Balance of Power

Balance of Power

Book - 2003
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Richard North Patterson's masterful portrayals of law and politics at the apex of power have made him one of our most important writers of popular fiction. Combining a compelling narrative, exhaustive research, and a sophisticated grasp of contemporary society, his bestselling novels bring explosive social problems to vivid life through characters who are richly imagined and intensely real. Now inBalance ofPowerPatterson confronts one of America's most inflammatory issues--the terrible toll of gun violence. President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancée, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington--the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA). Allied with the President's most determined rival, the resourceful and relentless Senate Majority Leader Frank Fasano, the SSA declares all-out war on Kerry Kilcannon, deploying its arsenal of money, intimidation, and secret dealings to eviscerate Kilcannon's crusade--and, it hopes, destroy his presidency. This ignites a high-stakes game of politics and legal maneuvering in the Senate, the courtroom, and across the country, which the charismatic but untested young President is determined to win at any cost. But in the incendiary clash over gun violence and gun rights, the cost to both Kilcannons may be even higher than he imagined. And others in the crossfire may also pay the price: the idealistic lawyer who has taken on the gun industry; the embattled CEO of America's leading gun maker; the war-hero senator caught between conflicting ambitions; the female senator whose career is at risk; and the grief-stricken young woman fighting to emerge from the shadow of her sister, the First Lady. The insidious ways money corrodes democracy and corrupts elected officials . . . the visceral debate between gun-rights and gun-control advocates . . . the bitter legal conflict between gun companies and the victims of gun violence . . . a ratings-driven media that both manipulates and is manipulated--Richard North Patterson weaves these engrossing themes into an epic novel that moves us with its force, passion, and authority.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780345450173
0345450175
Branch Call Number: PAT
Characteristics: xii, 611 p

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bobbiesmith
Apr 19, 2013

If you want to gain a visceral appreciation for what Obama was up against this week with the gun legislation, read this book. Patterson nails it and it will blow your mind how complicated and corrupt America's gun mentality is and consequently how difficult it will be to ever change.

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Liselara
Dec 07, 2011

This book is over 1,000 pages and I read it in two days. Patterson gives us an insider's view into U.S. politics in this stunning page-turner. I love novels that teach you something but equally shows you both sides of burning issues.

This will scare you - once you realize who is really running North America.

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davetruck
Jun 22, 2011

If you like liberals bashing the second amendment, you will love this book. Anything and everything is blamed on gun makers and owners. No one is else is made to face personal responsibility.

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