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The Washington Decree

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The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Department Q series is back, with a terrifyingly relevant stand-alone novel about an America in chaos.

"The president has gone way too far. . . . These are practically dictatorial methods we're talking about."

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Dutton Books (first published 2006)
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WOW – just WOW!! If there is one book that has knocked my socks off this year, it is The Washington Decree by Jussie Adler-Olsen! This is one action packed political thriller that must be read!

Adler-Olsen is most well-known for his Nordic Noir, Department Q series, which I admit that I adore. He is an incredibly talented writer who gives depth to all of his characters and The Washington Decree is no exception. The characters are so well drawn that I, literally, had a picture in my head of what t
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jussi Adler-Olsen hits it out of the park with this fast-paced, disturbing political thriller! The main focus of this book is a president who becomes unglued after his very pregnant wife is murdered on the night of his election. This president abuses his power at every turn with a focus on cleaning up the US by taking away citizens rights one after the other. The Bill of Rights no longer has meaning.

I think this is so disturbing right now because of the totally unhinged president the US current
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

Låt tänka sig att en världens mäktigaste män, efter att ha minst sin fru, skulle få för sig att genomdriva kontroversiella reformer, som innebär hårdare lagar, genom att t.ex. det skulle vara förbjudet att äga ammunition och att fångar som skulle avrättas inte längre hade en rättighet att förhala eller överklaga beslutet det utan att alla som stod på listan att avrättas skulle göras det, med en avrättning om dagen. Låt säga att denna man är USA's president som såg sin gravida fru
Many thanks to Dutton Books for providing my free copy of THE WASHINGTON DECREE by Jussi Adler-Olsen - all opinions are my own.

This is an action-packed political thriller that at times is eerily realistic, especially during today’s political climate. And even though this book is a BRICK, it read very quickly!

Virginia Governor, Bruce Jansen’s first wife was stabbed to death at a public event in China. Sixteen years later, on election night, his second wife, Mimi Todd Jansen was gunned down and ki
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this book. No question it's well written and attention-holding (though perhaps a hundred-or-so pages more than really needed). What amazes me most, I guess, is that it was originally published in 2006; that it so closely mirrors the worst that's going on - or what could yet go on if what's happening now is carried to extremes given the current U.S. administration - is positively eerie. Consider, for instance, this quote from the book's President Br ...more
A prophetic book, originally published in 2006, Adler-Olsen writes about a United States President, who after seeing his pregnant wife killed on election night, decided to take on the gun lobby not by banning guns, but by making ammunition wildly expensive and having stockpiles illegal. Surrounded by cabinet members and Congressional leadership who have been victimized, laws are easily passed, especially when opposition is eliminated, such as the free press. The central characters are White Hous ...more
Tanja Berg
This was a hugely disappointing political thriller. Not the type of book I would normally read, but this is Jussi Adler-Olsen! Of course I must read it. I wish I hadn't.

This is a long and winding story about what is essentially a plot against the United States of America. It explores a grief crazed president's catastrophical leadership. There are some nice characters, such as Doggie. Her father ends up on death row, accused of killing the President's pregnant wife. Doggie doesn't know what to b
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would have been much more pleasant to read this newly translated book when it was originally published in Denmark in 2006, so I could have tut-tut-ed over how ridiculous the plot was. Now, it seems all too realistic, depressing and frightening, and reminds one that it is possible things could even get worse in the United States.

The novel begins in 1992 when Bruce Jansen, the Governor of Virginia, suggested a new geography quiz show he would help fund. The winners would get to accompany him, h
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The Dept Q series was great, got me hooked on this author, and kept me thoroughly engaged. Unfortunately, I was only mildly involved with this one. The premise is intriguing (though also uneasy at times, considering the current political climate), the background stories of some of the characters are very interesting, and it definitely has its moments. It was just a bit long-winded and tended to cancel out some of the more dramatic moments by following up with highly implausible ones. Regardless, ...more
May 12, 2017 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Mimal
12.05.2017: Just messaged the author to see if this will be translated into English

18:40- just has msg back: it' is being looked into and will get back to me! HUZZAH

20:20 - Another msg through - they are on the case!

