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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  15 reviews
From the author of The Semper Sonnet and Losing Isaiah comes a tautly plotted political thriller, perfect for fans of the Netflix series 'House of Cards, ' where being President is the second most powerful job in the world-behind the person who put you there ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Diversion Books
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How often does “the news” call the President of the United States the most powerful leader in the world? Do we really believe he runs the country in a vacuum? This is the story of one man, whose vendetta against those responsible for his son’s death, manages to secure a puppet, manage a presidential race and put the fix in on who gets elected. Through it all no one is the wiser, except one young man who puts a nefarious puzzle together and attempts to bring down the man who owns the President, ...more
Christine Zibas
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"Perverting an election? I gave you more credit, frankly. Every election is stolen, it's only a question fo which thief gets away with the prize." His voice had firmed up now that he'd left the subject of Matthew. "Every politician is bought and paid for. Evangelicals, gay rights advocates, this minority group, that minority group, oil companies, Wall Street, steelmakers, importers, exporters, gun owners, SUV owners. They bid for the services of our politicians, like dealers at an auction. I'm n
DJ Sakata
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Weak men were more dangerous than strong ones, he’d always found. If you could control them, so could someone else.

We both want the White House, but neither of us wants to sit in the Oval Office. Real power doesn’t reside there, anyway… No one understands the limits of the federal government more acutely than the president himself. New York is the center of power in this country. Washington is a branch office.

Julian had succeeded in degrading him a bit, but while he felt a sense
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Presidents’ Day by Seth Margolis is a political thriller following a group of men who are clawing their way to the top in the presidential race. Each man has a locked closet of secrets and one man, Julian Mellow, has the key. As Julian plays puppet-master in the election, all of the men become his political pawns in his own game of revenge. If Scandal and House of Cards had a literary baby, it would be Presidents’ Day.

Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
No rating as I DNF. A well written political thriller, we find Julian Moore using his money and influence to run the political gambit by using a pawn in his game in the race for President. His past catches up with him, as a person he left to take the blame for a huge mistake, comes back to haunt him. Unfortunately, it just didn't hit home for me. It could just be bad timing with the political stuff going on in the world that politics is the last thing I want to be surrounding my brain with. Espe ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just call him the "puppetmaster". Julian Mellow is not your typical investment millionaire. He has an agenda and part of that agenda includes a "puppet" aka The President. Julian has found just the man he can mold and shape into the perfect candidate. Although, it will not be without risk or some blood being spilled. Zach Springer didn't realize just how big a story he was following until he started putting all of the pieces together. The one clue that ties everything together is...Julian Mellow ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A fast paced thriller in the tradition of David Baldacci - here is a link to my review and giveaway:
Sara Strand
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I need to admit that I signed up for this review simply because I really like House of Cards and this is thought to be in that similar vein. It's a political thriller and I can see why there are also Dan Brown comparisons, he isn't really a political thriller author but this book also has the larger than you can imagine, big picture story. The running theme in House of Cards is that sure, the President is a big deal but how much power does he really have? Isn't it more powerful to be in other po ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julian Mellow is a billionaire whose adult son was recently murdered in an African country and he is intent on exacting revenge in some way. To achieve it, Julian is backing a candidate for the US Presidential election but what he's planning exactly is unclear because he seems to be blackmailing and working with people on both sides of the aisle. A former employee and confidant named Zach, has been stalking Julian since he lost his job, and stumbles on a story bigger than he first imagi
Jessica Higgins
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick hitting political thriller with one man doing all he can to control the race for president.

Julian Mellow is one of the richest men in the world and has made a few enemies on his way to the top. He has also sacrificed more than he wanted. However, all the money he has amassed isn’t enough to make him happy, so he decides to pick a man and make sure he becomes the next president of the United States. His one goal in getting his pick for president in the white house all ties back to his so
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If you are a fan of political thrillers, then this is the book for you!
I think my love for this book stems from what I majored in in college (Political Science and International Relations). Fans of House of Cards will love this.

In the current Presidential race there are a number of men fighting for the vote. Each candidate has secrets and scandals, and one man holds the key to them all.

Julian Mellow has created a life through low risk and high reward investments. He was always careful to never
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
: This is a new twist on the belief that every US Presidential election is fixed. in this case, it's not by another party or country but by someone who wants revenge on the people responsible for the death of his son. It's a hard look at politics in this country and gives a gritty and harsh look at how and why people are elected. One of the richest men in the world finds someone that he can support and mold into the person he wants as President so that he can control foreign affairs and take act ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Stars But. . .

Like some of my favorite TV shows like Lost, Dexter, Doc Martin, I didn't like the ending but to give this book it's due, it was interesting and well written. Suspenseful. A compelling story. I liked Zach and his girlfriend. And Sophie. The rest, not so much.
Patrick Durgin-bruce
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read for those long summer days. The plot deftly moves across continents and characters with ease - just enough complexity and intrigue to keep you on your toes (wondering how far each character is really willing to go). Yet tight enough that you never get lost.
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The first scene is a great way to immediately make me want to bail on the entire book. Staring with a scene about a man cheating in his wife? Not cool with me. However, I pushed on and made it halfway before having to call it...

Part one was a total mess to me. I had a really hard time keeping the characters straight because the narrative threw them in pretty quickly, didn’t give much to really let them sink in, and then kept changing perspectives. As I read on, I began to keep the characters
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Seth is a writer whose most recent novel, THE SEMPER SONNET, will be published on April 19. He is the author of six earlier novels, including LOSING ISAIAH, which was made into a film starring Halle Berry and Jessica Lange.

Seth lives with his wife, Carole, in New York City. They have two grown children, Maggie and Jack. Seth received a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MBA in

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