Item description for Red, White, and Blue (America Series #2) by Laura Hayden...
Overview Kate Rosen debates whether to stay with Emily Benton, the new President of the United States, as Chief of Staff when Kate learns unnerving secrets about Emily and a scandal threatens the presidency.
Publishers Description Emily Benton has won the office of president but as she waits to assume that office, her closest adviser, Kate Rosen, is plagued with doubts. As a Christian, Kate owes her allegiance to a higher power. When a scandal brings the president to the brink of disaster, Kate must weigh the bonds of loyalty and duty, ambition and submission, and find a path that leads to the greater glory of God.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Number 2
ISBN 1414319401 ISBN13 9781414319407 UPC 031809119402
Availability 0 units.
More About Laura Hayden
Laura Hayden currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Red, White, and Blue (America Series #2)?
And You think you have problems with your boss? Dec 4, 2009
I really enjoyed the first book in this series as I had originally read it during the 2008 election and had been swept up in political fever. Now that I live up in the DC metro area, It's totally surrounding me 24/7. I also really enjoy reading books set in this area as it's always fun to see places I've been to or recognize. This book continues where the first book left off, with Emily winning the election and is now the first female president of the United States. As I said about the first book, I was really glad to see a book about a female president where she became president by winning the election and not because she was Vice President and the former president died or resigned. In this book, as the White House Chief of Staff, Kate is put in a position where she has to be the public mouth, eyes and ears for Emily. This puts her in a compromising place because she doesn't agree with everything Emily does, yet since this is her best friend and her boss, she must do what she is told.
I am not really sure though why Kate keeps agreeing to stay with Emily. From the beginning of the series, it is obvious that the two differ on almost everything politically, emotionally and value wise. I know they have been best friends for a long time, but even so the relationship feels like Emily has been using Kate for a very long time. It gets more and more obvious in this book that Emily doesn't really care about Kate and is more interested in gaining grounds for own personal gain. This is at the expense of even Kate's family members who have trusted Emily their entire lives. It just makes Kate seem like a pushover or a doormat in that she lets Emily get away with whatever she wants or that she is completely clueless to her friend's true nature. I think the biggest issue in the book is that it appears to be difficult to be a Christian AND be a successful politician at the same time. While it is possible to be both, one needs to be cutthroat and have to do some dishonest things in order to get ahead and be at the top. Since I'm not in politics, I can't say whether or not this is true, but sometimes I wonder if this really is the case in real life.
Overall I did really like this book. I didn't feel it to be very preachy even though Kate makes it clear that she's a Christian throughout the book. The story ends on a cliffhanger so there better be another book in the series or else I will be very disappointed! Again, this is another great political suspense novel and one that I really enjoyed reading. I really cannot wait to read the next book in the series, hopefully I won't have to wait til the next election to do so!
Kate needs to ditch Emily May 5, 2009
Emily is the first woman American President and she's on top politically, but she cannot be trusted. I can't imagine why Kate stuck with her so long. For that reason alone, I keep expecting Kate to turn against Christianity, but she hasn't so far. The book is well-written and shows very clearly how the powers in Washington get some things done. And also why it's so hard for a true Christian to be a politician. The ending is really good, too. But I still keep coming back to wondering why Kate has put up with this scheming, lying, and untrustworthy person as a friend for all these years. It's hard to understand why a Christian person, who wants to live right and stay out of prison would consistantly back Emily. And I do take issue with Kate's belief that Emily is the best person for the job of President. Certainly she's the best person on the final ballot, but not by that big a margin, and she is far from being the best person outside the ballot. She has a lot of grand ideas for the betterment of mankind (as she sees it), but she chooses bad methods of attaining them and she seems to be developing megalomania along the way. And isn't that sort of how Hitler began?
2nd in America series a real political thriller Mar 19, 2009
Red, White, and Blue by Laura Hayden is the second book in the America Series about Kate Rosen who has been working for her lifelong friend Emily Benton's presidential campaign. The book picks up immediately after the election. Emily has won the election, but Kate is unsure about whether she can continue to work for her after the disclosure that M went behind her back and stole some files. But the deep friendship between the two quickly smooths over the rough waters, and Kate is ensconced as Chief of Staff in the White House. Despite a growing relationship with Emily's ex-husband, Nick, Kate's life seems to be on track until she hears the dying confession of one of Emily's right hand men and discovers something that could shatter the White House. Kate has to decide to follow her faith in God and the truth or her loyalty to her best friend. Hayden portrays the cutthroat, incestuous relationship between lobbyists, politicians, and various industries extremely well. Kate is an engaging character who really tries to live out her faith in all that she does and balance that with a life in politics. I wish I had read the first book in the series for more insight into her relationship with Nick, but I appreciate how it is slow-going and completely believable. Kate demonstrates all of the good that can be done in politics and raises the question can the wrong thing ever be done for the right reasons and be justified? Do the ends justify the means? Hayden has created a real political thriller, and I hope the ride isn't over yet!
Red, White & Blue Mar 19, 2009
This book was a delight to read. The main character, Emily Benton, has just won the office of president. Everyone is celebrating except her closest adviser, Kate Rosen. Kate is not sure that she should have helped Emily become the president after finding some disturbing information about Emily.
I recommend you read this book to find out how Kate stands behind her faith in God and her loyalty and duty to the President of the United States. A great novel!
First Female President Mar 19, 2009
The first female president is Emily--a lady who gains the job because she is the best candidate--not because she is a female. Her BFF, Kate, has a decision to make. Should she accept the position of Chief of Staff? That sounds like a no-brainer, but when the author throws some twists into the mix, this becomes an interesting mystery story. There's an accident--or is it a murder?
The story begins with the transition of power from one party to another. This is a good time to read a book about a new president taking office. It is interesting to experience the workings of the White House. The inaugural balls, the lobbyists, the Oval Office, even the White House kitchen are topics covered.
The only flaw is that the characters are hard to figure out. Right to the end, I could not decided whether or not to trust Nick, Emily's ex-husband. Kate seems to vacillate too much when trying to figure out her direction. I question her relationship with Nick; it doesn't ring true.
Overall, it's a good read. I enjoyed it, and I trust you will too.