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To Kill the President

(Maggie Costello #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,320 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne, in which Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.
If a president is out of control
Who will take the ultimate step?

The unthinkable has happened. The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawf
Paperback, 410 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by HarperCollins (first published June 4th 2017)
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Skyler Broadhead I haven't read any of the other books in the series - this books works really well as a stand alone. I don't feel I missed anything in reading the…moreI haven't read any of the other books in the series - this books works really well as a stand alone. I don't feel I missed anything in reading the other two books. (less)

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Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
As Sam Bourne returns with another explosive thriller, he stirs the political pot and is sure to cause an uproar on both sides of the aisle. When the current President of the United States (POTUS) goes on a rampage in the middle of the night, he starts a chain of events that brings the world to within seconds of nuclear annihilation. This proves to be a major red flag for his Chief of Staff, Bob Kassian, who can see that his boss is flirting with absolute disaster. Added to that, POTUS’s Chief S ...more
Roger Brunyate
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Implausible construction, but all-too-plausible core

Literary fiction this ain't—but you don't buy it for that, do you? It is a fast-moving political thriller, incredibly up-to-the-minute; once you have accepted its many, many implausibilities, it delivers, and then some. The subject is not a new one: a plot to assassinate the President of the United States. But not just any President. Although this incumbent is never named, it is all too clearly Donald Trump, in detail after detail. For instanc
Liz Barnsley
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brilliantly current and really quite scary To Kill The President asks some very important questions and is a real genuine thrill of a thriller.

Utterly absorbing from the very first page, where the world is almost tipped over into all out war, you are completely gripped by the narrative here, not least because it is all so scarily possible given the current political climate and the absolute madness that seems to be overtaking the world lately. You kind of want to clap your hands over your eyes a
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2016 my review of this thriller would read like this:

● a paranoid and inconceivable plot
● a premise beyond reason
● unbelievable characters
● an improbable conclusion

But that was then and this is now. The book was published last June and after I read it I have to say that (almost) everything in here sounds realistic, plausible, and well-nigh too authentic.

Lordy, I hope this book will become inconceivable again soon.

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Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another book I read some time ago.

If you're a fan of Donald Trump you will probably hate this book, but I just loved it. Although he is not named, the President is clearly Trump and the Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. Bourne has captured the President's mannerisms perfectly in a 'ripped from the headlines' story that is very contemporary.

So, in the wee small hours one night the President storms into the situation room and demands that his military nuke North Korea forthwith. His generals
Jane Shambler
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a great story and I can't help but wonder if he had a particular President in mind. Because I do and I'm not American. I have good reason to dislike him and all through the book I was hoping. Hey I can hope.

Maggie Costello is the main character of the book who worked for the previous President and she felt he was great. She stayed on to serve the present President reluctantly. She has been tasked to look into the supposed suicide of the Presidential doctor. She unravels a web of de
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
When I think of Donald Trump in terms of fiction I try to imagine a redemptive arc, Sam Bourne/Jonathan Freedland instead sees plots to assassinate him.

His is the view that probably strikes the biggest chord with the public, particularly The Guardian reading part of it.

