Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: The Candidate by Paul Harris

The Candidate by Paul Harris

Publisher: Vantage Point 
Pages: 320 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  On a freezing winter's night a little-known U.S. presidential candidate, Jack Hodges, speaks at a sparsely-attended town hall meeting in Iowa. It is a few weeks before the Iowa caucus, the first contest in the nomination process to be a candidate for President. But that single night in Iowa transforms the race. A female assassin waits for Hodges to take the stage. As he speaks a shot rings out. She misses but the incident finally propels Hodges on to the front pages. Police arrest a mysterious dark-haired woman but she refuses to say a single word. Her name, age, even her nationality, is a mystery. Guided by his outspoken and outrageous campaign manager, Dee Babineaux, Hodges’ campaign soon electrifies American politics. It is vital to discover the identity of the mysterious woman who tried to kill him. Babineaux gives the task to Mike Sweeney, a true believer in Hodges' cause. He must find out the woman's name and past before anyone from a rival campaign or the media does. Sweeney's journey uncovers more and more disturbing information, but at the same time Hodges' campaign, guided by the ruthless, dark genius of Babineaux, goes from strength to strength. By the time Sweeney finds out the true identity of the would-be assassin, he faces a choice that could effectively determine who could be the next President of America. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Have you ever wanted to go fictionally behind the scenes of an election?  This book, The Candidate takes you into the heart of primaries and into both the minds of the candidates and their staff.  With a little political thriller thrown in, the reader is taken into the world of Guatemala from the beginning without knowing how it will weave into a Presidential election.  

I loved that you didn't know their party affiliation and you didn't hear a ton about their policy, this was more about the going ons behind the scenes then on the stage of the campaign.  The author did a fine job of unfolding the candidate's past and matching it with campaigning for the White House and how a decision made 20 years ago can affect you now.  

The perfect election read - a must buy to read while we are in the midst of electing a President.  I am recommending this to my friends who aren't overwhelmed by the political feeling in the air and need a fun read to compliment the drama seen on television in this election.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  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.

Other tour stops:

Tuesday, September 4th:  West Metro Mommy 
Wednesday, September 5th:  Broken Teepee 
Thursday, September 6th:  Fiction Addict
Monday, September 10th:  Peppermint Ph.D. 
Wednesday, September 12th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage 
Thursday, September 13th:  Crazy for Books 
Monday, September 17th:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, September 18th:  Staircase Wit
Wednesday, September 19th:  Seaside Book Nook
Thursday, September 20th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, September 21st:  It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life
Thursday, September 27th: Proud Book Nerd
Monday, October 1st:  Book Addict Katie
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd:  The Blog of Litwits


  1. This sounds like a great book to read this fall!

  2. What a very timely read in this election year!

    Thanks for being on the tour.


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