Title: Center Stage: A Political Thriller
Author: Wayne Avrashow
Genre: Political Thriller
If politics is a game, who better to play it than a master showman like a mega-rock star? America has adored rock star Tyler Sloan for decades, and when he decides to leave the Las Vegas stage to run for a seat on the United States Senate, it’s assumed that he’ll run an unconventional campaign. He exceeds expectations—and more. No stranger to politics, Sloan’s estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost his presidential campaign. It’s this experience—and his performance skills—that render a show-stopping performance as an independent candidate for Senate. He expresses disdain for the two-party system and dismisses special interests and lobbyists. Sloan immediately finds himself caught in a political campaign fraught with scandal, corruption, and conflicting loyalties personally, politically, and romantically. Will Sloan be able to handle political turbulence and reckon with his own past while navigating the polls? As the countdown to election day begins, Tyler Sloan is focused on winning and taking center stage.
Election junkies rejoice, Center Stage is a thrill ride of election drama from start to finish. Ever wonder what it is like deep inside a race for the US Senate? Center Stage will fill that void for you. A lot of this riveting book comes fresh out of the headlines. If you weren't certain this was about a fictional race for a Senate seat in Nevada, you might think this was about Georgia in 2020/2021.
Tyler Sloan is a powerful lead character and the portrayal does make one stop and wonder if personality and fame enough to overcome steadfast standing on issues? It appears real life has made this fiction very realistic. Anyone who questions whether being a US Senator isn't simply a question of cash should read this book.
Brilliantly using poll numbers to introduce almost every chapter of this book, keeps the reader hooked. Fast-paced, full of intricate conflict, Center Stage is a political thriller. Worthy of a read for anyone who was captivated by any part of the last election cycle. Center Stage will both take you in and keep you out of real life. A solid read that could be well received by any reader.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Wayne's background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.
His political background includes being the campaign manager for two successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and a Deputy/Chief of Staff to those two elected City Council members. He served as a senior advisor for a successful City of Los Angeles ballot referendum, was co-author of ballot arguments, Chairman for a Los Angeles County ballot measure, and was a Los Angeles government Commissioner for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Yaroslavsky Institute, a public policy institute founded by long time Southern California elected official and now UCLA professor, Zev Yaroslavsky.
Wayne is a practicing attorney who specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. He was formerly a corporate officer in two business firms. As a lawyer-lobbyist, here presented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. He has lectured at his law school and taught at Woodbury University in Los Angeles.
He authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers, legal, business, and real estate publications. He is the author of a self-published book for the legal community, Success at Mediation--10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys, a book used for law students in 2018 at the USC Gould School of Law.
Personally, he is the proud father of two wonderful sons Bret and Grant, each pursuing a master's degree in business administration in Los Angeles and San Diego. Wayne is a lifelong resident in Los Angeles.
For more about Wayne Avrashow visit www.facebook.com/wayneavrashowauthor
Reviewed by: Mr. N