Executive Privilege Hardcover – Oct 10 2001
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Sometimes you're settling into a thriller and you think: why hasn't someone thought of this before? Although the idea of the First Lady divorcing her husband while he's still the president may have seemed farfetched a few years back, it's entirely plausible these days, and it's a little surprising that it has taken this long for someone to write a novel about it. And a fine novel it is, too: exciting, smart, deceptive. How would the wife of the U.S. president go about getting a divorce, anyway? That's what Texas attorney David Owens needs to find out after he's hired to act as her lawyer. Owens is instantly propelled into the top levels of American government and into a plot of devilish complexity that threatens to ruin his career, if it doesn't kill him first. Brandon, the author of 11 previous novels, sets us up to expect a hairraising finale, and he delivers the goods. An expert blend of intelligent plotting and adrenalinepumping suspense. David Pitt
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Even Owens finds this preposterous and when his office is searched by sinister Secret Service agents who say the woman was an imposter, he's inclined to accept it. Until he gets a mysterious, plaintive email message, which brings him to Washington and into the White House. Intriguing? Outlandish? It gets better. Owens and a female Secret Service agent outwit various guards and technology to spirit the First Lady and her son out of captivity and off on a cross-country road trip. There's even a heavy-handed villain - a megalomaniac billionaire technology tycoon (a Darth Vader version of Bill Gates) with a direct line to the president, who he all but handed into office. Ridiculous? Certainly. But Jay Brandon keeps it all moving; juggling action, plot lines and characters for a rousing, suspension-of-disbelief entertainment.
It probably is a better movie script than a book but, readers who like intrigue among the powerful will still enjoy the book. I just thought it was a bit of a stretch.
This was a well-paced thriller. Filled with thrills and surprises. The premise seemed a little stretched at times, but it was still a fairly good read.
Cute quote from inside the covers:
â€œIf you beat an enemy, youâ€™ve just made an even worse enemy. But if you turn your enemy into your friend, then youâ€™ll have a friend you can never really trust.â€�
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At Last! A book in which the President gets what is coming to him. The ending was a little surprising, and I could not help but have a smile on my face wondering what was going... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2002
Jay Brandon is one of my favorite authors and I looked forward to reading his latest. What a disappointment. Absolutely preposterous plot. Cartoon bad guys. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2001