"Balance of Power" is a chilling, fictionalized account of the politics of gun control in the United States. The book is well written. Mr. Patterson's writing style, although sometimes technical, is easily understood. It is also apparent that he has done his research on gun violence, the workings of Congress, and the relative laws. He goes into detailed descriptions of political haggling, depositions, and Senate hearings.
A good read, this novel raises legitimate questions even if you don't agree with Patterson's politics. I give it 4 stars.
This is a book about the Presidency, special-interest politics and gun violence. Richard North Patterson, again, does an admirable job of telling a good story and showing us how all of these subjects give insight into how Washington works.
Richard North Patterson is always good. Great plots, fast action, good depth, and a good, head twisting mystery. This is one after his Balance of Power, about Kerry Kilcannon, president of the US, and his fiance Lara Costello, a tv journalist. High stakes politics and mystery - very good.
A novel of political issues, gun control and abortion rights, with a young President and his fiance television journalist forced to reveal their most personal lives. Ponts out the hypocrisy of our representatives in Washington giving in to the gun rights lobby.
My copy of this book is in pristine condition because I read very little of it. I've been reading Richard North Patterson since he started being published, but his set of three Kerry Kilcannon books left me cold. I think I finished the first one ("No Safe Place"), but may not have. I know I didn't finish the second ("Protect and Defend"), and I barely got into this one at all. All three books cover the candidacy and presidency of the fictional Kerry Kilcannon, whose political beliefs are totally at odds with my own. It's bad enough having a real live liberal loon in the White House who seems to be working hard to destroy the country I love; I just can't stomach spending the short time I have left on earth reading about a fictional one.
That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed everything else Patterson has written. His prose is excellent, his characters lively, and his plots usually hold my interest.
I read enough of this book to see that Patterson was about nine years ahead of his time when he completed it in 2003, since the main focus of the book is gun violence and its aftermath. You've probably already guessed what my position is on gun control. Having spent over twenty years in the military, I have an deep and abiding respect for the policeman in uniform, but that doesn't change the fact that the job of the police is reactive - they show up after a crime has been committed and do their best to apprehend the doer. I believe that when it comes to my personal safety, I need to be proactive - I need to take some personal responsibility. 9/11 and the brave actions of the passengers on United Flight 93 taught me that. They didn't sit passively by waiting for an air marshal while the terrorists carried out their plans; they took some action.
Patterson says in an Afterword that this completes his Kerry Kilcannon trilogy; I couldn't be happier - maybe I'll be able to finish the next of his books I attempt.
When the president and a TV journalist finally marry, 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.