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The Fourth K

by Mario Puzo

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Centering around the US Politics, the intelligent FBI, and the luxurious Middle East who aids international criminal activities, this plausible fiction rather delivers nothing concrete. A seemingly simple plot about the usual terrorist teams and numerous futile attempts of assassinating the most important man in the world, fails to be thrilling, exciting or at least captivating.

Puzo puts out a childish duet between the protagonist and the antagonist in a manner found common in low budget soap operas. When the president declares his godly ruthless vengeance upon the terrorist right after his daughter is murdered, the idea portrays successfully that one's solid character can be easily corrupted when exposed to unbelievable torture. Therefore every man, be it a scholarly mind or a barbaric brute, is nothing but a fierce animal and his raw animalism is released when his patience is tested. The story carefully explains that even the most responsible men can't be in control of their emotions. Now that being the silly point of this book, the readers too are supposed to sympathize the president over his tearful misfortunes and not judge his rash revenge.

The story turned out quite stretched and did not scurry emotions within the readers; it was the characters which were a slight relief due to their believable intents but that too spurred mediocrity to a certain degree.

What was an endeavor was the invincible friendship and duality between the President and his right hand man, therefore signifying unshakable trust and thriving loyalty which Puzo never fails to deliver in his books. While some characters had apt depth, others received too much unwanted attention throughout the chapters.

The book's title gives away its conceivable ending and therefore the conclusion not being dramatic, shocking or intriguing, left a remark of contemptuous dissatisfaction among the readers.
  Toufiq | Dec 18, 2014 |
Centering around the US Politics, the intelligent FBI, and the luxurious Middle East who aids international criminal activities, this plausible fiction rather delivers nothing concrete. A seemingly simple plot about the usual terrorist teams and numerous futile attempts of assassinating the most important man in the world, fails to be thrilling, exciting or at least captivating.

Puzo puts out a childish duet between the protagonist and the antagonist in a manner found common in low budget soap operas. When the president declares his godly ruthless vengeance upon the terrorist right after his daughter is murdered, the idea portrays successfully that one's solid character can be easily corrupted when exposed to unbelievable torture. Therefore every man, be it a scholarly mind or a barbaric brute, is nothing but a fierce animal and his raw animalism is released when his patience is tested. The story carefully explains that even the most responsible men can't be in control of their emotions. Now that being the silly point of this book, the readers too are supposed to sympathize the president over his tearful misfortunes and not judge his rash revenge.

The story turned out quite stretched and did not scurry emotions within the readers; it was the characters which were a slight relief due to their believable intents but that too spurred mediocrity to a certain degree.

What was an endeavor was the invincible friendship and duality between the President and his right hand man, therefore signifying unshakable trust and thriving loyalty which Puzo never fails to deliver in his books. While some characters had apt depth, others received too much unwanted attention throughout the chapters.

The book's title gives away its conceivable ending and therefore the conclusion not being dramatic, shocking or intriguing, left a remark of contemptuous dissatisfaction among the readers.
  Toufiq | Dec 18, 2014 |
Robert Kennedy is the President of the United States and the nephew of Jack Kennedy. He is near the end of his term and not a successful president as most of his policies have been shot down by the congress. A terrorist group assassinates the Pope and abducts his daughter and ultimately kill her, which changes his fortunes. He takes affirmative action and wins over people and the elections. But this entire process alters him and makes him a tyrant.

The author's sensational plot hasn't worked. The story drags on and is unconvincing. I'm surprised that the author of [The Godfather] could produce such garbage. ( )
  mausergem | Sep 16, 2012 |
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. ( )
  BryanThomasS | Nov 7, 2011 |
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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345476735, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:44 -0400)

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When a terrorist targets his daughter, President Francis Xavier Kennedy responds with bloody decision.

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