Abuse of Power [NOOK Book]

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From New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Savage comes a high-intensity debut thriller, the story of a smeared network journalist who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot.

Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist by a radical leftist media-watchdog group, he ultimately loses his job and finds ...

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From New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Savage comes a high-intensity debut thriller, the story of a smeared network journalist who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot.

Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist by a radical leftist media-watchdog group, he ultimately loses his job and finds himself working in obscurity as a freelance news producer in San Francisco.

One afternoon Hatfield is on a ride-along with the SFPD bomb squad when a seemingly routine carjacking turns deadly, after police find several pounds of military-grade explosives in the jacked car. And when the FBI urges Hatfield to stay out of it, he knows he's onto something big.

This event will open up a shadowy trail that leads Hatfield from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, London, Paris, and back again, as he works with a stunning Yemeni intelligence agent and a veteran Green Beret to expose a terrorist group known as the Hand of Allah—and a plot within the highest corridors of power that will dwarf 9/11.

Abuse of Power is a lightning-paced thriller, spanning the globe from Europe and Israel to the back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown. Jack Hatfield must make the choice between protecting his own life and investigating a terrorist cell whose goal is nothing less than total political control—no matter what the cost.

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Editorial Reviews

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Conservative talk show host Michael Savage is the author of 25 books, including several bestsellers, but this is his debut thriller. At its center is Jack Hatfield, a savvy network commentator who loses his job because of smears generated by a radical leftist media-watchdog group. Reduced to a menial post as a freelance news producer in the Bay City, he prods on day to day until he chances upon hints of a terrorist plot that the FBI would prefer to keep hush-hush. Hatfield's freelance investigations take him on dangerous stop-offs in London, Paris, and the Middle East. Rippling action; seething suspense. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Conservative radio host Savage, the author of Trickle Up Poverty and other nonfiction bestsellers, makes his fiction debut with a thriller sure to score a bull's-eye with its target audience, the followers of his talk program, Savage Nation. Jack Hatfield, a freelance TV producer who lost his top-rated opinion show, Truth Tellers, thanks to a liberal media smear campaign, is filming a piece on the San Francisco PD's bomb squad when a call comes in about a bomb found at the site of an auto accident. The mayor and the FBI play down a possible Arab link, and an unlikely informer puts the blame on a homegrown fringe group. Smelling a coverup, the patriotic journalist single-mindedly pursues the truth as far as Israel, Paris, and London. Meanwhile, Imam Zuabi and his Hand of Allah agents prepare a major terrorist attack. Savage pulls off some neat twists as Hatfield and a handful of amateurs fight to prevent a disaster that certain officials choose to ignore or abet. (Sept.)
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“A thriller sure to score a bull's-eye with its target audience, the followers of his talk program, Savage Nation…. Savage pulls off some neat twists as Hatfield and a handful of amateurs fight to prevent a disaster that certain officials choose to ignore or abet.” —Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
Routine thriller follows a journalist who elects to save the United States from terrorists—and from itself.

Plans to turn San Francisco into the next Ground Zero go awry when Jamal Thomas, a kid hoping to join a gang, hijacks a Prius. The driver gets away, but Jamal commandeers the vehicle, speeds into an intersection, collides with another car and suffers serious injury. Enter SFPD bomb-squad officer Tom Drabinsky, on a FAM trip with Jack Hatfield, who lost his gig as a right-wing radio commentator after the "liberal media elite" labeled him an "Islamaphobe." (Author Savage is a conservative talk-show host.) Drabinsnky is killed when a bomb in the car explodes, a bomb later determined to be of "military grade." Hatfield sniffs a cover-up—and a story that might put him back on top—when police arrest a group known as the "Constitutional Defense Brigade" and charge them with the bombing. Convinced an Islamic cell is up to something big, Hatfield appoints himself to uncover what's really at stake, a decision that comes as no surprise after several digressive editorial passages in which he makes clear he puts little or no trust inpolice, government and, to some extent, the church. (Frequently recalling Bible verses he finds reassuring, Hatfield makes clear he believes in some sort of divine wisdom.) After a group of men in dark suits take out Jamal, lest he describe the man driving the Prius, Hatfield obtains footage of their getaway car. Spotting a parking decal linked to Great Britain, Hatfield has no compunction about bribing a computer hacker to find out who the men are. Details in hand, he sprints to Israel and then to Great Britain to learn—and stop—what's afoot.

