but at the higher levels with higher stakes, it becomes an anything goes bagful of dirty tricks and threats that goes to the highest bidder. The intricacies of the Electoral College are thrown about to the point that what I thought I understood about the system turns out actually to vary from state to state in its implementation. The underlying theme of being able to overturn the results of an election through the subornation of just a dozen or two Electors is eye-opening.

There are some rough parts to the story that could have used some shoring up with additional background material or explanations, but overall it packs enough punch to just edge into the 5 star category.

Recommended, especially in an election year.
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My opinion: outstanding. I loved it. It was a great read. It kept me entertained and once I reached about 1/3 of the way I couldn't put it down. I never thought I would like a "political thriller" but this changed my mind. I have very diverse tastes when it comes to my reading and now it includes this. I was most reminded from the first page by what I love when it comes to good John Grisham (that is a good thing, trust me) but it wasn't until half way through when it hit me that the style was very similar to Michael Crichton (again a VERY good thing). My only regret is that I didn't read it before the election.

The author did a great job explaining the real electoral process (I didn't realize how little I knew about it) without talking down to the reader, using unwanted exposition, or making someone who already has a good understanding tune out. His knowledge of locations was also pretty amazing.
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Devious bad guys are always fascinating but the villains in this novel go that extra step. The planning and intelligence that goes into creating these characters truly astounds this reader. We travel through the election with the baddies as the trial and error their way to what they hope will be a win. How can they move the varied members to deliver the state to their candidate? Add to the mix truly strong female power players. Candace was a character that could have been very easy for the author to write so that she read more as a male character but Airish makes her a credibly strong female though we know about her what we see and how she conducts herself.

Vera Lynn, Jack's sister, is the true female power player for the good guys. It is clear from the start that if her father had been able to see beyond his only son, she would have been the horse to back for the Electoral College. She's smart, cany and is satisfied manipulating the political field behind the scenes. When Jack is ready to give up, she pushes him on. They may have had their differences at the beginning of the novel but when she sees that he's serious in honouring their father in a way he would have loved, Vera Lynn is ready to go and ready to win.

The Faithless: A Political Thriller was originally released as a five part serial and I cannot imagine the agony of having to wait for the next installment. The Faithless: A Political Thriller is fast paced with fully realized characters and realistic motivations. This reader came away from this book feeling (if not in actuality) like a person who knows more about the political process and how the Electoral College works.

The Faithless: A Political Thriller by Allan Airish is one of those five star novels for which a new scale should be created.
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A great political thriller, yet also an easy read. It certainly is the most exciting novel you will EVER read about the United States Electoral College! If you enjoy reading about the election process, shrewd politicians and exceptionally diabolical adversaries, you will love this book!
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An exciting, intelligent tale following Jack, a failed prodigal son, wishing to honor his father's memory by becoming an elector in his home state's electoral college. In Jack's world, becoming an elector simply means carrying out the duty of voting for the candidate that the people voted for. But in an age where polling has become a science and billions of dollars are spent by special interests to make sure the candidate the "right" candidate wins, becoming an elector can also mean becoming a pawn in a game of chess. Bribery, coercion, assassination, and seduction are all used by an elite group of political manipulators, attempting to rewrite American history by stealing a presidential election.

This novel touches on the current political polarity caused by an unwillingness of both major political parties to work together to accomplish things, but mostly relies on the flaws of the electoral system where a vote for one candidate is also a lost vote for the other in the race to the magical number of 270. Wonderfully paced with just the right amount of character building and scene setting, I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of novels or political dramas. This is a perfect combination of both.
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