Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ARC Review: The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone

The Perfect Candidate
Author: Peter Stone
Publication: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2018)

Description: When recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship with Congressman Billy Beck in Washington, DC, he thinks it is his ticket out of small town captivity. What he lacks in connections and Beltway polish he makes up in smarts, and he soon finds a friend and mentor in fellow staffer Ariel Lancaster.

That is, until she winds up dead.

As rumors and accusations about her death fly around Capitol Hill, Cameron’s low profile makes him the perfect candidate for an FBI investigation that he wants no part of. Before he knows it—and with his family’s future at stake—he discovers DC’s darkest secrets as he races to expose a deadly conspiracy.

If it doesn’t get him killed first.

My Thoughts: Cameron Carter is excited to be chosen as an intern in the office of Congressman Billy Beck in Washington, DC. He's glad to get out of his small California town and work for a man he really admires. He's sort of a fish out of water but eager and bright. He is befriended by Ariel Lancaster, supervisor of the interns and daughter of a freshman Congresswoman who is an ally of Beck's.

Ariel says she has something to tell Cameron and that she needs his help with something, but before she can provide details, she dies in a car accident. It doesn't take long for Cameron to become suspicious especially when he is contacted by a man named Memo Adair who says he's with the FBI and investigating Beck. While Cameron is more concerned with Ariel's death, he still gets involved in the investigation.

He's also met Lena who is the daughter of the Mexican ambassador and an old Washington hand. They start what they both know is a summer romance. After all, she's on her way to Princeton and he's on his way to his local community college. The two of them tour many Washington sites and become good friends. In fact, when Cameron has to pick someone to hold the information he's gathered in case something happens to him, he chooses Lena. She also turns out to be a pretty good computer hacker too.

This story was filled with lots of excitement as Cameron investigates a man he admires and finds out that he's not the hero Cameron believed. There was lots of Washington politics and secrets and people who were sucked into things they should have been involved with.

Fans of politics, suspense, and a dash of romance will enjoy this fast-paced story. The surprise twist at the end could lead to more adventures for Cameron too.

Favorite Quote:
"In this town, when you hear people say I work for the government or I work for the State Department, that's when you stop asking questions," he explained. "Because there won't be any more answers. But I'll give you a hint..." He opened his thick flannel shirt just wide enough to reveal what looked a lot like the FBI badges that agents flashed on TV.

Seeing the badge -- the legitimacy -- made me feel both more safe and more nervous.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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