By William Bernhardt
Oklahoma safeguard lawyer Ben Kincaid has discovered himself smack in the course of various controversies and lethal predicaments–and the unforeseen jump from his modest Tulsa legislations places of work to Washington, D.C.’s Senate chamber hasn’t taken the sting off Ben’s knack for entering into the road of fireplace. Now the idealistic junior senator is plunged into the thick of deadly intrigue while a stunning crusade of terror opposed to key executive officers rocks the nation’s capital.
The nightmare starts off with the kidnapping and homicide of the director of fatherland protection; escalates with the killing of the Senate minority chief, who's felled in his workplace through an envelope laced with weaponized poison; and springs to a shattering climax on the web site of the Oklahoma urban Memorial, the place a fusillade of sniper hearth intended for the president claims accidental sufferers. In all, twelve humans perish within the melee, whereas Ben himself narrowly escapes a car-bomb blast that leaves his ally, Tulsa cop Mike Morelli, comatose. however the smoke has slightly cleared whilst the surprised state is distributed reeling all over again by means of the president’s impassioned name to amend the U.S. structure with an antiterrorism legislation that might vastly curtail civil liberties.
It’s a hot-button factor bound to bitterly divide the Beltway and the rustic. the executive government has handpicked Ben to assist harvest the help that may make the modification a truth. Shaken via the carnage,
Ben embraces the president’s radical reason, and along not going new political allies he's taking the conflict for the arguable invoice to the Senate flooring. yet he can’t forget about his starting to be suspicion that what’s haunting Capitol Hill isn’t the threat of international terrorism yet whatever a lot towards domestic. Now, along with his ever-resourceful leader of staff–his spouse, Christina–and with his aid group backing his play, Ben units squares off opposed to what may be the most deadly Goliath he’s ever challenged.
Capitol Conspiracy is a bravura William Bernhardt performance–bursting into motion at the first actual web page, and crackling with breathless suspense, sharp wit, artful twists, and well timed thrills transparent via to the last.
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I mean, I appreciate your help, Jones. You're the best aide-de-camp in the building, as far as I'm concerned. But it's too impossible. " Jones coughed into his hand. " "And Ben hasn't been in the office since the attack. He has to take control of this situation. He has to decide if he's going to run for reelection. He has-" Her voice choked. " Jones squeezed her hand, then returned to his station where his phone was ringing off the hook, while Christina continued to stare blankly at the office around her.
There were extenuating circumstances. forceful she can be. " He paused. " Mike smirked. " Ben shuffled his feet. " Ben felt a light tap on his shoulder. The man standing behind him was young, perhaps early thirties, sandy-haired. He was wearing a midnight-blue suit, thin tie, and sunglasses, which Ben knew meant he must be one of the dozens of Secret Service agents stationed around the Oklahoma City National Memorial. " "I'm Agent Max Zimmer. " But of course. It wasn't as if the president had asked him here because of his deep personal affection.
They don't do anything together. They don't share anything. " Ben reared his head back, appalled. " Tidwell shrugged in a nonchalant manner that Ben found extremely off-putting. "Word gets around. " Which, Ben knew Tidwell was implying, he didn't. But of course-Tidwell was right. Ben didn't know what to make of Tidwell's gratuitous scuttlebutting of his party's leader. Was he ticked off because the president greeted him last? Or was there something more going on? The Secret Service agent closest to the president lightly touched his sleeve, which Ben knew was the signal for him to move on.