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The Guest of Honor

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If he had been just another married man, and she a beautiful woman...it would have been just a passionate affair. But he was the president.

MATT UNDERWOOD — President of the United States, a man about to risk his office...and his life — for love.
ALICE UNDERWOOD — The First Lady, a former Miss America whose lies could kill an affair or ...
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Overview

If he had been just another married man, and she a beautiful woman...it would have been just a passionate affair. But he was the president.

MATT UNDERWOOD — President of the United States, a man about to risk his office...and his life — for love.
ALICE UNDERWOOD — The First Lady, a former Miss America whose lies could kill an affair or cause a world crisis.
NOY SANG — Ruler of a small nation, a woman so lovely that a president could do the unthinkable...and the forbidden...to have her.
HY HASKEN — Investigative reporter, he was after the story of his career — illicit love, powerful alliances, and murder.
RAMAGE — CIA director, his covert operations might be in America's interest...or they might be deadly games of power.

Once in a century a great — and dangerous — love can change the course of history. This was such a love.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sure touch that produced veteran novelist Wallace's bestsellers The Second Lady isn't detectable in this faltering political thriller with all the subtlety of a comic strip. Following the assassination of President Prem Sang of Lampang, an island nation in the South China Sea, his Wellesley-educated wife, Noy Sang, assumes power. When she arrives in Washington to ask President Matt Underwood for a huge loan, Underwood is so smitten that he impulsively gives Lampang an even heftier sum. Formerly a TV anchorman, this chief executive has an enchanting manner, a nonchalant management style, ``middle-age syn drome'' and a shrewish wife who was once Miss America. Ignoring his responsibilities, Underwood periodically dashes off to join Noy, even though their inadvisable frolic on a Lampang beach is revealed by an investigative reporter. When a dangerous political foe orders her kidnapped, of course the president valiantly charges in and shoots one of her captors. These buffoonish characters give their sexual urges top priority--Underwood runs for reelection merely to prolong his affair with Noy. Heads of state never looked so pitifully befuddled. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. July
Library Journal
Imagine a President Aquino clone visiting a President Reagan type to obtain a huge loan in return for a U.S. air base near China. Then imagine that they fall in love and that horrors! she is kidnapped by her defense minister. Further, imagine that the Reagan character launches, in person, the search for his new true love. Add in a few peripheral characters who provide various services and the sex interest. What you get is the 18th novel by a best-selling author whose loyal fans may have to dig pretty deep to find reasons to admire this weary story. For summer reading, this brief, slick concoction chugs along reliably, revealing a plot linked to the current news. If the dialogue is a little homogenized or the development too mechanical, fans will still get a dose of Wallace-style fantasy.-- Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440205494
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/2/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384

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