When both the Vice-President, The Secretary of State and the President of the United States are presumed dead after both Air Force One and Two go down into two different bodies of water, the Speaker of the House, Chambliss T. Parkes, becomes the President of the United States. Despised by many, Parkes sets the nation on a course in which his secret dealings with a Syrian billionaire are put into play. The result is both political and economic chaos.
Bill Thompson’s Order of Succession: Getting Away With Murder (Ascendente Books, 2016) is an intense, scary, and even troubling look at what might happen when an unprincipled elected official becomes the official leader of the Free World. Filled with shady characters and a fast-paced narrative from beginning to end, Order of Succession offers the reader a glimpse into terrorism, global economic power, and an unbridled political grab for power.
As Parkes takes the reins of government, he methodically replaces the cabinet of the missing (and presumed dead) President Harry Harrison as well as two Supreme Court Justices who die under mysterious circumstances. But there are forces at work, silently and quickly, who are seeking to keep Parkes from staying on as President and implementing his plans.
This book was a fascinating and fun read. The characters are unique (and some readers will be tempted to draw parallels to current political figures) as well as credible. The plot is unique (and a bit unsettling) and kept my interest throughout the book.
I gave Order of Succession a four-star rating on Goodreads.
Note: I received an advanced copy of this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.