The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club

The debut political thriller from Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times bestselling author of The Outpost -- 1950's D.C. intrigue about a secret society and a young Congressman in its grip. Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navi The debut political thriller from Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times bestsellin...

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The Hellfire Club Reviews

  • Lisa
    Apr 28, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

  • Stephanie
    May 06, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

  • Taryn
    May 15, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

  • Ron Charles
    Apr 23, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

  • Maj
    May 20, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

  • Nate Morse
    Mar 04, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

  • Barbara
    Apr 29, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

  • Mel Parks
    Apr 16, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

  • Joan
    May 09, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

    "But of course you should fight for what you think is right. That's an admirable trait, and too few of us possess it. Just know that this town isn't build to reward it." "There was an uncomfortable silence as the roomful of white veterans decided what to do. Washington, DC, like muc...

    Mixed bag- interested because a fan of Jake Tapper Naive congressman gets swept up in intrigue, conspiracies, debauchery, and political ideologies. After compromises, betrayals, set ups, deaths, and subterfuge all comes to a head in fast paced face-offs, confessions and cover-ups. P...

    I enjoy listening and reading Jake Tapper, the journalist. I was excited to see this book. I know it is set in the 1950's but Charlie is not a stupid man. He knows right from wrong, he served our country in the military. He has principles. Oops, not a good thing to have as a politic...

    Charlie Marder is comfortable in his academic life; he and his zoologist wife are expecting their first child. Appointed to fill the term the late congressman Martin Van Waganan, he finds himself immersed in the political machinations of Washington, D.C. Set in 1954, there is plent...

  • Cristina
    Apr 26, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

  • Elise
    Mar 14, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

  • Anne
    Apr 30, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

  • Mike
    May 08, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

  • Jane Behr
    May 05, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

  • Gram
    May 15, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

  • Chuck Eger
    May 01, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

  • Ruby
    May 13, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

    "But of course you should fight for what you think is right. That's an admirable trait, and too few of us possess it. Just know that this town isn't build to reward it." "There was an uncomfortable silence as the roomful of white veterans decided what to do. Washington, DC, like muc...

  • Matt Graupman
    May 23, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

  • Sarah
    Jan 31, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

  • Susanne
    May 11, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

    "But of course you should fight for what you think is right. That's an admirable trait, and too few of us possess it. Just know that this town isn't build to reward it." "There was an uncomfortable silence as the roomful of white veterans decided what to do. Washington, DC, like muc...

    Mixed bag- interested because a fan of Jake Tapper Naive congressman gets swept up in intrigue, conspiracies, debauchery, and political ideologies. After compromises, betrayals, set ups, deaths, and subterfuge all comes to a head in fast paced face-offs, confessions and cover-ups. P...

    I enjoy listening and reading Jake Tapper, the journalist. I was excited to see this book. I know it is set in the 1950's but Charlie is not a stupid man. He knows right from wrong, he served our country in the military. He has principles. Oops, not a good thing to have as a politic...

    Charlie Marder is comfortable in his academic life; he and his zoologist wife are expecting their first child. Appointed to fill the term the late congressman Martin Van Waganan, he finds himself immersed in the political machinations of Washington, D.C. Set in 1954, there is plent...

    For other political junkies like myself, I'd sure suggest this book. I felt like I was turning back time and reading something wonderful by Fletcher Knebel - some crisis in Washington DC. This is a novel but you can be sure Tapper has done an incredible amount of research into some of ...

  • Daniella Bernett
    May 03, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

  • Patricia Romero
    Mar 09, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

    "But of course you should fight for what you think is right. That's an admirable trait, and too few of us possess it. Just know that this town isn't build to reward it." "There was an uncomfortable silence as the roomful of white veterans decided what to do. Washington, DC, like muc...

    Mixed bag- interested because a fan of Jake Tapper Naive congressman gets swept up in intrigue, conspiracies, debauchery, and political ideologies. After compromises, betrayals, set ups, deaths, and subterfuge all comes to a head in fast paced face-offs, confessions and cover-ups. P...

    I enjoy listening and reading Jake Tapper, the journalist. I was excited to see this book. I know it is set in the 1950's but Charlie is not a stupid man. He knows right from wrong, he served our country in the military. He has principles. Oops, not a good thing to have as a politic...

  • Jonathan Shell
    May 09, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

  • William Krasne
    May 06, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

    "But of course you should fight for what you think is right. That's an admirable trait, and too few of us possess it. Just know that this town isn't build to reward it." "There was an uncomfortable silence as the roomful of white veterans decided what to do. Washington, DC, like muc...

