Sunday, June 22, 2008


My husband, Jim, is a conspiracy buff. He's read every book about John Kennedy's assassination, seen every movie, and knows the Zapruder film frame by frame. When he recommends a political thriller to me, knowing I'm not a fanatic, I know it will be worth reading. He was right. Lawrence Alexander's Rubicon is a novel that thoughtful Americans should read during an election year. Yes, it's a novel. Could it happen? Read it, and judge for yourself.

Senator Bobby Hart has a reputation as an honest man, a man who turns down the chance to run for president because of family concerns. Because he is honest, and his father was respected in the CIA, Bobby is the choice of a respected source to receive the warning about another attack on the United States. However, this time, the attack would come from within, from an unknown group who would use whatever means possible, including assassination, to achieve their goal. But, who is the group? And what do they want? Bobby has no idea, but when a presidential candidate is shot, he realizes his sources might be right. And, when those same trusted sources are murdered, Bobby knows he, and the country, are in trouble.

Rubicon. When Caesar crossed the Rubicon, there was no turning back. Fortunately, for Bobby, he has a small group of friends who are willing to help him search for the truth. His search will bring him into conflict with the current administration, the Attorney General, and the Director of the CIA. His friends point out that Roman history is being repeated, as the United States fights an unpopular war, and civil rights are violated. Bobby asks the Attorney General, "Don't you think there is more than a little the fact that the only way you can think to bring democracy to the world is to end it here at home?" There's not only no turning back for Bobby in his search for the truth; there's also no turning back for the country. What kind of road is the country on? Bobby Hart's story is a fast-paced page turner for any political junkie.

I'm not happy with the plot synopsis of this book, but I can't give away too much. You have to read it this book yourself. You decide if it rings true.

Lawrence Alexander, author of Rubicon, discussed the book in "The Huffington Post" on May 5. He said after September 11, Rudy Giuliani suggested that the election for mayor should be put on hold, and he'd continue to run the city. Alexander asks the question, what would happen if a terrorist attack took place just before a presidential election, and one or more of the candidates was killed.

Alexander's Rubicon is a perfect thriller for this election year. It may only be a novel, but there are interesting issues in Rubicon. Was it deliberate deception that took us into war? What's going on in our government? Could the plot of Rubicon happen here? Has it already started? You'll have to decide.

Rubicon by Lawrence Alexander. William Morrow, ©2008. ISBN 978-0-06-145640-4 (hardcover), 295p.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

This sounds like a really interesting read, even though I'm not an American. I've been reading a good conspiracy thriller by A.K. Kuykendall called Conspirator's Odyssey: The Evolution of the Patron Saint. It's almost more of an alternate history because his blend of fact and fiction is so seamless it's hard to tell which is which. Definitely falls in the category of could have happened that way, and may be something your husband would enjoy.