Forge, Oct 2001, 25.95, 464 pp.
One of the prime reasons John McPherson is elected President of the United States is he is scandal free. There are no stained dresses or other skeletons in his closet leaving a wary populace to believe the intelligent charming John will concentrate on Dow Jones. The First Lady Myra and First Son Randy add to the aura of the All-American family. The façade hides the reality that John is an aloof control freak who will do anything including illegal activities to increase and strengthen his power over the country.
However, the unthinkable occurs when Myra decides to become the first woman to divorce a sitting president. She quietly turns to attorney David Owens for help, claiming she and Randy are his toys for public show and is afraid what her husband might do to their preadolescent child. When John learns what Myra is doing, he uses the entire power of the American Presidency to bring his “loved ones” home or kill them before either one reveals the truth about his personality and his dealings.
Regardless of whether the reader accepts the EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE mistreatment by John, the entire audience will enjoy this thriller. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down as John employs the might of his office to destroy his beleaguered wife and son whose only protection is her lawyer and secret service agents assigned to them. Jay Brandon provides a powerfully nightmarish look at abuse of power though some readers will claim it is FEMA to watch out for, not the Office of President that is always inside a media fishbowl, and a Congressional checks and balances tug of war.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner