Official Review: The Wingman by David Pepper

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Official Review: The Wingman by David Pepper

Post by CaitlynLynch » 09 Mar 2018, 06:41

[Following is an official review of "The Wingman" by David Pepper.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Wingman is the second in David Pepper’s series about political reporter Jack Sharpe. Full disclosure; I haven’t read The People’s House, the first in the series, and there are events and characters referenced in The Wingman which are obviously from that story. However, I didn’t find that my lack of knowledge regarding the first book was an impediment to enjoying this one. The story stands perfectly well alone.

Now a high-flyer at a political news station, Jack Sharpe sees something strange while moderating his first TV debate between the Democratic candidates vying to be their party’s nominee for the presidency. One of the candidates is distinctly uncomfortable with talking about events during his military career which earned him a Silver Star, and Jack’s journalistic instincts take over. There’s a story to be found, and he and his team of intrepid researchers will follow, no matter where it leads. Through the complex world of special interest groups and dark-money SuperPACs, Jack must follow the story, even when it leads into terrible danger, because nothing less than the future of the free world may depend on it.

The author is the current Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, and his knowledge of politics and the law really shines through in his writing. As a British-born Australian, the American political system appears opaque and quite bizarre to me, but the process of electing a Presidential nominee at least is a lot more understandable after reading this book. David Pepper never overwhelms you with jargon, but includes explanations and procedure seamlessly within the structure of the story.

This is an absolutely riveting read. I couldn’t put it down until the very end, because the action just kept on coming. I won’t spoil the ending, but suffice it to say there were several intriguing little twists I didn’t see coming, and I finished the book musing on the aphorism “if you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas”. Considering the current events in American politics, this couldn’t be more timely, though any politicians with a scandal hidden in their pasts might find it hits a little too close to home!

I’d strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good political or action thriller. I’m an extremely picky proofreader, but I didn’t find a single spelling error or typo to distract from my enjoyment of the story. I have no hesitation in rating The Wingman four out of four stars.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 10 Mar 2018, 09:59

This book sounds right up my alley! I love thrillers and politics. Thanks for the review!!

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Mar 2018, 12:05

I do love intriguing little twists that come unexpectedly. However, there are enough political games going on in real life. I don't feel the need to read fiction about politics.
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Post by NL Hartje » 11 Mar 2018, 10:23

Wow, chairman of his state political party AND a fiction author?! I'd say this guy is one cool cat.
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Post by Jkhorner » 12 Mar 2018, 12:38

This book sounds absolutely intriguing, no less because the author is entrenched in politics himself! It would be quite embarrassing for this book to be full of grammar errors, so I'm glad you didn't find any! Thanks for the engaging and thorough review.

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Post by Irene C » 12 Mar 2018, 18:31

Thank you for this review. I’d put the first Popper novel on my To Read list, and it’s good to learn that the sequel should be there too. (I’m a political junkie.)
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Post by londonmartine » 17 Mar 2018, 05:47

Sounds like a great book! Also, not to be shallow, but I really like the cover! I think that's quite important (am currently reading/reviewing a book which has a bizarrely incongruous and uninspiring cover so am noticing this stuff more).

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Post by ViziVoir » 20 Mar 2018, 20:52

Definitely a book that's relevant to modern events in politics. I'm interested in how literature like this will reflect social norms in politics, especially in the days to come.

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