Okay, to be fair, the President is never actually named here. But it’s so obviously the current Commander in Chief. Capricious, prone to terrifying rages and capable of eight terrible acts before breakfast. He is the bogeyman to g
Nick Brett
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I have read in a long time. Rushed out, I suspect, to capitalise on the recent election of Trump it is poorly thought out and badly delivered.
A new President (without mentioning his name, we are left in no doubt that it is "Trump") nearly brings the world to war and an assassination attempt is pulled together. As Whitehouse investigator Maggie Costello uncovers the plan, the dilemma is whether the plan should be stopped.
Well, sort of. But then Costello appears to be an idi
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a very easy holiday read. At first I enjoyed the fact that this is a very thinly veiled representation of current figures in US politics. In the end though, there were a few too many “references” for me, and the plot became a bit hysterical. Good for a laugh but missed the mark for me.
Tabea Vanessa
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It was OK. Not as explosive and fast paced as I hoped it would be. Not bad either. But as a political thriller it was kind of meh a lot of times. Also desperately talking about existing people and hardcore not trying to ever name their names was annoying. Instead of "the daughter" or "the son in law" just call them Mary and Peter for gods sake if you don't want to say Ivanka and Jared. Unfortunately very believable on the corruption side of things. Trump is and will always be evil and I do belie ...more
Magda Pais
Matar o Presidente é um livro de ficção. Foi a isto que me agarrei durante as suas 350 páginas. É um livro de ficção e os Estados Unidos não têm um presidente louco, tirano, instável e, no mínimo, demente. A guerra nuclear - que pode aniquilar toda a vida no nosso planeta - não está ao alcance de uma pessoa assim. Só que, quando pousava o livro e olhava para os jornais ou ouvia as noticias, a realidade surgia. Donald Trump, um louco, tirano, instável e demente é presidente dos Estados Unidos e t ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
🐭 🐭

Sam Bourne
"Der Präsident"
-Thriller -

Erst kommt es nicht in die Gänge und dann wird es völlig überzogen und konstruiert.
Wirklich sehr schade, denn ich hatte hohe Erwartungen.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
To Kill the President – A Brilliant Revival of the Political Thriller

The thriller writer Sam Bourne, the nom de plume of the journalist Jonathan Freedland has revived the political thriller with this brilliant outing To Kill the President. Especially when the President in this book could so easily be the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, thin skinned not known for paying his taxes, fake news oh and a presidential daughter.

Maggie Costello works in the White House, and is a remnant of
Alyssa Grace
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

As much as I hate to write it, To Kill the President was a letdown. Maybe it was because of unreasonably high expectations that it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but I was left thinking that this book could have been so much more.

Let me start with the good parts, which--make no mistake--are very good. The author's expertise of the current political climate shines through at every turn, which makes sense given Jonathan Freedland's background in journalism as The Guardian's Washingt
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[...] Ganz gleich, wie sehr man den amtierenden Präsidenten hasste - und bei Gott, dazu gab es allen Grund -, ihn zu ermorden war nicht der beste Weg, um ihn loszuwerden. Wenn man sich ihm entgegenstellte, weil er die Demokratie ruinierte, wie sollte man dann rechtfertigen, auf die undemokratischste aller Lösungen zurückzugreifen: ein Attentat? Auf diese Weise trat man die Demokratie mit Füßen, um sie zu retten. [...] - S. 203

Maggie Coste
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi-thriller
Wer von euch hat es auch nicht glauben können, dass Amerika Trump zum Präsidenten gewählt hat? Natürlich wird in diesem Buch der Name "Trump" nicht ein einziges Mal erwähnt - allerdings sind die Ähnlichkeiten zum "echten" Präsidenten doch sehr erschreckend: Sei es, dass der Präsident im Buch eigentlich kein Politiker ist, seine Tochter ins Weiße Haus holt oder seine Informationen vor allem aus dem Fernseher bezieht.

Auch wenn es vor allem um den Präsidenten und seine Handlungen geht, steht er nic
📚 Sam 📚
Really, really good!!
Go read it!
Rosanna Threakall
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A enjoyable but read but the plot let it down.
Rob Twinem
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
A few aimless hours? An average thriller certainly not worth my time in a detailed review! Sam Costello discovers a plot to assassinate the president (who sounds very like a heavy set man with wavy blonde hair and a model wife!) what should she do? (have him shot I hear you say :) The only character worthy of a mention is the presidents chief strategist Crawford "Mac" McNamara. I only read this book as it was heavily promoted/reduced on "mobi" so passed a few aimless hours acquainting myself wit ...more
Neil Fox
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bullying, sociopathic misogynyst and demagogue is elected to the US Presidency where, with his finger on the nuclear trigger, he threatens Global annihilation in a conflict over a perceived insult with the equally unhinged leader of North Korea. Thank goodness none of this could possibly be imaginable in our World of today !