In a nutshell, this is about a president of USA who goes nuts and drives the country down into the ground.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The review that I just submitted to the Penguin First To Read website, verbatim:

Dear Penguin Publishing Group,

It's clear that you selected this book for republication in English at a time when its subject matter, an autocratic President, would resonate with the American public. The concept is established well by the author. However, that's the only reason I would give this book any more than 0 stars. The devolution of a national crisis to executive action, with conspiratorial undertones througho
Aug 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why are so many people giving this book high reviews? The plot is so unrealistic and the characters are terrible. If you have read "This Can't Happen Here" or know anything about American History, the way the story is unfolding is just ludicrous. Trying to drag through this Adler-Olsen was boring me to death...even the beginning of how these characters met was terrible. It is like JAO just tossed together some weird story line.

"Doggie" and Rosalie Lee?? Come is like JOA has never steppe
Patricia Doyle
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing. Nothing in this story was predictable. Often I was on the edge of my seat. It was that feeling of dread that I felt … almost like watching a scary movie. The crescendo of what-happens-next kept increasing with each page. There was no such thing as predictably.

The author creates President Jansen, a man seemingly gone mad, and Vice President Sunderland, also unhinged, mounting volatile chaos in America, along with radical policies that change, displace, and replace those akin to democrac
Donna Hines
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
An eerily play by play of our current political state of mind
Bruce Jansen's first and second wife were both killed while on the course of the job. One during a public event in China the other on election night nearly sixteen years later.
One thing is for certain this will not end here.
Dorothy 'Doggie's father is arrested but this is not the finale.
As it turns out the President has more mind games up his sleeve.
From banning the internet, to banning free speech, to altering the security while makin
Za mňa skôr čitateľské sklamanie ako thriller, lebo napätie sa akosi nekonalo. Dej sa pohol až po cca 200 stranách (30 percentách obsahu) a potom sa aj na chvíľu rozbehol, ale v okamihu potreby dramatického klimaxu ho autor utopil v ďalšom opise motivácie konanie hlavného padoucha, tipovala som ho od začiatku, takže ani tu body nepripisujem. Keby to malo menej strán, rýchlejší spád a viac sa ponechalo na prácu čitateľa s obsahom ... ale to bude už iná kniha od iného autora.
Mr. Gottshalk
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a three-star book, and I rounded up from 2.5 stars. Here's why.
It's an interesting idea...a President, deeply affected by the deaths of two of his wives, invokes executive privileges to end violence in the USA...I won't tell exactly what he does, but it's...different. Next, this story follows several key characters who are all close to the President, and of course they're all after different things, while the country becomes more chaotic each day. Militias are taking over things, Congres
Dimitris Passas
Being a devoted fan of Jussi Adler-Olsen's ''Department Q'' series, I was zealously expecting reading this book, which I downloaded from Amazon the first day that was published (August 7, 2018). Unfortunately, just like it happened with ''The Alphabet House'' -another early novel by the Danish crime fiction master-, this book did not manage to live to my high expectations. It is obvious that Adler-Olsen has not yet perfected his writing style -the original publication date is 2006- and, as a res ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really tried to read this book. I really did. I was unable to complete more then 39% of the book. I consider myself to be a vote by the person not the party here in the USA. I did not vote for Trump. I was not happy with the idea of Hillary Clinton either to be honest, but I did vote for her because I felt she was the better choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

I also feel the need to put in here that I suffer from chronic depression & severe anxiety. These two things combine ma
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, scandinavia
In den Rezensionen zu Jussi Adler-Olsens kürzlich in Deutschland erschienenem Polithriller Das Washington Dekret schwingt allenthalben Enttäuschung mit. Das Fazit der meisten: Der Roman reicht keinesfalls an die Carl Mørck Krimis heran.
Dabei muss man klar berücksichtigen, dass Das Washington Dekret bereits 2006 veröffentlicht wurde und damit zu den frühen Werken des Autors zählt. Wie bereits in meiner Rezension zu Das Alphabethaus erwähnt, ist Adler-Olsens Schreibstil nicht immer berauschend. Ic
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A truly scary read that the author proves to be plausible according to current US legislation. Whether you think that Obama was the worst president in the history of the US or that Trump is the world’s biggest nightmare, this book will help you feel better by showing you that it could be much, much worse. Bruce Jansen, the president in this novel, implements policies that make both sides of the aisle sweat (gun confiscation + massive deportation of illegal immigrants), throwing the country into ...more
Ken Fredette
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, you wouldn't think a guy from Denmark would be so knowledgeable about politics in the U.S.A., but he scored right on for me. He put them all in a contest at the beginning of the book and made them into the people who would work well with each other when they need the help. Doggie Curtis was the youngest of the contestants at 14 years of age, Rosalie Lee won the first prize and T. Perkins came in third. They were all to travel to China with Governor Bruce Jansen as guests all paid for by the ...more
Gitte Rylund
Langtrukken i starten, jeg fik faktisk kun læst videre efter de første 100 sider fordi min mand påstod den var værd at læse. Langsomt, for langsomt kommer der gang i spændingen men på ingen måde så bogen kandiderer til at være en thriller. Det var kun ganske få gange jeg lige måtte læse lidt videre ellers havde jeg ingen problemer med at holde pauser i læsningen. Undervejs var der mange ting i handlingen jeg fandt noget søgte og slutningen finder jeg på flere måder direkte utroværdig - men trods ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Puha en omgang crap - for at bruge et et amerikansk ord.

Jeg ved ikke, hvad Jussi vil med denne bog? Den store internationale bestseller på den Hollywoodsk' scene? Drømme om endnu en filmatisering...

Jeg synes det er pinligt at læse en bog af en dansk forfatter, som så gerne vil være SÅ amerikansk (og ucharmerende) i alle henseender.

Den var slet ikke mig.

Det bedste er jeg fik slæbt mig igennem, så kan jeg endelig komme igang med en ny bog. Ser frem til Selfies - men denne her var et fejlskud.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Fantastisch spannend boek, dat je probeert te laten begrijpen wat er zou kunnen gebeuren in een land als de VS als een president de volledige macht door een hele reeks decreten naar zich en het Witte Huis zou trekken. En hoeveel research er aan vooraf gegaan is, zal ook wel de moeite zijn! Ik heb hiervan genoten!
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Washington Decree" is the story of an American President who starts out with a noble cause: to end all gun violence after his pregnant wife is shot in cold blood. But he goes about it in such a way that the American government begins to resemble a dictatorship. The country is at chaos and many of the people that once cheered President Jansen on will have to question their past and their futures and how they will fix the country and stop the chaos.

In today's political climate, this book is s
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Wow, was für ein Buch. Ich hab es - obwohl umfangreich und aufgrund der vielen Perspektivwechsel und handelnden Personen nicht ganz so schnell zu lesen - innerhalb von zwei Tagen ausgelesen und am Schluss hab ich sogar das klingelnde Telefon ignoriert, weil ich unbedingt wissen wollte, wie es ausgeht. Hätte ich nicht gewusst, dass Jussi Adler-Olsen der Autor ist, ich hätte es nicht vermutet. Die Charaktere sind so anders als beim Sonderdezernat Q, alles sprüht nur amerikanisches Lokalkolorit aus ...more
Martha Steele
I have LOVED every other book by this author. This one? Not so much. Too much political crap gives me gas. Plus, I worry constantly about our current administration overstepping the bounds of the constitution, so reading about that did not make me feel warm and fuzzy. Some may love it, I think it's just too close to home for me.
Kathleen Gray
Sorry to say but I had to put this one down. It was written in 2006 and if I'd read it then, or at any time before 2016, I am certain I would have not only finished it, I would have probably liked it. The problem is that this just feels too close to home and despite the differences with the present day, there's just too much that feels familiar. Following the assassination of his pregnant wife, Bruce Jansen, the newly elected President of the US, who is a Democrat, goes completely authoritarian. ...more
David Peters
As a fan of his mystery series I decided to give this a try when I saw it. Two complaints are it is too long and it seems the translation was rushed. Otherwise it was fine, not great, but OK.
I will say if he had the vision 12 years ago when he wrote it to make his lead character Republican this would be the most popular book in America right now with a full mini-series scheduled.
I think his point stands though; we have several laws and regulations in this country that can be abused by those in
Jenny Forsberg
Det är ett spännande ämne, och boken är välskriven och skickligt ihopvävd. Men den passade inte mig alls. Den börjar spännande och intressant, men sedan vävs det in så många trådar och kommer så långt från huvudpersonen att jag tappar intresset helt. Boken är över 600 sidor i svensk pocket. Jag hade velat stryka hälften.
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Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish author who began to write novels in the 1990s after a comprehensive career as publisher, editor, film composer for the Valhalla cartoon and as a bookseller.

He made his debut with the thriller “Alfabethuset” (1997), which reached bestseller status both in Denmark and internationally just like his subsequent novels “And She Thanked the Gods” (prev. “The Company Basher”)