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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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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    Can't get through it

    OK I admit I haven't read this. At least not all of it. Why? I'm on page 200 and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED YET. At least I know with Clancy that I often need to invest a hundred pages or so before it gets terrific, but I honestly don't know if I can plow through this!

    I have found the dialog uninteresting and the characters are not riveting. And what does this president actually do for a living? He certainly doesn't seem to be busy running the country.

    Maybe I'll give it a couple more nights. It better pick up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Pharmacy Tech, avid crossworder and reader

    I found this book tiring, as did I his last one, too much political grandstanding. He gets a 'cause' and beats it to death, so much so that whatever side you are on you couldn't care less by the end of the book.

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