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Abuse of Power (Jack Hatfield #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  607 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Savage comes a high-intensity debut thriller, the story of a smeared network journalist who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot.

Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared a
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Published September 13th 2011 by Macmillan Audio
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Oct 24, 2011 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly written as a polemical exercise. Stretches credulity (mine, anyway) beyond the breaking point. Good guys too heroic, caricatures of real people too thinly disguised. I haven't read any of the author's nonfiction, but I suspect it's more suitable for his purposes.
Sep 15, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not bad for savage's first work at fiction. good, quick read. probably not for everyone due to the conservative views expressed. Lawrence Soren is an obvious reference to George Soros and is the main villian in the book.
May 25, 2013 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Savage’s is well known for both his controversial politics and behavior. His histrionics aside, he is an intelligent person and author. I enjoy reading the works of controversial people, as it provides a perspective I would not ordinarily get if I shunned their views. For those who would, you probably shouldn’t read any further.

This is the second novel from Savage. I read his second novel, “A Time For War”, first, and now this his first novel, second. Despite his public reputation for h
Oct 04, 2011 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ABUSE OF POWER, the debut novel by conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage, is an intriguing thriller that might just surprise you.

Jack Hatfield, a hardened war correspondent, has been fired from his job for controversial statements. He’s even banned from entering the UK. Jack takes a job in San Francisco as a freelance news producer.

A carjacking turns deadly one afternoon when military-grade explosives are found after the car wrecks. Jack, riding with the SFPD bomb squad, arrives at th
Meagan Glaccum
This is an average espionage thriller written by an above average intellect. If you are at all familiar with Dr. Savage's political writings, be assured that this book is more ideologically balanced then you might assume. Set in San Francisco, Dr. Savage, a long time resident, colors the book with insider's knowledge of the city's social and historical atmosphere. The aspects of the plot based on this theme are the best in the narrative. Placed during the Wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, the main antag ...more
Jonathan Tomes
Sep 28, 2011 Jonathan Tomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Abuse of Power by Michael Savage is his first novel. Doctor Savage is a conservative radio talk show host and a very prolific non-fiction writer, focusing on conservative politics and natural healing. Abuse of Power is a very credible first novel focusing on the possible harm that political correctness may result in with regards to Muslim extremist terrorism. Any conservative or independent reader should enjoy this action-packed thriller but liberals may dislike his digs at the government and pr ...more
This is a thriller from the right...a bit like a Tom Clancy novel but with less techno-porn. The bad guys are Muslim terrorists and the target is an America that has lost its way, too soft, dismissive of the values that made it great. The real enemies of the George Soros of the world, a thinly described George Soros I might add. A truth telling journalist, Jack Hatfield, uncovers a vicious plot to slam San Francisco with a 9/11 style attack, but much worse. He has to penetrate several layers of ...more
Rose Ann
Oct 17, 2011 Rose Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book would have benefitted from an editor doing a better job of trimming and keeping the book on track. Otherwise, it just struck me as just another mediocre predictable thriller.
Printable Tire
Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy!
Zeke Chase
Jan 01, 2013 Zeke Chase rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Rating: 3.7 / 10

This is my second attempt at writing this review. The first one wound up rambling on for three pages before I got so bored of my own writing I had to scrap it. The book itself is a thinly veiled polemic, and instead of focusing on the novel, I found myself tearing apart Mr. Savage's far rightwing worldview. I'm going to try and curb that this time around.

One of the things I enjoy doing is reading things I hate, by which I mean reading things I strongly disagree with. Previously I
Sherri F.
Audio version: 3★s It is a good fast-paced (but not "lightning fast-paced" as claimed) action, adventure thriller. This is first in the "Jack Hatfield" seris & my first time reading series or author. He was knowledgeable so it comes through authentic and storyline is interesting, but I felt like "ehh" through much of it so it was lacking some entertainment value for me. The ending was moreso though & kept me glued to find out what was going to happen and I found it good but a little pred ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Ray rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of author Joel C. Rosenberg
"Abuse of Power" reminding me a little of some of writer Joel C. Rosenberg's books, which have been categorized by some as Christian Sunday School discussions disguised as political thrillers. These books tend to be filled with God, Liberty, and the American way, which is the literary equivalent of some of the great old John Wayne films. That can work for any book, however I felt this plot and story line sometimes required leaps of faith to make it all very believable.

Many, I'm sure will enjoy
Feb 20, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a new genre is in order: the "thriller-written-by-talk-radio-host" genre. "Abuse of Power" is, overall, a much better book than Glenn Beck's "Overton Window." This is primarily due to it actually being thrilling. Dr. Savage presents a much more action-packed novel than Beck that relies, not upon conspiracy theory, but actual existential threat for it's source of tension. The characters here are much more fully realized than in "Overton," with believable back stories and motivations for w ...more
John Marsh
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Jun 18, 2014 Roxann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book was difficult to read at the beginning. The first few chapters was background and too many characters to keep straight. If you can get beyond that, it’s not a bad book. The book is about Jack Hatfield, a reporter who has been blacklisted by most news organizations for his controversial views. Most of his former colleagues in the government or government type agencies will not speak to him and he’s been banned to travel to the UK.

As I read the book, I did do some skimming to avoid the
Tom Tischler
Aug 01, 2015 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Hatfield is a former war correspondent who rose to national
prominence for his insightful commentary. But a radical leftist media
watchdog group smeared him as a bigot and extremist and he lost his
job . Now he finds himself working as a freelance news producer in San
Francisco. One afternoon he is on a ride along with the SFPD bomb squad
when a routine carjacking turns deadly. The FBI finds several pounds
of military grade explosives in the car and Hatfield is ordered to stay
out of it. This
This is the first book I've read by Savage. I'm not familiar with his radio show, so I may be the only one that was surprised by the right wing commentary that runs throughout the book. That it is set in San Francisco - my backyard - is ironic. Being a bay area native, I had a hard time reconciling this type of character in this particular setting. The story has more than its share of clichés that some would find slightly humorous or pedantic, depending upon your perspective. There is nothing re ...more
May 29, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Brown
Oct 08, 2012 David Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abuse of Power had a very captivating plot filled with many twists.

