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I purchased The Assassin's Wife by newly published author Dan Daines because I like political thrillers and the average Amazon rating was 4.9 stars. The novel is fast moving, packed with action, has nice twists, and is very violent and gory.
Madison Hemsley-Tarlton, the protagonist, is picked by her party's US presidential nominee to be his running mate. The sitting president loses the election by 2 electoral making Madison VP-elect of the US. Then two weeks before they are to take office her presidential running mate, the president-elect, is assassinated by a sniper. Madison suffers a minor injury. The novel is set in the present so the US Constitution as amended determines Madison is to be president-elect,
Madison Hemsley-Tarlton is no ordinary person. She was a US Marine pilot and became the first woman to be awarded the Metal of Honor. She then started a technology company in Silicone Valley which she sold for a fortune; and then she did the same thing again. She then was elected governor of California. Meanwhile her husband of three years died seven years ago in the war in Afghanistan leaving her a the single mother of a very young daughter.
Important people in government and the private sector do not want Madison to take office, so they are determined to kill her using whatever means necessary. The only issues I have with The Assassin's Wife is the intensity and constancy of gory violence. Listeners who object likely should skip this novel.
This novel is my first exposure to narrator Andrea Bates. Her voice seems androgynous to me. She does male voices better than female voices. She also does a great job narrating.
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