Actually, any resemblance to persons living or dead is very much intentional and non-conincidental as journalist Jonathan Freedland switches from covering the 2016 US Presi
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Ich habe dieses Buch bewusst gewählt, weil es politisch kaum aktueller sein könnte. Davon abgesehen, dass ich selbst in der Außenpolitik tätig bin und mich voller Spannung auf den Thriller freute.

Die Geschichte beginnt direkt mit der Nacht, in der sich der amerikanische Präsident nach einer - seiner Meinung nach - kritischen Aussage aus Nordkorea angegriffen fühlt und einen Krieg auslösen will. Er kann aufgehalten werden. Danach wird das Buch aus zwei verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt. Zum Ein
This is a solid, very fast paced, most entertaining thriller that I enjoyed reading and got quite excited about. Which would translate to me into a 3-star-rating, seeing as this book delivers all I expect from such a "solid thriller". The extra star is for the constant grumbling in my gut, the slight shivers and the extra shifts my brain had to take to cope with all of this because this book looks, feels and talks so real that it almost scared me.

It's no secret that this book's president is mod
Paula Reis
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eu sabia que não era por acaso que sempre devorei os livros de Sam Bourne (cujo nome verdadeito é Jonathan Freedland ) . Este thriller é absolutamente realístico, um desejo de muitos pelo mundo fora! Tragicamente colado a uma realidade que nos é recente e temida.
Fabuloso! Foi necessário esperar uns anos mas valeu a pena!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good easy read - Oh my goodness.... if only....
Mikka Gottstein
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Silhouette auf dem Cover sieht verdächtig vertraut aus, und auch die Beschreibung des Präsidenten im Klappentext lässt wenig Zweifel daran, worin (oder besser gesagt in wessen Person) der angepriesene Bezug zur politischen Lage in Amerika besteht.

'Stell dir vor, der mächtigste Mann der Welt wäre ein gefährlicher Egomane' fordert mich der Klappentext auf, und ehrlich gesagt kommt mir das in Anbetracht der jüngsten Ereignisse in etwa so sinnig vor wie 'Stell dir vor, der Himmel wäre blau'.

Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, crime
This book is deplorable for several reasons. A very thinly veiled screed against Trump is something which i thought i would enjoy far more than I actually did. The simplisitc paint by numbers characterization to criticize simplistic paint by numbers politics was clumsily done. See Empire Of Lies for a similarly blunt hatchet job by the right.

The plot is really stupid and the finale has you squirming in distate at the sheer laziness of it all.

I get that many including myself think Trump is absol
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Are you tired of hearing about politics, day in, day out? Do you still wonder how on earth a maniacal egomaniac could have been elected to one of the highest offices in the world without much to stop him? Do these very sentences send a shiver of fear down your spine?

Then you might not want to read this book.

'To Kill The President' follows negotiator Maggie Costello who has reluctantly continued her job at the White House after a shock election in which a completely unqualified entrepreneur is
Ian Brydon
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel is nothing if not topical. The basic premise is that America has elected to the Presidency a maverick former businessman with no political experience but a hatful of extremely right wing views. He is also perceived as a racist and misogynist, (though he views those labels more as badges of pride rather than slurs) who has filled the senior offices in the Administration with cronies and members of his family. As the novel opens, the President has been engaged in an escalating war of wo ...more
Karen Fellows
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'To Kill the President' is very nearly as much a 'roman a clef' about the present regime in Washington as was Joe Klein's 1996 novel 'Primary Colors' about the Clintons. Anyone who doesn't see who the main players in this novel are supposed to represent simply hasn't been paying enough attention.

While contributing to the enjoyment of the book (particularly in its first half), there is a down side to this technique. If one wasn't envisioning the various 'characters' played by their real-life coun
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Sam Bourne is the literary pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning British journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for The Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper's Washington correspondent. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The New Republic, and The J ...more

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