Friday, October 6, 2017

Jerome Charyn - Winter Warning - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Reflecting our own world like a volatile funhouse mirror, Winter Warning lures us back to the 1980s, an era that could have been ripped right out of our most recent political upheaval. Isaac Sidel should have been vice president, banished to some far corner of the West Wing, but the president-elect has been forced to resign or face indictment for his crooked land deals—and Sidel becomes the accidental president. He’s a maverick, a crusader with a Glock in his belt, who defies both the Republicans and the Democrats. He seems haunted by Lincoln’s ghost, and the presidential palace becomes his own “great white jail,” as it did for Harry Truman. There’s never been another president quite like Isaac Sidel, New York’s former police commissioner and mayor. There’s a secret lottery created by some bankers in Basel to determine the exact date of Sidel’s death. And Sidel has to outrun this lottery in order to save himself. His greatest allies are not the Secret Service or the DNC, but a former Israeli prime minister who was a explosives operative during the British occupation of Palestine . . . as well as a mysterious billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers and counterfeiters. His only companions in the capital are the captain of his helicopter fleet and a sexy naval intelligence officer who realizes that something has gone amuck at Camp David, when a band of mercenaries arrive with their sights trained on Sidel.

My Review

"America worships a true original."

…or so Isaac Sidel has been told.

He's a president who created himself, a president willing to enter the maelstrom.

"In a world of monuments and antiques and the must of history," he can't help but take a look at the men who came before him, and how he measures up in the grand scheme of things.

FDR had Camp David built as his mountain retreat to deal with his polio. And now one of the boys suffering from the same dreaded disease - one who Roosevelt once took under his wing - is all grown up and trying to kill Sidel. Unnerved, Sidel openly confronts the man.

"You were paid to kill me?"
"And you didn't finish the job."
"I would've dishonored Mr. Frank. It would've been like fratricide."

So it's not surprising that Sidel can't believe in Lincoln's "better angels." He's a guy who's been wrestling with demons all his life. Now as president, he's the lone white man who happens to appeal to both Latinos and blacks. And that designation quickly makes him persona non grata on Capitol Hill. Lincoln may have been an outcast thanks to his mad wife, but Sidel is more of an outcast than Lincoln ever was.

"He had to deal with all the sudden fury around him - the recriminations, the death threats, the talk of impeachment, congressional reprimands, editorials against his imperial presidency. He couldn't escape the barrage."

Yet Sidel is ashamed of the presidency and all its pomp. He feels like a fraud since, "Lincoln had carried a divided nation on his crooked back and prevented it from utterly unraveling and he took the time to visit a little school for the deaf. What had Isaac done except the irregular arc of his own demise?"

It's not for kicks that Harry Truman nicknamed the White House, "the great white jail," and Sidel readily agrees with his predecessor's assessment of things. In the book, Sidel's tenure begins in 1989, a year that "wasn't good for spies. Agents could be bought and sold by the bushel. Private contractors prospered among all the confusion."

So when it all comes down to it, Sidel doesn't have to be reminded of any of the greats who went before him - he's already walking in their footsteps.


Winter Warning can be purchased at:
Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $25.95 ebook, $25.95 paperback
Genre: Political, Espionage, Thriller
Pages: 256
Release: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681773483
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About the Author

Jerome Charyn published his first novel in 1964. He's the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels as well as nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, and Ellery Queen. Charyn's popular crime novels featuring homicide detective Isaac Sidel inspired a new animated drama series: Hard Apple debuts on the small screen in 2017, helmed by Hollywood insider James Gray (The Immigrants) and illustrated by famed artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. Charyn lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

Links to connect with Jerome:
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Facebook (author)
Twitter (author)
Facebook (Isaac Sidel)
Twitter (Isaac Sidel)


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