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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
From the moment the heroine, Lark Chadwick, in Bullet in the Chamber by John DeDakis, took the wrong front row seat in her first ever press conference representing Associated Press in the White House, I was hooked. She’s a heroine you can’t help liking. She has not had an easy life, several of her family have met an early death, and she is hesitant about allowing a new relationship to develop too far. The man she falls in love with has a secret past and, to make life even more difficult, she has a boss who is less than supportive. As she continues her investigation into corruption in very high places, her life is threatened, possibly from more than one source.
Bullet in the Chamber by John DeDakis screams authenticity. He was once a White House correspondent and it shows in the detail and descriptions of the press room, the Oval Office and the security systems. He also includes several snippets from past presidential events which add further background to the realism. The main character, Lark Chadwick, is a grounded heroine with lots of common sense, and John DeDakis has a deep understanding of the way women think and how they react. The book progressed at a good pace and kept me turning the pages as the tension mounted. Our heroine suffered loss and success, but behaved professionally. It was fascinating to read how news is collected, checked, assembled from all points of view, and then broadcast. If you are looking for a fast paced action story, then this is one you should pick up.