A twisty, one-step-ahead-of-the-headlines political thriller featuring a rogue reporter who investigates election meddling of epic proportions written by the ultimate insider.
Investigative reporter Jack Sharpe is down to his last chance. Fired from his high-profile gig with a national news channel, his only lead is a phonefull of messages from a grad student named Tori Justice, who swears she's observed an impossible result in a local election. Sharpe is sure she's mistaken...but what if she isn't?
Sharpe learns that the most important tool in any election is the voter file: the database that keeps track of all voters in a district, and shapes a campaign's game plan for victory. If one person were to gain control of an entire party's voter file, she could manipulate the outcome of virtually every election in America. Sharpe discovers this has happened--and that the person behind the hack is determined to turn American politics upside down.
My Review:The more he digs, the more Sharpe is forced to question the values--and viability--of the country he loves and a president he admired. And soon it becomes clear that not just his career is in jeopardy...so is his life. Written by the author of what Politico Magazine dubbed "the thriller that predicted the Russia scandal."
I enjoyed previous books in this series more than this one -- I would probably still read more because Jack Sharpe is an interesting character but this is not the strongest efforts. However, this book meandered a bit too much and some of the characters just felt unnecessary. If you like political thrillers, I would still recommend this series.
"She has some enforcement powers, but what she needs--what America needs--is a far more stringent antitrust law that dismantles the monopolies. And because enforcement takes time, this requires a Congress in support for long enough to see it through."
"And what would happen if such a law passed?"
"If enforced?" He sat up in his chair, eyes sparkling at the thought. "You would see an explosion of economic activity across this country. Small business and entrepreneurs stifled for a generation would thrive. New entrants and investors would come from within and abroad, and technologies unimagined today would sprout and blossom . . ."