Monday, August 16, 2010

THE CAPITOL GAME: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE CAPITOL GAME

BY BRIAN HAIG

ABOUT THE BOOK:

New York Times bestselling author Brian Haig returns with a riveting new thriller about a man caught between the politics of big government and the corruption of big business.

The Capitol Game

It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; a miraculous polymer, that when coated on any vehicle, was the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With bloody conflicts surging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promises to save thousands of lives and change the course of both wars. Jack Wiley, a successful Wall Street banker, believes he has a found a dream come true when he mysteriously learns of this miraculous polymer. His plan: enlist the help of the Capitol Group, one of the country's largest and most powerful corporations in a quick, bloodless takeover of the small company that developed the polymer. It seems like a partnership made in heaven...until the Pentagon's investigative service begins nosing around, and the deal turns into a nightmare. Now, Jack's back is up against the wall and he and the Capitol Group find themselves embroiled in the greatest scandal the government and corporate America have ever seen...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

BRIAN HAIG is a West Point graduate and a career infantry officer and military strategist. He served as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and currently runs International Business Communications. His articles have been published in journals ranging from the New York Times to USA Today to the Harvard Journal. The son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

MY REVIEW:

Brian Haig has created a new boy in town with Jack Wiley in THE CAPITOL GAME and one can only hope that this will be the start of many more Jack Wiley books by Haig. This thriller moves along and before you know it, the day (or night) is gone and yet you read on! The opening of the book seems to set the tone for the relevancy of this book as if it were torn from today’s headlines. It tells of a U.S. soldier in Iraq being killed by an IED while driving in his unarmored patrol vehicle.

With the US at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, a revolutionary invention comes along that has possibilities of not only saving lives, but also of making a great deal of money for the company who will sell it to the government. Jack Wiley is a banker and master at takeovers on Wall Street and when this invention and its potential become known to him, Wiley gets involved. The invention is a like a paint that can be applied to vehicles and allow them to function as if they are made of steel that is about thirty inches thick and the company that invented this is a small jewel ripe for the picking.

Wiley believes that a takeover of the small company who made this amazing product will be trouble-free. In need of a partner that can navigate this product through the military red tape at the Pentagon, Wiley joins forces with one of the most powerful companies in the country, the Capitol Group. The Capitol Group is not only one of the largest corporations in the world, but also experienced at this sort of endeavor. Once the Capitol Group joins in, they are able to easily procure the company and move on to do what ever is necessary in order to move the product through government procedures. However, the Capitol Group plays a rougher game than Jack is aware of as they have no qualms about employing abusive tactics, corruption, and intimidation to get the government to buy into this deal. Just when Wiley thinks he can breathe easier and that his idea was a good one and handled well, the government begins an investigation into this deal and it is game on!

Mia Jensen, a special military agent, heads the inquiry into whether the deal was legal or not. She zeros in on the Capitol Group, the head of the company, and of course, Jack Wiley is more than involved, with Jensen in it to win it. Wiley leaves readers wondering just how much of a part he really played in the underhanded and illegal aspects of what turns out to be the biggest disgrace in American business and government dealings ever authorized.

Thanks to Brian Haig’s well-defined, believable characters, brilliant tempo, and spellbinding, timely plot, THE CAPITOL GAME involves all the players, including the reader, in trying to figure out who the ultimate winner and loser will be in the end. The result may leave you wanting to go back and reread this book to try and figure out the rules of THE CAPITOL GAME that led to the unexpected ending.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO BRAD AND MY FRIENDS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE TWO COPIES OF THIS
THRILLING NEW MYSTERY
TO GIVE AWAY!

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56 comments:

Meredith said...

I'd love to win, I don't have many thrillers in my collection to read.

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PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a great read..would love to win.
Thanks for the opportunity.

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bermudaonion said...

I'd like to win this book because it sounds fast paced.

Steve Capell said...

I love mystery thriller novels and especially love those that have unexpected endings. This novel sounds like the the perfect book. Thanks for hosting this contest.

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traveler said...

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What an impressive career this author has and now a bestselling author as well. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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This book sounds compelling and unique. The polymer mentioned is incredible and the characters great. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Many of his books are interesting and I would enjoy them. He has written many articles in journals as well. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I love a good thriller and this sounds right up my alley!!

holdenj said...

I think it sounds like it has such an inventive premise, especially with that polymer to be used to help alleviate casualties from war.
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I have not read his Sean Drummond books and it looks like a great series.
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Margie said...

Sounds like a thrilling read. With the current wars and the problems on Wall Street, this sounds like a book that could be taken from the headlines today.
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Margie said...

Brian Haig spent 22 years on active duty before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1997 and going into private business. He sounds very qualified to write about this topic. I haven't read any of his books before, but they sound interesting.
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Cindy W. said...

I love to read thrillers and this sounds like a great one.

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Cindy W. said...

I visited the authors website and found that His final four years on active duty were as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, preparing all speeches, briefings, public statements, and congressional testimonies, as well as advising the Chairman on strategic, global and Asian regional issues.

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Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting - I would love to win because I love, love, love thrillers! Please enter me - I am an old follower
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Martha Lawson said...

I'd love to win this because Brian Haig is a new to me author! The Capitol Game sounds like an awesome thriller!!

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Martha Lawson said...

He has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard, and a Masters in Government from Georgetown University. His military awards include Airborne wings and the Ranger tab, two Legions of Merit, and the Distinguished Service Medal

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debbie said...

It sounds like something that could be taken out of today's headlines. It looks like a good thriller that would be something I would like to read.
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The Army sent him to Harvard wheree he earned a masters degree with a speciality in military strategy.



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rubynreba said...

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I have not read any of his books but The Hunted sounds good.
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Andrea I said...

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clenna said...

I would love to read this because it's a thriller. Your review sounds like a page turner.

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clenna said...

I found out that Brian Haig spent 22 years on active duty in the army. wow - what a busy man.

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amweeks said...

This is my favorite genre! And since I lived in DC in my "previous life...before kids", I absolutely love any DC-based and/or government thriller book!

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bison61 said...

caught between the politics of big government and the corruption of big business. That does sound good

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Jeff said...

I would think a polymer like this would never be real... but the internet didnt seem like something real at one time either.. so maybe it is possible!! I would love to win this!

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Linda Henderson said...

I've never read any of his books, but this one sounds like a good suspense thriller book and I'd love to read it.

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