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Condor One (Condor #1)

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  451 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
The Democratic Party's 2012 nominee for President, David J. Windsor, and America are equally shocked when he is outted by his opponent just six weeks before the Fall election. Following his heart, David chooses honesty over media spin and overcomes the obstacle to win the election.

Despite that success, dark forces around the world begin to plot against him, and President

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Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2008)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This book was so dumb it was painful. It was a really not disguised at all opportunity for the author to rail against the Bush administration and talk about what he would do as president. Now I agree with him politically and have the same harsh words for Bush et al, but this was just boring. A ton of time was spent with speeches--the actual full speech! And with logistics about his days. Dullsville.

It was also WAY too simplistic. I don't think the author really grasped how hard it is to accompl
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Elisa Rolle
Condor One is a fantapolitic novel. David Windsor, multimillionaire business man and far cousin of William V, the King of England, is now a democratic candidate to be the new USA President. His campaign goes very well since the american citizens are tired of years of Republican government, and he is the most probable winner. So his adversary lets drop the bomb during the last official speech: David is gay. Unexpected to everyone, David doesn't deny the news and au contraire, he embraces this new ...more
Matimate
Nov 16, 2010 Matimate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2010
Men in suits, bodyguards and politics, that is the major hit of this book. I was wondering if author made his own Mary Sue, but well hard to tell. All was about politics and USA presidential election was the show, because one of the candidates, our humble hero, David J. Windsor (yes the name has connection to British royal family)was outed as gay and became after that the first gay president who was facing the typical assassination attempts, while dealing with crisis on the Middle East. However ...more
Plainbrownwrapper
Jan 28, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
This book is just soooo, sooo bad. The writing is clunky. The dialog is stilted and artificial. The plot is a comedy of logic failures. The characters are thin thin cardboard. The villains are not only Evil Cardboard Villain Homophobes, but also Evil Republican Capitalists. The political polemics are front and center, from beginning to end. Arg.

The following dialog really cracked me up. The narrator is the President Elect, and he has just hugged his personal Secret Service bodyguard after findin
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Stacey Jo
I enjoyed this one. It had a very "Tom Clancy" kind of feel to it with the spy/espionage. The author has an extensive background in military and secret service and it shows. I love the idea of a gay president and a woman vice-president. David Windsor (of the British Royal family) is president and has the perfect reason to keep Shane, his bodyguard, close to him at all times. They, of course, fall in love. I like the two of them together, but at times I found the dialog between them to be a littl ...more
Valérie
Jul 11, 2014 Valérie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-books
Je n'avais déjà pas apprécié le précédent livre de John Simpson que j'avais trouvé niais et fade, et celui-ci en dehors de m'avoir appris en long et en large les méandres de la vie politique américaine ne m'a pas emballée non plus. J'ai plutôt le sentiment d'avoir lu une fiction politique qu'une romance, car en dehors du fait que nous avons un couple, et encore c'est un bien grand mot, je suis toujours en train de me remémorer où j'ai pu sentir l'ombre d'un sentiment, d'une émotion, voir la cons ...more
Hayley
this was my first official print m/m romance book. After years of Mills&Boon and slash fanfiction. It did not dissapoint I could hardly put it down and whilst the ending seemed choppy is was left open for a sequel which after email the author I am advised is on the cards. I hope to read more M/M romance I'm hooked now
Jess Candela
Jun 25, 2012 Jess Candela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, dnf, read-in-2010
I found the writing style too clunky to hold my interest.
Adara
Jul 30, 2011 Adara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of Simpson's stories before and didn't really like them. I think in general I find his dialogue a bit coarse for my personal taste, particularly in intimate scenes. I hadn't planned on reading anything else by him, but I picked this story for a challenge (a series/author I'd given up on).

