Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: The Dirty Secret by Brent Wolfingbarger

The Dirty Secret by Brent Wolfinbarger

Publisher: Smallridge Publishing 
Pages: 446 
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads: The difference between victory and defeat in the Electoral College comes down to 259 votes in West Virginia.

A state senator desperately fights back against a lawsuit that is pushing his family’s company toward bankruptcy.

A vice presidential candidate’s adulterous affair threatens to explode in his face and burst into the world’s headlines with devastating consequences.

A ruthless billionaire will stop at nothing to avoid facing justice for his crimes.

A small town prosecutor stumbles upon a plot to win the election by any means necessary: High-tech manipulation of electronic voting machines, creative interpretation of arcane election laws, bribery, blackmail and even murder.

And Rikki Gudivada and Dave Anderson – two star-crossed former lovers from opposite sides of the political fence – are drawn back together as the battle rages for West Virginia’s 5 electoral votes, racing to solve a murder that imperils the very heart of America’s constitutional system while each struggles over the same question:

Is anything more important than winning the White House?

Kritters Thoughts:  A politically minded story that centers around a presidential race that ends up in an absolute mess of a recount in the state of West Virginia.  Being a resident of Northern VA and near the political center of the nation, I am enjoying these politically minded books more and more.  

What happened in Florida with Bush and Gore is something that I always wondered.  I loved reading this story and seeing what can go into a recount and how many lives it affects.  This book went from political intrigue to murder mystery and back and I definitely loved the interweaving of two genres.  

One of the hard things about this book was keeping the sides straight, I had to make a little post it note cheat sheet to keep all the characters in line and who they were rooting for or didn't like.  There were many relationships that were introduced right at the beginning and keeping them all in order was quite a task, I don't know that there is a better way to alleviate this issue, but my post it note sheet was mighty handy!

Presidential election, international intrigue and simple drama kept this book moving from page to page.  I would recommend this book to those who love a little cat fight among grown men!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

GR July-September Challenge: 1,000 Reads Under the Sea

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 40 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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