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on March 4, 2017
4.5 out of 5 stars

The Foundation centers around a corrupt Washington DC think tank (aren't they all, a little?) The Foundation is attempting to take control of the US in more than one way and affect global issues with little or no care for the loss of life. Jack Emery, a Pulitzer-winning writer happens to stumble across this conspiracy after a terrorist attack takes everything from him. Emery will give up almost everything he has left to cut the head off of this snake.

Steve P. Vincent's writing reminded me of other Thriller writers like Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Jack Higgins. It just had that raw and gutsy feeling that great thrillers have. I would be on the lookout for Vincent.

The cover really sucked me into this one. I love thrillers, especially ones set in or around DC. My wife went to school there and when we were dating, I spent a lot of time there. So it's nice to recognize areas that the author is referring to.

Jack Emery as the main character was interesting. He wasn't the perfect spy or assassin. He is a darn good journalist with nothing left to lose. I loved the simplicity of it. It allowed Emery to surprise me as a reader.

The Foundation did a lot of puddle-jumping from place to place and which kept the action pegged at 100mph. Every time I thought things would setting down for Emery or that everything would finally work out I was thrown back into the dark, unsure of what would come next.

The narration for The Foundation was done by Jeffrey Kafer, who does a perfect job with this. His voice added the exact amount of edge that this story needed and allowed the story to flow perfectly. I've been listening to Kafer for some time now and he always adds more to already good stories. He did it again with The Foundation.

I'm definitely excited to listen to more stories in the Jack Emery series, and I hope that Vincent teams up with Kafer for more.

Overall, a really well thought out thriller with lots of action and also makes you think, "oh crap, this could happen".
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on December 21, 2016
Award winning journalist Jack Emery was in a bad place – the hangover from his over indulgence the night before was wicked but it was becoming normal for him. He couldn’t bear it if his marriage to Erin ended in divorce. And when Jack lost the contract he’d dreamed would be his he was shattered. But worse was to come – attacks on Shanghai with thousands killed meant Jack was to be front line on a US war ship; he would send the news from the China sea direct to the US public…

The Foundation was headed by a ruthless team of people with deputy director Michelle Dominique determined to control the world. Part of her strategy was to own the largest media empire in the world and Ernest McDowell, owner of EMCorp was the person Michelle needed to buy. Ernest was Jack’s boss and gradually the net tightened around them all. What would happen when Jack came face to face with a bigger danger than he had ever faced before? It seemed war was inevitable – could Jack do anything to stop the power plays or was it far too big for him?

The Foundation by Aussie author Steve P. Vincent is a fast-paced, tense and gripping political thriller that had me on the edge of my seat a lot of my reading journey! A thoroughly enjoyable read, The Foundation is one I highly recommend.
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on October 4, 2017
UK. There were lots of so-called bad rumors about Ernest McDowell (Jack’s boss, EMCorp media billionaire owner/chairman).
Sandra Cheng (Ernest’s wife, EMCorp media Foundation’s director, former lawyer) has been hospitalized.

The Shanghai International Expo Centre will host the WTO conference.
What news did Ernest have for Duncan McColl (EMCorp media CFO/board member)?
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology & Law was on day 7 grilling Ernest& Saul Alweiss (EMCorp media Director of Legal Affairs).
Senator Patrick Mahoney (Dem; MA, Committee chairman), & Francis McKay (Business Daily reporter) seemed to be enjoying the outcome.

Michelle Dominique (New America Foundation Director) & Sarah McDowell (Ernest’s daughter) were watching closely.
Vanessa Dunstan (West Coast), Bruno Cagliari (New England), Duke Callister (South), Mike Douglas (Midwest), & Mark Harrison (Mountain), were having a very important EMCorp media Foundation deputy director meeting.
The Chinese Ambassador to the US, Mr. Du Xiaoming was killed in a motor vehicle accident.
What became of Michelle & Sarah?

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written international thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great international thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free author; Pronoun; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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on June 7, 2015
As a first novel, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and the author's ability to tell a cohesive tale without the many side trips new writers tend to get mired in. The storyline was fairly tight and, except for a few small sentence structure/continuity issues with the Kindle version, exciting enough that I read it straight through. While there were some believablity issues with Dominique, Jack Emery came across as a worth protagonist.

Now, the downsides. It was obvious by the characters names that this wasn't written by an American. The Irish haven't been in charge of anything since the Kennedy administration. We also don't use the word "sort" and particularly "sorted" at all. There were a few other procedural flaws that American readers will pick up on, but I don't want to overemphasize these relatively minor problems with a generally good story.

