Book Review Of “The Washington Decree” By Jussi Adler-Olsen @Duttonbooks

 

The president has gone way too far. . . . These are practically dictatorial methods we’re talking about.

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate.

For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father.

When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country . . . and, in Doggie’s case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent. (From Goodreads)

Thank you Dutton Books #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.

Okay guys, this is my very first Political Thriller, so because I have nothing to compare this to, it makes this review a little hard for me. I am glad that I went outside of my reading box, and broad

end my horizons, so to speak.

I appreciated that as massive as this book was, it was fairly quick to read. It was very intense and fast paced. And actually it was pretty damn scary, because with our current president, I can imagine most things are possible. For example here is a passage from the book.

ALL US citizens are subject to arrest and imprisonment without charge in the event of a “state of emergency.” Freedom of speech and the right of assembly may be suspended and censorship of the media implemented.

There are quite a few parts of this book, that are long, and drawn out, and it was also translated from its original Scandinavian version. So it may just read a bit differently for some people. Because this is a genre outside of what I usually read, I found it harder to connect with the characters, as I am not a very political person, parts of this book just really lost me, however I still enjoyed reading this one, and  appreciated the thought and theories within the pages.

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