Line of Succession: A Thriller

Line of Succession: A Thriller

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by William Tyree
     
 
As Congress leaves for its annual summer recess, the nation is rocked by a series of high-level assassinations so devastating that the magnitude is hidden from public view. With the Federal Government in disarray, counter-terrorism agent Blake Carver begins piecing together an ominous set of clues that predate the assassinations: a murdered soldier, encrypted cell

Overview

As Congress leaves for its annual summer recess, the nation is rocked by a series of high-level assassinations so devastating that the magnitude is hidden from public view. With the Federal Government in disarray, counter-terrorism agent Blake Carver begins piecing together an ominous set of clues that predate the assassinations: a murdered soldier, encrypted cell phone transmissions, a dozen stolen Stinger missiles and satellite photos of a revolutionary new desalination plant in Iran. If only Carver's job was as simple as hunting down a group of foreign extremists. But this war isn't about religion, foreign policy or oil. It's up to Carver to stop a group of powerful insiders battling over control of the planet's most precious resource: water.

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly (Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award review) - Publisher's Weekly Staff Reviewer
Readily believable�A sophisticated understanding of U.S. and foreign politics, economic concerns, and political maneuvering.
author of the Price of Liberty - Keir Graff
Will keep you up at night long after you've turned the final page.
SpyNovels.net - SpyNovels.net Staff Reviewer
A taut, intelligent romp of a thriller that is grounded in a believable global struggle for the most basic of natural resources.
BestThrillers.com - BestThrillers.com Staff Reviewer
A shining example of mass market fiction done right.
prizewinning author of The Price of Liberty - Jerry Gabriel
Clips along at an astonishing pace with verve and grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011883149
Publisher:
Massive Publishing
Publication date:
10/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
148,950
File size:
984 KB

Meet the Author

William Tyree is the author of the novels The Fellowship and Line of Succession, as well as dozens of short stories and articles appearing in Harvard Review, the Atlantic, the Japan Times and elsewhere.

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Line of Succession 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MayaReads More than 1 year ago
This book asks what would happen if the Department of Defense decide to stage a military coup and blame it on Islamic extremists. This seems frighteningly realistic to me. When I was a very small child, President Reagan was shot, and I remember Secretary of State Haig going on television and saying "I'm in charge" when he wasn't actually the "next in line," so to speak. Just look at the understandable hatred that comes out when the subject of a mosque close to the former site of the World Trade Center comes up? People are still naturally very sensitive, and if there were another major attack, most people would instantly assume religious extremism. Line of Succession is about a lot of things, including foreign relations, environmental issues and nasty private security firms, but it clearly plays on those fears and then boils them down to a good old fashioned power struggle between good and evil.
NYSpyThrillerReader More than 1 year ago
If you are like the Bourne series or Brad Meltzer thrillers, but are looking for a novelist that is a little different, William Tyree is highly recommended. The action in this book begins on page 1 and, except for some character development and historical background information, does not let up until the last page. Still hoping to hear news of a sequel.
RoadWarriorTG More than 1 year ago
Line of Succession is about what would happen if an unpopular American President's military advisors aligned with a private security militia like Blackwater to decapitate the nation's top leaders and take over the government. The title refers to the line of Presidential succession that dictates that if the President and Veep are both killed, the next in line is the Speaker of the House, and Senate Majority leader, and so on. (one of my favorite lines is when one of the Generals suggests just assassinating the President, and the other General says "you're not thinking big enough.") The book is full of incredible dialogue that is often funny without being campy. To say Line of Succession has "twists and turns" would be a gross understatement. In on the plot are leaders from Iran, who have their own agenda regarding controlling water supplies that are currently held by Israel. There are some parallels to Oliver North's secret arms deals with Iran. All in all, a very solid military/conspiracy thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this quickly enough, it held my attention to the last page, but I wouldn't rate it as highly as Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, or Lee Child. It was entertaining, and glossed over some details that didn't need a lot of elaboration, but in the end, it didn't satisfy. Kinda like a good meal that didn't fill you up. The ending left me angry with a lot of questions.
Trimmy More than 1 year ago
If I read a better spy or political thriller during the past two years, I couldn't tell you what it was. This is a book with a big cast, like watching The Event or 24 on TV. But by the time I was a few chapters in it was clear that General Wainewright was the main bad guy - a really deliciously bad character, and Blake Carver is the hero. If you like your books with lots of explosions and high-stakes conspiracies, this is the one.
TWBarton More than 1 year ago
What a great unexpected thriller. I bought this book but had not read it for awhile and forgot what drew me to it. This was one of those rare books that I could not put down. I recommend this is any action/thriller readers out there. The only two criticisms I can give are that there were a few times that a character had important information for another character and they never say anything which seems really odd and the other is that some times an author creates an incident so large that when they have to switch between the different fractions and locations the user loses perspective because it can take a chapter or more and inevitably a lot of good story pieces are never followed because the author has to rush to get to the end or the whole book would be about a particular arc in the story. That happens here with the middle east part of the incident is all but a foot note when in reality could have been one of the best parts but there were so many parts and escalations to the other arc that it was just basically ignored.
EmmaParker More than 1 year ago
Well I was not sure what to expect as I had not read anything by this writer, but found it hard to put this book down once I started. It was like being on a fast paced adventure on the inside and very much along for the ride. As a political thriller I’d rate it well up there with the best of them. Lots of action, lots of twists and turns and some unpredictable outcomes. Great political thriller.
Kylixie More than 1 year ago
A high stakes political thriller This book gripped me right away and the fast paced action kept me glued to the pages. I love a good old fashioned thriller that keeps you guessing with every twist and turn and this suspenseful novel over delivered. I really enjoyed getting to know Carver and trying to work out what his next move would be. I was honestly surprised by the outcome and sad to see the book end, hope there is a sequel!
Japurol More than 1 year ago
As usual, Mr. Tyree wrote a very entertaining piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I recommend this book to everyone who likes thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book!
CTC1 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for his next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep your attention right from the beginning. The changes from the ensemble characters are seamless and well paced. Some of the book was clearly predictable, but not so much that it ruined the story. The only major failing of the book was the ending...left a little to be desired...
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