Balance of Power: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 6, 1999 - Fiction - 464 pages
3 Reviews
One nation indivisible...until now.

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 determined 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 clause 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. And, 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
12
Section 3
22
Section 4
35
Section 5
52
Section 6
64
Section 7
72
Section 8
80
Section 21
218
Section 22
233
Section 23
246
Section 24
257
Section 25
269
Section 26
277
Section 27
288
Section 28
298

Section 9
90
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (1999)

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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