The Candidateby Josie Brown
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Seduction and intrigue are rampant on the campaign trail when a political campaign adviser discovers that Washington's power broker elite have embroiled his presidential candidate in a plot involving an act of terrorism on US soil.Democratic political campaign consultant Ben Brinker can't remember the last time he was excited by a candidate's vision. He feels he's lost his way, both emotionally and professionally. Worst yet, his show-me-the-money policy seems to have finally caught up with him. Two of his recent clients have been disgraced in one way or another: a senator is caught in lurid sex scandal, and a congressman is indicted in a kickback scheme. In no time at all the political pundits are calling Ben a "candidate cooler." Now Ben is desperate for any campaign gig he can get. As luck would have it, Andrew Harris Mansfield, the charismatic junior senator from North Carolina and former Marine pilot, asks Ben if he wants to run his soon-to-be-announced campaign for president. Little does Ben know what's in store for Andrew, or their country. Nor does he realize that the key to saving both have been placed in his hands.
Meet the Author
Josie Brown is the author of these novels: The Candidate [2013; Signal Press] Totlandia Novel Series [ 3 Books, 2012, 2013, Coliloquy] The Housewife Assassin Novel Series [ 2011-2013, 5 books; Signal Press]; The Baby Planner [2011, Simon & Schuster]; Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [2010, Simon & Schuster]; Impossibly Tongue Tied [2006, HarperCollins]; True Hollywood Lies [2005, HarperCollins; 2013 Signal Press] Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series.
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High stakes murder and political intrigue are at the forefront in her new story. Ben Brinker’s track record as a political consultant isn’t exactly the best in the business, so when a GOP candidate who seemingly can’t do no wrong asks him to head up his campaign, it seems to be a no-brainer. Soon, Ben discovers the stakes and consequences of playing with the big political boys-if he can stay alive long enough, that is. Josie lays out the danger immediately and drew me into the story by showing what was at stake. Her characters have depth, enough to which I cared about them or wanted to shake them senseless. This story had me hanging on to the climatic finish, which to me was infinitely satisfying.
It was exceptional. The title is intriguing, the plot is intriguing, there is never a dull moment. I wish more people would read this book so they would understand how incredibly awesome it is! 5 stars by far!
Ben Brinker has made his career being a Democratic campaign strategist. His history has been that of bad luck - he is usually aligned with candidates who have some sort of dirty laundry that is aired publicly while campaigning. That is, until what appears to be squeaky clean Replubican Senator Andy Mansfield declares his bid to be the next US President. After Ben’s candidate’s laundry is aired to Katie Couric on national TV, Ben is offered the opportunity to jump the democratic ship and befriends Mansfield and his wife, Abby. The Candidate is the story of what happens on the campaign trail, filled with lies, deceit, politics, scandal, love and murder, just to name a few. Ben falls for Abby’s twin sister - who happens to be the black sheep of the family. The Mansfield’s have the perfect marriage from the outside, but secrets come to light as the voting draws nearer. How will these secrets affect the campaign, and how will it affect Ben’s life, both personally & professionally? Josie captured my attention with this story from the very beginning. I got mad at myself because I had to put this book down to sleep at night. I wanted to finish it all - without taking a break! I am not a political person, and I was afraid that this would be more political jargon and less of a good story...but I was SO wrong. I enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to reading more Josie Brown in the future!!