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Power Blind: A Graham Gage Thriller (Graham Gage Thrillers) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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"Gripping. Relentless. Authentic. Takes the high stakes political thriller to a new level . . . The year's best." Myles Knapp, San Jose Mercury News
"Power Blind by Steven Gore is a riveting political thriller with depth and complexity. Gore brings to the reader a realism that could very well be ripped from a future headline." BestsellersWorld
From the Back Cover
Power and money corrupt absolutely.
In Washington, Senator Landon Meyer—leading presidential candidate and pivotal voice in a divided senate—imposes his choices to fill two Supreme Court vacancies on the President. In San Francisco, Charlie Palmer—a specialist in burying the crimes of the political and financial elite—lies paralyzed by a gunshot. Linking the two is the senator's all-too-cunning brother—a federal judge secretly managing his campaign.
An hour before his death, Palmer reaches out to private investigator Graham Gage, a man he's both feared and admired, but his words remain choked in his throat. A funeral-day burglary of Palmer's office and a wife's plea for the truth about her husband's misdeeds plunge Gage into a morass of murder, corporate cover-ups, and corrupted justice that masks a political money-laundering scheme threatening to destroy not only our democracy, but all that is dear to Gage . . .
Top customer reviews
Powerblind is entertaining because it plausible; could be true; and like most thrillers presents a world that we hope we will never see. It is terrifying because it is plausible; might be true, and presents a world that might be the world we see on a daily basis.
The characters in Powerblind are typical of those in in books in the vanishing rotating bestseller stand. A cynical (or knowing) hero, an understanding wife, pressured, but tolerant exsupervisors, former associates with secrets, and loyal friends on both sides of the line who owe him a favor, which our protagonist will call upon to guide him on his latest quest.
More than in most thrillers, however, Gore gives those characters context, heart and substance. The minor characters are not there as mere slalom poles for the plot to wind around , but they contribute to the tale by showing that the "heroes'" actions affect more people than the primary actors and that collateral damage may go deep in to families, friends and institutions.
Gore's knowledge about politics and the human compromises that enable politicians to smile like a Crest toothpaste ad, while their (imaginary) souls churn like Don Coryell on the sideline elevates Powerblind above the usual detective thriller. Gore thrills us, entertains us, and makes us think. I hope his description of what really matters in American politics is offbase, but then I didn't think Barry Bonds used steroids.
If Gore is right, our political heroes, like our sporting heroes, may have feet of clay; but they still are real people in fascinating situations, and watching them, as described by Gore, is a great escape from what may be a congruent reality.
The plot is realistic, as is the often humanely difficult road that leads to its resolution. Power Blind is a first rate thriller, which should catapult Steven Gore into the upper echelon of American mystery writers.
The book has several themes. One is corporate and political money laundering. One is corporate greed to the point of covering up crimes. Another is insider trading on corporate stocks. Another is tampering or influencing or buying an election. Add in murder and you round out a story with lots of issues. Not to mention how the Republicans are trying to "stack" the Supreme Court."
The writing was Ok, but because of all the issues the book seemed to jump around a whole lot. Yes it was an interesting premise and the themes did all weave together, but for me the story did not grab me and hold my attention.
This will sound strange because of my last comment, but I wish the book had been maybe another 100 or 150 pages longer so it wouldn't have seemed so scattered and at the end rushed.
I lied the book, but there are many others I would have preferred reading over this one.
If you like Graham Gage novels, there is enough here to satisfy your wants.
Other reviews have gone into the details of who, what and why. I will leave my review now to state that I truly believe you will get hooked on the way this man writes and tells the story. Let's put it this way, after reading the first book I read by Mr. Gore I wanted more.
He entertains and that's what we're all looking for when we want a good read. Something that will keep us turning the pages and carrying about the story. Steven Gore does that quite successfully in my opinion.
Recommend that you read this one and tell me if you don't care for it. I'll bet I don't hear from you. Happy Reading.
The financial finagling is, at times confusing. They become very tangled and incomprehensible. The amount of money put into political contacts is also astounding and scary. Much of the discussions and storyline does deal with campaign disclosure laws, so that in itself lets you know this can be a convoluted conundrum.
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