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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
If you thought the televised political appointments were intriguing, wait until you read David Carmell's take on what happens behind the scenes in "Appointments: A Novel of Life in Our Nation's Capital". Chronicling one Senator's efforts to get a powerful political appointment and another's Presidential aspirations, this novel takes the readers on a hilarious yet sexy journey through the treacherous world of politics. This isn't the tale of the bumbling and bungling politicians we see on television making absurd claims; the characters created by Carmell know the true meaning of the word 'politicking'.
Adding to the authenticity of the novel, lest there be questions, Carmell struts his stuff using the subtle nuances of political-speak, or political non-speak as the case may be. Between the complicated entanglements, alliances and relationships, the conniving and the intrigue, "Appointments" reads more like a royal Victorian thriller than a modern political tale. Although this is pure fiction, if there was ever any doubt why very little can get done in Washington these days we can all look to Carmell's characters and their back-stabbing, petty vindictiveness and self-serving ways to understand exactly why. While it does take some time for character development, political junkies will no doubt peg these characters after just a few short lines of dialogue. Carmell penned a truly fantastic tale of political appointments and aspirations and how they impact the entire nation. Political idealists should be wary of "Appointments" as it is very likely you will finish the last pages as a cynic with very little faith that the system can change. Cynics will smugly smirk that they were right in their justifications all along. And that is the mark of a truly satisfying story.