REVIEW: DEEP STATE, BY CHRIS HAUTY

Recently elected President Richard Monroe—populist, controversial, and divisive—is at the center of an increasingly polarized Washington, DC. Never has the partisan drama been so tense or the paranoia so rampant. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the White House chief of staff is found dead in his house. A tenacious intern discovers a single, ominous clue that suggests he died from something other than natural causes, and that a wide-ranging conspiracy is running beneath the surface of democracy itself. Allies are exposed as enemies, once-dependable authorities fall under suspicion, and no one seems to be who they say they are. The unthinkable is happening. The Deep State is real. Who will die to keep its secrets and who will kill to uncover the truth?

From the very first pages of Deep State, the reader is caught up in intricate plots and nefarious characters. Throughout the story, Hayley Chill, a military veteran with impressive intellectual skills grabbed my attention. Her abilities kept me busy trying to keep up with her planning and her actions.

The author kept us on track, while also giving us glimpses of the future for some of the characters, a clever device that kept my interest.

Just when I thought I had all the conspirators sorted out, and knew what Haley’s end game was, we were gifted with a stunning reveal that took us behind the scenes to how the game started years before. A tale that resonates in these dark political times. 5 stars.

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