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The Foundation: Jack Emery 1 [Kindle Edition]

Steve P. Vincent

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Book Description

He who holds the pen holds the power.

When a corrupt think tank, The Foundation for a New America, enlists a Taiwanese terrorist to bomb a World Trade Organization conference, the US and China are put on the path to war.

Star journalist Jack Emery is pulled into a story far more dangerous than he could have imagined. Because the Foundation's deputy director, the ruthless Michelle Dominique, recognizes that whoever controls the message controls the world. And she will take control, no matter the price.

Enter Jack's boss, Ernest McDowell, owner and chairman of the largest media empire on the planet. In the midst of political upheaval, EMCorp is about to become the final play in the Foundation's plan. When Dominique traps the EMCorp owner in her web, Jack's the only one left to expose the conspiracy before it's too late.

As the world powers smash each other against the anvil of Taiwan, Jack will risk everything to battle the Foundation and prevent them from taking control amid the devastation of a global war.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4X8LCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #643,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Steve P. Vincent lives with his wife in a pokey apartment in Melbourne, Australia, where he's forced to write on the couch in front of an obnoxiously large television.

When he's not writing, Steve keeps food and flat whites on the table working for the man. He enjoys beer, whisky, sports and dreaming up ever more elaborate conspiracy theories to write about.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and History. His honours thesis was on the topic of global terrorism. He has travelled extensively through Europe, the United States and Asia.

Twitter: @stevepvincent

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Foundation for a Sequel 21 Sept. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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When I get a request to read and review a book, as happened with this one, I have two concerns - the first of which is whether or not it will be written well enough that it's not a waste of time. Encountering errors in grammar, spelling and/or punctuation is a major turn-off; IMHO, anyone who can't muster up pretty close to perfection in that department has zero right to call him- or herself a writer.

The second, of course, is content: What's the story about? In this case, it touches a topic close to home - journalism and the power of the press. After spending a good part of my working life in that industry (albeit mostly at a for-business-only newspaper and a writer/editor of nonfiction), I have a long-standing personal interest in the subject. So it was that my answer to the request was, "Bring it on!"

The Foundation for a New America, which has loads of pull in Washington, D.C., is working behind the scenes to spark a war between the United States and China. Terrorist attacks are put in place, and several Foundation members - including the particularly nasty Michelle Dominique - are putting the wheels in motion that will get them elected to Congressional seats. As deputy director of the Foundation, she wields considerable power - and she doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to bribe, coerce, threaten and even kill to get what she wants.

What she wants includes gaining control of EMCorp, a huge media conglomerate headed by the elderly iron-fisted Ernest McDowell (think Tea Party meets Rupert Murdock). I don't know about you, but the mere thought that either of them could attain the kind of power suggested here scares the bejesus out of me, so thriller-wise, it was off to a good start.

McDowell happens to be the boss of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jack Emery, the "hero" of the story. He and a co-worker are assigned as embedded reporters on the George Washington, a warship stationed off the coast of China for the purpose of keeping a modicum of peace between China and Taiwan. But as the tension escalates, the ship is attacked and sunk - and Jack and his friend are captured by the Chinese. I won't offer any details, but since this is supposed to be the first in a series featuring the journalist, I don't think I'm spoiling anything by noting that Jack lives to tell about the experience.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Michelle issues sufficient threats to scare the crusty McDowell into ordering all his newspapers to change the slant of coverage to fit the goals of the Foundation, and Michelle doubles her efforts to gain control of the EMCorp board and dispose of anyone who opposes her or knows too much. Bodies start to pile up, Jack figures out what's going on and who's behind it, and the chase is on.

Happily from a technical standpoint, the writing is consistently good throughout. I did notice a word missing here and there; one character was asked, "How're you going?" instead of "How're you doing?" And, I reached for my red pencil when I read that "...the hospital had flexed their muscles..." Not likely; a hospital is an inanimate object and has no such capability.

The plot was intriguing and relatively solid as well, although for the rest of my natural life I'll wonder what the bleep happened to that USB drive Jack wedged in a bar seat (he had a good reason to put it there, but if you want to know what it was, you'll have to read the book). And here's another plus: Apparently, the author knows his single-malt Scotch. Early on, one of the characters enjoyed a glass of Laphroaig.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, fun read. 26 Oct. 2014
By Elizabeth - Published on
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An easy page turner. Although not usually a political thriller type of girl, I really enjoyed this novel and read it in just a couple of days. It's somewhat Dan Brownesque in that it's set around the male protagonist desperately searching for clues and avoiding death from multiple evil peeps. (Possible spoiler alert) I found the Rupert Murdoch character surprisingly sympathetic and a little contradictory. Why hurt someone you love and then save the lives of a couple of people you don't know, risking your own life and that which you tried to save by hurting someone you loved in the first place? However the novel was written well and the main character was interesting. The political/media slant was easy to follow (and easy to see what it was based on) and I'm looking forward to a sequel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 28 Oct. 2014
By Shell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
‘The Foundation’ is a fantastic thriller that doesn’t disappoint. With fast paced action and a great cast of characters, the story hooks you from the first page. At times you forget you are reading a book, the events unfolding are so scarily real.
Jack Emery is a likeable protagonist and his struggles to cope with the disasters in his world resonate. He is flawed and outnumbered but determined to do what’s right.
Michelle Dominique is a fascinating antagonist with her own moral compass, making for a compelling character.
In all, this book is the ultimate package. It offers a suspense filled read that will keep you thinking long after you read the last page.
Can't wait to find out what's next for Jack Emery
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A promising new political thriller 14 Sept. 2014
By Paul Dobson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
There are a lot of political thrillers out there...most of them have some hard-nosed hitman working for the government cleaning out bad guys without a moment's thought. With this one, the boot's on the other foot. It's a brave Aussie journalist who cleans up with courage and persistence. And the bad guys are one of two or three groups on the planet we should genuinely be scared of.

And for those who think Ernest McDowell is based on Rupert Murdoch....I ask you, could Rupert Murdoch actually cause a shred of sympathy to appear on his death?

Well worth a read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely solid debut! 14 Dec. 2014
By R Chambers - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The story slams along and is packed with action without relying on tired tropes. The twisted world Vincent's created is probably not too far off reality, which is frightening but necessary to write about. I wonder whether novels like this, which call out political corruption and corporate power, help or hinder the public discussion about transparency on those topics. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing how far down the rabbit hole Emery (and Vincent) are able to go.

I had to laugh at the distinctly Aussie voice (someone else commented on the "how's it going". That's just Aussie, love) and I probably only noticed because I'm married to an American. The writing could be a little tighter (hence 4 stars) but I think that comes more down to the editors than the author. Nothing that won't be worked out by writing the sequel. Bring it on!
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