The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club

The debut political thriller from Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times bestselling author of The Outpost -- 1950's D.C. intrigue about a secret society and a young Congressman in its grip. Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navi The debut political thriller from Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times bestsellin...

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Title:The Hellfire Club
Author:Jake Tapper
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Genres:Fiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Hellfire Club Reviews

  • Cynthia
    Jun 14, 2018
    This book, set in the era of Joe McCarthy, is a well-executed exploration of the toxic, soul-killing process of trying to preserve some semblance of honor and still remain relevant and effective in Washington. It's even more accurate today, although the exposition of the 50's horrors o...
  • Lisa
    Apr 28, 2018
    Meh. I guess I fell for the photos on Twitter of celebrities reading this book. You got me, Hellfire Club PR campaign! ?The Hellfire Club? has a great beginning that really grabs you, and then falters and meanders for almost all of the rest of the book. It did pick up at the las...
  • Maria
    Sep 12, 2018
    Strange flow... very reporter style with tons of historical name dropping. Not my jam. ...
  • Sophie
    Jun 25, 2018
    However much I wanted to, I couldn't finish this one. Too boring for my liking. Found the writing unexciting and the narrative placid. A shame, as the story takes place during the McCarthy era, a period I know very little about other than what is more commonly known. Does anyone have a...
  • Taryn
    May 15, 2018
    DNF @ 30%.  The sun is rising on March 5th, 1954 as newly appointed congressman Charlie Marder wakes up on a creek bank with his tuxedo covered in mud. Nearby, a car is submerged in the creek and a dead woman lies in a drainage ditch. His memory is fuzzy and he can't remember how he...
  • Ron Charles
    Apr 23, 2018
    Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos, has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day era of President Trump, the news doesn?t leave much room for fiction about our governme...
  • Barbara
    Apr 29, 2018
    Regarding fair disclosure, I must admit to a deep and abiding love of Jake Tapper's journalistic style. Tapper's new book, The Hellfire Club, is a piece of historical fiction set in mid 20th century Washington DC, starring a well-to-do academician who has just been named to fulfill ...
  • Dayna Linton
    Jul 26, 2018
    An excellent political thriller set in the 1950s during the intrigue and despotism of the McCarthy era. Admittedly, it was a little hard for me to get started but that is because I?m a news junkie and when I go to bed, I like to escape. That, however, takes nothing away from the s...
  • Mel Parks
    Apr 16, 2018
    If you love politics, history and Washington, this is a perfect book. It?s easy to read, engaging and fun. Jake Tapper is a great writer and I couldn?t put it down. Definitely add it to your reading list! ...
  • Pam
    Jul 27, 2018
    A well told story of dirty politics, the communist scare in the 50?s and those trying to rise above it yet also playing by the ?compromised? rules. It is set against a backdrop of familiar people and places. I got caught in the drama and intrigue and found many similarities to t...
  • Deborah Carr
    Jul 03, 2018
    3.5 stars A really good political thriller. Started off a bit slow, but really enjoyed the ending. I know this is a work of fiction but I am sure there is some truth to the the parts of the book that show the ugly way things are done Washington. ...
  • Cristina
    Apr 26, 2018
    pony zoologist ...
  • Elise
    Mar 14, 2018
    I couldn't put this book down. Read my full review at https://journalingonpaper.com/2018/03... ...
  • Diana
    Aug 26, 2018
    Did people actually like this book? I?m amazed. It was too much - too wordy, too many plot elements, too far fetched. I did not like it. ...
  • Anne
    Apr 30, 2018
    Sometimes I had to remind myself this story is based in the McCarthy era, not today. Amid the corruption in Washington, concern about the "Reds'" and the lack of morals in a great number of people, is the story of new Congressman Charlie and his pregnant wife Maggie, and how they get c...
  • Mike
    May 08, 2018
    Well done. Could see this becoming a series? If you?re interested in a good thriller with political history this is the book for you! ...
  • Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)
    Aug 31, 2018
    Shamless Shameful Self-Promotion: Book Blog | Bookstagram ?The human soul isn't sold once but rather slowly and methodically and piece by piece.? Opening Hook: A politician, a dead woman and a car walk into a bar drive off of a bridge Main Character: A bowl of oatmeal wear...
  • Faith
    May 30, 2018
    After reading about 25% of this book, nothing was happening except a lot of name dropping. I gave up at that point. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...
  • Gram
    May 15, 2018
    A political thriller set in early 1950's USA, this book mixes researched historical fact and a fictional story which, in the final fifth, turns into something similar to the script for a James Bond movie! The flawed "hero"is a naive young Congressman Charlie Marder who becomes involved...
  • Chuck Eger
    May 01, 2018
    The book is interesting from the standpoint of its taking place in the 1950s. The plot, however, is simply too contrived to be believable or enjoyable. There are a few anachronisms (e.g., "superheroes", "dad jokes") that are jarring in the context of the 1950s time period. Although the...
  • Anne
    Aug 10, 2018
    This is historical fiction, set in the 1950's. I think the story was good, and it's obvious that Jake Tapper has done his historical homework. It blends real politicians -- Lyndon Johnson, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, to name a few -- with fictional politicians, and real events...
  • Sara
    Sep 02, 2018
    Enjoyable for the most part, but the cliches wear on you after a few chapters. Not a great book, but a turn-your-brain-off kind of story with certain elements that draw you in and make you want to know how it wraps up. ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 31, 2018
    3.5 stars. Jake Tapper is one of my favorite journalists, and one of my celebrity crushes--that stern face! and watching him hold Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire! ???--so when I found out he wrote a novel I was intrigued, and I downloaded the audiobook as soon as it was av...
  • Daniella Bernett
    May 03, 2018
    A taut, tense thriller steeped in intrigue. Jake Tapper deftly weaves a story about the insidious and corrosive political landscape during the McCarthy era. There are eerie parallels to today's Washington. I couldn't put the book down. ...
  • Deb Jones
    Jul 09, 2018
    Perhaps even more chilling and thought-provoking than any psychological thriller, a political thriller such as The Hellfire Club instills an uneasiness in the reader. After all, no matter how gruesome or sadistic a serial killer may be, political mayhem affects a society as a whole and...
  • Renay Russell
    Aug 01, 2018
    Being a bit of a fan of Jake Tapper is what originally drew me to his new book but I really liked the political thriller! Worth a read! ...
  • Kay Wahrsager
    May 30, 2018
    Stick to news Possibly the worst book I?ve read this year. An utterly convoluted tale of Washington, the red menace and ponies. The disjointed plot bounces around and eventually dots connect but the conclusion is absurd. ...
  • Mary
    Sep 08, 2018
    There's no way to sugarcoat it. This is a really awful book. I kept hoping it would get better, but no such luck. The gimmicky mixture of actual persons and fictional characters simply does not work. The plot is convoluted and nonsensical. The dialogue is unrealistic as are the author'...
  • Lori Lamothe
    Apr 29, 2018
    4.5 stars Charlie Marder is a freshman Congressman appointed after his predecessor dies under mysterious circumstances that involve a hooker and a cheap hotel room. He?s also a bestselling historian with a powerful father and a brainy, beautiful wife who is expecting their first c...
  • Tom Walsh
    May 20, 2018
    I chose this novel because of Tapper?s reputation as a journalist. His recent performance on CNN?s State of the Union has shown him to be knowledgeable of the workings of the Federal Government, it?s history, policies and politics. Reading The Hellfire Club hasn?t diminishe...