The People’s House
By David Pepper
When a midterm election results in unlikely victors, reporter Jack Sharpe starts investigating. He discovers that certain people had access to certain voting machines. But that’s only the beginning. Who’s behind the conspiracy to rig an election? Who can be trusted? Sharpe won’t stop until he finds the answers.
Pretty good plot and timely since the recent debacle with the Democrat party. There are problems here and there but the premise is a good one.
Jack Sharpe: reporter, divorced, 6’2”, played football in high school and at Youngstown State, dad was a state senator, sister is dead, dad is dead
Lee Kelly: U.S. Representative, married, brown hair, 50’s
Tom Stanton: U.S. Representative, married with three children
Scott Sharpe: Jack’s son, attended the University of Chicago & Stanford Business School, married
Elizabeth Johnson: U.S. President, red hair, former TV news anchor
Oleg Kazarov: 6’1”, slight frame, pale, oily black hair, round head, smokes, dark eyes
A large cast but personalities come through I like Oleg and Sharpe as the distant enemies. Stanton is a good baddie.
Voices are fine. Conversations don’t wander afar.
The book is in Parts. Chapters are headed by time or location. A bit of profanity. 1st person from Sharpe’s POV and third person POV in some chapters.
One of the big things I found difficult was the time jumping. This story goes from X-days after the election to X-days before the election. After awhile, I stopped trying to keep the time line straight. Because of this I found it difficult, too, to keep plot points intact.
This book had almost no tension, emotion, or action. This cold have been a great thriller but Jack wandered around with a tail, an almost peaceful kidnapping, and very little ineffective violence. Yes, there were some murders, but they weren’t dramatic, just…there.
I’m not in the business of telling authors how they should plot their books, but this one could have used some attempts to kill Jack throughout, followed by the inevitable kidnapping near the end. Nothing. A lot of investigation and explanations, but that was about it.
The ending was long and drawn out. There was no climax, so to speak, because there was no tension when the good guy and bad guy meet. It was a good plot and took some thinking to write it. It told some truths about politics.
It just didn’t excite me all that much.