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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  34 reviews
If the U.S. didn't expect a woman President in this century, they really didn't expect a woman President with blood on her hands. After the assassination of her running mate, Darryn Austin finds herself Queen of the free world. She appoints Paul, an old college flame, a cabinet member in order to ensure him a seat on the Supreme Court and secure a reliable ally. But after ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 15th 2002 by Thomas Nelson
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Jeni Enjaian
I could reiterate what I said in my last review of one of Hunt's books, "The Canopy," but I will refrain. This book disappointed severely. Only occasionally did Hunt's protagonist become remotely approachable. I simply could not connect with her. That distance severely damages the experience. The plot itself drew near the absurd. I do not recommend this book.
This book did not survive the purge from my personal collection.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, intrigue
Packed with political intrigue, romance, and eventually redeemed lives, Angela Hunt has once again written a great page turning novel.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of political stories, but I do love Angela Hunt. I felt the parts describing the political aspects of President Austin's day-to-day were a bit slow and dry, but I enjoyed the subtleties of characterization and relationships.
Daryn Austin is America's first woman to become VP, and then first woman President, when her predecesor dies unexpectedly. One of her first acts is to appoint her college boyfriend, Paul Santana, as her legal counsel. They secretly rekindle their romance (despit
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Daryn Austin, the first female President of the United States, nominates her old friend and former lover, Paul Santana, to a seat on the Supreme Court. She thinks she has a puppet justice on the Court who will vote her way on all of the cases that come before him.

But things go horribly wrong when Paul writes an opinion that Daryn doesn't like. In a fit of pique, she tells one of her advisers to "do something" about Paul Santana. Before she even knows what's happening, Paul Santana is dead, appa
Tiffany De Armond
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked that the author didn't glorify and expound on adultery and showed that there are consequences for bad decisions--some things can't be fixed. Most authors today are explicit in their descriptions of illicit sexual acts (which engenders excitement and anticipation) and generally do not demonstrate the negative consequences of such decisions. ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I certainly could not predict how this story would turn out. It was good in that everything didn't wrap up neatly. But I felt there was something missing... depth of character, I guess. Not sure I will read this author again. ...more
Penny Clawson
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well this book kept me guessing, arguing, pleading and praying. Washington in recent months has had its share of political upheaval, but Hunt wrote this in 2002! Only the Lord could/can have the heart of the king in His hands.
Sherri Ferguson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It didn't sound like a book I would enjoy but Ms. Hunt explained the legal system along with the intriguing storyline. This book was quite suspenseful and very entertaining. I highly recommend it. ...more
Claudette Kilby
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the way it ended. Grace and forgiveness
Shanen Rae
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this novel and often think back on it. A book I will reread and enjoy again. Highly recommend this book.
Paula Shreckhise
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very intriguing. Most instances seemed plausible. Interesting take on politics. Too dark to keep reading all at once. Had to keep other lighter books going at the same time.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Justice by Angela Hunt is a contemporary Christian novel set around the presidency of the United States, as Daryn becomes the first female president.
The novel deals with many themes and issues but the main one is how absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is nothing wrong with being in a powerful position if one is motivated and led by truth and goodness. However when one craves power for its own sake and views each victory as propelling oneself further up the ladder of success, then the
Lisa Peterson
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read by Hunt!

I love reading a work of fiction when it teaches me something! In this story, the writer provides a good education on the political machine of Washington D.C. and the process of becoming a Supreme Court justice. She also shares a few juicy tidbits about the CIA and the president’s secret service detail. I always appreciate that she is meticulous in detail!
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, suspense
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]The first women vice president Darryn Austin finds herself suddendly thrust in history as the first women president when the president dies of aneurysm. Darryn is determined to succeed despite her critics, and she decides to ask her old college sweetheart Paul to come to Washington so that she will have one person she is sure will be her friend and ally. She even manages to get Paul appointed to the supreme cour ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating read. Did I mention I love Angela Hunt’s books? She usually talks about cutting edge situations. This book is no exception. She takes the possibility of a woman becoming President. Of course the president has to die for that to happen because she is the VP. But it happens. She opens you up to the possibility of a WOMAN in the white house and what that would look like. It is VERY interesting all the aspects to the position and what is expected of her. What she can do and wha ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lawyer receives phone call from old flame from Law school who just became president after her predecessor's heart attack.

She is single, they had lived together, she had become pregnant but lost the baby years before.

He is now married with a college age daughter.

President wants him to come to D.C. to be his legal advisor because she knows she can trust him.

They rekindle the flame.

She then appoints him to a vacancy which she created on the Supreme Court. He is vetted and approved.

He begins to see
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
An unexpected woman POTUS must adjust and also gather advisors and colleagues she can trust. The most significant is a man she once loved who has always kept to the most honest agenda. That's just the beginning, and the tale moves forward like a train gathering steam and racing forward. Plot twists keep you reading onward when you think you ought to go to bed for the night. All this without dishonor or erotica. Excellent read!
Kathy Poelker is the right fit for this book and provides an excellent
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
More of a page turner closer to the middle of the book. Hunt does a good job realistically developing the characters of Paul Santana and Madame President Austin.... who blame God for all the wrong in their lives and the world. Hunt hints at the truth that our Merciful and just God is a gentleman who allows us free will and HE is a Loving God who is eagerly waiting for us to come to the end of ourselves and surrender to HIM & enjoy TRUE freedom, that comes from an intimate kinship with our Heaven ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Although Angela Hunt is a Christian Fiction Author, she included not only some highly inspirational characters, but also dark politics, murder, scandal, adultry in the Presidential Office. This is an amazingly good read. Also, it's one of her earlier (2002) books I just stumbled upon. ...more
Stacy Voss
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Angela Hunt, but it won't be the last!

There are many times I have a hard time reading Christian fiction because all too often it seems like the characters' lives become "peachy" from the moment of their conversion. I love the real-life struggles presented here, even while writing it from an angle of faith. Excellent read!
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know AEH is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my fav. of her books. And as the years pass the political climate portrayed in this books looks more and more real. Oh, where are we headed?
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Didn't care for this book at all. It's like she was too caught up in the details of the story to actually write a story. The amazing display of forgiveness at the end was this book's only redeeming quality. ...more
Dana's Fire
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of her best

I have read several of Angela Hunts books. This one was a bit different. It was the Afterword that brought it all together. This will leave you thinking. About political corruption and grace.
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
book was ok, a page turner just wish someone did not have to die for someone to be turned to christ.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
the writing is terrible, I never finished it because it was so predictable and boring.
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
I found this book rather intersting, considering events happening in our political world this year; especially since it was written in 2002. Ended a little different than I expected.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I is a well written book. I Love the author's books. This one. Just did not thrill me. Maybe because it was true to life. It is worth reading. ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Did not enjoy this much as her other books!
Feb 11, 2015 added it
Shelves: book-collector
Another good one\nAlthough as with most authors, I've started to figure out the plot line. ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining slice of life of a world I can only imagine.
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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

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