Following is the 5 Star Review written by Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer for Amazon.com. He titles the Review, “Fiction or predictive”
“South Carolina author Kenneth J. Kerr comes to this intriguingly timely novel with enough professional experience to make the reader embrace his fictional book – or is it prophetic? He was engaged in a successful business career on an international level, living in Hong Kong and Japan before retiring to live in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (an area in Siberia) for a year as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching business courses at a University and serving as a business consultant for small businesses until he was expelled by the Russian government! He now resides on Hilton Head, SC and summers on Lake Charlevoix, Michigan and from these vantages he creates his enthralling and controversial novels.
Everyone is aware of the potential candidacy of what would be the first woman President. Kerr takes this possibility, turns it into reality and as his book opens we are in the White House as President Carolyn Holliday, former governor of California, and staff are briefed. The language here (as throughout the book) is as follows: `”Madam President, as you know we believe there is a cell of Al Qaeda terrorists who are in our country with the intention of detonating one or more dirty bombs somewhere in the Washington D.C. area. Members of a prominent family in D.C. are assisting them. Earlier today, two brothers from that family eluded our people who were watching them. One of the brothers was later seen in D.C., with two other men in his car, when he stopped to pick up two additional men we believe are part of the terrorist cell. Late this afternoon, the two suspected terrorists returned to their apartment. One of the men was wearing a backpack, which he didn’t have when he left his apartment early this morning. We believe the backpack may contain one of the bombs, and we believe their attack may be imminent. “We are recommending the FBI and CIA raid the suspects’ apartment, take them into custody for interrogation, and confiscate any evidence in the apartment, hopefully one of the dirty bombs.”
Alert: similarities vis-à-vis parallels with today’s Washington DC are evident and rather than distorting those facts Kerr instead makes the most of them: The President is a Democrat and both houses of Congress are Republican. In addition to the Al Qaeda threat there are scandals (a retired San Francisco police officer commits suicide, or foul play intervened, senior Senator dies of an apparent heart attack, the etiology of the attack is uncertain, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court likewise dies of an apparent heart attack) and what Kerr is posing is the manner in which a woman president can cope with the rigors of it all. Kerr allows us to enter into the diplomacy by offering the early days of Carolyn’s presidency and the manner in which she adjusts. The results make for a fascinating novel, a novel of intrigue, mystery, scandal, terrorism – all delivered by a master sleuth of an author. This is a novel superbly written but also prescient – or not….Decide for yourself. It goes without saying that Kenneth J. Kerr is carving out a potentially highly successful career as an author.” Review written by Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer for Amazon.com. August 14, 2014