Lucky Bastard

By Charles McCarry
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14.40 Hours 10/01/2007 unabridged
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From the master of suspense and political intrigue comes this hilarious and richly perceptive novel about a gifted politician with dangerous friends and a zipper problem. John Fitzgerald Adams, known by the voters who love him as Jack, has good reason to believe he is the illegitimate son of John F. Kennedy. His goal is the same as that of any Kennedy: to reclaim the presidency and enjoy as many women as possible along the way. Jack possesses an unerring political genius for charming voters and advancing his own interests, but he can’t make it to the Oval Office without financial support. Luckily, his talents have been recognized by some radical Russians who are happy to invest heavily in his rise to power. As Jack marches toward the presidency, those who realize the truth about his sinister connections try to stop him—but will anyone believe them?

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Summary

Summary

From the master of suspense and political intrigue comes this hilarious and richly perceptive novel about a gifted politician with dangerous friends and a zipper problem.

John Fitzgerald Adams, known by the voters who love him as Jack, has good reason to believe he is the illegitimate son of John F. Kennedy. His goal is the same as that of any Kennedy: to reclaim the presidency and enjoy as many women as possible along the way.

Jack possesses an unerring political genius for charming voters and advancing his own interests, but he can’t make it to the Oval Office without financial support. Luckily, his talents have been recognized by some radical Russians who are happy to invest heavily in his rise to power. As Jack marches toward the presidency, those who realize the truth about his sinister connections try to stop him—but will anyone believe them?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Darkly entertaining…a corrosively penetrating view of the contemporary cultural ethos.” New York Times
“In a novel full of puppets and puppeteers, it is McCarry who controls all the strings—and he does it with practiced hands that are also daring. McCarry is a more profound moralist than any of his characters, and the most politically astute of all.” Boston Globe
“[McCarry has] put not only his sprightly writing style to good use but also his nuanced feel for the worlds of espionage and electoral politics. The final product is a marvelous mix of elements of the Drudge Report, The Manchurian Candidate and Primary Colors on steroids.” Wall Street Journal
“Darkly byzantine and wildly perceptive…McCarry rips the skeletons from Clinton’s wide-open closet and clothes them with the slightly tattered grandeur of Camelot…you may never again watch the evening news without a raised eyebrow and a ‘What if…?’ on your lips.” Amazon.com
“Wonderfully realistic and compelling…[McCarry’s] exploration of base human compulsions never flags as he carefully lays out an absolutely seamless plot…a political novel done with great expertise and creativity.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Charles McCarry

Charles McCarry is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels and nine nonfiction books. He is a former editor-at-large of National Geographic and has contributed dozens of articles, short stories, and poems to leading national magazines. His op-ed pieces and other essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. For ten years he served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 14.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English