The locations were creatively described and the characters were deep and very interesting.

There was only one drawback: too much sex.

I also found an interesting failure in editing. On page 252 of the hardback during one of the too numerous sex scenes was this: "Her long brown hair was highlighted against the window and he saw a light snow falling outside."

Five pages later it is revealed what the exact date was: "August twentieth
Carl Mayo
May 02, 2013 Carl Mayo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting thriller, cover to cover. I could go into details, but the other reviewers have already done that.

Is this an autobiographical polemic? Of course...every writer plugs his/her own ideology. So what? Don't let it scare you away. Even if you don't like Savage or his take on things, just set your politics aside and enjoy the story for what it is: pure, scary, terrorist-fighting fun.

The only drawback: adult content.
If not for certain risque passages, Abuse of Power would be great for teen
Norris Holmes
Aug 14, 2013 Norris Holmes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: savage-michael
After 4 or 5 chapters the book hit the trash can. I'm a conservative and I liked and agreed with that content to this point. However the sexual parts are not acceptable to me. If I want porn reading materials I'm sure there's plenty out there. Action, adventure, spy versus spy all good but leave the sex parts out. I feel sorry for those that need that or need to write about it. Sex is between a man and his wife only! I don't need to live in sexual dreamland. Michael Savage you are marked off my ...more
Marlene Blyden
Michael Savage is a well- known talk show host and author. I have read some of his nonfiction books and truly enjoyed them.

This fiction novel was a page turner from the start. I could have lived without the explicit language and numerous romantic encounters though. However, I like how he weaved in real-life current events into the plots and characters.

One needs to be a savage regular to truly understand and capture some of his satire and conservative viewpoints in this book. All in all it is a g
Pat Murray
The best radio talk show host in America spreads his wings into the Thriller book genre. You can hear the voice of Mr. Savage telling this story if you have listened to his radio show. It has a realistic plot in these days of world terrorism. He starts off slow. I had difficulties in wanting to pick the book up between readings. But he did a excellent job of closing the plot to his readers satisfaction. It is not his usual writing that he excels in, but for his first attempt at writing a Thrille ...more
Jim A
Jan 23, 2012 Jim A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first thriller effort, this was not too bad. Political thrillers are a very tough genre as the readers in that arena well know. Vince Flynn, Alex Berenson, Tom Clancy, et al have pretty much set a very high bar for newcomers to the genre.

Savage's Abuse of Power is fast moving and contains just enough red herrings to keep the reader interested. There are a couple of areas where I thought Savage over wrote the scene, but that's just my opinion.

I will be interested in a follow on novel with m
Apr 30, 2014 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fictional parallel to real-world events as experienced via the eyes of the author. To be sure, I found it a trifle annoying that he mentions UK's banning of his (protagonist and author) visits to their country time and time again. Almost as if he's offended/hurt. I do agree, the UK has a lot more to worry about than M. Savage knocking at their door. I think Savage should shrug it off. Perhaps they could even pick up a thing or two from his Nationalism/Pride in his own country.

The man calls th
Jun 16, 2013 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting read by one of America's conservative talkers. The lead character, Jack Hatfield, is a media type who uncovers a massive conspiracy that puts the city he loves, San Francisco, in serious peril. Armed with truly quirky characters who double as his allies, he pushes deep into the conspiracy and manages to step on some rich and powerful toes. Several bodies connected to the conspiracy turn up dead. Hatfield goes on a thrilling adventure leads to Israel, London and brings him back to San ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is really, really bad. I love techno-terrorism-macho thrillers, and I need not be bothered by the wingnut politics of some of these authors (Vince Flynn, anyone?), but this is just too much - this book is part idiotic political manifesto, part really crappy thriller. The "hero" is a loser (probably what Savage pictures himself to be, or hopes to be - a "brave" journalist who uncovers his inner Navy SEAL?), the plot completely ridiculous, the dialogue is terrible, the action leaves me cold. ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
At first, I gave this book one star. It is fairly typical Savage (for anyone familiar with his radio program). The only reason why I bumped it up to two stars is because reading books that I strongly dislike sometimes gives me a chance to examine and rethink my prejudices. I guess it could be said that Mr. Savage has helped me strengthen very different conclusions. That being said, it really isn't a good book.
Nov 28, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read Savage before, but found this to be interesting and complex enough to hold one's interest. His conservative viewpoint was prevalent in the plot, yet he didn't over-do it. Jack Hatfield made for a good protagonist and his group of friends were fun to see. It's not often one sees Seniors as action hero types. All in all, although this was slow reading for me (I had a plethora of external distractions) I found it to be a good read.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I've listened to Michael Savage's radio program before and was afraid it would be inundated with ultra right wing rhetoric. Tis was not the case at all. While I could certainly see his efforts to insert some of his conservative opinions, it was done in tap tasteful way that complemented the plot, rather than detracted from it. Though the end of the book, was predictable, the story was not. I would recommend it.
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Dr. Michael Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement. The Telegraph in the U.K. ranked him as one of the most influential conservatives in the United States, and with 10 million weekly listeners, the Berkeley Ph.D. is the third most listened to conservative talk show host. Recently featured in The New Yorker and Playboy, Dr. Savage is the author of many books, including the politic ...more
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