A would-be assassin wounds the president—and throws the country into chaos
The gunman crouches in his crawl space, dreaming of revenge. The United States has turned his homeland into a combat zone, killing his family and ruining his life. Today, vengeance will be had. President Henry Hampton is visiting Gettysburg, and the band has just struck up “Hail to the Chief” when the first shots ring out. Blood stains the old battleground once more. The president takes a bullet to the neck, and his bodyguard hustles him into his limousine—rushing him not to a hospital, but to Camp David, where he can be best protected against the conspiracy that threatens to consume America from the inside out.
As days pass with only vague news about the president’s condition, the country threatens to slide into chaos, and it will fall to 2 unlikely heroes to rescue the government: a California adman and the desperate vice president of the United States.
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Michael Kilian lives in McLean, VA.
Steve Menasche is a conservatory-trained actor and musician who has toured the world with "West Side Story", " Jesus Christ Superstar", and the American Folk Theatre. As a voice actor, he has been the guy next door voice for numerous national radio and television campaigns, including Proactive, Arby s, Countywide, Shaklee, and Lexus. He can also be seen as an on-screen actor featured in nationwide ads for IBM. He is a fourth degree black belt in jujitsu who still practices regularly and volunteers for underprivileged children.
After giving a speech at Gettysburg, President Henry Hampton is shot in an assassination attempt and rushed to Camp David by his fiercely protective White House chief-of-staff and friend, Irving Ambrose. News reports of the President's condition are vague, and Vice-President Laurence Atherton finds that he can get no more information than what is shown on television. In California, a down-and-out TV adman named Charlie Dresden is convinced that the President is dead and thatan elaborate hoax is being put over on the public. With the help of a former lover, now the wife of a senator, Dresden makes his way across the country, avoiding murder attempts in the process, to give the Vice-President enhanced videotapes that support his suspicions. Meanwhile, the President's recovery at Camp David stretches into months, European powers juggle their positions, the Central American situation deteriorates drastically, and the questions of who has control and who's after it remain open. Kilian, Washington columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of The Valkyrie Project has constructed a complicated plot out of political and technological complexities, spicing the action with violence and adventureincluding a de rigueur amusement park sceneand even providing a happy ending.
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Book Description St Martins Mass Market Paper. paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Marked remainder, 450 pages. "THE FIRST TWO SHOTS CAME IN QUICK SNAPS, FOLLOWED BY A CACOPHONOUS CONTINUING BLARE OF GUNFIRE"An assassin's bullet has hit the president. His frantic aides rush him to nearby Camp David and close the gates. No onenot the White House, not the worldknows if he's dead or alive. No onenot the Secret Service or the FBIknows who's behindthe plot to kill him.But one man, a hard drinking California television writer named Charley Dresden, believes the president's dead. He's determined to prove it, but it's a dangerous business that takes him first into the arms of a senator's beautiful blond wife and then, as the country totters on the edge of chaos, onto a twisted road of bloody secrets and brutal murder. For someone is afterCharley Dresden. Someone, "by order of the president" wants to stop him. Dead. Bookseller Inventory # 10367