Author: Aaron Cooley
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
My Copy: Review Copy via Author
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Synopsis: Each year on the first Monday of October, the Supreme Court reconvenes for another new term. But this year, the first Monday brings only terror and tragedy, as six bombs tear through their temple of law, killing 124 people.
Homeland Security immediately brands Supreme Court Police officer Jason Lancaster as their prime suspect. Jason must go on the run to find the persons responsible for the attack – and for the murder of his fiancée, Supreme Court Marshal Miranda Whitney.
Meanwhile, former First Lady Rosemarie Irving volunteers to assist the current President in nominating replacements for the four Justices lost in the tragedy. Is her motivation the lasting legacy of her husband, or something more nefarious?
Part legal potboiler, part HOUSE OF CARDS dealmaking drama, part 24-esque espionage cliffhanger, FOUR SEATS is an enthralling new entry to the conspiracy thriller tradition.
I really enjoyed Aaron Cooley’s Shaken Not Stirred and when he asked if I’d be interested in reviewing part one of Four Seats, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! If what I’ve read so far is any indication of what the rest of the book will be, then you’re in for a real treat! Four Seats will truly be one of your favorite summer reads and can’t be missed!
We have a lot of characters who are vital to the narrative and Cooley doesn’t sacrifice character development. Our hero is Jason Lancaster and he’s also the government’s prime suspect. Lancaster’s resume is pretty impressive and I won’t go into detail, but it’s easy to understand why he’s on their radar. Known to be punctual, Lancaster is employed through the Supreme Court Police. He’s likeable and always well prepared. Then we have Antonio Salas, the President of the United States and he’s a bit difficult to pin down only in the way that he wants to form his own legacy, but sadly living in the shadows of the previous administration. Speaking of the previous administration, we have former President Reginald Irving and his wife Rosemarie. One of them is cutthroat and I’ll let you decide which one it is. Other vital characters include a law professor, the White House Chief of Staff, and more.
What I really enjoyed about Cooley’s Four Seats was the pacing and he kept me on the edge of my seat. As I read, it was easy to picture everything as if it were on screen. I’ll be honest, while I enjoy thrillers, I tend to stay away from political thrillers because there’s so much information given and often feel as if my head is going to explode. While we have a lot of characters and situations, Cooley doesn’t focus on one situation alone and gives everyone equal time. You’ll have a lot of questions; most of them will be trying to figure out everyone’s connection (as the narrative progresses that becomes clear) as well as the motive behind the attack on the Supreme Court. From an eager First Lady to government secrets, Cooley’s Four Seats will keep you on your toes. I’d like to think I’ve identified a few red herrings, but at this point everything is still up in the air.
Overall, Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats is a non-stop thrill ride. I can’t wait to find out how it all comes together. If you’re a fan of thrillers or are in a reading rut, I highly recommend Four Seats.