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Presidential Deal
Les Standiford
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Presidential Deal (John Deal #5)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In the fifth installment of the series, Deal is being awarded the Presidential Medal of Valor, and as a campaign gimmick, the presentation ceremony is held in Miami. During the ceremony, terrorists interrupt with machine gun fire, and Deal and the First Lady are taken captive.
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1998)
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Rob Smith
Aug 03, 2011 Rob Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite and most fun book read this year so far. It just jettisons from page 1 in an exciting and enthralling 400+ pages. Good guys John Deal and Vernon Driscoll are up against a seemingly impossible task that is just too much fun to follow along with. There are a few holes in the plot. However, recently it seems to me too many authors are going overboard trying to cover every second covered in a story and author Les Standiford leaves gaps of time to the imagination and makes it work. To me ...more
Frederick Bingham
This book is about John Deal, a small-time Miami contractor. In an unlikely series of events he ends up in a ceremony that goes awry. Both he and the first lady are kidnapped by shadowy crooks and taken to a Caribbean island. Meanwhile his friend, Vernon Driscoll, an ex-cop, searches for him. Dirscoll manages to out-search the entire US government, find the crooks and kill most of them. Deal and the first lady escape after a hurricane kills more of the bad guys, resurrect their boat and sail the ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a soft spot for the first three books in this series because they remind me of my favorite series by James Grippando. They describe the same places, like to throw in some humor, and their heroes are everyday guys. However, this book had a great set up that was executed SO poorly. I felt cheated by the synopsis because I was picturing something different other than Guy-goes-missing-bff-on-the-trail. The ending was predictable and seemed slapped in there like a bandaid. Great concept, enjoy ...more
Toesnorth's mom
too, too of everything
Tim Blake
Sep 09, 2015 Tim Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun read; Standiford is a really colorful and gifted writer; plot a tad far-fetched but the physical descriptions and realistic dialogue worked well
Jan 23, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This offers a complex plot with deception involving Washington power brokers with ties to the president.
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Les Standiford is a historian and author and has since 1985 been the Director of the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. Standiford has been awarded the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of Ameri ...more
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Other Books in the Series

John Deal (8 books)
  • Done Deal (John Deal #1)
  • Raw Deal (John Deal #2)
  • Deal to Die For (John Deal #3)
  • Deal on Ice (John Deal #4)
  • Deal with the Dead (John Deal #6)
  • Bone Key (John Deal #7)
  • Havana Run (John Deal #8)

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