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Deep State

(Hayley Chill Thriller #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,675 ratings  ·  551 reviews
Apple "Best of 2020"
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
2021 Barry Award nominee for Best First Novel

Recently elected President Richard Monroe—populist, controversial, and divisive—is at the center of an increasingly polarized Washington, DC. Never has the partisan drama been so tense or the paranoia so rampant. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the Wh
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Atria Books
As a resident of the suburbs of Washington D.C. in Virginia, I'm all too familiar with the setting portrayed in most political thrillers, but Deep State included so much more than the typical congressional drama. After recently becoming hooked on different tv shows of the same nature, such as Jack Ryan, I figured it was time to see if books in this sub-genre would tickle my fancy, and this one in particular struck a home-run. This stand alone novel gives the reader a strong connection to its lea ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Chris Hauty writes a good political thriller for his debut which I very much enjoyed reading. However, I gather he is a screenwriter and this is plainly transparent in the narrative. Whilst the plotting is excellent, his writing drains the levels of tension, suspense and immediacy that make thrillers such great, compulsively addictive, fast paced reads, which is such a shame. The United States have elected a popular ex-military man into the White House, Richard Monroe, he is proving to be both c ...more
DEEP STATE by Chris Hauty is the best political thriller that I have read in a long time. It is hard to believe that it is Hauty’s debut novel. The story takes place mostly in Washington D.C., but starts out in Texas.

Our protagonist, Hayley Chill is an ex-Army boxing champion and has become a White House intern. The new President is Richard Monroe who is controversial and divisive making for a polarized political situation. When the White House Chief of Staff is found dead in his home by Hayley,
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Chris Hauty, and Atria Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

In his debut novel, Chris Hauty takes the reader on a ride with this political thriller. While the premise is there, the book exemplifies that Hauty is a screenwriter and much of the needed impact was missing throughout. Hayley Chill has done well while serving her country. Stationed in Texas, Chill bided her Arm
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Well, yesterday I wrote that the tag line for this book ‘The Most Addictive Thriller Of The Decade’ was a brave one to have, now I have read it all I would say its definitely one of the most addictive thrillers etc

Its a cracking read it really is

Meet Hayley Chill who leaves the Army to follow her dream to be a ‘staffer’ in the White House, once there she discovers things she shouldn’t and is on a full on mission to save the President’s life

But nothing is quite as it seems and the last extraord
Jay Pruitt
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Buried underneath layers upon layers of career bureaucrats and politicians, there exists a Deep State of ex-military, intelligence spooks, and counter-intelligence agents who manipulate our government at the highest levels, all for the benefit of powerful private puppeteers and foreign interests. Haley Chill, an inexperienced White House intern, stumbles across a plot by senior staffers to kill the President, and has no choice but to confront these deep state forces. But she learns very quickly ...more
Matt Erwin
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Huh. I was really ready to destroy this book in the review, but then damned if the ending wasn't actually really entertaining and interesting.

Does that save the book? No, it doesn't, the first 90% of it is really a slog. There are a few main issues.

1.) The writing itself is pretty bad. It has no flow and relies on a few ridiculous crutches, the most annoying is the tendency to provide several paragraphs of information about tertiary characters' later life. So one of the interns starts a cult 20
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent debut! I am beyond exhausted rooting for the main gal Hayley Chill in Deep State.

To be honest after reading the preface I decided I'm not going to like this book because I didn't like the character. You see, I don't like boxing or any sport similar to it with two people beating each other on stage or in cages for entertainment. Thank goodness that was only in the beginning. Once I get to know this young woman with little means from a small town WV trying to make it in DC among coworke
Liz Barnsley
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book and it’s main protagonist Hayley Chill, it was a page turning addictive read with a cadence and rhythm to the prose that was genuinely engaging.

The story itself, a political and moral minefield, was utterly gripping, as Hayley leaves the army and enters the hallowed halls of the White House, where she uncovers a plot against the President and ends up in isolated hot water.

The setting is brilliantly described, the plot is taut and clever, Hayley is unique and strangely likeable
Scott A. Miller
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think I read this one based on Kay’s review. Thank you, Kay. Haley Chill might be the next ONE. Hauty surprised, or maybe I should say, shocked me at least twice.

This must be a series starter because the potential to be a great one is all over this book. I really love a book like this. It sounds like it will be good. A review by a like minded reader tells you it will be good. You read it and it’s great. Pick it up if you haven’t. I can’t wait for the next one. I’ll never put a spoiler in one
Louise Wilson
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haley Chill has decided to leave the army.she moves to Washington DC so that she can become an intern at the White House. Haley makes a few new friends ut then one of them is murdered. Peter Hall was the president's chief of staff. Haley tries to sol e the murder. She doesn't k ow who she can trust.

It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The plotline is current gripping, fast paced and it will have you on the edge of your seat. There is multiple twists and characters you will love and
Laura Rash
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many twists and turns that I had to backtrack a few times to make sure I’d read it correctly! The definition of a great political thriller!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am on a good roll I just read another good book. I have never read this author before but he has talent. The story was pretty good and made sense for the most part. The pace of the story flowed pretty good. Most of the characters in the book were pretty good. It had a good feel to it. I just had a few problems with the book. One I do not like my hero to be to perfect, in this book she was not but it was a close call. I felt at the some times the whole for this book was going to be for the grea ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Screenwriter Chris Hauty has "weaponized" the English language in creating an original political thriller in a page turning "what if" scenario. Lots of strong female characters in thrillers these days but Army Veteran Hayley Chill is unquestionably one of the most interesting. Working diligently as a White House intern, she inadvertently stumbles on what she thinks might be a plot to assassinate the President. Her dilemma is she doesn't know who in government she can trust. The coup plotters and ...more
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for the entertainment value . If you’re looking for an entertaining thriller I recommend giving this a try. What seems like a random beginning introduces us to the main character, Hayley Chill, boxer in the Army. Soon she arrives in Washington DC and from there we are treated to a political thriller that felt so refreshing in a genre filled with mediocre domestic thrillers about alcoholic women who’ve lost their memory. No thanks. Shortly after Hayley arrives in Washington a ...more
Ryan Hillis
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
A so so thriller about a deep state conspiracy. Got bad reviews.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Deep State is a political thriller that follows ex-military boxing champion Haley Chill turned White House intern. With the death of the White House Chief Of Staff and a clue that points to who the culprit might be, Hayley sets off on her journey for the truth.