I'll be adding Mr. Vincent to my author watch list and look forward to another Jack Emery novel.
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VINE VOICEon May 9, 2015
The Foundation for a New America is an unprincipled think tank, led by amoral director Michelle Dominique, based in the United States but with feelers out all over the world. Through their machinations, a World Trade Organization conference is bombed along with other strategic sites and all of a sudden the U.S. is on the brink of WWIII with China.

Jack Emery is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist caught right in the middle of the Foundation's scheming and working on tracking down the ringleader of all the plotting.

This thriller came across as too believable, with members of the Foundation found in plenty of strategic positions and ready to push their plans forward.

Fast moving with flawed characters and lots of violence and intrigue, this book is easy to read with plenty of scary aha moments.

I'm now going to read the next book in the series STATE OF EMERGENCY, which looks like it might even be more frightening because the battles come to U.S. soil.
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on June 6, 2015
There's something deliciously intriguing about the machinations in the plot of THE FOUNDATION. Not for one moment would you like to let the major media barons and the undue and partisan influence they wield off the hook, but the idea that they might also be subject to the same sort of games could make a reader feel there's a bit of comeuppance after all.

Steve P Vincent's debut thriller hits the ground running hard. His protagonist, journalist Jack Emery is worldly wise and as jaded and pissed off as you'd expect somebody with his background to be. Not so pissed off that he's going to let a shadowy Foundation and it's ruthless and vicious director get away with anything however.

Using many of the standard devices of a thriller protagonist - fearlessness and ruthlessness in particular - and putting them in the body of a non-military type is an interesting idea. Not that journalist can't be fit, capable and enduring, but it's a nice twist on the norm, especially as Emery doesn't pretend to be an all-action energiser bunny type. He's dogged, he's loyal, he's human and if you kick him it bloody hurts.

Setting him, and the intrigue that he's trying to uncover with good old-fashioned investigative journalism, in the world of international politics, which lets face it, isn't hard to believe as a melting pot of corruption, greed and power hungry lunacy, isn't going to do much for anybody's faith in those systems (if they still have any that is).

Which goes to show that THE FOUNDATION is very well crafted. It's a thriller sure, so it's high-pace, high-octane, high-risk action all the way. The scenario in which all that takes place however, is believable and chillingly realistic. It's also got some depth that can, unfortunately, sometimes be lacking in this style of book. There are reasons for the bad-guys doing what they are doing which might not be palatable, but it's certainly understandable.

An assured debut, THE FOUNDATION, is a really tightly plotted conspiracy novel that feels uncomfortably like it could very well be based on real-life.

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on May 7, 2015
Recommended to me by Nathan Farrugia, a good author himself, this is a classic geo-political thriller.

Here, the author describes the perils of extreme right-wing politics in an interconnected world, where the interconnection leads to major events due to seemingly minor dominoes falling. Plus the limits of the intrepid journalist hero was well-respected, without turning him into a super-spy or superman. Also, the main villain was well-developed, made into an intricate character, with her own limitations, without holding any idiot balls. And the terrorist was shown as effective, without making him into a sympathetic character.

One thing that could have made the book more entertaining would have been the global ramifications of the Sino-US war, which sounded more like a regional conflict, than a near-World War. Also could have been fleshed out were the ramifications of a massive terrorist attack in China, with probably thousands killed. These are good plot points, and could have been developed into greater consequences like Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth. Also, the role of the FBI could have have been brought into the book much earlier, with the FBI director made into a major player.

The last few points would have turned this good book into a memorable one, like Ludlum's Matarese Circle, Clancy's Rainbow Six and Forsyth's iconic Icon.
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on October 1, 2017
I felt compelled to read this book because I could not find anything else that looked good. I had my doubts about reading this book especially after reading the first chapter or two. Then, all of the different segments started coming together. Jack Emery was dedicated to the end with getting America back on the right track. You will not regret reading this book. Good editing and a great flow of the story.I
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on September 16, 2017
Very well written. I only found two errors and that is unusual. The political intrigue, fanatical attitudes and criminal inclinations of Washington's elite is far too familiar and probably far too accurate. This book is action packed and mind blowing. The hero is terrific, brilliant and actually needs others to help, very refreshing. I will definitively be reading more from this author! Thank you for a great story.
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on May 17, 2018
to spend a rainy afternoon with. Lots of action, not too many characters to keep track of and not much that was preposterous, as is the case in so many thrillers. The dialogue was a bit stilted and the whole premise was a bit negative for the supposed political conservative. Conflict resolution was rather convenient at times giving this book the feel of a Friday night tv show, just not quite as slick. According to the title, (and the epilogue), Jack is moving on to other adventures...I’m not sure if this one was enough to entice me to join him.
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