Item description for Dark Horse: A Political Thriller by Ralph Reed...
Overview It's a tight race between Long and Senator Salmon Stanley for the Democratic nomination for president. When Stanley triumphs, Long's delegates walk out, the media has a field day, and Long and his team -- including ace political strategist Jay Noble -- pack their bags and go home, knowing that whether Stanley fought fair or not, it's the end of the line.
Unless...Would Long consider running as an independent? Independent campaigns of the past, such as those of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader, have been more gesture than genuine threat -- but how might the Internet and modern communications technology change that? And are the American people so disgusted at the partisanship and gridlock of the two-party system -- in particular, is the right wing so fed up with the Republican Party -- that they would vote for an independent? Would Long even be able to get on the ballot in all fifty states?
A lively cast of characters struggles with issues of their own:
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.26" Height: 1.32" Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2008
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 1416576495 ISBN13 9781416576495
Availability 0 units.
More About Ralph Reed
Ralph Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm, and founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. He has also worked on seven U.S. presidential campaigns and advised 88 senate, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns in 24 states. As executive director of the Christian Coalition, Reed was recognized for building one of the nation s most effective grassroots organizations by Newsweek, Life, and Time magazines."
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Dark Horse Good Stuff Apr 11, 2010
I found Dark Horse to be a page turner and a good inside look at the political goings on from various angles: the politicians, their handlers, the media, columnists, the justice system and some education on the election process. Written by a very accomplished political stratagist, Ralph Reed.
Disheartening Political Perspective Mar 13, 2010
Like a number of people, I'll at times visit with family, friends and colleagues about politics. The Conversation seems to intensify around the time of the general elections and all the more so with the recent drama of the Obama/McCain race. Palin/Biden were the extra spice in that particular recipe, if you will.
When a friend suggested I might enjoy Dark Horse, I thanked him and took the book home, expecting a fairly quick, entertaining and enlightening read. To be honest, I was very disappointed.
The novel purports to be a political thriller enhanced by a Christian perspective and perhaps bespeaks the manner in which many fundamentalists would like to see their candidates achieve high office. But unfortunately, it didn't work for me.
I was very disappointed in the characters. I did not find the protagonists credible or believable. In fact, I found it difficult to like them at all. The fact that Robert Long could alter his stripes so completely to accommodate his change in political circumstance seemed dishonest and frankly left me shaking my head in dismay. His staff seemed just as conniving and manipulative as the staff members of the opposition candidates of the two major parties.
I especially disliked the portrayal of the several evangelical megachurch ministers and pastors. They seemed to reflect a distasteful stereotype of certain present-day televangelists in $5000 suits asking for yet more money - for the good of their ministry and to foster one's personal blessings, I'm sure. I've heard and known personally a number of fine and excellent Christian ministers, pastors and priests and none were represented here.
The only character who seemed human and honest was Jessica Cruz, a high dollar call girl.
Ralph Reed is a political operative and has been an influential and substantive force in national politics for years. At one time he was head of the so-called Christian Coalition. I understand this work to be that of a gifted amateur and that's not my quarrel. Regarding the fundamentals, he writes rather well. But I'd have loved to have seen Christian characterizations more in line with the heart of the Gospel and focused on a life of service to others by what honorable means and station such dedication would take.
The book rather seemed to me a representation of the most distasteful of post-modern pragmatism and had me reaching for my passport and pointing the truck toward Canada.
Two Stars is all I can scratch up and even that's a bit of a stretch.
Russell de Ville 12 March 2010
Great Read! Feb 15, 2010
We bought this for a gift for our son-in-law. He said the book is great and couldn't put it down!
good Feb 12, 2010
I was expecting thriller but it was not what I thought of as a thriller. Jason Elam's books are thrillers to me and that was what I was expecting I guess. But it did explain what the political campaign is like and that was interesting to me..I enjoyed the book.
A Rip-Roaring Page-Turner Political Thriller Aug 30, 2009
From the opening pages until the final sentence, Ralph Reed captured my attention and held it captive with his political thriller. With his years in politics, Reed has the real-life background to build into the characters and storyline for DARK HORSE.
Was it somewhat predictable? Yes, but in my book that is OK as long as you enjoy the characters, dialogue and story. I did. It is well-worth a few hours of reading time. If you are headed on a long plane trip or can spend a few evenings with this tale, I recommend it.