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Game Changer [Kindle Edition]

John Childress
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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When a suicide bomber blows herself up in Washington, President Roswell Clayton Pierce realises that nothing will ever be the same again. It is a Game Changer.

When Matt Richards sees bodies strewn across the US capital, he realises that there are some professions from which a man can never quit. It is a Game Changer.

And so begins a deadly game of cat and mouse against the most ruthless terrorists in the world. One man's reputation will be decided, and a Presidency will be put to the test as the world stands on the brink of global chaos.

Because when the Game changes, you either change with it...or you die.

From the terror camps of Beirut and the Lebanon, to the politics of the Middle East and Washington, Game Changer is a brilliant action thriller, combining the meticulous research of Frederick Forsyth, the military and intelligence know-how of Tom Clancy, the global reach of Robert Ludlum and the pulsating story-telling of Lee Child.

“This will grip you from the first page, and won't let go until the last” - Matt Lynn, author of the best-selling Death Force thrillers.

“The best thriller of the year.” - Tom Kasey, author of the best-selling Trade-Off.

John R. Childress is a leading business consultant, who was educated at Harvard University and the American University of Beirut. His fiction is based on an intimate first-hand knowledge of big business, government and global politics.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OQOMZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John R. Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for boards and senior executive teams.

Between 1974 and 1978 John was Vice President for Education and a senior workshop leader with PSI World, Inc. a public educational organization. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment.

Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear - owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions, and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted leadership workshops in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia.

After retiring to France in 2001 John turned his hand to writing thriller novels. In 2004, he began to work again on consulting and coaching assignments where he subsequently developed much of the material and leadership processes used by The Principia Group in its work with senior executive teams on strategy execution.

John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69, he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape.

John currently resides in London and the South of France with his family and is an avid fly fisherman, with recent trips to the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians.

You can reach John at: john@johnrchildress.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Topical Read 7 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Without over doing it Game Changer takles the tricky issue of Middle East terrorism, and how the West should respond to it. The American President is confronted with a deadly threat, and has to rely on his best agent to defeat a menace no one saw coming. Read this book whilst on holiday - and read it quickly. Although John Childress can't be considered in the A-list of thriller writers yet, I'd be interested in reading his other books. The characters are well-drawn and the author is aware of the demands of the genre. Well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Game Changer by John Childress 3 Nov. 2012
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A well-written story with a lot of action. I really liked the central character Matt Richards.
The plot was a little complicated and I did get lost at the start following the different political agendas. An exciting plot, despite its fatal flaw; why didn't they simply blow up the president at the start?
At the end all the strands were defly pulled together into a satisfying ending, if a little over optimistic. We can but dream.
I enjoyed the book, the style of writing and character development of Matt and his friends. But I did find the politicians one-dimensional and stereotypical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peace? In the Middle East? 9 Sept. 2012
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Here's a thriller that'll keep you coming back for more. At the beginning, I found the book slightly hard to get into. But I think maybe that this was more my fault than John Childress' because a little perserverance saw the story barrelling along and I was gripped.

The characters are believable. There's our hero, a failed drunken doctor who pulls his life around (despite everyone trying to end it in spectacular style), the reporter who has a heart of gold, the sage President and so on.

The story is also mostly believable. The hero gets a face change, something that is I believe possible now. But peace in the Middle East? I just think the way they do politics there, for the last two thousand years or more precludes any lasting peace. Although they managed it in Northern Ireland (pretty much)so who am I to disbelieve?

Anyway, it's a novel. It tells a story, it entertains (very well) and is thought provoking. So I say, read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Holiday or Plane Read 13 Aug. 2012
By Charlie
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Downloaded this on a free promotion and couldn't put it down. Although the boook is a bit of escapism and sometimes seems far-fetched it does also deal with some difficult and pressing issues and it is clear from the outset that Childress is well read in regards to his material. I always enjoy books that flick between the past and the present and he executes this brilliantly revealing just enough at each stage to keep you guessing. A good holiday or plane read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Game 25 Aug. 2012
By Antonia
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Childress' novel begins with a shocking attack whose motives and perpetrators the flawed protagonist Matt Richards unravels over the course of the book. The characterisation is very good, with the hero struggling with his own demons and a strong supporting cast which add to the plot. As other reviews have noted, the author has clearly done his research on the Middle East both past and present which underpins the storyline, despite some (at times) far fetched narrative. The book ends on a surprisingly optimistic note which leaves you hopeful about the messy geopolitics of reality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, modern and fascinating. 14 Aug. 2012
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This book is as gripping as most good thrillers out there, but the level of research and first hand experiences of John Childress give book added intelligence. Game Changer really captures the zeitgeist of the world we live in today and his book seems to me that it could be a useful reference for future generations who will hopefully be living in a more peaceful society than ours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Past Meets the Present with a Bang! 13 Aug. 2012
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A brilliant, fast-paced thriller. Like every good thriller should, the pace starts off quick and increases in tempo as you read. There are plenty of characters - but not too many you get confused - which add to the intrigue, mystery and suspense as you try to work out how they all fit together. This is a political thriller but you don't have to be a fan of politics to enjoy the book - I'm certainly not. The author explains all that is necessary without being tedious and even though I have little interest in politics I was able to follow the plot without becoming either bored or confused. If I had to have a criticism it would be the epilogue (although it is not titled as such.) I don't want to give away spoilers but for me it was idealistic and far-fetched to say the least. It did tie everything up nice and neatly - but some people like this. For me, it was all just a little too nice, and a little too neat. However, don't let this put you off reading the book. It was an epilogue, not an ending - and the ending itself didn't disappoint. I shall certainly be looking out for more books from this author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it but didnt... 18 July 2014
By Pasties
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...the story line, whilst a little far fetched at times tackles some very difficult issues. My disappointment isn't with the drama of the read but I am sorry to say with the writing. It felt clunky, not flowing comfortably and over explaining within dialogue between characters, which left me feeling a little patronised, I like a book to read like I am watching a film, use descriptive language so that the picture emerges rather than being highlighted. I'm 50% through so will persevere...but not sure I'll make it to the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book now read and loved it. Arrived quickly and price point very
Book now read and loved it. Arrived quickly and price point very good
Published 2 months ago by Keith Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading - enough pace to keep your interest
I liked the plot and that this was a book that was easy to read. Will try another from this author.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Thoroughly deserving of five stars, the story takes you back in time to the 60's and to the Middle East. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ACL
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Couldn't put this book down. It is easy to believe that this could happen in today's world and the author makes it all the more believable.
Published 16 months ago by jayne mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious
Good read full of intrigue and international and middle eastern plot to kill a major player in world politics. I look forward to reading more from this author
Published 17 months ago by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Looking forward to his next on my agenda . Plot excellent plenty of turns & twists . A good read indeed
Published 23 months ago by nothing but the truth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I had no expectations for this book or author as had never read him before but I am pleased to say I enjoyed it.
Published 23 months ago by James Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was a page turner. Sections of it was a bit fanciful and holy unrealistic. But it is a well written book with lots of suspense.
Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by Hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the intrigue
Not yet finished this book, but the combination of perilous liasons and unfamiliar cultures is gripping. Reminiscent of the Homeland TV seriies. Good read!
Published on 13 Dec. 2012 by Chris R
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Changer - a great read and a possible peace in Middle East?
I found this a really good read. I thought the subject (the precarious state of the Middle East and the connection between business profits and international terrorism) was... Read more
Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by Roderick W. Perry
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