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  • 10/2019
  • 9780986173134
  • 324 pages
  • $10.95
The Next Election

Adult; Romance; (Market)

Politicians rarely get a second chance. The Next Election is the story of Blake Buchanan’s. Once a shoo-in for the highest political office in the state, Blake Buchanan sacrificed his lifelong dream to protect his family. Now, a year removed from his withdrawal as a Texas gubernatorial candidate, Blake seeks to revive his once successful legal career while navigating a nasty divorce and shielding his beloved daughters from the fallout. Even as Blake presses on with his new life, he can’t avoid the lure of politics, and he’s seduced by a brilliant strategy devised by his never-say die former campaign manager to resurrect his career. Deception and scandal follow as Blake attempts a political comeback. In the end, Blake must face the same fundamental questions he never resolved in his prior run for office—about love, life and the ties that bind. His answers will shape his political destiny.
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Blue Ink Review

Landon Wallace’s The Next Election is a riveting, political page-turner. A sequel to his book The Election, it centers on Blake Buchanan’s return journey to the Texas state legislature after a failed gubernatorial campaign in the previous book.

Buchanan bowed out of the governor’s race after the operatives of his political opponent, Grace Striker, planned to publicly humiliate his wife for her lesbian affair, and he’s now getting divorced. But his wife isn’t the only unfaithful one: he’s still hung up on his high school sweetheart, now a married New York restaurateur.

If he and his wife’s bedroom indiscretions weren’t enough, his lover’s red-hot restaurant faces real estate woes possibly caused by her controlling hubby. There’s also an abundance of infighting and possible mergers and departures at the law firm where he’s a partner and where the firm’s founder and his mentor is debilitated from Parkinson’s disease. What’s more, his former campaign manager has plans to get him back in the state senate.

Meanwhile, Striker’s former aide – and younger lover – Tony Léon is working for a political rival of both Striker and Buchanan, and unbeknownst to Léon, Striker is machinating for another chance at the governor’s seat.

As overstuffed and convoluted as this plot sounds, it’s expertly presented, captivating readers with political intrigue and delivering believable characters and witty dialogue. Even minor characters spout interesting things, such as when one mocks a newspaper interview with Buchanan’s challenger in the state senate by making up his own question and answer: “ ‘Representative English, what do you think about that dog turd lying on the floor over there?’ ‘I think it’s the most conservative dog turd the state can offer.’”

While a sequel, the story easily stands alone. And although the plot focuses on the Republican party – Blake is considered a liberal or moderate conservative – political junkies of all persuasions are sure to enjoy the intrigue and shenanigans in Wallace’s wild ride through contemporary Texas politics.

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Paperback Details
  • 10/2019
  • 9780986173134
  • 324 pages
  • $10.95

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