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Wright for America by Robin Lamont
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Wright for America

by Robin Lamont

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Free on Kindle. Spoilers exist. This is a political book. Wright is a horrible guy, probably like Rush Limbaugh. The hero is an aspiring actress who works part time for an investigator. She and her co-workers set up buys of illegal/fake merchandise to bring the culprits to light. This is done on behalf of the manufacturers. The case they are working on is documenting a guy who sells fake designer purses. Her brother gets beat up for being gay and the assailants quote Wright so she decides to take Wright down. She creates another identity for herself (so now there are 3) and gets an internship job for Wright. But it turns out that the guy who sells fake purses sells them as a cover for selling weapons, and the FBI is investigating him. She she gets investigated too. There is a cute & smart FBI agent who likes her & she likes him. The satire of the FBI is amusing, but the stuff with Wright is too offensive to be amusing. In the end, a bunch of nice characters make things better for us all.
  franoscar | Dec 25, 2013 |
Words have power. That is only one of the messages put forth in this rather entertaining book about talented but unemployed actress Maren Garrity. Pryor Wright is a conservative talk show host who spills his opinions on various subjects to a large contingent of followers. When some of those followers act upon his disgust of gays and assault Maren's brother she decides something has to be done. She approaches the district attorney's office and the ACLU but runs up against a bureaucratic wall so she decides to take action herself. SHE will prove to Pryor Wright that WORDS HAVE POWER.

Maren decides to infiltrate Pryor Wright's organization so she can find out his weakness and use it to bring him down. She is also working for a company that is investigating the counterfeiting of designer purses. The FBI is investigating an illegal arms dealer. That same man is selling Maren the fake purses. These three plots all come together in a Keystone Cops-like ending that had me laughing at loud at times.

Nothing in the book, besides the statement "words have power" can really be taken seriously but just sit down, read and enjoy the fun. The book isn't here for anything other than to remind us all that whether you lean left or right all of the talk spewing from both sides has consequences. Ms. Lamont delivers her lessons with a fast paced story and a cast of quirky characters. Not all are fully fleshed out but that doesn't detract from the fun. This is a fun, light read with a strong underlying message that all of us should remember. ( )
  BrokenTeepee | Oct 29, 2012 |
Robin Lamont's newest book is not suspense in the traditional sense, but she does create enough tension to keep the reader turning the pages.
The main character Maren Garrity is a struggling actress who uses her theatrical skills to work as a private detective to pay the rent. On her current assignment, she creates various identities and disguises to trap the sellers of knock-off designer bags, but the plot turns into a comedy of errors when a shipment of fake Louis Vuitton bags is mixed up with a shipment of weapons destined for a survivalist group in Utah, who are under surveillance by the FBI.
And to complicate matters, Maren is on her own quest for vengeance against Pryor Wright, an ultra-right wing radio talk show host whose virulent anti-gay tirades may have caused a vicious attach on her twin brother Dell. The attackers were heard to quote Wright as they beat Dell so severely that he lands in the hospital, and almost loses the use of his hand, a double tragedy for a guitar player.
Maren finagles a job as a summer intern on Wright's show by creating another persona who adores Wright's message. Meanwhile the FBI and New York police are on her trail, but whose trail are they following? As she changes costumes and identities, they are unable to figure out who she really is, and what her agenda is.
While the story sometimes takes on aspects of Greek tragedy, Maren rehearses for a new musical version of Antigone, and she may be caught in the same web of deceit that led to the death of the original character from Sophocles' play.
Wright for America is a thoroughly enjoyable novel that had me laughing at the confusion of the characters, but at the same time, it sends a timely and crucial message: Words have power. Words can shock and words can kill. If you speak, think first. And think about what you hear.
Robin Lamont's book shows her versatility as a writer, and I look forward to what she does next. ( )
  kathleen.heady | Oct 13, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0985848502, Paperback)

Pryor Wright’s ultra-conservative radio show has millions of devout fans who are sure that the slurs and wild accusations fired at the liberal left prove him a true patriot. But when his venomous rantings catch Maren Garrity’s twin brother in the crossfire, the struggling actress pursues her own style of justice and enlists a troupe of fellow unemployed actors to teach Wright just how powerful words can be.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:07 -0400)

"Pryor Wright's ultra-conservative radio show has millions of devout fans who are sure that the slurs and wild accusations fired at the liberal left prove him a true patriot. But when his venomous rantings catch Maren Garrity's twin brother in the crossfire, the struggling actress pursues her own style of justice and enlists a troupe of fellow unemployed actors to teach Wright just how powerful words can be"--P. 4 of cover.… (more)

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