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William Bernhardt
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Capitol Conspiracy (Ben Kincaid #16)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  519 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid has found himself smack in the middle of more than a few controversies and deadly predicaments–and the unexpected leap from his modest Tulsa law offices to Washington, D.C.’s Senate chamber hasn’t taken the edge off Ben’s knack for stepping into the line of fire. Now the idealistic junior senator is plunged into the thick of lethal int ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 06, 2015 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Capitol Conspiracy by William Bernhardt.

Hideously violent before even getting into any story. This was my 2nd try at attempting to read a mystery by this author and my last. Obviously he can't write and depends upon those few readers who relish base writing.

Don't waste your time or money. Sorry I had to give this book any star.
May 07, 2010 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marianne by:
Bernhardt is one of my many favorite authors. I've saved memorable quotes. P. 375 "These are perilous times, unique in our national history. The greatest danger we face is not terrorists, but the thudding impact of unexamined certainty. doubt is healthy. doubt is evidence of thought."

I learned about "legislative holds". A senator can anonymously object to a bill, thereby stopping it from ever reaching a debate. A senator can except pork for withdrawing the objection, then passing the objection
This is the third book I've recently read that seemed as though its author was tired of his series' main characters and didn't quite know what to do with them. Ben didn't strike me as a well-fleshed character at all, but I did love Christina. As for the plot, that was completely predictable, and the lectures on the Bill of Rights got to be too preachy for my tastes. And I was turned off by the graphic descriptions of torture and sex. All that being said, I really want to go back and read some of ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed the storyline of the book, it was very poorly researched. Most books in this genre make sure they get the little details right (e.g., building names, complicated processes), but this book does not. It labels the congressional office buildings with the wrong names, it mislabels bills in the U.S. Senate, and generally has a poor understanding of the legislative process. Researching these small things to make the back story more realistic would have gone a long way for me liking the ...more
May 06, 2017 Russ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll give credit to Capitol Conspiracy for turning what is essentially a legislative debate into a gripping, faced-passed, full-fledged national security/political thriller. The debate in question is a fictional constitutional amendment that would hold portions of the Bill of Rights in abeyance during times of national emergency.

There are a few problems with the novel. The premise itself is workable, even compelling. However, neither the book nor the supporters of the emergency amendment explain
Dec 04, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-read April 2014. i raised it from a 4 to 5 stars.

The nightmare begins with the abduction and murder of the director of Homeland Security; escalates with the killing of the Senate minority leader, who is felled in his office by an envelope laced with weaponized poison; and comes to a shattering climax at the site of the Oklahoma City Memorial, where a fusillade of sniper fire meant for the president claims unintended victims. In all, twelve people perish in the melee, while Ben himself narrowl
Feb 06, 2017 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Predictable, formulaic, super-hero overcomes all bang 'em up-sshoot'em up outrageous obstacles put in his path. It worked for the first 3 Ben Kincaid dramas. Now this, number 18 gave me nothing but sensations of "been there, done that" on almost every page. I am sorry to give such "negative feedback"; but it really is time to change the Protagonist and theme.
Jan 06, 2009 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since 9/11 most authors have been pushing politics into their writing. At least Bernhardt did it more honestly by taking his main character who was a Tulsa lawyer and sending him to Washington DC as a Senator. I liked Ben better as a lawyer and I don't always agree with his politics, but it's much better than Stuart Woods who throws in politicals digs thru his fluff mysteries. Or better than Sara Paretsky who throws in all kinds of stupid political garbage in her Warshawski series [totally out o ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Apr 29, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Kincaid, freshman senator from Oklahoma, is newly married and attending an event inOklahoma City with the president when an apparent terrorist kills fourteen people including the first lady. Ben's lifelong friend is wounded and is rendered comatose when the president's limo expplodes. As a result Ben agrees to serve as point man for the president's drive for an antiterrorist amendment to the Constitution that could eliminate the Bill of Rights. But not all the evidence points in the right di ...more
Mary Beth
Feb 07, 2009 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Kincaid novel. A seemingly terroristic attack on the president ends in the death of the first lady. The president introduced a constitutional amendment that would make the Patriot Act seem pale. Since the times seemed so dire the American people embraced the amendment. Congrees approved it and then it was up to the Senate. Naturally, Ben Kincaid got involved to find the truth.

The author's purpose is to make us think twice about willingly laying aside our amendment rights even in a crisis
Dec 01, 2010 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, I've noticed that some of the Goodreads reviews of this book are actually reviews of a different book. This one has Kincaid as an attorney in the White House when hackers find a way to launch our ballistic missles and use them against us. The bad guys also have stolen a nuclear suitcase.

