Shelley's Heart

Shelley's Heart

Book - 2009
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The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen through computer fraud. On the eve of the Inauguration, the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and his party, and bring down the Constitution. From this crisis, master storyteller Charles McCarry, author of the classic thrillers The Tears of Autumn and The Last Supper weaves a masterpiece of political intrigue. Shelley's Heart is so gripping in its realism and so striking in its foresight that McCarry's devoted readers may view this tale of love, murder, betrayal, and life-or-death struggles for the political soul of America as an act of prophecy.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2009, c1995
ISBN: 9781590201732
Characteristics: 558 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 24, 2014

A fable, a political novel, a satire. Tweaks most every off-center political and social meme. Starts slow and gathers speed. I recommend reading at least one other McCarry novel before trying this one; The Miernik Dossier, for example.

The book has two morals. "The ends justify the means" is a dangerous belief; and, a belief in the inherent superiority of an aristocracy of any sort is equally dangerous. (You may not agree with this assessment; just my opinion.)

A note on the sex scenes: I recall two, one of which was satiric in intent. (If there were more, I wasn't paying attention, which says something about them.) If a couple of graphic scenes will put you off, don't read this book.

Dec 01, 2013

Taking back after reading 2 chapters. It's a huge book of 551 pages that could be only 300 pages if the minutia is removed. Boring...also Mr. McCarry relies too much on sex to fill his pages that tend to drone on and on.

Too bad, his plots and main character could be fascinating.


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