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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

An epic story that moves with force, passion, and authority, Balance of Power begins when President Kerry Kilcannon and television journalist Lara Costello at last decide to marry. But the momentous occasion is followed by an unspeakable tragedy — a massacre of innocents by gunfire — that ignites a high-stakes game of politics and legal maneuvering in the Senate, the courtroom, and across the country, which the charismatic but untested young President is determined to win at any cost. But in the incendiary clash over gun violence and gun rights, the cost to both Kilcannons may be even higher than he imagined.

Review:

"Richard North Patterson has a keen eye for how Washington really works. His portrait of the gun lobby is right on — both in terms of its power and its political tactics. A must read for anyone interested in the gun debate." Former President Bill Clinton

Review:

"Longer than it need be and occasionally repetitious, but redeemed, scene after scene, by bare-knuckle, page-turning, political infighting. For ordinary folk, it's good enough stuff. For political junkies, think Harry Potter." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Balance of Power is a compelling story, fully worthy of Richard North Patterson, which is made even more intriguing by its detailed insight into the world of special-interests politics in Washington, D.C." Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent

Review:

"Though the mudslinging and K Street power-brokering shtick sometimes veer into the predictable, the 612-page tome's oh-so-revealing peek inside the Beltway will leave you lobbying for more. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Balance of Power is no holiday gift for the NRA, but it should work for the thoughtful reader concerned about the staggering number of gun homicides in America." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Patterson combines serious contemporary issues — domestic violence, presidential politics, late-term abortion — with an accessible writing style that has resulted in seven consecutive international best sellers." Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

Review:

"Balance of Power is a rip-roaring novel about guns, lawyers, and politics. Richard North Patterson has extraordinary insight into how Washington works, and a complex and heartfelt understanding of the effects of gun violence on our society. This is a great read by a masterful writer." Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Review:

"Patterson is known for his intricate law-and-politics-laced crime fiction, but lawmaking trumps suspense in this novel and may leave his fans wanting for more." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Patterson has done his homework, and Balance of Power presents a clear picture of the arguments and political realities on both sides of the debate." The Denver Post

Review:

"A powerful, in your face, condemnation of the American political system that abets gun violence....Patterson makes no apologies as he denounces a system in which money buys Congressional votes [and] ethics mean nothing." The Midwest Book Review

Review:

"A masterpiece....From the first page, President Kilcannon faces plot twists that challenge his resourcefulness and moral character." The Tulsa World

Review:

"Balance of Power and Protect and Defend stand as a remarkable project in popular fiction: an extension of the genre of the legal thriller to explore the morality and strategies of U.S.'s greatest civic controversies." The Guardian (London)

Review:

"Patterson deftly keeps it all together, making even an amendment on tort reform seem exciting....There is little doubt where the author's opinions are aimed, but he does try to maintain balance, delivering a beefy book that holds a reader's attention from the first page to the last." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"How come I couldn't put it down? Simply, Patterson is very good at what he does. He creates a black and white environment, a world in which people are either good or bad." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Synopsis:

Patterson's landmark New York Times bestselling novel that cuts into the heart of politics, law, and the tragedy of gun violence.

About the Author

Richard North Patterson's twelve novels include eight consecutive international bestsellers; critics compared his novel Protect and Defend to such novels as Allen Drury's Advise and Consent and Gore Vidal's Lincoln. Formerly a trial lawyer, Mr. Patterson served as the SEC's liaison to the Watergate Special Prosecutor, and is now on the boards of several Washington-based advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and reproductive rights. He lives with his wife, Laurie, and their family on Martha's Vineyard.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345450180
Author:
Patterson, Richard North
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Presidents' spouses
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Washington, d. c.
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
6.90x4.25x1.11 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 624 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345450180 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Richard North Patterson has a keen eye for how Washington really works. His portrait of the gun lobby is right on — both in terms of its power and its political tactics. A must read for anyone interested in the gun debate."
"Review" by , "Longer than it need be and occasionally repetitious, but redeemed, scene after scene, by bare-knuckle, page-turning, political infighting. For ordinary folk, it's good enough stuff. For political junkies, think Harry Potter."
"Review" by , "Balance of Power is a compelling story, fully worthy of Richard North Patterson, which is made even more intriguing by its detailed insight into the world of special-interests politics in Washington, D.C."
"Review" by , "Though the mudslinging and K Street power-brokering shtick sometimes veer into the predictable, the 612-page tome's oh-so-revealing peek inside the Beltway will leave you lobbying for more. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Balance of Power is no holiday gift for the NRA, but it should work for the thoughtful reader concerned about the staggering number of gun homicides in America."
"Review" by , "Patterson combines serious contemporary issues — domestic violence, presidential politics, late-term abortion — with an accessible writing style that has resulted in seven consecutive international best sellers."
"Review" by , "Balance of Power is a rip-roaring novel about guns, lawyers, and politics. Richard North Patterson has extraordinary insight into how Washington works, and a complex and heartfelt understanding of the effects of gun violence on our society. This is a great read by a masterful writer."
"Review" by , "Patterson is known for his intricate law-and-politics-laced crime fiction, but lawmaking trumps suspense in this novel and may leave his fans wanting for more."
"Review" by , "Patterson has done his homework, and Balance of Power presents a clear picture of the arguments and political realities on both sides of the debate."
"Review" by , "A powerful, in your face, condemnation of the American political system that abets gun violence....Patterson makes no apologies as he denounces a system in which money buys Congressional votes [and] ethics mean nothing."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece....From the first page, President Kilcannon faces plot twists that challenge his resourcefulness and moral character."
"Review" by , "Balance of Power and Protect and Defend stand as a remarkable project in popular fiction: an extension of the genre of the legal thriller to explore the morality and strategies of U.S.'s greatest civic controversies."
"Review" by , "Patterson deftly keeps it all together, making even an amendment on tort reform seem exciting....There is little doubt where the author's opinions are aimed, but he does try to maintain balance, delivering a beefy book that holds a reader's attention from the first page to the last."
"Review" by , "How come I couldn't put it down? Simply, Patterson is very good at what he does. He creates a black and white environment, a world in which people are either good or bad."
"Synopsis" by , Patterson's landmark New York Times bestselling novel that cuts into the heart of politics, law, and the tragedy of gun violence.
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