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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Review: Balance of Power by Richard North Patterson


I accidentally read book #3 in the Kerry Kilkannon series first. Oops! And, it definitely spoiled a few things from earlier books, although I might still try book #1 down the road. Luckily, with my terrible memory, if I give it some time, those spoilers will have leaked right out my ears.

Kerry Kilcannon has recently been elected President, and is pushing his biggest agenda item, gun control. His annulment is finalized, and so Lara is now officially his fiance, and the White House is happy to be planning the first Presidential wedding in nearly 100 years. Meanwhile, Lara's younger sister, Joan, finally admits that her husband has been abusing her and Kerry, a former domestic violence prosecutor, does what he can to keep Joan and her daughter safe, but if her husband gets his hands on a P-2, the handgun favored by criminals, and some "Eagle's Claw" bullets, designed to maximize wound damage, she might be in trouble.

What follows is primarily a legal thriller, involving a court case, a gun manufacturer, the U.S. Senate, an organization eerily similar to the NRA, and the President. It's a long book, but it reads quickly. I prefer my thrillers to be cerebral, and Richard North Patterson (not to be confused with James Patterson) certainly delivers. While you can be relatively sure what the outcome is going to be, you don't know how they're going to get there. Patterson keeps you on the edge of your seat and I kept turning the pages. A perfect book for the beach!

I borrowed this book from my father.

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