Bullet In the Chamber

Bullet In the Chamber

by John DeDakis

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Bullet In the Chamber 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (01/17) In “Bullet in The Chamber” by John DeDakis, White House Correspondent for the Associated Press, Lark Chadwick, is entering her first day at the White House. While waiting for newly elected President Gannon’s speech, Secret Service Agents fly into the room yelling, “Everyone Out. Now!” as they rush the President out of the room. As Lark was getting ready to go live with her report of the bedlam and evacuations, a massive explosion erupted in the White House Briefing Room. Lives were lost, many injured, and no one seems to know “how” or “why.” Hours later, Lark and Doug Mitchell, her photographer and on again off again boyfriend, try to make sense of what happened. Regardless the questions Lark asked of White House Press Secretary, Lucia Lopez, Lark was still at a loss about what happened. Lopez would relate that the administration was investigating a possible drone attack. Determined to find out more about drones, Lark connects with Dolph Rogan of Applied Electronics. Rogan, a wealthy, handsome, shady man, has a plethora of information on drones and “rogue operators.” Dolph has his own agenda on drones, control, and getting Lark into bed, while Lark, the up and coming correspondent, has no intention of jumping into a relationship with anyone. Doug, her sometime boyfriend suddenly disappears from a meeting and Lark finds herself dealing with mysterious texts, and dark secrets, which put her life at risk. Doug and Lark’s boss seem to have something in common, which has been hidden for years. “Bullet in The Chamber” by John DeDakis is an incredible talk of how the life of a correspondent is, and addresses the possibility of drone attacks on the United States. The author relies on his forty-five-year journalism experience to provide detailed, well-documented accounts of what goes on in the mind and hearts of White House correspondents. He dedicates this book to his son Stephen, who lost his life to heroin intoxication, an activity in which the character of Doug Mitchell partakes. DeDakis provides a gripping, realistic, and “can’t put down” read. Highly recommend this book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite From the moment the heroine, Lark Chadwick, in Bullet in the Chamber by John DeDakis, took the wrong front row seat in her first ever press conference representing Associated Press in the White House, I was hooked. She’s a heroine you can’t help liking. She has not had an easy life, several of her family have met an early death, and she is hesitant about allowing a new relationship to develop too far. The man she falls in love with has a secret past and, to make life even more difficult, she has a boss who is less than supportive. As she continues her investigation into corruption in very high places, her life is threatened, possibly from more than one source. Bullet in the Chamber by John DeDakis screams authenticity. He was once a White House correspondent and it shows in the detail and descriptions of the press room, the Oval Office and the security systems. He also includes several snippets from past presidential events which add further background to the realism. The main character, Lark Chadwick, is a grounded heroine with lots of common sense, and John DeDakis has a deep understanding of the way women think and how they react. The book progressed at a good pace and kept me turning the pages as the tension mounted. Our heroine suffered loss and success, but behaved professionally. It was fascinating to read how news is collected, checked, assembled from all points of view, and then broadcast. If you are looking for a fast paced action story, then this is one you should pick up.
Vicki_Landes More than 1 year ago
Again, author John DeDakis manages to get inside a woman’s complicated inner workings and write a convincing – and utterly thrilling – first person perspective from his female protagonist, Lark Chadwick. The fourth installment of the ‘Lark Chadwick Mystery’ series, “Bullet in the Chamber” is locked and loaded with current, hot topics – heroin use and drones – and promises to be just as much of a rush as the previous three novels. “Bullet in the Chamber” begins by finding Lark on the way to the White House, her first day as a White House Correspondent for the Associated Press. In true ‘Lark Chadwick form, it doesn’t take long before she finds herself dead center in an explosive drone attack on the White House itself. While she desperately works to unravel mysterious leads and questionable clues as a professional journalist, she’s emotionally pushed to the core when a close friend’s heroin use threatens to alter the personal side of her life. The heroine versus heroin. Lark struggles to balance them both but the answers she starts getting back aren’t exactly what she was hoping for. DeDakis brilliantly draws from his career as a Senior Copy Editor at CNN and a former White House Correspondent for CBN News to put Chadwick convincingly at the White House and in the middle of the action. Only someone who’s been there, worked the interviews, knows the specific processes and the real-world lingo, can write about ‘the way it all works’ with such vivid detail and believably recreate it all in the pages of a mystery novel. He further utilizes his own excruciating family tragedy – facing the unimaginable and losing a child to heroin use. Reading the Acknowledgments and Author’s Notes section at the very beginning of the book first puts a unique personal perspective on the plot itself so as I read, I was able to see some of the ‘real’ intermingled with the ‘fiction’. Without giving away any of the story in making this point, I actually had to put the book down and walk away for a few days after chapter 34. But the suspense was also killing me so I was back, deep within its pages before too long. “Bullet in the Chamber” provides a hold-your-breath, finger on the trigger plot throughout every single one of its 351 pages. It will hit its target with mystery and thriller fans, newsroom fiction readers, and those who enjoy current event/topic novels alike. The book also serves as an intelligent, impactful voice on the real world dangers of heroin use – the plot, the title, and even the cover go to further that important public message. A kinetic, Russian roulette of a read!