Ten years after 9/11, the tropes of terrorism thrillers wear thin. For fans of Fox News, Savage's right-wing POV (but little else) may lend some distinction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429995818
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 83,070
  • File size: 557 KB

Meet the Author



Dr. Michael Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement. The Telegraph in the U.K. ranked him as one of the most influential conservatives in the United States, and with 10 million weekly listeners, the Berkeley Ph.D. is the third most listened-to conservative talk-show host. Recently featured in The New Yorker and Playboy, Dr. Savage is the author of twenty-five books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His media presence and profile earned him the coveted Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers magazine in 2007.

Dr. Savage holds a master’s degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences. He is an ardent conservationist, is dedicated to his family, and is a proud patriot of his country. Visit his Web site at michaelsavage.wnd.com.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Since the book isn't out yet one can only read an excerpt from it. The cry baby who said he listened to Michael Savage's show is, as Dr. Savage would say, a Red Diaper, Doper Baby. Love him or hate him, Dr. Savage is a great story teller and he delivers a grand performance here! This will be number one soon! Although the Old York Times will probably disavow it!!

    18 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Think

    Whatever you think of the man and his politics, please reserve that for another venue. Please write your review based on the literary effort of Mr. Savage in this book only. Let's keep the reviews clean and review the book, not the person or your personal agreement or disagreement with his politics. Don't give a 5 star or 1 star rating because you don't like the man. Let's rise above it people and promote good books and reading:-)

    Let this book fail or succeed based on its own merits!

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    As usual, another prescient book by Michael Savage

    ...but the only problem is, this is Current Events. Regarding "Anonymous'" review, it's too bad this person cannot even spell correctly. Re: ABUSE OF POWER - This book is the 21st century ATLAS SHRUGGED, but more relevant. The reader must bear in mind that Nazi is derived from "National Socialism", ie., left wing (not centrist nor right wing). The middle-class U.S. citizen has seen a major erosion of individual liberties, which mirrors the history of Germany, prior to WWII. This book will remind Americans that we cannot fall into the trap of repeating the horrific history of pre-WWII Germany. Thank you, Michael Savage. In case it matters - I'm a 60-year-old Army Brat, Protestant, who visited Bergen Belsen as a young child.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    I love listening to Michael Savage,but I wasn't sure what to exp

    I love listening to Michael Savage,but I wasn't sure what to expect in a novel, a thriller, from him. I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a great book! It's got lot's of great action, a great plot, and it's one of those books that you can picture being a movie some day. It's a great read, and I hope he puts out more books like this one!! Thanks Dr. Savage!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended - a must for those who watch politics and terrorism!!

    Dr Savage writes as he talks - that is clear, articulate and entertaining! He shows his love of San Francisco, and adds tidbits of interest obviously drawn from his own background. The story may start in San Francisco, but as we know, terrorism spans the globe and appears in some unusual places! Without giving up any of the story, the protagonist, modeled after the Doctor himself, fights against Muslim terrorists, traitors within several intelligence services and a cabal of very interest high rollers, some of whom are "lightly" disguised. A great read that will keep you up reading it, and then thinking about it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended - good til the very end

    Amazing how the author is able to take present day events, and weave them into a good to the finish mystery novel

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Sadly, Abuse of Power was not the page-turner I would have expec

    Sadly, Abuse of Power was not the page-turner I would have expected especially after hearing Michael brag about how good a writer he is. I would say he is just a tad above average judging by this "sleeper" which just may be a great cure for insomnia!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    I much liked this book and and can't wait for Michael Savage's n

