Item description for Sins of a Nation by Don McGraw...
The presidential race is deadlocked--until murder tips the scale. Now attorney Janelle Harcourt finds evidence implicating the presidential front-runner in the shadowy background of a high-level CIA video file. Her investigation links three of the nation's most powerful political figures in a most unimaginable way. This trio is intent to use all of their power to silence the truth.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2007
Publisher Bridgeway Books
ISBN 1933538678 ISBN13 9781933538679
Reviews - What do customers think about Sins of a Nation?
Fear and Greed Collide With Power and Authority Nov 5, 2007
How would you like to be kidnapped, hooded, restrained and find yourself in a foreign jail cell without access to your loved ones or your country? The book begins with a mysterious "rendition" and piles on more twists and turns as Don weaves a tale of power politics and raw ambition and its effects on well paid employees of the United States Government and its affiliates. Each character is developed so that their good intentions and their greed and ambition as well as their fear and willingness to break the laws of man and nature are lain bare for the reader to examine. The author leaves it to the reader to decide who to trust and who to fear and as the story takes us through its web of power politics, we are faced with reasons to dislike, distrust and perhaps trust again in each character as we learn more about them.
The book is like a parallel universe finding its anchor in realpolitik as we experience it daily. Don McGraw lets each character tell his or her story and allows us to follow each protaganist as they seek the best outcome for themselves with individual taking first priority and the country taking second priority, at least at first. The language and dialogue is basic and not all convoluted with psychobabble and unecessary embelishment. Likewise, the scenes are fleshed out to the point required to tell the story. The author does not find it necessary to "fill in the blanks" for the reader. He lets the story take us on its own merits with our participation as observers before we get to know the characters and then we take sides. How do we know if we chose the right side? How does the heroine know if she chose the right side? In whom can we confide when we bear dark secrets that can hurt those in places of insurmountable power? This mystery about who to trust forms the underlying magic of the story as it unfolds without the gratuitous sex scenes, troubling images of torture and unecessary foul language that some authors feel required to include in novels today. Yes, those things go on, and they may be happening behind closed doors in this story, but the author has realized that to sell his novel with sensationalism would detract from its uniqueness.
The tale told by Don McGraw is plausible. It could happen to you or someone you know. You may be faced with making similar decisions on who to trust as face the characters in this book. The power of our great nation is misplaced when people hide behind the "its", the faceless front of its bureaucracy. I forget who said that it is tough to write good fiction today because the truth can be so incredible. Don McGraw has made a fine go of it with "Sins Of A Nation", his first novel.
Excellent! Jul 16, 2007
John McCord, a Republican senator is hoping to gain nomination for president and our main character Janelle Harcourt is a young lawyer who feels she has found her dream job working for Mr. McCord, or is it really a nightmare? The presidential race is always exciting but perhaps a little shady as the nominees forge forward, but just how far will some go to achieve their future of power and fame? When a murder is committed and Janelle uncovers evidence that links her boss to the crime all bets are off. Janelle is thrown into a world where those she loves are endangered and she battles to find whom she can really trust. As her world is turned upside down as one dark secret leads to another and the race is on to save perhaps the only one Janelle can believe in and love. Or is it too late? Exciting! I have to say that I usually am not a big fan of political thrillers but this book is so tightly written that it draws you completely into the story right from the start. The main character Janelle is not only likeable but easy to identify with bringing the story down to citizen level. You know a 'we the people,' person. I loved that. It is always a plus when an author can achieve that goal, especially in a book that has major characters that maybe out of reach to some readers in identifying with. Great job! I also liked the way Mr. McGraw twists the story this way and that leading you astray and wondering, why setting you up for another surprise. This is a very good book; one of greed, murder, and loyalty that is taken to the highest levels and bringing you with it. Well worth your time.