Item description for The Election by Jerome Teel...
Overview When a young lawyer inadvertently discovers diabolical connections that link a presidential candidate to a contract murder, he is thrust into the power games of national politics and international commerce, challenging the truths upon which his life is built. A roller-coaster ride of a political thriller, the intense plot unearths veiled alliances, a vice president with shadowy secrets, and an innocent man trapped by the schemes of others. Weighing in the balance are the lives of many and the future of the nation.
Publishers Description They seek ultimate power. "Nothing" can stand in their way. Ed Burke has waited a lifetime to become president of the United States. He's not about to let his nemesis, Mac Foster, stop him now...especially when he's sold his soul for the Oval Office. Claudia Duval has lived a rough life. And finally, things have turned around for her after meeting the wealthy Hudson Kinney. But is all what it seems? When a prominent citizen is murdered in Jackson, Tennessee, attorney Jake Reed doesn't want to know the truth. He just wants to get his client off. But as he investigates, he uncovers a sinister scheme. A scheme that would undermine the very democracy of America...and the freedom of the entire world.
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Christian Retailing - 07/03/2006 page 64
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 1582295778 ISBN13 9781582295770
Reviews - What do customers think about The Election?
Improbable plot; writing is lacking polish Apr 20, 2008
The Election is not unlike other conspiracy novels involving U.S. politics, and the story line is interesting enough that I wanted to finish the book in spite of major flaws in the writing: 1) Stilted, at times simplistic, prose; 2) Assuming the reader is ignorant about legal, political, and medical matters by either over-explaining details or ignoring technical medical realities (people with compound fractures and major surgery do not take vacations 5 days later) 3) No surprises--the bad guys are all really bad and the good guys win out. What's surprising is that the author thinks that such a conspiracy could involve so many lower echelon government agents without being uncovered much sooner. The story outline, developed with more imagination, had potential, but mystery novels need mystery and conspiracy novels need unseen twists and the late revelation of previously unknown but significant facts. They also need to sound plausible to the reader. This novel lacks those components almost completely. The editor failed this writer.
Engaging plot and characters, novel falls short in other areas Sep 19, 2007
ELECTION is a Christian political thriller by Jerome Teel. Mac Foster the republican presidential candidate, is in trouble. He is down in the polls and falling daily. Shep Taylor, his campain manager is desperate and enlists the help of a private investigator to try and dig up the truth about their opponent. Rumors have been swirling that current vice president and Democratic candidate Ed Burke has been receiving illegal campaign contributions. Shep hides this from Mac because he knows Mac, a strong Christian, would not approve of these tactics. Meanwhile, in Jackson, Mississippi, attorney Jake Reed is representing a man accused of killing Jesse Thompson. Thompson was a powerful banker in the city and a great friend of Ed Burke. Reed soon discovers the murder of Thompson could have national implications, and must fight to free his client, save his family, and preserve the truth that could save the country.
Ed Burke has sold his soul and the hope of the presidency to a group of three evil men called the Federalists. The Federalists plan to control the world once Burke wins the White House. Their method for doing this seems a little far-fetched, but the evil they use to achieve their goals is real. Teel sprinkles the novels with strong Christian characters and the primary message of salvation through Christ is simple yet effective. Teel also touches on the message of that when bad things happen, God is still in control. This is a hard subject to cover, especially briefly in a political thriller, and thankfully Teel doesn't make any definitive theological statements on this issue.
That's the plot in a nutshell. I've read a lot of novels like this, but this is my first in the Christian genre. The novel is wide in scope yet intimate enough where we really get to know about and care for characters. The plot is deep and complex, yet Teel walks the reader through the plot, spelling out every little detail. This approach by the author removes much of the suspense that is normally associated with a novel like this.
Teel is a first time novelist I believe, so hopefully he will improve over time. Throughout much of the novel, Teel seems to talk down to the reader, or write sections that seem amazingly obvious. For example, Mac Foster is returning home after a day of campaigning and Teel says: "Even though he had no chance of winning the election, Mac was still entitled to Secret Service Protection until the election was over." This restatement of an obvious fact is an example of the type of writing you'll find a lot. In another instance, an FBI agent is looking for Jake Reed. He says "I'll get some rest tonight and then locate Reed in the morning. I just hope we're not too late." In this case, I thought if it was that urgent, the FBI agent would have went to Reed's house immediately, regardless of the time. I don't want to seem picky, but I think Teel's characters often took unrealistic actions for the purpose of the plot.
Teel was able to create a novel with engaging characters and a complex plot. Unfortunately, the narrative at times seems to simple and doesn't seem to give the reader the benefit of the doubt. I found my self skimming paragraphs at a time to get to the action.
Impressive debut Jun 20, 2007
Jerome Teel has penned a worthy addition to the ever expanding market of faith-based legal thrillers. Vice-President Ed Burke has long had his eyes on the Presidency, and he is so close he can taste it. His opponent, Mac Foster, is a faithful Christian who believes God is leading him to be the next President. In order to ensure victory, Vice-President Burke joins force with the Federalists, a trio of power-hungry men who are secretly planning to take over the country. They will stop at nothing to make sure their man wins.
Meanwhile, in Jackson, Tennessee, attorney Jake Reed stumbles across some information that could affect the outcome of the presidential election. He then finds himself in the middle of danger and conspiracy as he searches for the truth, all the while struggling with his own personal faith.
This is an impressive debut novel from Jerome Teel. While the plot is complex and multi-layered, Teel effortlessly carries the reader along for an entertaining ride. The narrative is told form multiple viewpoints that take us deeper into the characters and the story itself. The Election is filled with the perfect amount of suspense and action that will hold your attention until the end.
Teel also effectively weaves themes of faith throughout the story. Christianity is not thrown in our faces, but it is introduced in just the right amount of doses to make us think about our own spiritual lives. This is a great start to what will surely be a bright career for Jerome Teel. (From Christian Review of Books)
Awesome May 23, 2007
I absolutely enjoyed THE ELECTION, and so will you. Fast paced and highly addictive, Jerome Teel's style reminds me of John Grisham, but even better. If you enjoy legal thrillers, then you will love THE ELECTION! It has earned my highest recommendation.
I also look forward to reading Jerome's second novel, The Divine Appointment, scheduled for release in June of 2007. Get a copy of each while you are at it.
Go Jerome, you rock!
Great 1st novel May 7, 2007
This is Jerome Teel's first novel. I do not know him or anyone in his family, but he is from the area that I live. The book is a page turner. I did not want to put it down. It moves quickly, like John Grisham's first few novels. It was a great read!