'Abuse of Power' reader review

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Michael Savage is well known for both his controversial politics and behavior. His histrionics aside, he is an intelligent person and author. I enjoy reading the works of controversial people, as it provides a perspective I would not ordinarily get if I shunned their views. For those who would, you probably shouldn’t read any further.

This is the second novel from Savage. I read his second novel, “A Time For War”, first, and now this his first novel, second. Despite his public reputation for having the ability to make Genghis Khan blush, I enjoyed this book. As he did in his second novel, Savage weaves an exciting, cogent story, providing descriptive character development. I dare say that this book lends itself to becoming an interesting film

Sara Ghadah is a former member of Interpol, working with other, now-independent operatives to usurp the Hand of Allah, a radical Islamist group. Her cover is working in a small office at the College of Islam in London. Her role is quite interesting in this story, eventually evolving into Jack Hatfield’s (the main character’s and Savage’s alter-ego) love interest. Given Savage’s public position on all things Islam, I found his choice of Hatfield falling in love with a woman with Sara’s background to be particularly interesting. Could it be that behind his rough, gruff public persona, that Savage actually has a soul? Or is he just a man who can’t resist the attraction of a beautiful, alluring woman?

At a critical point in the story, Savage introduces Senator Wickham (he reminded me of a more masculine version of the war mongering, chicken-hawk, Senator Lindsay Graham) and Lawrence Soren (a thinly disguised version of George Soros) at a meeting on a small island, north of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. There, Jack and Sara meet Wickham, Soren, and a roomful of men from both ends of the political spectrum that “…put aside their’ differences and come together for a common cause.” This group reminded me of both the private, invitation-only Rockefeller sponsored Council on Foreign Relations and its international equivalent, The Trilateral Commission.

Savage weaves a story detailing how the Oligarchs play one side against the other, describing how it was actually the Zionists that caused the initial unrest in the Middle East, while Wickham and Soren channel money into The Hand of Allah, to decrease the Zionists’ control. It is at this juncture that Savage departs from the perspective of the Middle East depicted in today’s mainstream media, and it gives him credibility to explore a differing view of how the world might actually work.

This novel takes place in San Francisco and in Europe. It has a wide cast of characters and never disappoints in where the story line leads you to. I enjoyed this suspense novel – perhaps you will too.