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The Plan

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
One of television's most successful writers and producers makes a stunning fiction debut. Following the death of his son and the breakup of his marriage, TV reporter Ryan Bolt receives a boost to his flagging career when he's offered the chance to film a documentary about a dark horse presidential candidate. But sinister revelations about the man put Ryan's life in jeopard ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published June 18th 1995 by William Morrow & Company (first published May 28th 1995)
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Cath rated it liked it
Jun 21, 2008
Dave rated it liked it
May 26, 2009
Joe O'c
Aug 27, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; writer, ex-FBI agent, and Mafioso's daughter try to keep Mafia backed candidate from the White House.
Jenene W.
Jenene W. rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2015
Justin Mahaffie
Mar 10, 2010 Justin Mahaffie rated it it was ok
Recommended to Justin by: Diallo
Eh...My friend (who started me reading Cannell) told me that this was his best book, and got me really excited to read it. My expectations were very high at the beginning, especially having recently finished King Con (also by Cannell, and a really good read). For me, it was just somewhat unoriginal. How many tv shows/movies/books have done the "mob financing politicians" angle? I found myself wanting to get to the end, and not because I wanted to see what happened - but so that I could get it of ...more
Aug 17, 2010 Monica rated it it was ok
Hard to identify with any of the characters. Good and evil was too black and white preventing the reader from experiencing any true suspense.
Hja Helen Ahmad
Hja Helen Ahmad rated it it was ok
Oct 16, 2010
Walter Straus
Dec 20, 2010 Walter Straus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
no plot, disjointed, do not waste you time on this one.
Ziggy rated it really liked it
Jul 06, 2011
Apr 10, 2013 Space rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite part of this book was the title. Seriously. The Plan? How gay is that? Fortunately, it wasn't my first Cannell to read - even though it was his first to write. I read King Con firstly, and found I liked the author quite a bit. Other than the title, this book wasn't half bad.

For his first endeavor into novelism, (you like that word?) Cannell did a good job planning this one out - because it's obvious there was a lot of planning involved here. To keep up with stories as large-sca
Jan 06, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Despite the weak title, boring cover art, and the fact that this is Cannell's debut novel, THE PLAN is actually a superb thriller. In fact, though it's not his most entertaining work, it's probably his best-constructed story and contains some of his strongest writing. The plot certainly is not too far-fetched, and Cannell presents an all-too-believable scenario as to how a hijacking of an American presidency could conceivably take place. This book shows beyond a doubt that Cannell was right to g ...more
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Walter rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2016
Apr 20, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book interesting and very realistic. I could easily see "the plan" being put into effect or perhaps it already has been!
Jan 26, 2013 Dennis rated it really liked it
I miss Stephen Cannell as a writer he was great, as a TV producer he was second to none. But, I miss the man, he was just a good man.
Irving Milbury
As a die-hard Cannell fan, I was underwhelmed with the writing. There were no Shane Scully zingers and the plot moved slowly. That said, the story was worth reading, if a little cliché...
Jackballoon rated it really liked it
Feb 14, 2016
Fredrick Danysh
Organized crime started a plan to elect their own president to neuter the RICO Act and the Justice Department. They groomed their candidate for twenty years but then killed him when he tried to cut them out. The mob came up with a last minute candidate and hired unemployed writer Ryan Bolt to do a documentary to boost the candidate. When Bolt discovers the plan a contract is put out on him and a the sister of a mafia boss tries to save him. There is some explicit sex.
David rated it liked it
Oct 02, 2013
Barrington Library
If you like the original A-Team, Wiseguy or Rockford files, you will enjoy this book. It is full of mystery, espionage, and adventure. you never know what is going to happen next. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Ellen - staff
KateMoxie rated it it was amazing
Dec 01, 2013
Diana H.
Feb 16, 2014 Diana H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
WOW...a really great thriller type book.

Cannell's characters are at once believable and unbelievable. It's hard for ordinary folks to think in the diabolical way that the main villain in this story does, but I guess that's what makes the plot so interesting.

Mickey Alo is the son of a mob boss. After his father's death from (surprisingly enough natural causes), Mickey becomes the "head of the family."

Ryan Bolt is Mickey's childhood friend, who doesn't realize that:
1) Mickey's dad is all mobbed u
Bob rated it it was amazing
Feb 17, 2014
Patrick Shelly Jr
Oct 29, 2014 Patrick Shelly Jr rated it liked it
Creepy idea, and brought some ligt to the people behind the scenes. Slmetimes you have to wonder who is really pulling the strings to some important people. This book was about the Presidential candidate having his strings pulled by the Mob. Far fetched... Or is it? Some how, this seemed too possible. (Not implying anything about our current President, just wanted to clarify that!)
Beth Duke
Beth Duke rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2014
Dave Butcher
Dave Butcher rated it it was amazing
Jun 07, 2015
Dec 29, 2015 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't remember this one but it's in the back of my closet with my initials in it so that means I read it.
Jan 31, 2016 Nancyduffy13 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had many similarities between the plot and the 2016 election. Kind of amazing.
The resolution of the problem involved a lot of unbelievable luck in finding just the right person to help, but I enjoyed the book.
Feb 08, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller, political
Thriller - Mobster Mickey Alo's sister Lucinda, his college roommate Ryan Bolt, fired FBI agent Sol Kazorowski and ex-investigative reporter Cole Harris, attempt to prevent Alo and crooked TV network owner from getting weak RI governor elected President.
Jun 25, 2016 Randhir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A writer with a sure touch. Though the book is couple of decades old, some of the sub plots are like today's news. He writes with a felicity which grabs your attention. The plot revolves round the attempt by the Mafia to put their own man in the White House. Some parts stretch credibility but the action keeps ticking and the dialogues are snappy. Good book for a weekend
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 1994.

An Emmy award-winning writer/producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios, Cannell overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television's most prolific writers. In a highly successful career that spans three decades, he created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he has scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or execu
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