The following information was submitted by David Whittingham of the Des Plaines Public Library.
With election season in full swing, I am getting tired of listening to all the real politicians. I reach a point where I just start disliking all the candidates. That’s a good time to go and find some fictional candidates that I can either love or hate without having to worry about how they might impact my real life. I am talking about reading political fiction.
An older book that I always think of during election season is Primary Colors. It was initially published anonymously but it was later revealed to be written by journalist Joe Klein. Primary Colors covers a particularly colorful election campaign that closely mirrored Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. It was also made into a movie.
The novel O was also published anonymously and aspires to give the same treatment to Obama’s campaign and presidency as Primary Colors did for Clinton’s.
I am a big fan of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. Rapp is a counterterrorism secret agent in the CIA and real tough guy. Several of his books deal with threats on the White House. The newest is Kill Shot and it looks back at a younger Mitch Rapp, earlier in his career when he was assigned to track down and assassinate a terrorist in Paris. The books are full of adrenaline, so hold on.
For other good authors who write political thrillers look into Brad Meltzer, Steve Martini, Richard North Patterson, David Baldacci, Phillip Margolin or ask at the Des Plaines Public Library.