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Man of Destiny
     

Man of Destiny

by Martin L. Gross
 
From Washington insider and "New York Times" bestselling author Martin L. Gross comes a remarkable novel of searing political insight and unrelenting tension. Charlie Palmer, the newly elected Congressman from Ohio, is a hero of the disenchanted. His incorruptibility and refusal to go along with the status quo have made him the most popular politician of the age. But

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From Washington insider and "New York Times" bestselling author Martin L. Gross comes a remarkable novel of searing political insight and unrelenting tension. Charlie Palmer, the newly elected Congressman from Ohio, is a hero of the disenchanted. His incorruptibility and refusal to go along with the status quo have made him the most popular politician of the age. But now Palmer stands on the threshold of the White House. And his enemies, the Washington Establishment, are joining forces across party lines to destroy him using every weapon at their disposal: money, blackmail, lies, the media, even murder, if necessary.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Self-styled good-government gadfly Gross (The Government Racket) tells a melodramatic tale of campaign skullduggery that stumbles as both a propaganda vehicle and a novel. Freshman Ohio Congressman Charles Palmer, a man who "seemed to see government clearly, as Matisse saw colors," tweaks his party convention by rejecting the aging presidential candidate's veep choice, a fat-cat Southern logroller. This supposedly novel act of courage and principle wins him the admiration of some in his party and propels him into the national spotlight. When a billionaire admirer antes the bucks for Charlie to mount an independent run for president and a respected old pro defects to join him, his surge in the polls sends the entire establishment to their dirty tricks war chests. Private eyes are paid to dig up dirt, and tabloids hear of the unbelievably nave candidate's doings (including a mid-campaign tryst with an opposition Mata Hari at a public resort). Throughout, Gross adopts a simplistic political morality. Instead of ideology (even the political parties are unnamed and indistinguishable), he gives us a tired tale of innocence battling corruption, as if political conflict were never the result of conflicting good intentions. The election outcome and aftermath provoke the ultimate wrath of the establishment. Palmer's navet, the inexplicable romance, the ho-hum blackmail secrets, a truly improbable D.C. police side plot, creaky dialogue and the constant and rather fatuous posturing defeat Gross's own noble intentions in a landslide. (July)
Library Journal
Freshman Congressman Charlie Palmer is a maverick, a politician without pretension who freely speaks his mind about the corruption of the two-party system, government waste, and pork-barrel politics. Suddenly, after a particularly contentious party convention, Charlie finds himself backed by a Midwest billionaire for an independent run for president. Propelled by a groundswell of support from disenchanted voters, he rattles the cushy lives of the entrenched politicos on both sides of the aisle, who join forces with the rumormongers to destroy him. Gross, the author of best sellers like A Call for Revolution (Ballantine, 1993), makes some interesting points about the seeming obsolescence of the Electoral College and the two-party system, and he's clearly a student of history, but his preachy and pedantic style will turn off all but the most diligent readers of political thrillers. Not recommended.Susan Clifford, Palos Verdes Lib. Dist., Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380790111
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.36(d)

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