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Saturday, October 7, 2017

REVIEW: Political Justice by Dennis Carstens @smithpublicity

Political Justice
A Marc Kadella Legal Mystery Book 7
by Dennis Carstens
Smith Publicity


Big thank you to Smith Publicity for this copy in return for my honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A politically ambitious couple will stop at nothing to obtain the presidency. He is a popular governor of a western state. A philanderer, but charming, good-looking, charismatic, a dream candidate. Thomas Jefferson Carver is a capable administrator and attracts sycophants like moths to a flame. People willing to sacrifice themselves and anyone who opposes him.

Darla Bunton Carver is the political brains behind their rise to power. Amoral and single-minded to the point of obsession, it is her ambition to succeed her husband to become the first woman president of the United States. And nothing will stand in her way to achieve it. Including her husband’s numerous affairs, money scandals, homicide cover-ups, murder and even treason. Whatever is necessary. Their true goal? Power and wealth for themselves.

My Review:

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of political thrillers, or anything political really.  I am, however, a fan of Smith Publicity so when they sent me this book, I figured it was highly likely a good one.  I wasn't wrong!  

The book reads at a fast pace with a highly motivated political couple who will stop at nothing to get what they want.  Darla is especially devious and will barrel through anything that gets in her way.  I absolutely despised her as a person and quite frankly, it was fun to hate her.  I enjoyed the law aspects of this story but it definitely did get too political for my normal liking.  Which I had expected so that's not a surprise.  What IS a surprise was how engaged I did get.  A nice surprise.  I completely agree with my friend, Jessica, that it is absolutely reminiscent of House of Cards.  And while I did enjoy that show, I did quit it after a couple of seasons (again, me and politics don't mix well).

What I found the most interesting, is reading the notes from the author afterward.  I especially liked his explanation for the ending of a particular character.  Made absolute sense and you know what Dennis, when it comes to your book, I completely agree - only your opinion really counts.  But if it makes  bit of difference, I love the reasoning behind this one particular thing.  Sorry ladies and gents, no spoilers here.   You're gonna have to read it if you want to know what the hell I'm talking about.  For those who love a good political thriller, I think this is a book that will absolutely suit you.

★★★ 1/2

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