"A fun to read thriller"
There is three weeks to go in the Virginia race for the US
Senate when the Lou Kay camp begins to attack their
opponent's wealth and residence. Frank Miles knows that his
candidate Mel Merdock is in trouble and seems on the verge
of losing. He needs a new strategy and not just one that
tries to counter the Kay attack, which is quite accurate.
However, Frank, whose reputation is to do anything to win,
including destroy a life with a lie (just ask Ozzie Olson)
now has a new problem. Apparently, a teen with a record
broke into his office and murdered Frank's partner, who in
turn killed his slayer. Frank sees inconsistencies with the
police description of the crime. He begins his own
investigation, following a trail of corpses that will show
how far candidates will go to become elected.
Does the premise behind ACCESS TO POWER seem implausible?
At first perhaps yes, but when one considers some of the
incidents in real life elections in other areas, perhaps
this fast-paced story line could happen. This tale works
because Frank seems genuine as he takes one step leading to
several others before he realizes his life is in jeopardy.
Though why Frank became a target of the killer is not
clear, Robert Ellis has written a novel that depicts the
potential extremes in today's election system. More than
just John McCain will enjoy this interesting novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 31, 2001