These are formative days. In the last week, the 44th President of the United States signed many executive orders, finished his term and left the office. Immediately after, the 45th President of the United States took his oath and began signing executive orders to start his four year term.
The position of President is one of intrigue and mystery. Only 45 men have held the office. And don’t we all wonder what REALLY happens in the Oval Office? Oh, the secrets those walls must hold. With all the special late night meetings, phone calls, deals and negotiations, it is no wonder that so many thrillers are based in Washington D.C.’s politically steamy climate.
If you like to read political thrillers that will keep you up at night trying to figure out all the twists and turns the characters take, try these suggestions by Keith M. Donaldson:
A riveting, suspenseful introduction to Donaldson’s series, Death of an Intern features Laura Wolfe, a tenacious beat reporter for the Washington Star. Laura tracks a DC serial killer who butchers pregnant women and steals their fetuses, dumping the naked bodies with no identification in an obscure part of the city. When shown the body of victim number two, Laura recognizes her as someone she remembers from a reception for the vice president of the United States.
The victim is quickly identified as Janet Rausch, and Laura begins digging into her background. When the public Janet does not match with the private one, Laura begins to question whether there may have been more to Janet’s death than being a serial killing victim. Laura continues investigating and goes from the dirty back streets of DC to the nation’s capital, to the Virginia suburbs, and into the polished halls of political Washington, as the public is terrorized by a third murder, showing all the signs of the previous two.
“We don’t manufacture cures. We manufacture dependencies.”
So says the head pharmaceutical lobbyist to the majority leader of the United States Senate. Soon after that utterance, a miracle-cure cancer drug is rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration because of purported side effects.
A first-year senator, Roanne Dalton senses illegal activity in her own party, but is powerless to act on her own. Instead, she seeks an objective investigator and turns to the well-respected and savvy Washington Daily Star reporter Laura Wolfe.
Senator Dalton and Laura suspect a Capitol Hill conspiracy with horrific consequences—keeping this anxiously awaited drug away from the American people—a conspiracy of greed and deceit that, without warning, turns deadly.
Senate Cloakroom Cabal is the second installment in the thrilling Laura Wolfe series, following Death of an Intern.
Rude Awakenings by Keith M. Donaldson
On his first day in office, Centrist Party President Mike Macdonald is awakened by the words, “Sir, there’s been a nuclear explosion.”
In a nanosecond, his agenda revolving around a carefully crafted financial, economic, and military renewal program for America changes. Millions of American citizens have been slaughtered and displaced. His vice president, former Indiana Governor Bryanna Dudley, is being flown out of DC on Air Force Two and will initiate the rescue and recovery organization from 40,000 feet.
Macdonald must hold the government together, but in the midst of dealing with untold aspects of the aftermath and searching for the terrorists responsible, a global currency manipulation begins devaluing the US dollar. As the country’s plight rapidly deteriorates, Macdonald creates an international financial scam that must work.
Invoking your courage, sense of romance, and fervor for overcoming the malicious, Rude Awakenings gives new meaning to the words “political thriller.”
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