This story had some of the same for me, but I did feel less of that compared to the other stories I've read. This one really sucked me into the plot though, which the others did not, and I'll prob
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Lena Polskaia
Curieux livre que ce thriller politique. Dès l'entame, j'ai ressenti un fort contraste entre le récit à la première personne du singulier, qui en principe permet une plus forte immersion dans l'histoire et une empathie avec le personnage, et le style très descriptif, et plutôt froid de l'auteur. Et puis, au fil des pages, je me suis laissée prendre par cette histoire menée tambour battant. Comme un journal de campagne, on suit le candidat démocrate David Windsor dans la course à la présidence, s ...more
Eric Renoult
Il s’agit de mon second livre de John Simpson et je dois dire qu’il conforte son point faible : la Romance.

Nous avons affaire à une fiction totalement politique, entre complot, attentats et autres événements nous allons découvrir une course au pouvoir afin d’atteindre la présidence des USA en partant du postulat que le candidat qui l’avait remporté était gay ouvertement.

Je dois dire que l’un des points forts de ce roman est la parfaite maitrise des rouages politiques et de l’organisation interne
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Barbara
Sep 09, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, m-m, romance, reviewed, 2011
After reading a description of this book yesterday, I though that it would be an incredible read. Unfortunately, even though the author had an interesting idea for the plot, the book in itself was simply boring and the relationship between main characters was unbelievable. For most of the time, I rolled my eyes when I read some descriptions - they were too detailed. Besides, I feel like the whole book was rushed too much at the end. Why two stars and not one? Because I liked the idea behind the ...more
Russell Sanders
Mar 20, 2016 Russell Sanders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Simpson’s Condor One is a gay romance. Being a gay romance is neither good nor bad, it is simply a genre that many people enjoy reading. It is targeted to gay men (although others enjoy them as well) and like hetero-romances, it has a lot of eye candy and some hot extended sex scenes. That being said, what sets Condor One apart is that it is filled with information that most of us are not privy to. The plot is this: an openly gay man is elected President of the US in the 2012 election, star ...more
Absynthe
The inconsistencies in these books drive me nuts. Names are changed from the beginning of a book to the end. People's ages change, a14 year old somehow became 12 in the 5 th book. All sorts of details are screwed up. It's like the author wrote the book and then no one went back and did ANY editing or even bothered reading it a second time. It's glaring and distracting.
Kukko
Main Characters: David James Windsor & Shane Thompson
Key Themes: War, Homophobia, Men with Pets, Social Differences, Age Gap
Location: US, Europe & the Middle East

MM romance between the President of the US (POTUS) and a secret service agent.

There was a lot I didn't like about this story…….

Firstly, both MCs were poorly defined - Shane, the secret service agent, had one discernible character trait - his fierce LOYALTY to his employer. Meanwhile, the POTUS was a HORNY old man, lusting after
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Tonileg
Aug 15, 2014 Tonileg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, m-m
Contemporary m/m romance with a new president of America dealing with being forced out of the closet while falling for his personal bodyguard secret service hottie.
While the sexy time moments were awkward which strangely enough gave it a realistic appeal because real sex is not like the smooth painless romance novels or porno videos would make a newbie believe. The mystery of the death threats pushes the romantic story along, while in the big picture doesn't change much in the new president's in
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B.
Aug 23, 2014 B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author is obviously a very liberal Democrat with ideas, lol!! I held off on reading this book for sometime because I wasn't sure I'd enjoy a novel that was centered around politics. I will say that while politics does play it's part in the story, the author's United States has one thing I don't think we would ever see, a relative (cousin, in fact) of the British monarchy as President. The first phone conversation between David and William is humorous and reminded you that this is just a work of ...more
Donald
Sep 30, 2014 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you will...an openly Gay President...yeah, that would be awesome and for him to be related to the King of England....just stop it. This is a tale that taps into the world of "what if" and for me it was a good journey. This book was free from Amazon and once I finished it, I had to go and get the next book in the series. I think that should say a lot. The story is fast-paced and we are sharing it from the perspective of the author/main character. If I had a serious critique, I would lo ...more
Tana
May 15, 2011 Tana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and it has made me go read the whole series. Excellent.
Tara
Jan 22, 2011 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review
How would America react if a presidential candidate was outed just prior to the election? Mr. Simpson explores this in Condor One, the first in a series of books about the first gay president of the United States and the Secret Service agent he falls in love with.

