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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,277 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mario Puzo Narrator: David Dukes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN: 9780375417412
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A presidential dynasty, an Arab terrorist attack, democracy under siege—Mario Puzo envisioned it all in his eerily prescient 1991 novel The Fourth K.

President Francis Xavier Kennedy is elected to office, in large part, thanks to the legacy of his forebears–good looks, privilege, wealth–and is the very embodiment of youthful optimism. Too soon, however, he is beaten down by the political process and, disabused of his ideals, he becomes a leader totally unlike what he has been before.

When his daughter becomes a pawn in a brutal terrorist plot, Kennedy, who has obsessively kept alive the memory of his uncles’ assassinations, activates all his power to retaliate in a series of violent measures. As the explosive events unfold, the world and those closest to him look on with both awe and horror.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/19/2014

    " The characters are intelligently brought to life. The series of events were not dull at all although it takes you to many circumstances in the book. It's a good read if you really have the time not to miss any happenings and if you remember the numerous characters. I'd vote for this to be a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Schmidt | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting departure from Mafia to a different kind of powerful American family, the Kennedys. About a next generation Kennedy who is kidnapped while her father is President. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/25/2013

    " I don't remember much about this book other than I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vince Carter | 11/21/2013

    " Suspenseful story of presidential politics, international terror, and well-meaning goals allowing decisions by those in power to abuse it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinnie Sabo | 11/19/2013

    " Amazing plot and extremely easy reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanetta | 10/20/2013

    " not nearly as good as the Godfather "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna Coleman | 10/12/2013

    " Very fitting for the curent political times, and very vintage Puzo with strong male characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 10/11/2013

    " The next generation of Kennedy's takes the White House. Seems plausible back in the 1990's "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim | 10/2/2013

    " PUZO MARIO is of course best known as the author of The Godfather which was turned into two very successful movies. Unfortunately, the Fourth K is nowhere near the quality of the Godfather and other books by Puzo. Basically, this book is like the screenplay for a really bad miniseries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Putra Perdana | 8/3/2013

    " Mario Puzo can magically weave a collection of short stories into one complete journey of conspiracy and politics. A plot enriched with subplots that enhances the main story and build to an exciting and stisfying climax. Enough said "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Feliciano | 6/14/2013

    " This was a third book by Mario Puzo I read during high school. He really influenced my writing at the time. I havn't read it in so long but I also read it 2 or 3 times. A really good book with a lot of different characters. I loved it at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rbt | 6/12/2013

    " Love this book. One of my favorites. Puzo's writing style - incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 5/15/2013

    " A real page turner. I enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Cheramy | 3/29/2013

    " Fantastic; better than the Godfather series - definitely could relate to this one more as a modern day drama - but really...leave the Kennedy clan alone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 3/19/2013

    " it was ok...stretching reason at points; written in 1990, interesting plot considering 9/11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/17/2013

    " A bit of a departure for Puzo, straying from the typical Italian family subject, this involves the new emerging Kennedy candidate and his political rise (The Fourth K). Enjoyable. For some reason, his books just work for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toqi Tahmid Prithi | 2/7/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read but the story ended not the way I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Borjana | 1/18/2013

    " Excellent fiction that is not entirely unlikely to become reality. Within the great plot he placed the greatest fears of contemporary mankind and blows all that away by a single man's chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 10/28/2012

    " It introduced me to Puzo. It's awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Nielsen | 10/7/2012

    " In my all time top 3. Scarring to imagine that a president would really go that far! Well, use you imagination. And so Puzo did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Lee | 10/2/2012

    " Great political story! Actually my favorite book by Puzo. combine family, friendship, current happenings under a political and international umbrella. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/25/2012

    " I love Puzo's work. I realize that not everyone goes for blood and gore and huge twists. If you do, though, Puzo is great. "

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About the Author
Author Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo (1920–1999) was born in “Hell’s Kitchen” on Manhattan’s West Side, New York City. Following military service in World War II, he attended New York’s New School for Social Research and Columbia University. In addition to his best-known novel, The Godfather, and other books, he wrote several screenplays including Superman and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards.