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Rubicon: A Novel of Suspense Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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Alexander's mildly entertaining debut, a political thriller, gets off to a fast start, but suffers from imagination fatigue as it settles into a predictable course. Soon after Sen. Bobby Hart, a rising California Democrat, gets word that terrorists are planning to strike on American soil as the presidential race heats up, the killings, code-named Rubicon, begin. The Democratic nominee falls victim to a suicide bomber in Los Angeles; the leading Republican suffers the same fate in Atlanta. Doggedly and almost single-handedly, Hart forages around until he figures out that Rubicon is not the work of Islamic extremists. Blatant similarities between the book's Republican administration and the current Bush administration may irk even hardcore Democrats, while a subplot involving Hart's emotionally fragile wife back in California verges on the silly. The story limps to the finish with a tedious courtroom scene. (May)
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“Entertaining...gets off to a fast start.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Every American of voting age should read this book.” (www.curledup.com)
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The main protagonist, Bobby Hart, is a little too good and a little too lucky to completely ring true, but he is an interesting and clearly multi talented character. The extent and objectives of the conspiracy gradually emerge, and there are close parallels with Caesar and the Roman Empire and the effects of his crossing of the Rubicon, which is the code name for this plan.
I thought the first half of the book was better than the second as, once the conspiracy was out in the open the conclusion was fairly predictable at least in broad terms. However it was a story which was well thought out and which I enjoyed.