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Subject: Need political thriller recs
Date Posted: 5/12/2009 10:32 PM ET
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My brother is looking for recommendations for political thrillers where a journalist uncovers a plot or coverup of some kind.  I wasn't able to think of anything, but I thought that my fellow swappers might have some good ideas.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 8:29 AM ET
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He might like  Richard North Patterson, David Baldacci, Tom Clancy




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Date Posted: 5/13/2009 4:12 PM ET
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I've always found Frederick Forsyth absolutely gripping. His protagonists tend to be disaffected spies or soldiers though.

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Date Posted: 5/13/2009 5:01 PM ET
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Has he tried Robert Ludlum?  They started during the Cold War so there are spies and Russians.  He's still writing and the last one I read didn't have the KGB in it. :) 

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 1:39 PM ET
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Take a look at the Political Thriller series by Joel Rosenberg. It's more contemporary.

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 2:10 PM ET
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Margaret Truman's Capitol Crimes series is another thought

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 2:21 PM ET
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A few that come to mind that haven't been mentioned:

The Manchurian Candidate - Richard Condon

Body of Lies - David Ignatius

The Ghost - Robert Harris

Palace Council - Stephen Carter

All the President's Men - Woodward & Bernstein

Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 4:53 PM ET
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Try Brad Metzler - The Book of Lies, The Book of Fate

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 8:57 PM ET
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There are a lot of excellent political thriller writers out there:


Brad Thor

Vince Flynn

Daniel Silva's  The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season  (I seem to remember one of them having the journalist angle)

Alex Berenson

Robert Ludlum

Ted Bell





Date Posted: 5/15/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Has he tried Robert Ludlum?  They started during the Cold War so there are spies and Russians.  He's still writing and the last one I read didn't have the KGB in it. :)


Robert Ludlum isn't still writing.  He passed away in 2001.  Any books that came out after that date (and there are a fair number of them) were done by ghost writers.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 9:58 PM ET
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Someone already mentioned David Ignatius' Body of Lies.  He also has several more books with the same characters.  He is a journalist with the Washington Post and uses alot of political intrigue in his novels. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Vince Flynn books are great! I am still on the first one, but I know his books are enjoyed by many.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 9:27 AM ET
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Most of those mentioned are more 'spy thrillers'...is that what you meant by "political thrillers?" Or are you looking for books that feature actual politicans, like senators, cabinet members, etc? Not too many of those around, I don't think. 

I cut my teeth on John le Carre and still enjoy re-reading his books. Tom Clancy's first few were brilliant, now are just bloated. I recently have read all three of Alex Berenson's John Wells series which is VERY up to date, and which I enjoyed.


Subject: Political thrillers
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Another Brad Meltzer is "The Zero Game".  Senators, congressmen (persons) and Capitol Hill.  Scary thoughts.  My favorites right now are the Camel Club series by David Baldacci.  I won't allow myself to list this on my bookshelf yet.  Have to savor for a while until I read the 4th, Divine Justice.  Anybody ready to give that one up?

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Date Posted: 6/7/2009 8:27 PM ET
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All the President's Men - Woodward & Bernstein

Sheila mentioned this one above. IT was the first to come to my mind as well when you asked for a book where a reporter uncovers a plot.  It is a true story, but very good and  if your brother likes it, Woodward has written others that are all about real presidential controversies. They are all very well written and interesting.

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Date Posted: 6/15/2009 10:48 PM ET
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vince flynn, david baldacci, richard north patterson, christopher reich, philip margolin

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