- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484926528
- ISBN-13: 978-1484926529
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Presidential Intentions Paperback – January 31, 2014
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An engaging, essential novel for readers who feel disenfranchised by the political process.
The story follows Samantha Harrison as she gets an MBA and law degree, marries one of her former professors, distinguishes herself as a prosecutor and eventually runs for public office. When the story opens in 2016, she’s the Republican presidential candidate running against Hillary Clinton in what promises to be a historic election. Wood tells Harrison’s story using three methods: lengthy quotes from her campaign speeches that illustrate her worldview, italicized text that offers readers a glimpse into her thought processes (“Jesus, if the president of the United States can’t affect markets, who controls America: the people or the boardrooms?”), and the chronological story of her life. The author juggles these angles with impressive formal control, and they ultimately provide a deeper portrait of Harrison than a traditional narrative would. … Wood’s unflinching look at what it takes to get ahead in Washington is bleak but feels authentic. Readers may find themselves deflated by the novel’s cynical take on politics, but they may also find satisfaction in the way it eviscerates its deeply unlikable main character. Harrison never quite gets her just deserts, but by the end of the novel, it’s very clear how far she has fallen.
From ForeWord Reviews:
A determined, flawed heroine accentuates the knowledgeable portrayal of human behavior in the near-perfect plot of this political novel.
A candid look at the rise of an ambitious presidential candidate destined for greatness from the days of her youth, this complex novel is an exciting yet tragic behind-the-scenes examination of the political process in America. In Presidential Intentions, Douglas J. Wood presents factual events and real people within a fictional context, juxtaposing an analysis of recent situations with the activities of his protagonist, Samantha Harrison.
Far from a patriotic tribute to the United States, this engaging book depicts anything but a clean procedure backed by the integrity and passion of all participants. …
Told primarily in flashbacks, each chapter opens with an excerpt from the heroine’s 2016 Republican nomination acceptance speech and then steps into the past to describe her arduous rise to success. …
An intriguing mix of social statement and personality sketch, the novel traverses the main roads, as well as the roads less traveled, in alternating long shots and close-ups of the political scenery that Samantha Harrison passes on her self-imposed journey. Unexpected twists and turns take her in directions she had not anticipated. Nothing—not even the death of loved ones—stops her from reaching her destination…
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So, having a great read about Presidential Intention's Samantha Harrison's march to the presidency is a gift from the political junkie universe.
I loved the book. As a woman-of-similar-age to both Hillary and Samantha, I can say with authority that author Doug Wood got it right in this, his first fictional work. The novel's themes and dilemmas are familiar and, thus, believable. My dilemma? While I couldn't put it down, I didn't want it to end.
While this will continue to be a great read after the 2016 election, it is definitely, definitely, a must-read read now."
Having a son in the Marine Corps., the subplot and fate of the heroine's own Marine son tore my heart, as did much of the story.
Governor Harrison deserves more opportunity to be with us America needs her! I for one hope author Wood plans such---indefinetely. Even a post-Presidency Samantha Harrison will have incredible adventures and create opportunities for thoughtful if fictional consideration about current American domestic and foreign policy. There's too much implicit wisdom here to be only one book! PLEASE MAKE MORE!! America needs Governor Harrison!
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