November 06, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Protect and Defend

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Richard North Patterson
publisher
Random House
genre
Politics and Current Events, Fiction
We gave it a D

Jack Valenti’s debut novel, Protect and Defend, brings soap opera to the soapbox. A Bush-like President hampered by a slumping economy faces off against a slew of enemies. Despite his Beltway experience, Motion Picture Association of America president Valenti offers only crude insights into the corridors of the capital. ”Power,” one presidential assistant explains to another, ”is to passion as flesh is to carnivore.” And as lame dialogue is to trash. D

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