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The Amendment Killer

(Brooks/Lotello Thriller)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  80 reviews

So begins a text message forcing a supreme court justice to decide whether saving the course of our nation is worth his grandaughter's life. Feisty, 11 years old, diabetic, and a rising superstar athlete, the young girl barely has enough insulin to keep her alive one more day.
Paperback, 495 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Gander House Publishers (first published October 30th 2017)
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Ronald Barak The Supreme Court isn't chiming in on how it feels about the content of the amendment. You're right, Leslie, they couldn't do that. Instead, what the …moreThe Supreme Court isn't chiming in on how it feels about the content of the amendment. You're right, Leslie, they couldn't do that. Instead, what the Court is doing is assessing the propriety of the procedure by which the amendment was enacted. That is precisely within their purview. Sorry, it took me so long to respond. I hadn't noticed your question until today.(less)
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May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Matt by: Kathi Defranc
Shelves: audiobook
I chose to re-read this piece after reading the series prequel, oddly released AFTER this book. Highly recommend doing things in that order, as this novel offers new and rich additions with the understanding of ‘The Puppet Master’.

Ronald S. Barak presents readers with a sensational novel that delves into the world of US constitutional politics, kidnapping, and a developing courtroom drama. When a girl is taken from off the street on her way to school, no one seems to notice. The country’s attent
Imagine the terror of receiving a text saying a monster has your granddaughter. That is exactly what happened to a Supreme Court justice in the middle of a history making decision that could change politics in the United States. Does he follow the demands of the kidnapper and vote with his heart or does he vote with his conscience and morals reminding politicians they work FOR the people, to serve the people, not the other way around.

THE AMENDMENT KILLER by Ronald Barak is a political hotbed, br
Kathi Defranc
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a timely,real to life today story, welding political intrigue with the kidnapping of a young girl whose grandpa is one of the nine Supreme Court justices. I thoroughly enjoyed every word in this thriller from the first ' I have your granddaughter' until the surprising ending. The author does a wonderful job creating characters that you feel you know well, and like, while putting us right in the middle of a Supreme court vote about a 28th amendment. We learn how the court makes decisions, an ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of murder-mysteries and psychological thrillers
The Amendment Killer - a review by Rosemary Kenny

Supreme Court Judge Arnold Hirschfeld's diabetic granddaughter, Cassie, has been kidnapped to try and force him to vote corruptly at the constitutional convention hearing about the NoPoli corporation's validity in the eponymous 28th Amendment hearing.
The book alternates between the see-saw emotions of Cassie's distraught parents and grandparents and the courtroom arguments and political manoeuvering [which readers are all-to-familiar with under th
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Barak beautifully sets the stage for a high-stakes legal thriller that is easily the best I have read this year. Former courtroom attorney Barak, who is also diabetic, expertly tells the story from alternating points of view. While Cassie’s chapters are as gut wrenching as you might expect, it’s Thomas’ that are the most effective. His sense of entitlement, envy and fanatical obsession with protecting his country are delightfully disturbing. Barak could easily have chosen more obviously explosiv ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Amendment KIller, author Ronald S. Barak utilizes his legal knowledge and experience to weave a riveting legal thriller that takes the reader on a suspenseful adventure set in Washington D.C. with the backdrop of the prestigious United States Supreme Court.

From its traumatic beginning to climatic ending, The Amendment Killer is an action-packed and fast-paced gripping tale that follows Supreme Court Associate Justice Arnold Hirschfeld as he is faced with a serious conundrum, whether to up
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was rather well written and the characters developed pretty well. My favorite was Cassie, a precocious eleven year old. She might have been a little too precocious as I am not sure an eleven year old would be as mature as she was. The novel is long. I would have preferred that some of the scenes not essential to the plot had been cut.

Unfortunately, I understand this is the sequel to a book that has yet to be published. The motive for the kidnapper stems from that yet unp
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
The beginning started out just fine. After a few chapter in however, I felt the energy level dissipating. Yet, I held hope that this was a slight blimp and the story would pick up again shortly. This did not end up the case in my reading experience. The characters were un-engaging. Plus, I agree with another reader that the book did not seem to be either a political thriller or even a thriller.

