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My King The President by [Lewis, Tom]
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(Sun Journal, New Bern, NC June 1, 2008) Review by Ken Gruebel TOM LEWIS DOES IT AGAIN WITH MY KING THE PRESIDENT Tom Lewis, author of the groundbreaking series of stories about Pea Island with his opening novel, SUNDAY S CHILD, has brought us a new and chilling novel from an entirely different perspective. Here are people born to wealth, born to power, and striving to hatch a cruel and vicious plan that looks on any power that is not absolute as not nearly enough power at all. The tale begins with a shocker. A Secret Service agent, one sworn to protect the president at all costs and in any situation, rises from a troubled sleep, reports to work at the White House, opens the door to the president s bedroom and fires several shots into Buck Tyndall, his father-in-law and the president of the United States. His mission accomplished, he turns the gun on himself and commits suicide. Enter Jeb Willard, a journalist. Not only is Jeb known worldwide for the depth of his reporting, but also he is a go anywhere, do anything kind of reporter when it comes to chasing a story down. And he knows there has to be a story. Thus he is not surprised when an editor for whom he formerly worked calls him and asks him to be the point man on the presidential assassination story and the fallout from that event. But Willard, being rather famous for what he does, and before he can really get started, has another call. This one is from Helene Fordham, the vice president, and now, as a result of the killing, the new president. She apparently wants him to do the same thing and find the reason for the killing and find out who is responsible. As Jeb starts his task, he becomes a lightning rod for danger for those who have contacted him. One person is found dead by hanging, a death not believed to really be a suicide. Another person is shot dead, almost right in front of him. As a final blow, Willard s father, editor and owner of a small newspaper, is apparently kidnapped by U.S. Army forces. It quickly becomes obvious that the killing of the president was not the result of one deranged Secret Service man, but the unraveling of a huge power grab by some people very high in the government. The story moves rapidly and while there are some revelations, each revelation is overtaken by yet new surprises and new events. Keeping pace with the action will keep the reader on his or her toes. Tom Lewis, the author, was at one time a symphony orchestra conductor, and thus his knowledge of classical music and classical music composers is legendary. Because my tastes in music range run more to the three Bs, barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, and the blues, I missed several clues that one more attuned to classical music would not have missed. The writing is crisp and the action, as befits the genre, is non-stop. Tom Lewis has a gift for the well-turned phrase. I ll give but one example, leaving the rest for you to discover for yourself. Describing a dramatic confrontation, our hero notes, ...the atmosphere was thicker than fog and heavier than lead. The story ranges from Washington, D.C. to the Florida Keys and off to the western states. In each area, there is a new twist to the plot. I enjoyed this book, and I imagine you will, too. Good story! Ken Gruebel --Sun Journal by Ken Gruebel

About the Author

A Tarhell native and son of amateur musicians and writers, Tom Lewis was born in Rocky Mount, NC, graduated from New Bern High School, and was further educated in the US and Europe. Before retiring to seriously write for publication, Tom spent 38 years as a symphony orchestra conductor in Europe as well as Charoltte, NC, Roswell, NM, Rochester, MN, Tulsa, OK, and Sioux City, IA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: McBryde Publishing, LLC; Second edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CGSD22
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By Kaa Byington on May 17, 2008
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This thriller has the best prologue I ever read, and the remainder of the book is not far behind. It moves so quickly and cleverly that I had to put it down every few minutes to catch my breath. I hope this will be followed by many more Jeb Willard books.
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A Secret Service agent shoots the President of the USA dead, then kills himself. There are rumours of a grand conspiration. A former investigative reporter is called by the new President to perform an independent and unofficial inquest. And then the novel takes off like a rocket and never stops until the very end. The plot is well assembled, the action is never boring.

On the other hand, the plot has a fair number of holes, some big, some small. The prose might have benefitted from the services of a good editor. (Including the mechanics: the book features text in italics and underlined, numbered lists, and ship names written in all caps.) Fortunately, the spelling is consistenly good.

There are the usual technical howlers when it comes to computers and aircraft, and, as in many other thrillers, a lack of understanding of how governments work. The President of the USA has way too much free time and freedom of movement, for example. Some characters cross the line between cardboard and utterly unbelievable.

But overall the Kindle edition provides good entertainment and excellent value for money. (At $18 the paperback edition is much too expensive and would have got two stars only.)

(Scale: * - unreadable, couldn't finish. ** - bad or very bad, but readable. *** - honest solid work, value for money. **** - very good in its genre. ***** - timeless masterpiece.)
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If you like a thriller, this one will not dissapoint! From the beginning to end,
it is a hard book to put down. I look forward to more books by this author.
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This is a terrific book. It reads fast, the writing is taut and it has more twists and turns than a tornado! It is indeed a thriller and the ending is explosive, literally. I was impressed with the accuracy of the technical details but they didn't slow the reader down. The book looks impressive even if it isn't a hardcover. The cover and chapter illustrations are first rate. One reader told me it was the most intriguing book she'd read in a long time. I totally agree.
G.K.Lewis
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I’m a huge fan of political thrillers with strong characters, both male and female, and believable plotlines and dialogue. Unfortunately this book isn’t one of those. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are some neat twists and turns and some good action sections to the story, but honestly, I couldn’t get past just how sexist the author and therefore the main character, our hero came across. It was clear that the author has no clue how to write dialogue for female characters. The women in this story are there only as props and accessories for the main character. There is not one female in this story (except for a nun) who wasn’t put there to show that women are only on this earth to fulfill sexual and other needs for men. Every woman was either stripping their clothes off, or serving our male hero coffee or cooking him food…no matter what her profession, doctor, president of the United States, they were there to serve him and tantalize and then meet his sexual needs. He had a female president serve him coffee and then boast that she had even made it herself. (What a gal!!)

Using women as the butt of his jokes or as an analogy seem to be a natural part of his storytelling, from writing about someone who could change a subject “faster than a woman can pull up her pants,” (I was appalled by that sentence!), to writing that the White House has had, “more face-lifts than the Gabor sisters.” And even when he gives a woman a powerful job, like president of the U.S. he dilutes the power of her position by having that character make the claim that a mass transit strike in NYC would “ruin a girl’s day.” Or by having that same character say, “This better be important. I’m up to my earrings here.
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The underlying premise of this book had great promise, and it partially delivered. The plot was good, and there were some twists and turns to keep you reading. However, Mr. Lewis needs a good editor. First, there are several points where there are either words missing, duplicate words, wrong word, or wrong form of the word. There is also a problem with sentence structure hat requires the reader to reread sections searching for clarity. The writing style is also a little simplistic and could use more polish and complexity. The final recommendation is to make the main character, Jed, more likable. I want to find something redeeming and intensely likable about a main character and this one was too flat and one-dimensional for me to relate to.

As this was a free book I am not out any $$$ but it was a so-so read and nothing to write home about.

Cherri White
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Jeb, his father, Cal, and Liz, the sister of the Secret Service agent who murdered the last President, then killed himself, are a team in this run-to-the-finish action thriller. After Jeb, a journalist, agrees to help the next Prez chase down the conspirators who were responsible for the former Prez's murder, he and his team wind up with everyone in the world chasing them. I mean everyone: the Army, FBI, the mob, a paid assassin, the Secret Service, and so on.

It's all very farfetched when you step back from it, but it doesn't detract from the fact that it's a fun, get-lost-for-a-few-days read. Like a James Bond flick you know is all nonsense.
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