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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    A Captivating Read

    Having read Mr. Carter's previous books, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Palace Council in my local book store. From the first page to the last, I was fully captivated by the rich historical setting and fully developed characters that moved mysteriously throughout the novel. Although I consciously attempted to slowly savor every titillating word written by Mr. Carter, the story tenaciously lured me on to each page. I couldn't help but feel as though I was a fly on the wall of Eddie Wesley. The narration was palpable and the plot compelling. Accordingly, I highly recommend the Palace Council as a 'must read'. Especially if you have already read New England White and The Emperor of Ocean Park. It is evident that Mr. Carter has delicately established all of his characters, as they weave in and out of the three novels. I can only hope that he will release another novel soon, and allow us into the world of the elite 'darker nation' yet again...even if we are already a member.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Stephen L. Carter pens a winner

    I loved this book. It is a fictional account, mixed in with a lot of historical facts, of race relations and national politics from before JFK to the end of the Nixon era. The author describes the roles played by fictional and real power brokers, (fictional and real) African American influences and (again, both fictional and real) African American experiences in shaping the country's political landscape and affecting the outcome of elections and lives. For example, we see a fascinating picture of Harlem as it undergoes an unfortunate dismantling, starting out as the major center of African American culture and power, and ending up as a broken down neighborhood populated by the ghosts of greatness past and those who were left behind when most of the educated and wealthy headed for the suburbs. That's not to say that no great minds remained, they are undoubtedly born every day, but we see how the once stratified and often regal neighborhoods in Harlem ceased being magnets or protective forces for intellectual and artistic development of African Americans, at least from perspectives that lean toward the conservative side of what culture is.

    This novel addresses student and Afro-centrist extremism; scheming on all sides of the political spectrum, and within families; and links and breaks between African Americans and the full gamut of conservative, centrist and liberal representatives of the Caucasian majority.

    The author successfully turns history that we know into a thriller by the addition of fictional elements that will show many of us parts of America that are unfamiliar (no matter what our family or racial backgrounds may be). A lot of ground is covered, from personal and family loyalty to Civil Rights to the bizarre personality of Richard M. Nixon. This is the stuff of great conflicts!

    Along the way, we enjoy excellent, gripping writing, clever plots and subplots, and a cast of characters that is simply fascinating. Adding to the pleasure, threads of the plot link Palace Council to New England White, Carter's previous novel, which was also an excellent thriller that managed to present us with convincing murder mysteries and behavioral mysteries while it addressed race relations and racial politics at local village, elite academic and national levels.

    I can't say that this novel is perfect, but it is darned close, and is an epic "must read" that will thrill, inform, delight, sadden, and emotionally involve the reader in many complex ways.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an exhilarating action-packed political thriller

    In 1952, twenty important men meet secretly to set in motion a scheme to own the President of the United States. Two years later, writer Eddie Wesley finds dead one of the plotters, white Wall Street attorney, Philmont Castle, in a Harlem park. Knowing how the police think about a young black man finding a white corpse, he hides his identity from the cops.-------------- Intrigued by the victim¿s hand holding tightly an inverted cross with an enigmatic inscription, Eddie wants to know who killed the man, why, and why was a wealthy lawyer in Harlem. Over the next two decades Eddie and his beloved Aurelia Treene serendipitously investigate the murder of Philmont Castle with clues taking them to the highest powers of New York and DC while the Palace Council conspirators have reached the zenith in the early 1970s and will kill to remain there.--------- Although at times over the top of the Washington Monument, PALACE COUNCIL is an exhilarating action-packed political thriller starring real historical persona from Langston Hughes to Richard Nixon and two wonderful lead protagonists. The story line is fast-paced, but it is the strong cast (real and literary) who make this a superb tale as a variety of social issues like de facto racism replacing de jure racism is realistically portrayed. Fans will appreciate Stephen L. Carter's strong conspiracy historical thriller and seek his two excellent previous works (see NEW ENGLAND WHITE and THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK).--------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

    Stephen L. Carter is one of the most brilliant mystery writers, whether he's writing about politics or legal or academic worlds. Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down. Even though the story encompasses 20 years, the action flows and is very fast-paced. I love anything Stephen L. Carters writes and this book was no exception.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    A special read!

    This was a most exciting book. It depicted so many historical settings in Harlem and brought back many memories to a "dyed in the wool" subway child. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a feeling and understanding for Harlem and its many faceted lives.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Harlem fantasy.

    Boring and a ridiculous plot. This is the third book I have read by Stephen Carter and the last. The first was quite book, the second fairly good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    An okay book

    It was kind of hard for me to keep up with the story line. It went in too many different directions. I enjoyed New England White a lot. This was along those same lines.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Palace Council

    A must read for anyone who enjoys well written thrillers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Couldn't put it down!

    What a captivating story- I enjoyed every page. Excellent combination of well developed characters and thrilling plot. I knew nothing of the author and have not read Emperor of Ocean Park or New England White (although I will soon!)...went into this book blind and immediately fell in love with Eddie, Aurie and their whole world. This is definitely a book you will not want to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    Superb!

    Stephen Carter has a great way of weaving his political tale with history and famous characters. I love stretching back in my recliner with an oversized enjoyable book. In fact, I hated for it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Yess!!!

    I love anything stephen carter writes!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

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    Stephen L. Carter¿s third novel tracks an ambitious young writer and social commentator as he interacts with his friends, family, fans, and many famous names in American politics. The reader might envision Denzel Washington as a very intelligent Forrest Gump who happens to know all the right people during the tumultuous years between 1952 and 1975. Far more of the intricate plot than I care to reveal here is already visible on this page. Let¿s just say that Mr. Carter has written one hell of a fascinating saga of thrilling intrigue. The main element of the book that fascinates me is the way the author has so adeptly combined what is almost a non-fictional, historical storyline with an extensive fictional saga of the exploits of key members of several wealthy, influential families. Stephen Carter is clearly a high-level intellectual who is fascinated by The Sixties and all the changes that did or did not have a lasting effect upon the American social and political landscape. Palace Council is every bit as much fun to read as some of the better Harold Robbins novels, and with its covers crammed with real movers and shakers of our lifetimes, the poignancy drips off the pages.

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