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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (239 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Savage Narrator: Peter Larkin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781427213754
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From New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Savage comes a high-intensity debut thriller, the story of a smeared network journalist who uncovers a chilling terrorist plot.

Jack Hatfield is a hardened former war correspondent who rose to national prominence for his insightful, provocative commentary. But after being smeared as a bigot and extremist by a radical leftist media-watchdog group, he ultimately loses his job and finds himself working in obscurity as a freelance news producer in San Francisco.

One afternoon Hatfield is on a ride-along with the SFPD bomb squad when a seemingly routine carjacking turns deadly, after police find several pounds of military-grade explosives in the jacked car. And when the FBI urges Hatfield to stay out of it, he knows he's onto something big.

This event will open up a shadowy trail that leads Hatfield from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, London, Paris, and back again, as he works with a stunning Yemeni intelligence agent and a veteran Green Beret to expose a terrorist group known as the Hand of Allah—and a plot within the highest corridors of power that will dwarf 9/11.
Abuse of Power is a lightning-paced thriller, spanning the globe from Europe and Israel to the back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown. Jack Hatfield must make the choice between protecting his own life and investigating a terrorist cell whose goal is nothing less than total political control—no matter what the cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A plot with a death toll potentially surpassing the tragedy of 9/11 is in the works, fueling a high-octane confrontation in this suspenseful saga. The Midwest Book Review
  • “Larkin does handle the book's many international accents well, and his efforts bring to life sections of dramatic dialogue and moments heightened tension. Publishers Weekly

  • Those who don't mind their espionage filled with a strong dose of the author's conservative politics will enjoy the story's pace and twists. Character development is well done, and Larkin's narration is superb as he digs into a bottomless trove of accents. AudioFile Magazine
  • Peter Larkin's narration adds to the enjoyment, with accurate accents and pacing. Library Journal

  • [Peter Larkin]…did well with the range of the personalities….[Abuse of Power] is one that will be enjoyed by thriller fans and conspiracy theorists alike. Bookloons

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe Visconti | 2/20/2014

    " I really like Micheal Savage, but this book did not do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/2/2014

    " Interesting with some very good excitement. 8 of 10 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/1/2014

    " Clearly written as a polemical exercise. Stretches credulity (mine, anyway) beyond the breaking point. Good guys too heroic, caricatures of real people too thinly disguised. I haven't read any of the author's nonfiction, but I suspect it's more suitable for his purposes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Heller | 1/29/2014

    " I give this 3 stars because Michael Savage is the man. Realistically I would probably do 2 stars if it were someone else. The story was predictable and I thought that there was too much sex. I did really like the parts that he included in his story about current events and also personal events that happened to him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 1/22/2014

    " 1.5 stars. The half of a star is for the aggressive conservative talking points without apologies. That was refreshing to read....the characters, "plot" and flow...not so much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bestb452 | 1/17/2014

    " Very slow going until the very end when it finally picked up. Wouldn't recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Murray | 1/15/2014

    " The best radio talk show host in America spreads his wings into the Thriller book genre. You can hear the voice of Mr. Savage telling this story if you have listened to his radio show. It has a realistic plot in these days of world terrorism. He starts off slow. I had difficulties in wanting to pick the book up between readings. But he did a excellent job of closing the plot to his readers satisfaction. It is not his usual writing that he excels in, but for his first attempt at writing a Thriller it was admirable. He is truly a gifted man, as he will tell you on his radio show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 EngIIrockz | 1/11/2014

    " This was more like a film treatment than a well-developed narrative. I found the xenophobic right-wing rhetoric a bit hard to bear at times. I wouldn't rush to read another book by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/10/2014

    " not bad for savage's first work at fiction. good, quick read. probably not for everyone due to the conservative views expressed. Lawrence Soren is an obvious reference to George Soros and is the main villian in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/3/2014

    " Eye opening, informative thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 11/23/2013

    " Excellent read - with bits of current events woven in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/18/2013

    " Interesting novel of the anti-terrorism genre, with thinly veiled summary of Savages trials and tribulations as well as various characters of national notoriety...Savage works in much of his world view, which, for the most part, matches mine...enjoyed it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Andres | 11/3/2013

    " The political views of the author are front and center in this political thriller. The story and action keep you reading. Great story for out times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 11/2/2013

    " Pleasantly surprised. I know that Michael Savage is really out there sometimes with his political views but this was a well written book that keeps you glued. If you can look past you preconceptions of the author, I think you will highly enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/27/2013

    " This is a suspenseful thriller about terrorists and powerful Americans who might have reason to help them in their attack on the United States. It's thought-provoking and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tal | 8/18/2013

    " Really well written, fast paced read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Louis | 5/9/2013

    " Excellent. This is Dr. Savage's first political thriller novel. He restored my interests in great fiction story telling. A must-become classic!! Has been on the NY Times best seller list for weeks. Kudos to Michael !!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 5/3/2013

    " This was a good thriller. I liked the character development, the story line, and the settings. I thought it was a little too autobiographical for Michael Savage. It's almost as if he created his CIA dream of himself to fight evil. Despite being far fetched in several areas it was a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rpamula | 12/10/2012

    " hated never finished "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Branscombe | 8/27/2012

    " A page turning story about a an attempted terrorist attack in San Francisco. This book will make you wonder what might really be possible, if the right/wrong people got involved in such a plot. This story worked well for me, great characters, exciting story-line, some interesting plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 8/11/2012

    " Interesting plot including international terrorism; and a plan for sudden regime change in America through decapitation of leadership. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 7/17/2012

    " Good guys, bad guys and a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 5/19/2012

    " Good airplane read. Story is about a terrorist group trying to bomb a landmark in the US. Far-fetched but entertaining never the less "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annalisa | 4/10/2012

    " I couldn't get into this. Too much of the novel is filled with Savage's political views which detracted from the story instead of set up Jack's character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Rothenberg | 4/2/2012

    " I haven't read a spy-thriller in a long time. Abuse of Power kept me turning pages as fast as I could. I only wished I was on vacation so I could have spent more time reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/7/2011

    " Excellent. This is Dr. Savage's first political thriller novel. He restored my interests in great fiction story telling. A must-become classic!! Has been on the NY Times best seller list for weeks. Kudos to Michael !!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 10/4/2011

    " Excellent read - with bits of current events woven in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/15/2011

    " not bad for savage's first work at fiction. good, quick read. probably not for everyone due to the conservative views expressed. Lawrence Soren is an obvious reference to George Soros and is the main villian in the book. "

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About the Author

Michael Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement. The Telegraph of London ranked him as one of the most influential conservatives in the United States, and with ten million weekly listeners, he is the third most listened-to conservative talk show host. Savage has been featured in the New Yorker and Playboy and is the author of twenty-five books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His media presence and profile earned him the Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers magazine in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology. Additionally, he earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences. Savage is an ardent conservationist, dedicated to his family, and a proud patriot.

About the Narrator

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.