Dark Horse    -     By: Ralph Reed
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Dark Horse

Howard Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Pandemonium breaks out on the convention floor when California governor Bob Long is robbed of the Democratic presidential nomination. While a political scandal brews, he decides to launch an independent bid. But backroom wheeling and dealing, a high-profile assassination, a constitutional showdown, and a personal crisis could derail his campaign. Will his newfound faith see him through? 448 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.7 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781439182413
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Publisher's Description

At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, California governor Robert Long got robbed.

It's a tight race between Long and Senator Salmon Stanley for the Democratic nomination for president. When Stanley triumphs, Long's delegates walk out, the media has a field day, and Long and his team -- including ace political strategist Jay Noble -- pack their bags and go home, knowing that whether Stanley fought fair or not, it's the end of the line.

Unless...Would Long consider running as an independent? Independent campaigns of the past, such as those of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader, have been more gesture than genuine threat -- but how might the Internet and modern communications technology change that? And are the American people so disgusted at the partisanship and gridlock of the two-party system -- in particular, is the right wing so fed up with the Republican Party -- that they would vote for an independent? Would Long even be able to get on the ballot in all fifty states?

A lively cast of characters struggles with issues of their own:

• Michael Kaplan, Senator Stanley's consigliere and alter ego, is a shrewd and ruthless campaigner -- but this time, has he gone too far? Can he avoid being indicted as scandal consumes the campaign?

• Harrison Flaherty is the incumbent vice president and the Republican nominee for president. He is confident of victory, but there remain major obstacles to his inauguration -- some that he is aware of, some that he cannot foresee...and some that can kill.

• Dr. A ndrew S tanton is a mega-church pastor and religious broadcaster whose millions of listeners (and their financial support) give him great influence in Washington. Vice President Flaherty wants and expects Stanton's support...but will Flaherty get it?

• Rassem el Zafarshan is in the United States with a band of terrorists, unlimited financing, and only one goal: to create an act of terrorism so horrific that it will make Americans forget about September 11, 2001 -- and bring about war between the United States and Iran. And in this election year, he knows just how to do it.

• Claire L ong, the wife of the governor, wants revenge against her husband's enemies, so she supports his presidential candidacy without question. But she has just one slight problem...

• Jay Noble has met a beautiful young woman who loves him, and he gets a second shot at winning a presidential campaign, one more chance to go out on top. But as the campaign grinds on, he has to wonder: Did he pick the right horse? And is the woman just too good to be true?

Author Ralph Reed's many years of political involvement at the highest levels have prepared him to identify and portray in fiction some of the most glaring problems in our current political system -- and to tell that story with characters so true to life that they could well be subjects of a news story.

Author Bio

Ralph Reed is chairman and chief executive officer of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm. He has worked on seven presidential campaigns and was senior adviser to President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns. He was chairman of the Georgia Republican Party in 2001-2002. He is Chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a grassroots advocacy organization. Formerly the executive director of the Christian Coalition, he earned a BA from the University of Georgia and PhD in American history from Emory University. He is the author of two bestselling nonfiction books. This is his first novel.

Editorial Reviews

"Ralph Reed, a top-flight political player, has done it again with Dark Horse. This political thriller is a spellbinding mix of suspense and intrigue that takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour of a bitter and hard-fought presidential campaign. Dark Horse, a timely account of the best and worst of American politics, is a must-read." -- Sean Hannity, host, The Sean Hannity Show, and cohost, Hannity & Colmes
"Ralph Reed has written a lively novel that crackles with real-life political drama. Dark Horse is a page-turner that combines an insider's knowledge of politics with the suspense of a thriller. You won't be able to put it down." -- Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush
"Only Ralph Reed is capable of extending a political thriller to the realm of the spiritual and the devotional. Dark Horse is an exciting read that beats even the real thing of 2008 for suspense and drama." -- Robert D. Novak, syndicated columnist and television commentator

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  1. Debbie Oxier
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    June 7, 2010
    Debbie Oxier

    This was an excellent book. By the time I was done I was wondering if there would be a sequel. I would definitely buy it! Not only was the behind-the-scenes look into the political world interesting, but the added suspense of the terrorist attack left you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next. I definitely think the main character's new-found faith is worth exploring as he steps into his role as president. I thought the characters were well-developed and look forward to seeing them again in a future work! Thanks for such an enjoyable read!

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