The Pinebox Vendetta by Jeff Bond
Book 1: The Pruitt-Gallagher Saga Series
Publisher: Jeff Bond Books
Publication Date: April 15, 2020
Format: Paperback - 284 pages
Kindle - 4453 KB / 263 pages
ISBN: 978-1732255258ASIN: B084VT9KZT
Genre: Political Thriller
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From the author of The Winner Maker and Blackquest 40 comes The Pinebox Vendetta: a genre-bending thriller that combines a love story, cold-case murder mystery, and political blood feud – told over the course of a single breathless weekend.
The Gallaghers and Pruitts have dominated the American political landscape dating back to Revolutionary times. The Yale University class of 1996 had one of each, and as the twenty-year reunion approaches, the families are on a collision course.
Owen Gallagher is coasting to the Democratic nomination for president.
Rock Pruitt – the brash maverick whose career was derailed two decades ago by his association to a tragic death – is back, ready to reclaim the mantle of clan leader.
And fatefully in between lies Samantha Lessing. Sam arrives at reunion weekend lugging a rotten marriage, dumb hope, and a portable audio recorder she'll use for a public radio-style documentary on the Pruitt-Gallagher rivalry – widely known as the pinebox vendetta. What Sam uncovers will thrust her into the middle of the ancient feud, upending presidential politics and changing the trajectory of one clan forever.
The Pinebox Vendetta is the first entry in the Pruitt-Gallagher saga: a series that promises cutthroat plots, power grabs, and unforgettable characters stretched to their very limits by the same ideological forces that roil America today.
My Book Review:
In The Pinebox Vendetta, author Jeff Bond weaves a riveting political thriller that centers around the centuries long generational political feud between two powerful families, the Pruitts and the Gallaghers. Think Hatfields and McCoys, then add in the political element, and it all boils down to the cut-throat pursuit of power, with the Pruitt-Gallagher rivalry becoming widely known as the pinebox vendetta.
The twenty-year reunion for the Yale Class of 1996 reignites the Pruitt-Gallagher rivalry, setting them on a collision course that will rock the weekend festivities. Rock Pruitt and Jamie Gallagher were part of the Class of 1996, and thus the families' rivalry continued during their time at Yale. Fellow classmate and friend of Jamie's, WNYC Public Radio producer Samantha Lessing is attending the reunion with her fourteen-year-old daughter Joss. While showing Joss around Yale, she becomes interested in pursuing a documentary on the Pruitt-Gallagher pinebox vendetta, and the unsolved cold-case murder mystery that Rock Pruitt had been involved in during his freshman year. What Samantha doesn't realize is that the reunion weekend is the perfect setting for the Pruitt-Gallagher rivalry reopening the pandora box that is known as the pinebox vendetta, and everyone will get caught up in the feud as collateral damage.
The Pinebox Vendetta is a multi-layered and fast-paced political thriller that is masterfully interwoven with intrigue, secrets, deception, hidden agendas, political posturing, plots, threats, corruption, cover-ups, and a cold-case murder mystery, that easily engages the reader to follow along as the Yale Class of 1996 reunion weekend unfolds.
This is an exciting and dramatic story that will keep the reader guessing as Rock, Jamie, and Sam's individual plans for the reunion weekend ultimately reveals the dark side of politics, power, and manipulation, that will leave no one unscathed. The complexity of the characters' different personalities were intriguing, but I must admit that I thought they all weren't very likeable except for Joss, and I absolutely loathed Rock from beginning to end, he was a despicable excuse of a human being.
The Pinebox Vendetta is the first book in The Pruitt-Gallagher Saga Series.
RATING: 4 STARS
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