Political Military Thriller
Absolute Power meets The Manchurian Candidate in this explosive political thriller from USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen, Deep Fake .
The Cold War is back―but for some it never ended.
Sarah Ridgeway is living the life she’s always envisioned. She has a devoted husband, a loving daughter, and a comfortable home. The path to reach it, however, has not always been smooth. For twelve years her husband, Bryce, served in the Army, deployed to some of the world’s worst trouble spots. After his service ended with a combat injury, the future had seemed precarious, but with Sarah’s support and that of his wealthy family, combined with his exemplary service record, he is elected to congress.
Then, in a moment, everything changes: at a drab Washington fundraiser, the junior congressman intervenes in a terrorist attack, and narrowly escapes with his life. When videos of his bravery go viral, he quickly becomes a national hero. The timing could not be more fortuitous. The presidential primaries are heating up, and Bryce’s party is desperate for a fresh candidate to challenge the vulnerable incumbent.
Amid the whirlwind, Sarah senses something amiss. Since the attack, Bryce has been forgetful and acting strangely. Could it be the stress? she wonders. Might the recent explosion have aggravated his combat trauma? For the first time ever, she finds herself doubting a man she has always trusted. Confessing her fears to her closest friend, together they quietly search for answers. What they uncover is stunning: the man who might soon be president has a deeply held secret. A secret that will likely destroy Sarah’s life―and certainly lead the nation to ruin.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(4 / 5) I’m going to start off by saying that I can’t say much without giving a huge plot twist away. This is about a conspiracy that goes very deep. Deep as in, they were in for the long haul. That’s what makes it so interesting!
First reading the twist I thought, “Well that’s awfully far-fetched.” The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I’ve read other books and seen movies about activities such as this “long haul.’ Once I realized that, it became way more exciting. Are these events possibilities?
Now don’t get me wrong, I was entertained throughout, even when I didn’t believe the big twist. It’s an exciting novel that I believe many will love.
General content summary: minimal language, parental stroke (losing most of mental faculties, previous), army medical discharge after bombing injuries (previous), physical violence (fists, fall from great height), vest bomb (details of body exploding), closed door intimacy, shot to induce heart attack death, captivity, torture (injuries), stabbing (injury and physical violence, deaths, ax death, some details), gun death (no details), gun shots, plane crash.
Thank you to Tor Forge for the copy!
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