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Balance of Power (Kerry Kilcannon Series #3)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Strong thriller

Desperate and frightened Joan Bowden, sister of the First Lady, calls her brother in law, President Kerry Kilcannon because he once promised to help her. A repeat physical abuse victim, she tells Kerry that her husband John held a gun to her head, placing not only Joan...
Desperate and frightened Joan Bowden, sister of the First Lady, calls her brother in law, President Kerry Kilcannon because he once promised to help her. A repeat physical abuse victim, she tells Kerry that her husband John held a gun to her head, placing not only Joan in danger, but their six-year-old daughter Marie as well. From his days as a prosecutor Kerry knows first hand the consequences of battered wife syndrome so he and Lara try to help.

Tragedy occurs anyway. In DC sides on the gun control issue begin to form for another war. The Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA) have gun lobbyists with senators spouting apple pie challenge the bloody pulpit of the President and his congressional supporters, sick of massacres and innocent children dying. The Congress is bitter and divided by party lines as the debate turns ugly, personal, and acrimonious.

The third Kilcannon tale (see NO SAFE PLACE and PROTECT AND DEFEND) is a powerful, in your face, condemnation of the American political system that abets gun violence. Author Richard North Patterson makes no apologies as he denounces a system in which money buys Congressional votes, ethics mean nothing, and the second amendment is used as a convenient wrapper though the political infighting on the hill seems to simple. Fans on the side of seat belts on guns will appreciate this strong chiding of the American way while those who oppose any restriction will detest the novel.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This author unfair to normal sleep patterns

Before I started this - the 3rd installment of Kerry Kilcannon¿s rise to and use of the awesome powers of POTUS - I knew I would once again be catapulted into a rich world few of us every get to know beyond what we read or view in the media. What I did not know is that ...
Before I started this - the 3rd installment of Kerry Kilcannon¿s rise to and use of the awesome powers of POTUS - I knew I would once again be catapulted into a rich world few of us every get to know beyond what we read or view in the media. What I did not know is that it would take days for me to restore my body to the benefits of the regularity of sleeping and eating. Patterson develops the character of Kerry Kilcannon to a level of benevolent power and charisma that if he could only possibly exist, would surely be the reincarnate of JFK with stronger personal morals ¿ a thought Patterson shamelessly to alludes to. So credible and so tight is the plot and character development, this reader could not possibly believe that the real world wasn't actually inside the book until the toothpicks holding up my eyes finally snapped from the weight only to reveal the sun about to rise. There is no doubt that after finishing this book, your every cocktail party conversation involving the issues raised by Patterson will be affected by his portrayals of those subjects that in one way or another, impact our society nearly on a daily basis. Too often, we develop our ideals based upon events in our lives we¿ve buried deep within our subconscious and as such, take them more or less for granted. This, much easier and less painful than re-examining them each time the issues surface via some extraordinary event in the news. While we can enjoy a magical mystery tour when reading a science fiction by Arthur Clark or a hair-raising, sensory assault by Stephen King, we know that the story is just that. In Balance of Power, one cannot help but to believe that much of it is true and what of it is not, hopefully can be again one day soon. Reading this book will only cost you the price on the cover¿ and a few night¿s sleep.

posted by Anonymous on February 20, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    Not very interesting

    This is only the second book I have started and not been able to finish. Patterson is so busy preaching his gospel that it is just not very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    More wrongheaded political thinking

    This is a supposed work of fiction based on fact, but it is not. It is a thinly veiled radical liberal political diatribe against the Second Amendment to the US Bill of Rights, and the lawful private ownership of firearms. Mr. Patterson seems to think he is smarter than the framers of the Bill of Rights. Virtually all he says about guns is a bald faced lie, a half truth, or a dishonest omission, apparently tongue in cheek, hoping you poor readers will be suckered into agreeing with him. One has to wonder why radical liberals like him want to eliminate private gun ownership in the US. Perhaps for the same reason that the Nazis, Chinese, Russians, and other dictatorships did. Criminals will always be able to procure weapons in any society, just as they did beer and whiskey in the 30's and drugs today--thus rendering the law abiding defenseless. Save your money and buy a tank of gas with it. This country owes its politcal freedoms significantly to private gun ownership, believe it or not. Mr. Patterson apparently does not understand history. Never believe a person who does not understand reality.

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