Honorable Profession: A Novel of American Politics is a compelling, hopeful story of a cynical former Secret Service agent and his idealistic daughter as they follow a longshot candidate into the perilous arena of presidential politics.
After resigning from his agency under an ethical cloud, 46-year-old Dan Cahill commits himself to rebuilding his relationship with Megan, the college-aged daughter in Las Vegas he has long neglected. She persuades a reluctant Cahill to join the student-led campaign of a popular professor competing in the Nevada presidential primary against impossible odds. As they face powerful forces conspiring to clear the field, Cahill's deep-seated disdain for electoral politics collides with Megan's higher ideals. Each of their faiths are tested by political allies and adversaries, all desperate for victory, no matter the costs.
Crafted by award-winning author Andy Kutler, Honorable Profession is an absorbing, modern-day political drama filled with authentic and indelible characters, each struggling with their own loyalties and principles as they duel with unscrupulous rivals and the meaning of public service.
If you are “of this world” you know how nasty, petty, and stupid politics can get. This book admits that and yet it isn’t about that at all. However, it’s a story built around all of those things, well...at least mostly...
This was not what I expected, and it was a pleasant surprise. When I saw that the genre for this was political fiction/thriller, I thought it would be like the new trendy political thrillers. It’s much better. It kept me glued to the pages. Sitting minute after minute thinking I’d read just a little more. Not for the action but because I wanted to know more of the story.
It’s a rather thought-provoking story. It's true that politics are people. There would be no false promises, disappointments, surprises, or scandals, if that wasn’t the case. But without people we can’t get anything resolved. Is there a way to skip the former and only accomplish the latter? Can there truly be people without agendas? Can there be people who really just want to help? I think Professor Becker thought it was possible somehow. Maybe he was right.
So now we come to the reason this book held my attention so closely. A book about politics or “pretend politics” isn’t my thing. I can only believe that it’s the storyline, the writing style of the author, and the characters he created, that made me enjoy it so much.
This is a very difficult book for me to describe. You’ve probably already noticed that:) Even though this book is listed in the thriller genre, I wouldn’t say it’s that at all. It’s exciting, but in some ways it’s sweet. Maybe it has something for everyone. I think you have to read it to see what you think. Come back here and let me know if you do.
Andy Cutler has several other books published. All have good reviews as does this one. Check them out here: Amazon Author page
read an excerpt...
Her eyes were pleading. “You have to win next week. Let me help you.”
“You are helping me, Hope. And I appreciate your good intentions. Your passion to fix what ails your brother, desperate for any solution, I’ve been there. I know what that pain in your heart feels like. But I didn’t get into this race to destroy others. I never wanted to be in a competition among rivals and enemies. I wanted to be in a competition of ideas. Ours are better, that I am certain of. And if this election proves I’m the wrong messenger, I want to see an army of others, like you, who will carry our movement forward. And make the Cure Initiative a reality.”
Hope stood, unenthusiastic, but at least offering a grudging nod as she lifted her tripod again.
Walter smiled at her. “Your integrity, my dear, and my conscience, will remain intact. But fear not, the Vice President will one day learn the same inescapable lesson I am now experiencing.”
“As the Buddhists say, there are three things that cannot long stay hidden. The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
about Andy Kutler...
Andy Kutler is a writer and author of two award-winning novels, The Batter’s Box and The Other Side of Life. Andy has also written extensively for The Huffington Post and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Over a 28-year professional career, he has worked in the United States Senate, the U.S. Secret Service, and the national security community. A Wisconsin native, Andy lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.
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