The election is just the jumping off point of this political and erotic thriller. As President David Windsor deals with his attraction to Shane, the world stage becomes even more dangerous, starting just before his inauguration,

I wanted
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Julie Hayes
May 08, 2011 Julie Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s six weeks until the election which will determine the next President of the United States. The two candidates—Republican Speaker of the House Daniel Gorski and Democrat multi-millionaire David Windsor —are appearing in a televised debate, the better to allow the voters to understand the issues and determine which candidate will make a better president. Things are proceeding smoothly until, in the last quarter hour of the proceedings, Gorski fires off the most irrelevant question ever to his ...more
Indie Reviews
Imagine a world where the American people have just elected their first gay President. Can you picture it? What would happen in the United States if such an event were to come about? What would be the world’s reaction?

In Condor One, author John Simpson answers the “what ifs” by combining both the promise of a not-too-distant future possibility of a gay President with political reality to write a fast paced story with plenty of high drama, intrigue and action, plot twists and unexpected surprises

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Ayanna
Nov 01, 2012 Ayanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The idea is interesting but honestly, it makes a pretty shitty romance. The prose was rather flat and clinical, like someone writing a retrospective journal. It would go like that and then suddenly there'd be the sex parts. It was just...really non sequitur.

There really is no/not much characterization of the individual characters and especially not in the main two. I mean, I can see so much potential to develop this as an actual romance while balancing out the political stuff, but it falls flat.
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Charly
Oct 30, 2012 Charly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story that could have used tighter editing

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

PROS:
- Loved the idea/premise and the setting.
- Admirable characters. I want David Windsor to be the real president of the United States. He’s a great guy.
- Interesting details about D.C., the White House, and the government in general. I also really enjoyed reading about how jam-packed the president’s schedule must be. In the book, he goes from one engagement to ano
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jules0623
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Lizabeth Tucker
Former Air Force officer and Presidential candidate David J. Windsor is outed as a gay man just before the election by his opponent. New Secret Service agent Shane Thompson quickly becomes Windsor's favorite protector, although David doesn't realize that the attraction may be mutual. After his election, David finds himself the target of numerous assassination attempts, Shane by his side.

I like reading m/m stories with a plot behind them. This is definitely a fast read with somewhat interesting c
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Denise
Aug 08, 2014 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2014
This was one of those books that I really wanted to like from the moment I read the description. Loved the idea, and a bunch of the political points brought up pretty much made me want to spontaneously stand up and applaud so that I ended up enjoying the story despite the fact that the writing felt somewhat clumsy and especially the dialogue often seemed stilted and occasionally awkward and artificial to the point of being painful to read. Nevertheless I will give the next book a try, hoping to ...more
Janie
While I did like the relationship between Shane and David, the rest of the story was Boring and the entire book was ranting about politics. Shane and David were both very intelligent, refined men, with that said, the way they spoke to each other sexually was pretty ignorant, and total overuse of the word stud. I am curious as to how they will continue their relationship.
Nicci
The concept of having a Gay president was real interesting. I did enjoy the book despite having problems with the format and structure of the narrative. There was a bit of head hopping that came out of nowhere. I couldn’t tell who was saying what. Some of the plotlines were easily resolved. And those presidential speeches, they were, frankly, long and boring particularly in book form. Reminds me of the time in the past, I set in front of the TV to listen to a presidential speech and had a hard t ...more
Robin Malek
Aug 23, 2014 Robin Malek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally captivating

Totally captivating

Not just a book about men in love but a really good read with an intriguing story line. Awesome characters with true depth. A continuing series of events that promise more of the same.
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John Simpson, a Vietnam-era Veteran, has been a uniformed Police Officer of the Year, a federal agent, a federal magistrate, and an armed bodyguard to royalty and a senior government executive. He earned awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury. John has written articles for various gay and straight magazines. John lives with his partner of 35 years and ...more
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