There was a lot of conversation happening within the story but not a lot of action or decision making.
Lynne Constantine
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a timely and relevant novel in today's turbulent political atmosphere. Barak does a splendid job making you care about his characters while at the same time highlighting important issues and political quagmires of the current day. If you like legal and political thrillers, don't miss this one!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘He really wanted to monitor the girl’s grandfather—and the results of all his planning and efforts—in person.’

California author Ronald S. Barak is a law school honors graduate and a former Olympic athlete. While still in law school, he authored a bill introduced in Congress that overnight forced the settlement of a decades-long dispute between the NCAA and the AAU to control amateur athletics in the United States. In this Brooks/Lotello Thriller series THE AMENDMENT KILLER Ron addresses ‘the c
Lisa Johnson
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: The Amendment Killer
Author: Ronald S. Barak
Pages: 570
Year: 2017
Publisher: Gander Hope House
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
When I took time to look around for a legal thriller to read, after I read the synopsis of this book, I was hooked. There are many pluses to the way this author writes. For example, he keeps the focus on the courtroom theatrics as well as the interpersonal relationships, both inside the court and in the various characters’ homes. The thought that Supreme Court Justices can
Tony Parsons
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thomas T. Thomas III was keeping a very close eye on Cassie “Poppy” Webber (11, golfer).
Eloise Brooks (wife) at breakfast was not getting a whole lot of response out of Cyrus Brooks (retired U.S. District Court Judge). Which was normal for him.
Detective Frank Lotello had been shot but managed to survive.
Haddad (driver) & Thomas had kidnapped Cassie.
5/6, Chief Justice Sheldon Trotter gave his opening remarks.
Associate Justice Arnold Hirschfeld (Cyrus’ BMF) got a text.
The U.S. Supreme Court w
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Political thriller fans
Recommended to Molly by: Axpreaderland
I received this book in an advance copy. I enjoyed the strong female characters a lot. Granddaughter Cassie is a strong young woman, who works to keep herself fit and healthy.

Kidnapping and diabetes can't keep this young woman down.

I didn't enjoy the flashbacks to my last Constitutional Law class.

Cassie's grandfather, Poppy, a Supreme Court Justice, and his friend from NoPoli, retired Judge Brooks, do what they can to work things out for the welfare of family, and friends, and the legal system
richard maloney
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read.

Wonderful story.very well could happen.great characters I would highly recommend this book to anyone.a little longer than I would like.
Who is the Amendment Killer?
(Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book by Authors Cross Promotion (AXP). I read it and provided my honest review) The Amendment Killer a Brooks/Lotello Thriller by Ronald S. Barker is captivating, suspenseful, spectacular, and a must-read. From the first to the last pages the book whispers beckons for you to read more because that’s exactly what you want to do. Every spare moment I picked the book up and read what I could. The character-building from the main
Joyce McKune
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best suspense thriller!

Cassie, an 11 year old athlete was kidnapped to effect her grandfather's vote on a supreme court decision. They had to keep quiet or she'd be killed.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
What could have been a cracker of a novel filled with cerebral debates with regards to the rampant corruption in Congress and possible constitutional amendments to curb the same, ends up being an amateurish effort that neither succeeds as a political commentary, nor as a thriller dealing with the kidnapping of the granddaughter of a Supreme Court Chief Justice.

So much potential wasted.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Kindle Unlimited, currently on pre-order {October 30}, one of my please may I have a copy of this book to review {don't do that very often any more, just couldn't pass this one up}. This one is said to be basically a {Political} Thriller, something else don't do often, so yes definite interest. Disclosure, it's one of my APX Elite Reader reviews {Author XP}, but still, as always, just free book, and a whole lot of my own opinions. This one definitely more than hit close to home.

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Donadee's Corner
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
The Amendment Killer - Brooks/Lotello Thriller - Written by Ronald Barak
Family comes first, to all especially to a grandparent.

"WE HAVE YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." That's the text message Supreme Court Justice Arnold Hirschfeld receives as hearings commence in the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the fate of the 28th Amendment - enacted to criminalize abuse of power on the part of our political representatives. In court to defend the amendment, retired U.S. District Court Ju
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main plotline is the granddaughter of an Associate Supreme Court Justice is kidnapped in order to influence the outcome of a case before the Supreme Court. The 28th Amendment ironically relevant to what's happening in the U.S today.

