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Now married (to a Republican!) and in her second term, United States Senator Ellen Fisher (Democrat) is about to chair explosive hearings on Homeland Security. Before she goes head to head with the Vice President, whose excessive zeal in enforcing national security has begun to infringe on individual liberties, Ellen and her staff become the subjects of a barrage of charges and attacks that threaten their safety, as well as her career and marriage. This second novel by Senator Barbara Boxer is the story of dirty ...

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Overview

Now married (to a Republican!) and in her second term, United States Senator Ellen Fisher (Democrat) is about to chair explosive hearings on Homeland Security. Before she goes head to head with the Vice President, whose excessive zeal in enforcing national security has begun to infringe on individual liberties, Ellen and her staff become the subjects of a barrage of charges and attacks that threaten their safety, as well as her career and marriage. This second novel by Senator Barbara Boxer is the story of dirty tricks and political survival, and the battle for integrity in the corridors of power. Combining the personal and the political, Blind Trust is an intriguing insider's view of what goes on behind closed doors in Washington, D.C.

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The second Beltway thriller (following A Time to Run) from California senator Boxer offers an insider's perspective to her agreeably told if far-fetched narrative. The intrigue begins when the Republican White House nominates Carl Satcher, an old foe that protagonist Sen. Elizabeth Fischer Lind defeated for his Senate seat, to be secretary of homeland security. During confirmation hearings, Elizabeth tries to debate his extreme views on antiterrorism and draconian stance on civil liberties. Meanwhile, a story about the Linds' private finances is leaked, offering much fodder for Republicans and the media. As the fight escalates, Elizabeth's staff swings into crisis mode while FBI director Douglas Brewer suspects more ominous doings are afoot. The big reveal is a little too out there, and the wrap-up is overly tidy, but Boxer and Hayes manage a fast-paced narrative. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811864275
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/22/2009
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Senator Barbara Boxer is now in her third term in the Senate, having previously served in the House of Representatives for 10 years. She is the author of A Time to Run. She lives in California and Washington, D.C.

Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of seven previous novels and co-author of A Time to Run. She lives in Arizona and California.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

    "Blind Partisan" Would Be A More Fitting Title

    This book would be more aptly titled "Blind Partisan," because that is what the author Senator Barbara Boxer is, abundantly demonstrated in this thin and uninspired political thriller. Boxer amply upholds her distinction bestowed by Bob Dole as the most partisan Senator he had ever seen as she portrays Republicans as all being malignant and conspiratorial (except of course for the moderate Republican husband of the main character Ellen Fischer--compliant, cave-in Republicans being the only kind Boxer has any use for) and Democrats as virtuous and good.

    The book is disturbing, but not in the ways I think Boxer intended. These include Boxer's disdain for political opposition and dissenting views as starkly demonstrated in the villainous character of Sam Slaughter, a conservative radio host obviously representing Rush Limbaugh, who Boxer characterizes as "abusing the First ­Amendment" and says of him "That man's evil. He's like a disease."

    What does Boxer consider to be "abusive free speech," speech not actionable in a civil court as either slanderous or libelous? The Founders didn't recognize such a concept. Interesting Boxer portrays herself and her party as such champions of the constitution and civil liberties when she is so glaringly contemptuous of free speech rights in this part of the book and considers dissenting views "evil" and "like a disease."

    Did Boxer consider Michael Moore's smears against George W. Bush all but accusing him of a role in bringing about 9/11 or Democratic slander that Bush lied about Iraq having WMD "abusing the First Amendment" despite nearly every top Democrat from Bill Clinton and Al Gore on down all saying Saddam had WMD long before Bush was president and long before Bush claimed that, as well as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid and many other Congressional Democrats who saw the same intelligence as President Bush?

    The book's uninteresting, non-engrossing plot centers around a smear campaign against Senator Fischer by of course those Republican fiends, involving the Senator's investments and a chief of staff whose religious background is called into question. Of course Democrats would NEVER seek to take out their opponents at the knees using charges of ethical and financial impropriety, not to mention trying to make them look like religious nuts. Just ask Sarah Palin!

    Interesting that Boxer uses this book to announce she now finds such smear campaigns so morally repugnant after having engaged in a few herself first against Clarence Thomas and then later her first Senate opponent Bruce Hershenson, accusing him of being a patron of strip clubs (while she later hypocritically defended Bill Clinton engaging in an affair with a White House intern.).

    As a thriller the book fails to create tension or to draw in the reader. What held my attention was her thinly guised contempt for Republicans and those passionate about national security (like that on full display in Boxer's "call me Senator" tirade against Brigadier General Michael Walsh in the Senate committee hearing) as shown in the Carl Satcher character turning him into some crazed and craven characture of a national security professional with no analogous persons or policies in the real world.

    If you're trying to be a serious novelist "MA'AM," you've got a long way to go!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Plot needs more substance, good reading

    Ms. Boxer is a great politician whom I admire, when I learned about her book and plot I immediately bought it. It was enjoyable reading, almost a page-turner, the characters and plot were very well developed; current, real politics.

    Perhaps my interest in politics influenced me in a way that made me hope for a more complex, thicker, richer scenario. Not that Blind Trust doesn't have it, I just wanted more. It could be that the book is so descriptive and well written that it left me wanting for more.

    I usually stay away from fiction, however, Ms. Boxer's book is not entirely fiction: her scenario is very realistic, but again, I needed more insight into the 'alternative' world she creates. More of the Senate, more of the Press, more of the White House. MORE.

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