    Mixed bag- interested because a fan of Jake Tapper Naive congressman gets swept up in intrigue, conspiracies, debauchery, and political ideologies. After compromises, betrayals, set ups, deaths, and subterfuge all comes to a head in fast paced face-offs, confessions and cover-ups. P...

    I enjoy listening and reading Jake Tapper, the journalist. I was excited to see this book. I know it is set in the 1950's but Charlie is not a stupid man. He knows right from wrong, he served our country in the military. He has principles. Oops, not a good thing to have as a politic...

    Charlie Marder is comfortable in his academic life; he and his zoologist wife are expecting their first child. Appointed to fill the term the late congressman Martin Van Waganan, he finds himself immersed in the political machinations of Washington, D.C. Set in 1954, there is plent...

    For other political junkies like myself, I'd sure suggest this book. I felt like I was turning back time and reading something wonderful by Fletcher Knebel - some crisis in Washington DC. This is a novel but you can be sure Tapper has done an incredible amount of research into some of ...

    Jake Tapper has become ubiquitous during the Trump Administration, and this is his first novel. I really liked it - it reminded me of Stephen Carter's novels of which I'm a huge fan. The story takes place in 1954 Washington DC and it's fun to see Tapper's protagonist, Charlie Marder, i...

  • Gregory Vince
    May 24, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

  • Dave Druten
    May 24, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

    What Ready Player One is to 80's pop culture, this book is to 1950's politics. Lots of name dropping (Hey look it's a Kennedy!) and references that show Tapper really is into the history. The only problem I had was that the story is so slow. I made it 25% of the way in and so far, noth...

    Hellfire Club Jake Tapper Jake Tapper, CNN?s chief Washington Correspondent, has written The Hellfire Club, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. the 1950s.The main character, Charlie Marder, has been appointed (thanks to his father?s political connections) to fill out...

    *** THIS CONTAINS SPOLIERS*** There was a lot of hype about CNN?s Jake Tapper?s first novel, a story set in 1950ish Washington, D.C. Looking for something new to read, I thought I would give it a try and see if Jake Tapper could do for Washington, D.C. what James Ellory did for ...

    This is obviously no great piece of literature (and I'm sure it was not even intended as such), but it sure is a page-turner, and a lot of fun to read! I'm personally not a big fan of the recent prevalence of conspiracy theories in both works of art and more worryingly in real life,...

    Oh, man, I wanted to like this book so much than I did. As an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper has made a successful living of targeting the corrupt, deceptive Trump administration with his intellect, morality, and weapons-grade snark. He?s one of the good ones. Through ...

    Changed My Life?But, Wait, There?s More Allow me to start by issuing a spoiler alert: almost all that follows are words of praise. So much so, in fact, that I will dispense with the few and minor criticisms I have first. The personalities of the protagonist and his wife are, in ...

    "But of course you should fight for what you think is right. That's an admirable trait, and too few of us possess it. Just know that this town isn't build to reward it." "There was an uncomfortable silence as the roomful of white veterans decided what to do. Washington, DC, like muc...

    Mixed bag- interested because a fan of Jake Tapper Naive congressman gets swept up in intrigue, conspiracies, debauchery, and political ideologies. After compromises, betrayals, set ups, deaths, and subterfuge all comes to a head in fast paced face-offs, confessions and cover-ups. P...

  • Lori Lamothe
    Apr 29, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

  • Tom Walsh
    May 20, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

  • Mary
    Feb 18, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...

    Writing fiction is hard. I needed to remind myself of that old wisdom after finishing Jake Tapper's debut novel "Hellfire Club." I'm a fan of Tapper on CNN, because he works so hard to be fair and equal to all sides. And his written journalism in the past has been quite sharp. He is...

  • Jim
    Apr 23, 2018

    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...

    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...

    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...

    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...

    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...

    pony zoologist ...

    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...

    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...

    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...

    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...

    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...

    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...

    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...

    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...

    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...

    A very fun and exciting read. Historical political thrillers are up my alley and the great Jake Tapper gave us a solid one. ...

    Janet Maslin savaged this book in today's New York Times and, sad to say, rightly so. It's very much an apprentice work. Nothing against Mr Tapper, who seems to know well the history of 1950s Washington DC, but would this book have had any chance of being published had it been written ...