    I much liked this book and and can't wait for Michael Savage's next fiction. It was a pleasant surprise that Mr. Savage decided to write a fiction novel and hope he continues, he is a natural. Continue your good work Michael.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Excellent story

    First time reading a Dr Savage story, good story and the ability to relate American patriotic values was excellent! Glad I read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    A fair review

    I really liked the book in all. It flowed very good and the timeframe fits together nicely. If your a regular listener to his show then it might be hard at times to not hear his voice telling the story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Good thriller

    Could not put it down. Is one of my top ten reads

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Thrilling

    Michael Savage Talk Radio Host and author of many Non-fiction books, takes the leap into the fiction world with Abuse of Power. Savage introduces the reader to Jack Hatfield, a lonely guy that lives on his boat with his dog Eddy. Jack Hatfield is much like Michael himself, misunderstood, banned in Britan and a thinker. Jack Hatfield and Michael Savage both know that there are no coinsidances every clue, even the small ones matter. Michael also shows us in Abuse of Power his softer side with providing the reader with a Muslim woman Sara as a hero. From front to back, this book captured my attention and would not let go. Truly thrilling

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    A note to the other reviewer about NYT bestseller list. #4

    This Week Last Week Hardcover Fiction Weeks
    on List
    1 NEW YORK TO DALLAS, by J. D. Robb. (Penguin Group, $27.95.) An escaped child molester pursues Lt. Eve Dallas; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously. 1


    Buy
    2 THE NIGHT CIRCUS, by Erin Morgenstern. (Doubleday, $26.95.) Two young rivals at a magical circus become collaborators as they fall in love. 1


    Buy
    3 1 KILL ME IF YOU CAN, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) When a young man finds a bag of diamonds, he gets the attention of the major assassin the Ghost, and a rival assassin who wants the Ghost gone forever. 3


    Buy
    4 ABUSE OF POWER, by Michael Savage. (St. Martin's, $25.99.) A former war correspondent works to expose a terrorist group and a plot at the highest levels of power. 1


    Buy
    5 ROBERT B. PARKER'S KILLING THE BLUES, by Michael Brandman. (Putnam, $25.95.) Jesse Stone, the chief of police in Paradise, Mass., confronts an outbreak of murders; a continuation of the series by Parker, who died in 2010.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Abuse of ego

    I thought that the book was a failed attempt by the writer of making himself look like a victim and hyping up his already inflated ego. I am a fan of his show and really enjoy listening 2 hours a day, but he does enough of the "poor me" bit on his show. I didn't want to read it in his book. I wonder who he will blame because his book didn't make the New York Times best seller list, the liberals, the media, the neighbors cat.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    I imagine that liberals feel about this book the same way that c

    I imagine that liberals feel about this book the same way that conservatives feel about the novels that slant things toward the left. Sometimes it is hard for people to read something with an open mind, even fiction, when it goes against their political beliefs

    But I also wonder how many of the people who are slamming Savage would have reacted differently to the book if he had written it under another name.

    And I find that the assertion that the book is "awful, terrible, or horrible" to be just childish ranting with no basis. The book is very well written. It is thoughtful and for once a fiction book that does not pander to the liberal viewpoint of everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    zero rating if I could. Waste of time and money - couldn't even

    zero rating if I could. Waste of time and money - couldn't even finish it it is so unbelievably stupid and inconsistant.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Fantastic!

    One of the best books I've ever read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    It didn't flow as well as Demille & Childs stories do where I can't put the books down until finished

    It was okay for a first novel, wasn't my favorite & you could guess as to what would happen next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Another book by Wiener and his writing team!

    I stopped listening recently because he has become to much MEME>

    He is a bragging self absorbed bore and so was the book.
    It goes on too long and is convoluted. I stopped reading after 3 chapters.
    Should be on the radio 2x a week.
    He is deserves the ban in Brit because calling the Quran"a little book of Hate"
    Then maybe the same goes for thew Torah.
    Go away Savage ---you more of a liberal than you think.

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Just awful

    Who is this freak?

    1 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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