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Access to Power Audiobook

Access to Power

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Three weeks before a crucial senatorial election, a man is gunned down execution-style in a D.C. office. Police are quick to call it a case of robbery gone bad, but Frank Miles suspects something far more sinister behind the murder of his business partner.

Washington's most feared image maker, Frank's ruthless media manipulation has earned him countless admirers...and just as many enemies. Now, for the first time in his life, Frank's met his match in a shadowy schemer as clever as himself - but far more lethal.

As the body count rises, Frank becomes the US Attorney's chief suspect - and a cunning killer's next target. From the underground tunnels networking Capitol Hill to the dome high above, his race for the truth - and his life - will bring him face-to-face with power at its deadliest extremes - where winning isn't everything...it's the only thing.

With his debut novel, L.A. Times best-selling author Robert Ellis raises the stakes in a heart pounding thriller set in Washington that feels so inside and so twisted it reeks of the darkest truth.

©2011 Robert Ellis (P)2016 Robert Ellis

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    Norma Miles 22/02/2017
    Norma Miles 22/02/2017
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    ""Dogs were hard to stop.""
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    A superb rendition of a complex, suspended filled mystery set at the heart of the democratic system. Just wonderful.<br/>Frank Miles is pretty happy with his life. He and Woody, his friend from college, had together built a very successful political media consultancy making money and with powerful clients, many in their positions through the agency's help. He was even a friend and consultant to the President. His latest, most ambitious assignment was to ensure the election as Senator of Mel Murdoch, a mediocre man but the son of a multimillionaire with plenty of money to back his aspirations. But his opponent was a good man, if rather dull, and so Frank was enjoying using all of the creative energies required to push his client ahead in the race.<br/>Then Frank's friend and partner is murdered, apparently by a young thief, also found shot dead just outside their offices. And from this point on, Frank's life will never be the same.<br/><br/>The book is well written with the more gentle beginnings laying down the groundwork of characters and the general workings of the agency with the indicators of the make or break power that it wields, a terrifying peek behind the political election curtain that feels all too possible. Then it speeds as action follows action, and a tangle of ideas and leads emerge as further deaths follow and the who? and why? mystery is chased. Strong personalities emerge, some quite bizarre, like the hit man who listens to self help audiobooks as he drives around Washington.<br/><br/>A complex and exciting book needs a good narrator and Andrew Tell is superb, giving realistic and easily identifiable voices to each of the numerous protagonists, big and small. He fits the reading to the text perfectly, by subtle inflection picking up ugly undertones and ramping up the tensions inherent in the story. A masterful performance.<br/><br/>I was very fortunate in being gifted a copy of Access to Power by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. This was a book I found very hard to stop once I began to listen and was swept along with the machinations of the political world, the dirty tricks and, of course, the action packed twists and turns of the story itself. As one of the characters comments, "It's not a dog eat dog world any more ... It's rat eat rat. Winner takes all." For me, this book was a winner in every way and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    29/12/16
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    "Washington Conspiracy festival!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Ellis and/or Andrew Tell?

    Yes, very well thought out ( if not somewhat "out there" ) and well performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The central characters are well drawn, and their responses to the situations they are put in are "relatively" realistic.


    What does Andrew Tell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Authenticity.


    Could you see Access to Power being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps on Amazon Prime. 2nd tier character actors.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook by the author in exchange for an unbiased review which is what this it. <br/>This is a somewhat derivative, yet at times fascinating DC conspiracy drama, with enough character development and story lines to remain unique. Worth the credit , especially in the category.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Los Angeles, US, Canada
    13/08/17
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    "Trite and hyperbolic"

    Ellis is a good writer but that was a bad book. Give him another chance. His Lena Gamble is first rate

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terminator Fan
    23/01/17
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    "Riveting!"

    Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    I really enjoy these types of stories. Sure, they often follow a certain formula, but that's OK. I don't think I've ever listened to one quite like this, though, with the main protagonist being a political adviser/consultant. So that was new and interesting. Anyway, it was enjoyable and there was never a dull moment. The narrator did a solid job as well. Kept me pulled in to what was going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    12/01/17
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    "Great book!!"

    I'm not much into politics. However, this book kept me interested the whole time! Great plot and I never figured out how it was going to end until the end!! Take a chance - you won't be disappointed!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Please note that I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the producer for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Machelle Williams
    Ashburn, VA
    10/01/17
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    "Nicely Done!"

    This was a well told story about corruption and politics. At first, you think you know where it is going and then it takes a couple of very nice twists, just to keep you guessing. The narration was well done, and I thoroughly enjoyed my listening experience.

    A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review, which I have just given!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thugsly
    10/01/17
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    "kinda slow start, but finishes strong"

    very good government conspiracy novel. It took me a while to get fully emotionally invested in it but once I did I couldn't stop listening, this is not my usual genre but I enjoyed this thriller 100%

    I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dee
    LA
    31/12/16
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    "A great mystery with great narration"
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    I love mysteries and this one did not disappoint. It was an incredible rollercoaster ride and I spent the last hour listening as I paced the floor. What an ending!<br/><br/>The narrator kept me engaged and actually ratcheted up the nervous tension and angst and anxiety of all involved. Kudos!<br/><br/>This book was written in 2003 (or something like that) but it made for a very real political scenario for present day. Kinda scary actually.<br/><br/>If you love mysteries, do yourself a favor and download this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/12/16
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    "A political mystery with all the twist and turns."

    A political mystery with all the twist and turns you expect and some you don't. Although sometimes a little preachy and shots taken at all the easy targets, it will still draw you into story until you can't set it aside.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merrci
    Brookings OR United States
    26/12/16
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    "A Fantastic Surprise"

    Still thinking about the complexities in this novel! It was excellent.

    When I first chose this audiobook I was a little concerned the political manipulation might be too depressing. I’m pleased to say I was so wrong. The story is terrific. Very well done, well written, and suspenseful--every page suspenseful. Within a couple of chapters I was hooked, needing to know what was going to happen next.

    Two men, running for the senate. The men behind their campaigns will do whatever it takes for their candidate to win. That is, ALMOST anything. Someone appears to have no lines he won't cross. Will the truth come out before the election?


    Loved it. The audio is excellent with Andrew Tell narrating. I will be looking for more books by Mr. Ellis and narrator Andrew Tell. It is very fast paced, with so many twists and starts it will keep you clinging to the story right to the end.

    Do listen to it or read it. You won't be disappointed. It’s a great thriller!

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. You can read my full review on Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    23/12/16
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    "OK"

    Access to Power is just okay. Two things I enjoy are politics and mystery suspense books; even though this book has both it just fell short. .

    In the middle of a political campaign Frank Miles, the main character, is a campaign consultant, believing you can win anything with attitude. He spins the truth, and cuts the opponents down to nothing and then the tables turn.

    I had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't feel like the characters weren't very well developed nor very likable and I felt the intrigue was contrived.

    Andrew Tell has a voice that is suited to the multiple characters in the story. He has an easy listening voice that I will look forward to hearing again.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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