That out of the way, I'll now say that I hate to give a bad review of a Goodreads author, but I have to do it now. This is the first Bernhardt book I've read and I wasn't impressed. I'd call it unrealisti
Bernie Charbonneau
Ben Kincaid is in the middle of another controversy as he sits in Senate for the state of Oklahoma. This one I found very interesting in that the plot was based on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution with an anti-terrorism law that would curtail civil liberties. Of course with any Bernhardt novel you also have a couple of murders that Ben must also solve. In this one not only does the President fall into an assassination attempt but it happens twice! I can't put this series down and look forwa ...more
Bernie Charbonneau
I keep on reading this series of novels that involve the affable lawyer-senator Ben Kincaid. With all the other books it's no wonder that the White House can function without him. These novels are by no means deep but are just a pleasant get-away from the everyday grind. This novel is no different. A president fighting for his seat because of the 25th Amendment, a nuclear bomb threatening the east coast and a middle east dictator trying to bring the U.S. to there knees. What better way than to s ...more
Rick Ludwig
In this outing, newly minted Senator Kincaid has to face a terrorist threat and needs the help of all of his team to get the bottom of things, without getting himself or anyone else killed. Ben allows us to learn along with him the less obvious aspects of Senatorial life and introduces us to some interesting new characters, with significant power and equally significant secrets. This one throbs with danger and action in a manner even exceptional for this always exciting series. Great job.
Mar 09, 2010 Sheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't really enjoy suspense thriller. I thought this one was a little to complicated and got out of the writers control. Some times the plot needed help and it resorted to convenient fixes and sometimes the plot just didn't make sense. Maybe it was because the motives were not well developed. Plot got in the way too of itself. Also, too much sex, it was not necessary.
Mar 11, 2013 Kathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book kept me reading till the end despite some rather contrived dialogue and a definite political bias. I usually NEVER read a series out of order and would not have read this had I realized that it was part of a series. Now I will find and read the others and see if some of the other goodreads reviews of this book apply to them..they sure do not apply to Capitol Conspiracy.
Oct 18, 2013 Pb4ugo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have known better than to give this series another try. This is the fourth and last one I have read. They are almost too silly to finish. Perhaps as Young Adult fiction they compare favorably with others aimed at that audience.

It's hard to believe that the same author who wrote Dark Eye did this one.
Gordon Clifford
Bernhardt is usually one of my favorites. The torture scene he opens this book with is very graphic and painful to read. The plot then becomes quite predictable, and characters seem to be just standing around waiting to act out the usual political sitcom routine. Good Book to read at bedtime it made me sleepy.
Carolyn Thompson
Jun 05, 2008 Carolyn Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't help it, I love political thrillers and this is a great one. Lessons about the importance of the Bill of Rights and how easily they can be eliminated. Twists and turns, and edge-of-your-seat,fast-paced and hard to put down.
Sep 19, 2012 Jami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. The only thing that got me a quarter of the way in was that it is set in Oklahoma. Otherwise, the way it written seems amateurish. This is an established author so to me the dialog style seems ridiculous .
I liked this book, but not as well as the ones before Ben became a senator. Even though I agreed with the sentiments expressed in the book, it seemed a tad preachy.
Dex Wood
Apr 04, 2014 Dex Wood rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Been reading this one for three weeks and have started and finished two others and am still not enthusiastic to get back into it. I use to like the Ben Kincaid series when I was younger.
I thought this was ok.... a simliar style to Baldacci.... couldnt get into the conspiracy as much...
Apr 20, 2008 Pooch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Office would have "two chairs & a dead plant"

President's wife assassinated in OK City

President moves to suspend Bill of Rights "as needed"

A novel for our times
Jan 04, 2012 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A political thriller set after 9/11 in the U.S.A.The setting is Washington D.C. and involves Congress, the President, the F.B.I.& the Secret Service. An interesting book.
Okay book by Bernhardt although I didn't think it was one of his best. His plot was mostly good until the end
Dec 08, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Great political story
Roberta Marro
This is the first one of this series I have listened to. The plot was pretty engrossing and the book was pretty amusing.
Feb 04, 2013 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing too special in this novel that may prove a worthwhile read for some 4 of 10 stars
Deanna Hansen
Dec 13, 2010 Deanna Hansen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A bit too graphic for my taste (especially the torture); but he writes a good story.
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