Presidential Conclusions

Presidential Conclusions

by Douglas J. Wood


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A political thriller, this is the third book of the trilogy of the personal and political life of a fictional character, Samantha Harrison. In this book, she is President of the United States and must deal with serious issues of terrorism, the Middle East, and the Ukraine.

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ISBN-13: 9781537590622
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

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Presidential Conclusions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Presidential Conclusions, by Douglas J. Wood, is the third in a trilogy about the second female president of the United States, Samantha "Sam" Harrison. Written before the actual 2016 election, but published January 17, 2017, Conclusions follows President Harrison, as she courageously guides our nation through the war against terrorism -- and succeeds with tactics those before her have been hesitant to use.   Wood knows how to weave a compelling tale. Presidential Conclusions is a true page-turner. I couldn't put it down. His characters come to life on the page with outstanding descriptions of their individual personalities and idiosyncrasies, particularly the misogynistic Putin. Only Sam and her daughter, Amanda, get much of a physical description, and of course, they are gorgeous.   In the first book of the series, Presidential Intentions, we follow Sam through college and grad school to the start of an illustrious career. Told in flashbacks, she is running against Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 election. She loses the election and becomes Secretary of State. In the second book, Presidential Declarations, Sam wins the 2020 election against Hillary.     Like many authors of this genre, Wood uses the voices of his characters to share his own views. For example, minor character, Mark Steinberger, has never voted, but never hesitates to share his views on the governance of the country. When officials tracked down multiple terrorist cells scattered all over the U.S., another minor character noted that all of them were located in states that do not require guns to be registered.   While Wood clearly does not like Presidents Obama and Carter, he has both good and bad things to say about the other presidents.  He has Obama refuse Sam's request to meet with all living former presidents except Jimmy Carter, and Bush 41. (No mention was made of Carter's omission; 41's was understood to be due to his failing health.) He makes a strong case against the politics of Washington, D.C., and the stagnant behavior of congress. At first I was unsure of the wisdom of using living people as characters in the book, but for the most part, it worked -- in these books, James Comey is still FBI director.   While recognizing that a free press is necessary to hold our leaders accountable, Sam mourns the lack of non-sensationalized news coverage, and unbiased journalists such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.   This is a series not to be missed. If you enjoy political and geopolitical intrigue, you will be awakened, highly entertained, and perhaps, a bit frightened.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Presidential Conclusions by Douglas J. Wood is a powerful political thriller with compelling characters. A story with an international setting in the future, with complex terrorist issues affecting the US, Ukraine and the Middle East. The reader follows the life of US President Samantha Harrison, a strong female president faced with monumental challenges. In this spellbinding thriller, the reader is introduced to her unique way of making decisions that affect her people and other countries. Follow her in her dealings with past US presidents and her determination to solve a major terrorist threat. But can she succeed? It is surprising to note that this book, the third in a trilogy, was written before the most recent presidential elections because the reader might have thought it was inspired by Hillary Clinton’s political journey. I was hooked right away and couldn’t help but notice the realism in Douglas J. Wood’s writing and its prophetic message. I loved the fact that the protagonist is a woman and readers will root for her. It will be impossible for a keen reader to read this engaging story without reflecting on the current American political conundrum. The author masterfully weaves the themes of racism, patriotism, terrorism, and politics into the story without distracting the reader in any way. There are very revealing passages in the story, especially in the words of the protagonist. Here is one of the statements that hit close to home and call for serious thought: “We are not a country of vigilantes, but we must be vigilant. We are not people who look at others and judge them as terrorists because of the color of their skin or the heritage of their parents. But we are people intelligent enough to know that profiling to protect our safety and the well-being of our loved ones is a justified caution.” Presidential Conclusions arrests the reader’s attention and forces them to follow compelling characters like Samantha and Ayatollah Ali Khomeini until the last page. The balanced writing, the gripping plot, and the strong sense of pacing are elements that make this novel a great success.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third and I think final in the series, and like I said yesterday, if you don't want to be spoiled please stop where you are, but I am definitely going to spoil some things! First before I really spoil, I haven't mentioned this in previous reviews but I loved how each chapter started with an expert of a speech that Sam made in campaigning or elsewhere. This third book is different. The beginnings of the chapters start with experts of speeches made by real people and I assumed that they were all honest experts from real speeches. It was so interesting how speeches from the past both past past and recent past fit into what was happening in this book that took place in the future.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
This third and final book of this Samantha Harrison trilogy is set in the future and was written prior to the 2016 US presidential election. One can only wonder if (or how) Wood’s manuscript would have changed had it been written after. This is a very thought-provoking read and while I would like to think what he writes about could never happen, it’s apparent that it probably is happening (or at least being considered) now and we are just unaware of it. I’ve enjoyed reading about the strength and resolve of Samantha, her ability to work with past presidents, although I will admit to being very disappointed that President Obama was mentioned but not included in the dialogue. Overall, this is an intriguing story, and one that I believe should be read after the first two. There is a good chunk of time that passes between Book 2 and Book 3 and should Wood’s ever opt to write more and fill in the pieces that he alludes to in this book, I would be most eager to start reading. In conclusion, this final piece of the trilogy accomplishes Wood’s goal of getting his readers to think about morality and what, if anything, it means to each of us.