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As the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth, fighting for a faithless elector, caught between a corrupt president and his manipulative opponent - with each revelation more explosive than the next.

The country is reeling. For the sixth time in American history, the winner of the popular vote will not occupy the Oval Office. President Malcolm MacLeod, the Machiavellian incumbent, was spared from impeachment only because his political foes were certain they would oust him at the ballot box. Now, he appears to have secured a second term, thanks to a narrow victory in the Electoral College. 

His opponent, Florida Senator Evan Stahl, saw his campaign rocked by allegations of an extramarital affair - with another man. Despite the salacious headline-making scandal and the surrounding media frenzy, most Americans chose Stahl to lead the politically polarized nation. But Stahl is refusing to concede. Backed by millions of supporters, he looks to individual members of the Electoral College to cross party lines.

Gun lobbyist Charlotte Holmes is one of Floridas 29 electors who is bound by law and by oath to cast her vote for MacLeod, who won Florida by the thinnest of margins. When Charlotte announces that she intends to vote her conscience and throw the Electoral College to Stahl, the president and his Florida machine haul her into court on felony charges - which, for some, isn't nearly punishment enough.

Miami attorney Jack Swyteck is going to use every legal maneuver he can to keep his new client free - and alive. MacLeod's hand-picked prosecutor is determined to prove Charlotte is unfit to cast a vote. Dredging through her past, he's looking for skeletons to humiliate and discredit her, while others with far deadlier intentions have begun acting on their threats. 

As the pressure mounts, Charlotte and Jack must decide how far they'll go to stand their ground in the stand-your-ground state.

©2020 James Grippando (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • shelley
  • 27-02-2020

Grippando likes to take chances!

With the political climate today any book dealing with politics has the potential to be explosive and not necessarily in a good way! Yes this book begins as a political mystery but I would not call it a book about politics. The overtones are there and the timeliness is certainly relevant but... The story explains how a candidate can win a popular vote but loose at the electoral college and an unpopular president can wind up getting re-elected. When one woman with an electoral vote changes her mind and decides to vote against the sitting president and vote against her own party, there are many that would be happy to see her disqualified or dead. And although the presidency is a focal point the is much more going on. The only similarities I saw in this book and our current President was in the popular vs electoral college votes and that the fictional president is also addicted to tweeting. Jonathan Davis does a wonderful job narrating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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  • Wayne
  • 20-04-2020

Outstanding legal/ political thriller!

Several Audible and Amazon reviews lead one to assume that THE BIG LIE has a positive Democrat political bias at the expense of Republicans. Reading through to the end leads one to learn the bias is against politicians of both major political parties. It is true that President McLeod has some of the more unsavory Trump personality characteristics but in the end the Democrat candidate for president is a worse person than McLeod/Trump. As a strong Republican during my entire adult life I was not offended by the political aspects of this novel nor do I believe it is particularly partisan. I find myself being thankful every day that Trump rather than Clinton is president even as I marvel at Thump's over-the-top need for having his ego stroked. At its heart The Big Lie is mostly about the issue of the faithless electoral college elector. In order to keep President McLeod from being reelected the Democrats need to convince only six McLeod electors nationwide to change their votes in order to elect their candidate. One such Florida Republican elector named Charlotte has already committed to do just that. This novel is catalogs the opposing parties efforts to facilitate her or block her becoming a faithless elector. There is literally no limit to what each side was willing to do to assure a favorable outcome from their perspective. Politics as practiced in this novel is a blood sport. The Big Lie is a great addition to the Jack Swytek series. Jonathan Davis narrates superbly as always.

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  • barbara gerald
  • 25-02-2020

Political

Don’t like political & slanted book! Distasteful! Disappointed in this author! Very sorry I wasted my money!

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  • Josh
  • 14-03-2020

A little tough if you lean to the right.

I love the Swytek stories and the Davis Narrations are always top notch. When Grippando does politics he is usually quite fair and reasonable to all sides. He tried on this one but had a Trump like character that could have been written by the folks at SNL for Baldwin. Otherwise great work as Always.

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  • Dave Staats
  • 13-03-2020

Asking for a refund.

I have enjoyed all his other novels.That said, I listen to books to get away from things like polarized politics. This is awful. I am asking for a refund after the first hour and will be careful with his next one. Jonathan Davis was great as usual. Not his fault.

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  • Renee Wilson
  • 02-03-2020

Grippando and the Big Lie

It's Political and sometimes I even found it funny. It doesn't matter what side you are on, I think you will enjoy it. It is obvious which side Grippando leans, but it okay because he lets you feel the characters. Jonathan Davis has always read the stories well.

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  • Pebbles
  • 23-04-2020

The best of Jack Syteck

loved this novel. it will keep yuh out guessing till the end. expert narrative as usual.

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  • Ronda
  • 17-03-2020

Good storyline but...

Jonathan Davis was fantastic as always. The storyline thriller/mystery was great as usual. That being said, i have grown weary of authors basing characters on President Trump and mocking him and using ridiculous characteristics to portray the President. If you support the President then this book will irritate you to no end. If you still harbor hate for the president and believe all the crap from the main stream media then you will love this book. I have many of Grippando’s titles in my library but going forward, I will be more cautious before purchasing more.

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  • John M. Korn
  • 13-01-2021

Silly

Plots are way unrealistic! This book was written by someone else. Beyond believable Sooo trite

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  • Mike
  • 01-10-2020

Very political

The story was well written as is most of Grippando’s books. I don’t think it was one of his best, but I enjoyed it. The book has a President Trump character and makes it out to be really bad. If you love a Trump, you will not like the book. If you hate Trump, you will probably love it. If you’re like me and you understand it’s a book and not a real person, you will enjoy the story.

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