I found the first half of this book didn't really have my attention and I considered a DNF. Glad I stuck it out as the second half is fast paced and engaging with a twist that made my jaw drop!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for my
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was terrific! The 21 year old female protagonist just left the Infantry and had been a boxing champion there. From there she took a year off and then went to Washington DC to become a White House Intern for one year. The internal politics of the White House were discordant, but not so much so as the political climate within the country. During her brief tenure, she learns of a plot to eliminate the President, a former military hero, and install the individual this cabal wants ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable political thriller. If you’re skeptical, rest assured I was too, for a few reasons.

One, I have mixed feelings about “White House thrillers” in general. Why is it that so many political and spy thrillers are automatically set in the White House? We have a republic and Congress is supposed to be the first branch of government. But OK, I’ll give the palace intrigue a chance…

Here comes an aw-shucks intern, disarming co-workers with her West Virginia accent and non-Ivy League credentials. S
Feb 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: action-thriller
1 stars

Man where to start on this one. I'm pretty conflicted. It was a fast read and a page turner (less than 300 pages total), but there was really a lot to not like about this book.

This is a debut novel so maybe later books will be better, but so much here was amateurish. The entire book is written in a present-tense style that is usual enough to make it less enjoyable. There's a reason why most books aren't written that way. The characters, even the main protagonist, seem paper thin. Sometime
Jill Elizabeth
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just could not get into this one... I was invited to review it but declined, then when I saw it on here and heard good things, I decided to request it. In hindsight, I should have gone with my gut. It opens with an extended bout of boxing that seems unnecessarily long and descriptive and frankly lost me, and from there the build-up remained plodding and I never connected with the characters. It was hardly the fast-paced propulsive thriller advertised in the blurb and quotes... It looks like th ...more
Deep Ranjan
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DEEP STATE by Hollywood screenwriter Mr.Chris Hauty is a taut and clever conspiracy thriller mirroring the contemporary political paranoia with an intriguing narrative full of twists and turns segued to a hugh revelation at the end that you won't see coming.

DEEP STATE introduces a brave and determined military protagonist Hayley Chill whose idiosyncrasies and superbly written rich backstory validates her instincts and emotions.Moreover not only Hayley Chill but also are all other characters give
Colleen Squires
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haley Chill is a woman on a mission, vowing to serve and protect our country. Moving from military service to an intern position in President Richard Monroe's White House, Hayley's instincts and physical strength are vital to protecting herself, the president, and the foundations on which our country is built. This is a fast-paced thriller that is perfect for the current political climate and will keep you turning pages far into the night. Author Chris Hauty-I love your style, and can't wait to ...more
I love political thrillers and Deep State is a superb one. There is a moment in it when I actually did feel my jaw drop, on a bus, too. I had to take a moment to think about how impressed I was. It's a very clever thriller, extremely exciting, even believable, and I hung on to every word right down its extraordinary conclusion. Hayley Chill is an astonishing heroine. I love how we're introduced to her and my interest in her was maintained throughout. More please! Review to follow closer to publi ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Deep state is the first book penned by Chris Hauty. It is a political thriller with an intriguing plot and suspenseful climax. While the storyline does build steadily, the tension does not. It simply does not evoke the “thriller-chiller “ factor until close to the end.

Upon reflection, suspense wanes and pace sputters due to too many unnecessary details that should have been trimmed. I detected the pattern: when anyone or anything is introduced, there is a lengthy description. At first, one isn’
Lisa Henderson-Farr
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book of 2020 that I have read and let me tell you, it has set the standard for the rest of my reads for the year.
This book has it all!
Great characters navigating through an intense storyline full of conspiracies with a major twist at the end that will have your jaw hitting the floor, one that totally ambushed me!! The ending will leave you wanting more and hopefully there will be
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deep State is a fantastic edge-of-your-seat thriller that resonates with today’s world of paranoia and politics. Hayley Chill, the fearless protagonist, is a strong, well-founded character that will definitely serve as an inspiration to the readers with her determination, wits, will-power, and sheer badassery.

With every praise pouring in for Deep State, I still found myself in awe of the Mr. Hauty’s incredible writing, excelling from establishing Haley Chill as a relatable hero, giving readers
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Asheley T.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHAT A GOOD STORY!! Trust me when I say you want to read this one!! I never could have predicted the twists and turns and that ending! I can’t leave a full review this minute, but I can’t wait to come back and share more thoughts about Hayley Chill and her time as a new White House intern.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
Quick read, but then I skimmed many parts that were boring. Have never seen and don’t understand the need the author had to insert blurbs for most very minor characters related to what happened to them in the future...I.e. and 20 years later she will be killed when her self-driving Tesla rams a post office truck. Why?! The format was just weird, many parts totally unbelievable; and, after a “gotcha ending” had another whole chapter of backstory. Think he needs to stick with his screenplay day jo ...more
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