Balance of Power: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 560 pages
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Off the coast of Indonesia, an American cargo ship has been seized by terrorists, its captain kidnapped and its crew mercilessly slaughtered. In Washington, a peace-loving President's refusal to punish the transgressors has enraged the sitting Congress, led by a wrathful Speaker of the House.

An ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon has discovered a time bomb hidden away in America's Constitution—a provision that could be used to wrest power from the Chief Executive, a long-forgotten law that could incite a devastating constitutional crisis . . . and plunge the country into chaos.

Now, as a battle group steams toward a fateful confrontation in the Java Sea—commissioned by Congress and opposed by the President—Dillon finds himself in the center of a firestorm that rages from the highest court in the land to the killing fields half a world away. Suddenly there is much more at stake than the life of a single surviving hostage and a superpower's military credibility—as a great nation prepares for war . . . against itself.

 

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

This book is an excellent mix of politcal intrigue, legal conundrums and tactical action--it's an excellent thriller. The author uses the constitution to drive action--I'm glad it wasn't me on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - eclipse75048 - LibraryThing

I want to like this more than I did, but much like the other Huston books I've read recently, the book seems to be incomplete. His novels seem to end 3/4 of the way through what the end SHOULD be. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
28
Section 4
44
Section 5
66
Section 6
80
Section 7
90
Section 8
101
Section 21
272
Section 22
291
Section 23
307
Section 24
321
Section 25
336
Section 26
346
Section 27
359
Section 28
372

Section 9
113
Section 10
127
Section 11
145
Section 12
157
Section 13
174
Section 14
189
Section 15
198
Section 16
210
Section 17
221
Section 18
233
Section 19
245
Section 20
262
Section 29
393
Section 30
408
Section 31
422
Section 32
430
Section 33
451
Section 34
473
Section 35
484
Section 36
513
Section 37
523
Section 38
543
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A graduate of TOPGUN, James W. Huston flew F-14s off the USS Nimitz with the Jolly Rogers. He served as a naval flight officer and worked in Naval Intelligence before becoming a lawyer and the acclaimed author of The Shadows of Power, Balance of Power, The Price of Power, Flash Point, and Fallout. He lives in San Diego, California.

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