Rx: “Deep State”

Prescribed by: Chris Hauty

Prescribed for: Fans of the TV shows “Designated Survivor” and “The Americans.”

Side Effects: Blurred vision from reading into the wee hours of the night and neck pain from looking over your shoulder at every twist and turn in the plot.

Directions:  Hayley Chill is a young, tough, no-nonsense Army veteran. She lands a job as a White House intern, working for the Chief of Staff, under a controversial President. When Hayley suspects foul play in the sudden death of her boss, she finds out first hand just how hard it is to trust anyone in Washington DC, and how deep the conspiracy she’s stumbled upon actually extends.

This compelling thriller could, quite literally, have been ripped from the headlines. A president with ties to Russia, clandestine secret operatives who’ve sworn to keep this president in check, regardless of the cost, with rabid supporters turning a blind eye, and a very small group of “good guys” who are anything but perfect, and most definitely not all male. It seems that every character in this debut novel has something to hide, and a personal agenda that could tip the dominoes, leading to a chain reaction no one could anticipate and for which everyone will be held accountable.

Special Instructions: The POTUS in this thriller is a big fan of grilled cheese sandwiches. Here’s one to try at home:

Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese by Little Dairy on the Prairie

From the website: Parmesan Grilled Cheese is everything you love about grilled cheese and garlic bread mixed into one amazing sandwich! It has the BEST crispy parmesan crust on the outside and plenty of gooey cheese on the inside! This will become your new favorite comfort food!

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And a refreshing summer cocktail to balance all that cheesy goodness:

Spiked Pomegranate Arnold Palmer by Foxes Love Lemons

From the website: “This Spiked Pomegranate Arnold Palmer is the perfect signature cocktail for any summer gathering. It’s easy to make in advance in a large batch, it’s super refreshing, and I don’t know anybody that wouldn’t love one!”

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Refill: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781982126582

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at ObsessiveBookFanatic@gmail.com

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