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Sedition: A Political Thriller Paperback – October 13, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 193 customer reviews

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"With echoes of heavyweights like John Grisham, Abrahams rolls out the plot with precision and attention to detail giving us believable characters unlike so many of the other post 9/11 cookie cutter thrillers that clog the genre."
 --E-Thriller.com


"Packed with detail and plot, Abrahams' Sedition reminded me of some of John Le Carre's work. Maybe RUSSIA HOUSE or TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY."
--International Bestselling Author Marc Cameron


“Tom Abrahams’ writing is sharp like the crack of a rifle, clear like a trumpet's call, never more so than on the pages of his novel Allegiance, where the stakes are as big as Texas. “
--Graham Brown - New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Eden Prophecy  
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“Tom Abrahams’ writing is sharp like the crack of a rifle, clear like a trumpet's call, never more so than on the pages of his novel Allegiance, where the stakes are as big as Texas. “
--Graham Brown - New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Eden Prophecy  
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (October 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480107336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480107335
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,800,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the near future, the President of the United States dies of an aneurism. The line of succession is laid out clearly in the Constitution and certain Acts, but there is a problem: the Vice President had died, and while the President had nominated a new Vice President, he had yet to be sworn in. The author gives a clear outline of the issues (although as a non-US citizen, I am not able to verify whether the legal points are correct). The outcome of the legal position is clear: lawyers at twenty paces, and eventually, off to the Supreme Court! At this point, the story focuses on the positioning of the "maybe VP" and the Speaker, and the legal positioning. This part of the book brings up a very important issue: what is the law on succession in this situation?

The story then introduces each of a small group who call themselves Daturans, and they see that there is a simple answer to this succession problem: Semtex. Another major protagonist is Matti Harrold, a young NSA staff member who works at the desk, decoding. Suddenly, her supervisor sends her out into the field. At first Matti is thrilled, then she realizes that the information given to her is inadequate, the NSA generally does not do field work, and even if they did, they would not send in a young woman with absolutely no training. Something is wrong.

The rather complicated plot, the legal complexities and the rather large cast of characters with their different objectives make the first part of this book a little overwhelming. The author addresses the inevitable information overload by giving very full descriptions of the environment and does something not often done: he portrays the nature of the character through their clothing. This was first done (as far as I know) in the Nibelungenlied, so there is a tradition.
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Sedition. A Political Thriller is a smart and entertaining political thriller. There are a lot of storylines but few wasted moves in this 414-page story. Abrahams covers characters from a professor with an eye for the students to a satirical artist to a White House power struggle all with character that are well rounded and easily believed and who are all brought together in a very plausible storyline.

Abrahams conveys a sense of deep knowledge as to the inner workings of Washington. He clearly did a great deal of research in preparation for this novel in a political and historical sense. The plot is complex but tight. This is Ludlum done better and a work worthy to stand side by side with that author in success. Often Amazon published works are riddled with editing and formatting errors but if there were editing errors, I was too engaged in the story-line to spot them.

Detractors will argue that Matti was too gullible and maybe not self-aware enough to know that she was attractive but the way in which the author brings these realizations combined with her background, I believed that she puts on a dress, a salesperson exclaims and suddenly she says, "Yeah, maybe I do have something going on here." That's not to suggest that Abrahams dwells on Matti's self-discovery. As with the rest of the novel, the realization is matter of fact, given a human moment and then we move on.

Just in case the point has been missed in this glowing review, Sedition. A Political Thriller was a truly wonderful read. Contentious and gritty with the sense that we're learning something about Washington in the reading process. I would recommend this to fans of John leCarre, Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn, and any other political thriller writers. Sedition.
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What would happen if the President of the United States were dead and there was no Vice President to take his place? As those in the line of succession fight over the job, will there be mob rule, or will someone step up to fill the void? This is the premise of Tom Abraham's book, "Sedition," and it is a roller coaster ride filled with enough action and adventure to keep readers interested.

The courts are going to decide who will take the job of the Presidency, but that isn't good enough for the Datura Group. They have been working to destroy the United States government for a long time and these events push them into action. Will they succeed, or will there be others to fight against them? This political thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as you discover the answer.

This book totally captivated me. The pace is fast, the situation way too plausible, the characters realistic, and the writing well-done. If you like political thrillers, this book is for you!
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The President of the United States has just died of a sudden aneurysm while working at his desk in the Oval Office. Normally the vice-president would then take office, but the newly appointed vice-president has not yet taken the oath of office. Should he be allowed to be sworn in to first the office of vice-president, then be allowed to take over as president or should the presidency fall to the next in line, the Speaker of the House? While the country waits for the Supreme Court to hear the case and give a ruling, a small cell of splinter Tea Party radicals is plotting a way to ensure a change in regime takes place to change the status quo. An NSA analyst is assigned as a control officer to an informer who is leaking information about this splinter group and their plot, but will she be able to uncover enough information and get it into the hands of agents before it's too late?

The premise of the Constitutional crisis and plot are complex, but many of the characters involved both on the side of the plotters and the side of the good guys are stereotypes and two-dimensional: a self-centered female politician, a foppish Englishman with a title, a drunken conspirator, a misunderstood female government analyst, and more. The details of the plot itself are well-drawn and keep the reader's interest, but the predictability of many of the characters drags the overall story down somewhat, hence the four star rating.

Recommended with minor reservations.
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