Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid has found himself smack in the middle of more than a few controversies and deadly predicaments-and the unexpected leap from his modest Tulsa law offices to Washington, D.C.'s Senate chamber hasn't taken the edge off Ben's knack for stepping into the line of fire. Now the idealistic junior senator is plunged into the thick of lethal intrigue when a shocking campaign of terror against key government officials rocks the nation's capital. The nightmare begins with the abduction and murder of the director of Homeland Security; escalates with the killing of the Senate minority leader; and comes to a shattering climax at the site of the Oklahoma City Memorial, where a fusillade of sniper fire meant for the president claims unintended victims. In all, twelve people perish in the melee. But the smoke has barely cleared when the stunned nation is sent reeling yet again by the president's impassioned call to amend the U.S. Constitution with an antiterrorism law that would drastically curtail civil liberties. It's a hot-button issue, and the chief executive has handpicked Ben to help harvest the support that will make the amendment a reality. Shaken by the carnage, Ben embraces the president's radical cause and takes the battle for the controversial bill to the Senate floor. But he can't ignore his growing suspicion that what's haunting Capitol Hill isn't the specter of foreign terrorism but something much closer to home. Now, with his support team backing his play, Ben squares off against what could be the most dangerous Goliath he's ever challenged.
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by The Speech Resource Company
by The Speech Resource Company, Robert Wikstrom
"William Bernhardt's novel highlights the dangers that result when elected officials and the public rush to judgment in the name of national security. While the story--in which the first lady, director of Homeland Security, and other elected officials are murdered, presumably by terrorists--stretches credibility, it is thoroughly entertaining. Narrator Stephen Hoye's performance is perfect. No matter what the situation, Hoye rises to the occasion, delivering one memorable scene after another. Among the highlights is when Senator Ben Kincaid's wife, Christina, is confronted with allegedly incriminating photos of her husband and turns the tables on the federal agents trying to "persuade" her to support a Constitutional amendment that would cripple the Bill of Rights. The scene, like the book itself, is pure pleasure. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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