The Governor's Wife

The Governor's Wife

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by Mark Gimenez
     
 

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A Texas governor wants to be president. His wife wants to escape his suffocating ambition. A Mexican drug lord wants him dead. When the drug lord abducts the governor's wife while she is working secretly as a nurse in a colonia on the border, Governor Bode Bonner must choose between his wife and the White House, between his life and hers.

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A Texas governor wants to be president. His wife wants to escape his suffocating ambition. A Mexican drug lord wants him dead. When the drug lord abducts the governor's wife while she is working secretly as a nurse in a colonia on the border, Governor Bode Bonner must choose between his wife and the White House, between his life and hers.

No. 2, Ireland
No. 8, South Africa
No. 22, UK

"A breathtaking read." – Joburg.co.za (South Africa)

"It could have been the kiss of death--to be described as the next John Grisham--but so far Mark Gimenez has dodged the bullet. The Texas lawyer has quietly carved his own path, seemingly unworried about any expectations triggered by his debut thriller making the New York Times bestseller list. He writes legal thrillers--good ones. His latest novel, The Governor's Wife, however, is not set in a courtroom but rather the governor's mansion in Texas and the no-man's land on the border of Texas and Mexico. His hero is not a smart, quick-stepping lawyer but a jaded governor, set for life in his home state but who hankers after the adrenaline rush of one more political adventure, a tilt at the White House. . . . Gimenez's dialogue breathes street cred, his characters are larger than life, almost bigger than Texas, but it is the state itself that is pivotal. His books exude Texas. Violence hovers like the acrid whiff of gunpowder after the fatal shot. Here it explodes into massacre and betrayal in the raw world of illegal immigration, drug cartels and politics." – Dominion Post Weekend (New Zealand)

"Mark Gimenez delivers another powerful thriller with his latest release The Governor's Wife. . . . Gimenez has built a solid reputation for being a skilled storyteller and in this latest release he kicks things up a notch, intensifying the action, increasing the emotion and going all in with a plot that twists and turns, and creating multi-layered, captivating characters that are impossible not to care about." – Houston Press

"Here's a heady mix of drugs, sex, politics and gunfights played out in a modern Texas, a big tale that gallops along at mustang pace. . . . Mark Gimenez already has a reputation as a fine thriller writer and doesn't disappoint here. . . . VERDICT: HEADED FOR THE BESTSELLER LIST." – The Courier-Mail (Australia)

"The no-man's land hugging the Mexican border with the United States forms the pivotal area for plot. An ambitious politician; his estranged wife; a scheming political advisor; the politician's mistress; a missionary doctor, ruthless lobbyists and a vengeful Mexican drug lord, the story has all the elements in their best to keep you turning pages. . . .The biggest player, history, is least mentioned but is the most powerful driving force. The Governor's Wife is a reflection of the distribution of good and bad within us. Each character is carefully constructed with enough attention paid to detail to ensure the seamless flow of the story without compromising on the suspense. Each of them is faced with difficult choices as their personal lives are intertwined with bigger affairs in the making." -- Postnoon (India)

"Politics, drug lords, the rich, the poor, racism, sex, love and hate . . . The Governor's Wife has a bit of everything. . . . Mark Gimenez keeps the story cracking along at a furious pace." -- Wairarapa Times-Age (New Zealand).

"An intense, exciting read." - The Citizen (South Africa)

"The State of Texas is a world unto itself, and nowhere is more grimly fascinating than the corridor of badlands where the Lone Star meets the Mexican border. It is a constant source of material for novelists, politicians, environmentalists to name but a few. Here bestselling writer Mark Gimenez takes on the Grisham mantle with a politico-legal-romantic thriller that fairly whips along. . . . You can see the movie coming a mile away, and it'll be a cracker." – The Melbourne Review (Australia)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013847033
Publisher:
Navarchus Press LLC
Publication date:
12/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
5,271
File size:
534 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas, earned his law degree at Notre Dame, and was a partner in a major Dallas law firm. He now practices solo and writes. He lives in Texas.

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The governor's Wife 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
tonrh More than 1 year ago
I was very excited when I found out that Mark was putting out another book. I had read his previous books and enjoyed them all a great deal, so I bought it as soon as I could. Boy was I disappointed. Maybe it was me, but it seemed like this book took forever to get going. Maybe it was because the other books were loaded with excitement. It took almost 200 pages before it started to get remotely interested. I plugged along and finished the book. I hope this was a one time hiccup for Mark because this wasn't his best work.
dkb2 More than 1 year ago
This book it so outstanding. It would be a great book for book clubs to discuss. I personally just loved everything about, especially being a Texan. But you don;t have to be from Texas to understand all the poloticing and the "good ol boy" attitude. Super reading and very appropriate for the times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very poorly written. While it is current in it's message to today's political issues, the characters are trite and not worth knowing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book by Mark Gimenez. It was good, but not as good as the first two I read. The politics got a little deep for my liking. I enjoyed it, but had to wade through the lengthy political stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book and is a page turner in the second half. Have read all of Gimenez' books and have yet to be disappointed.
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Not great literature but a very enjoyable , well done thriller with a broad range of interesting characters . I will read more Giminez books .
TexasladyMPF More than 1 year ago
Pretty good read. But, being a lifelong and native Texan, I wasn't impressed with all the clichés that filled this book. But, this isn't the first time I was disappointed in one of his books in that regard. To hear him tell it, most of us are ignorant and bigoted. I don't plan to purchase any more of his books.
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Gran7 More than 1 year ago
Yep....you've got to read it to believe it
SLSND More than 1 year ago
Great characters that you care about, tension, action, and written very well. I've read 3-4 of his books and enjoyed them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story with good plot twists. Would make a good movie!
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Slow to get started, but all of a sudden the story takes off.
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This was okay
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Hello.