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Deep State

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 White House chief of staff is found dead in his house. A tenacious intern discovers a single, ominous clue ...more
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 ...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 ...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 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
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
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
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!
Ryan Hillis
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
A so so thriller about a deep state conspiracy. Got bad reviews.
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
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
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
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
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an arc of DEEP STATE, and I feel terrible that I'm just getting this review out there the day before it hits shelves. That being said, get this book. It is amazing!

With all of the thriller books out there, it seems as if it would be very difficult to make waves in the thriller community with a debut novel. I've seen very few authors be able to do it over the past 5 years, with the exception of Jack Carr, Matthew Betley, and some others. Chris Hauty absolutely
Donna Hines
Can you imagine a polarized DC getting any worse?
No really sounds so far fetched (enter sarcasm here)....
I'd add an ex boxing champ as intern, a dead White House Chief of Staff, and a possible murder all from within and you have yourself a big ol' problem.
President Monroe is a danger to the nation and has literally rolled back every piece of progressive initiative for the past 75 yrs in which he won the electoral majority but the sane ones know the truth that democracy is vital to Americans.
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.
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 ...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
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 ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Let's go. Not enough hours in the day to save the country."

Haley Chill is no stranger to adversity. A small-town girl at heart, she bucked the odds and escaped the life of her town to join the military. Once in the service, Haley quietly rose to become one of the first women permitted to the infantry. On the side, she became a knockout success in the boxing ring. Through sheer persistence and will, Haley even beat out a future olympian in the final round of what should have been a runaway win.
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
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
Dan Curnutt
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read. This is the first novel by Chris Hauty. His previous job was as a screen writer. So, he knows how to weave a story. But often times screen writers don't make the best novelists. But in this case he is superb.

We have a young woman, Hayley Chill, who is one of the first women to ever enlist for the Army infantry. She is an exceptional woman, but mentally and physically, although she is petite she packs a powerful punch, literally. She also has a photographic memory.

But she leaves
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warning: violence/murder, mentions of sexual assault
Content warning: sexism, homophobia, aromantic erasure

The idea of this book is great. The execution, not so much. It reads halfway between a rough draft and a patriotic textbook about the military and US politics. By reading other reviews, I've learned that the author is a screenwriter and, frankly, I would expect more from someone who
I liked this so much I stayed up until almost 3am to finish!! The last half was non-stop and there was absolutely no way I could persevere through an entire work day without knowing how it ended. I feel like a thorough review would really spoil the eventual surprise but I can say this...
Hayley Chill had to become an adult rather early in her life to raise her siblings in Appalachia following the death of her Marine father, a sickly mother, and all the trappings an existence in rural West
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Wow! What an awesome read! An unputdownable page-turner!! I am totally hooked on Chris Hauty’s writing!

Basic plot: Haley is an intern in the White House. As she goes about her duties, she uncovers a plot that caused the death of the Chief of Staff and the farther she gets into the mystery, the closer she comes to realizing there is an organization inside the US government that is working against them. Now the plot is centered on the President and they have put out a hit on him. Haley
Kenton Long
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DEEP STATE, debut thriller by Hollywood screenwriter Chris Hauty (01/07/2020 Emily Bestler Books/Atria) I am honored and grateful to receive an advance reader copy from Atria for review.

(No spoilers)
Enter Hayley Chill, Army boxing champion shedding her gloves and uniform for an internship at the White House. An unassuming, young West Virginian, Chill’s moral compass is as underestimated as her left hook. A hillbilly, she is not.

A popular president is draining the DC swamp, and the swamp won’t
Paul Pessolano
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Deep State” by Chris Hauty, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 07, 2020.

This book could be the most explosive book of the year due to its content and the fact that it is very representative of what is happening in our country at the moment. The reader can read the book for its mystery or its political ramifications, anyone who reads this book will be satisfied regardless of their reasons for reading the book.

Hayley Chill is a young women in
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first thing that I found a little off putting about this book is that it is written in the present tense. It just doesn’t feel like a book, a novel, more a movie script. Despite reading it from cover to cover I just couldn’t settle down with the style of writing at all. Secondly, I think it would help if you had a good understanding of military terms and a LOT of understanding of American politics. The whole story is based around Hayley Chill, ex-army, and her battle to protect the life of ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deep State was such an amazing twists and turn political read! I enjoyed jumping character perspectives to fully understand the story. The reader will think they have it figured out, then plot twist, NOPE!!
I love Hayley Chill! She is a smart and motivated character, and I enjoyed her perspective. Also, the ending of this book, will have you going WHAT JUST HAPPENED!? I want to read it again with the knowledge of the ending! Also, this book will scare the crap out of you! It was so real, and I’m
Julie Garner
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller, arc
I received an ARC of this book.
Political thriller that will keep your attention the very end. Who can you trust with the knowledge that could end your life?
Wonderful twists and turns throughout the book keep you on the edge of your seat.
Great for fans of Grisham and Vince Flynn with a strong female protagonist
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