Review: To Kill The President – Sam Bourne

Series: Maggie Costello 3

My version: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Harper Collins
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9780007413720
Pages: 416

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.
A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.
The unthinkable has happened…
The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford ‘Mac’ McNamara.
When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it’s clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.
Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President – and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant – or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

First off, I had no idea that this was a novel in a series, or a series featuring the character Maggie Costello when I started.

If I remember rightly, when this was first published, there was some kerfuffle along the lines of ‘was it about Trump?’ like, was it a guide book, or an instruction manual? The scenario of a complete racist madman at the top of the American political tree being common to both what was laughingly referred to as the Trump administration and the book’s plot.

Unfortunately, no one used it as an idea or a manual or an instruction book, as you know and the ‘unthinkable’ part of the blurb above, completely lost it’s shock power over those horrendous four years.

Of course, the woman here is beautiful. You do wish that for once in books like these, she wouldn’t be. “A face like the back of a bus,” would do just nicely. I mean, it really is uncanny how so many of the world’s most beautiful women aren’t Instagram influencers, but are top agents and leading scientists, bomb disposal experts (as Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath‘s last love-interest was), and so on.

All in all, it is well worth reading. It’s story and premise is batther than a lot of the same kind of thrillers out there. I thought it was many time in the kind of ball-park that Vince Flynn would have been very, very good at portraying, going on his superb non-Mitch Rapp book Term Limits. And, am I right in thinking Sam Bourne isn’t his real name?

You can buy To Kill The President from The Book Depository

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