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The Lafayette Campaign: a Tale of Deception and Elections (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 2) by [Updegrove, Andrew]
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"Andrew Updegrove brings a rare combination of drama, satire and technical accuracy to his writing. The result is a book you can't put down that tells you things you might wish you didn't know." Admiral James G. Stavridis, retired Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and current Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

About the Author

Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing technology companies for more than thirty years and works with many of the organizations seeking to thwart cyber-attacks before they occur. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1940 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996491902
  • Publisher: Starboard Rock Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010RF882O
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Andrew Updegrove has crafted a unique story for my reading experience.

He seems to have combined the story telling of old fashioned novels with the grit of today's thrillers.

Extended exposition and narrative stretches of an older narrative style are bent, chewed, and swallowed by contemporary action and dialog scenes, mirroring the uneasy mesh of motifs about modern technology and the historic drive toward democratic voting.

It was difficult for me to discover why a thriller with as much exposition and narrative vs pure story-showing still intensely kept my interest, but Lafayette Campaign did just that. I looked forward to my bedtime reading time to see which character, what twist, whose concerns I would read about next in the series of changing point-of-view chapters.

I think that, besides being a contemporary story deeply complicit with today's media driven dollar-bought politics, the expository stretches are embedded and reflective of the characters. And thus, unusual for a thriller, the characters are more rounded than expected.

The process of thinking, evolving an argument, digging for computational solutions, is always colored by characters' emotions, is always part of the story.

As a result, the dialog and action, and even romance and comic scenes, come across that much more vividly. A good example is when we finally see Frank in action, playing the key game in the plot. I'm not a gamer, but this was exciting to experience.

Plus, there's more than the usual random rescuing events. One involves an online game which, to preserve the fun surprise, I'll say is at the very least not only plausible, but what might be called a logically-random possibility.
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Being a fan of the "Alexandria Project" of Updegrove, I really enjoyed reading "The Lafayette Campaign" which is a worthy successor as Book 2. It is a cyber-thriller in the tradition of Tom Clancy and Dan Brown. Although the story seems to unfold in tried-and-tested thriller form, the plot keeps surprising the reader. Updegrove adds to the plot a funny satyrical view of the USA presidential election circus. It is easy to recognize the protagonists. It is even more fun to see that the reader can easily replace them by the current presidential candidate-hopefuls.

In "The Lafayette Campaign" our hero, Frank, is trying to write a book about the happenings described previously in the "Alexandria Project", which is an entertaining story line in itself. He finds out that writing a good story is hard and Frank is not all too unhappy when he is recruited to investigate possible manipulations of the polls.

As in the "Alexandria Project", Updegrove succeeds in explaining very clearly how easy it is to subvert and corrupt the everyday technology that we rely on. With perennial suspicions about electronic voting machines, "The Lafayette Campaign" is a thriller that will make us think again when we see the presidential candidates move up and down in the polls and any "surprises" in voting outcomes.

This book makes me hope that Book 3 will not take too long.
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This is the second of Updegrove's superb technothrillers to come my way and I'm already waiting in line for the third. In 'The Lafayette Campaign' he brings his expert knowledge of cybersecurity to bear in the political field and offers his readers a terrific read that not only rivals but also complements his previous book, 'The Alexandria Project'. I felt 'The Lafayette Campaign' works at a gentler pace than its predecessor, bringing new dimensions to the narrative and enabling Updegrove's accomplished pen to cast its spell in different and fascinating ways. In particular, his skill in presenting sufficient detail of the States' electoral system to enable readers such as myself (I'm from the UK) to keep up with the plot without hindering the story's flow was most impressive. But in this respect much more was still to come, because his ability to convey with authority the complexity of computer systems and security issues is constantly evident as time and time again he weaves sophisticated detail into brief episodes of dialogue that never lose their natural vibrancy and easy readability. 'The Lafayette Campaign' is a substantial read with some great characterisation, memorable atmospheric scenes and enough twists and turns to make you giddy. It's a sequel to 'The Alexandria Project' but includes sufficient backstory to enable the titles to be read in any order. One thing's for sure; when one has been read the other will certainly follow. Wonderful vacation entertainment!
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I’m a fairly heavy reader and I read broadly across genres, but also I devour a good mix of indie authors, small press authors and the heavyweights who routinely crank out bestsellers, most of which are represented by the big publishing houses. Most, but not all. So needless to say I’m used to a high caliber of writing wherever I turn. It is simply not true that you can predict where you’ll find the gems among writers anymore; they could be obscure and unknown, all-too-well known, or dismissed as “midlist” which I associate with “middling”, again anything but the truth. And while I read my share of throwaways two, I don’t often finish those books and it’s even rarer that I review them. Forgive me if I’m not enough of a masochist to do either. Okay, enough self-credentialing, as if that’s at all possible. If you’re wondering what all the windup is about, it’s this: this writer totally blew me away within the first couple chapters. I was able to relax thereafter for the rest of the novel, knowing I was in capable hands. Andy Updegrove has all the right stuff between the covers that bestsellers are based on and even among exceptional writers with monster talents, he managed to rattle my cage. That’s my way of saying while I’m used to and expect excellence, every once in a while even jaded, entitled readers like myself can be pleasantly surprised.

His storytelling mastery is enough for me to follow him anywhere, no matter the subject matter of his novels. But as it turns out, this political thriller was not only all too timely and topical, but shines a light on our world in a way that desperately needs doing. Our political institutions are in shambles in the U.S.
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