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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Title:The Hellfire Club
Author:Jake Tapper
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Hellfire Club Reviews

  • Cynthia
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

  • Sophie
    Jun 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

  • Pam
    Jul 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

  • Deborah Carr
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...

  • Jess
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...

    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...

    Quick-paced and smart read that had just the right mix of mystery, murder and politics -- all while blurring the lines of fiction and historical fiction. ...

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

    I started this and then had no desire to go back to it. Sorry, Jake. You're still a pretty good reporter. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...

    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! ...

  • Faith
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...

    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...

  • Anne
    Aug 10, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

  • 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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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. ...

  • Deb Jones
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

  • Renay Russell
    Aug 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

  • Kay Wahrsager
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

  • Brooke
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

  • Mary Brown
    Jun 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...

    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...

    Quick-paced and smart read that had just the right mix of mystery, murder and politics -- all while blurring the lines of fiction and historical fiction. ...

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

  • Melissa Rodriguez
    Aug 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

    I couldn't stick with this book. It was historical namedropping, just one researched fact after another. Wooden characters. I gave up by page 60. ...

    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...

    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 ...

    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...

    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...

    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...

    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...

    Quick-paced and smart read that had just the right mix of mystery, murder and politics -- all while blurring the lines of fiction and historical fiction. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...

    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...

    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...

    pony zoologist ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...

    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...

    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...

    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...

    Finished it out of curiosity to see if it would improve. it didn't. Proof that someone who can write well as a reporter can't necessarily write fiction. Tapper is so busy dropping in cultural references to the 1950's that he forgot about plot. And from what I read in other reviews, ...

    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...

  • Kim
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I had high hopes for Jake Tapper?s first foray into fiction. I?ve enjoyed his nonfiction and I love political thrillers, especially ones with secret societies and conspiracy...