The book describes the case as "NoPoli was responsible for the unprecedented convention that claims to have lawfully enacted the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To curb a variety of abuses on the part of many, if not most, public officials." Something rea
Lora Shouse
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, when Thomas Thomas kidnaps Cassie Webber, it sounds like he is an experienced cold-blooded professional who has been hired by some unknown person or organization – apparently somebody with deep pockets – to use her to influence her grandfather, a Supreme Court Justice, to strike down the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But as we learn more about Thomas and the case, we discover that this, primarily, is what he wants to believe about himself.

Which is not to say that he isn’t pl
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even without the mystery element The Amendment Killer would rank 4 or 5 stars. The discussion of the Supreme Court and it’s workings, including it’s ethics when confronted with a dilemma, is fascinating and well told. This is a work of fiction so it’s not necessary that the process of rendering a Supreme Court be completely accurate; It is still a page turner.

The suspense factor seems predictable (“Seems,” madam? Nay, . . . I know not “seems.”), yet there are times, many times, when the reader w
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by author Ron Barak and all I can say is “Why didn’t I find out about him sooner”. I love thriller/mystery books but add in all the legal stuff and courtroom drama and I’m hooked. The author was so great at explaining what was going on in the Supreme Court that I believe I learned a little bit as well. He’s writing was great and had you jumping back and forth between different characters and scenes. The characters were all well written, each with such different personaliti ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot of potential in the story. But after 20 chapters, I'm unconvinced that this author is willing or able to reach it. This seems like a promotional vehicle for the author's twenty-eighth amendment to the constitution. In the first fifth of the book, we get multiple passages from characters supporting the amendment, and nothing nearly equivalent from the other side of the issue. After this long, if he's going to go into THAT much detail about the characters' political beliefs, then we ...more
Jessica Bronder
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The potential 28th Amendment is a proposed rule that would change the responsibilities of the congressional members and more. The amendment has not followed the normal course to be elected and the hearing has become a televised event. But some powerful people don’t want this amendment to pass and they are willing to do whatever it takes to stop it.

Justice Arnold Hirschfeld gets the message that his granddaughter has been kidnapped and that he won’t get her back unless he follows instructions. T
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Amendment Killer - There's pages of advanced previews before the reader even gets to the table of contents, not something I care about reading. I was glad to see the Epigraphs, which I have always found these interesting. The author takes care to introduce history of The Constitution and The Amendments, which I'm not even sure is being taught in our schools anymore. Mr. Barak shares information, not only to make the story flow smoothly, on a variety of subjects that helps the uninformed read ...more
Jud Hanson
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Supreme Court of the United States is considered one of America’s most sacred institutions. But what happens when the sanctity of the Court is put in jeopardy? The Court is about to hear a bellwether case: can the Constitution be amended solely by citizens or must Congress be involved? Shortly before oral arguments begin, Justice Arnold Hirschfeld receives a text message, informing him that his granddaughter has been kidnapped, her fate resting on the High Court striking down the 28th Amendm ...more
Lee Boyland
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Constitutional Thriller

I received a request to read and review this novel. Having accepted similar requests, I was pleasantly surprised to discover The Amendment Killer is an excellent novel.

A good novel does not violate the laws of chemistry, physics or logic; the author writes about what he or she knows or finds an expert to vet the work and make sure it is factual; and the story educates the reader. The Amendment Killer meets all of these criteria and is an intriguing well-written story.

James Knight
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Amendment Killer by Ronald S. Barak is one of the best books that I have read this year. It is especially timely and appropriate for the contemporary political environment in the United States. The book grabs you by the heart and mind from the chilling opening line and maintains that grip through a roller coaster ride to a satisfying conclusion. The Amendment Killer is a unique chimera consisting of political and psychological intrigue, legal, Constitutional and medical wonkishness, crime dr ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
The Amendment Killer by Ronald S. Barak is an intense political thriller from start to finish. The author deftly weaves a tale with a kidnapping in which the ransom is much more than's the outcome of a Supreme Court decision. I really enjoyed the way the book was set up. Mr. Barak does an incredible job of explaining the ins and outs of a Supreme Court case, along with all of the 'legalese', while still making it an easy-to-read and enjoy story. The Amendment Killer had me on the edge ...more
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