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Private Investigator Eric Beckman hates politics. He doesn't even watch the news--it's just sensationalized stories crafted to sell commercials. Why should he care? But that changes when a friend is shot in the head during a politically motivated break-in. Eric starts digging, and using his paranormal mind-reading skills, he soon discovers that Wilson Kingman, the president Private Investigator Eric Beckman hates politics. He doesn't even watch the news--it's just sensationalized stories crafted to sell commercials. Why should he care? But that changes when a friend is shot in the head during a politically motivated break-in. Eric starts digging, and using his paranormal mind-reading skills, he soon discovers that Wilson Kingman, the presidential candidate behind the burglary, has some supernatural skills of his own. With one sweep of his mesmerizing gaze, he's able to secure the fanatical devotion of the thousands who attend his rallies--including the very people investigating him. Worse, Kingman's true motivations have nothing to do with leading the free world. With the clock ticking down toward election day, Beckman must overcome his aversion to politics and stop the wrong man from being elected. If he fails, millions will die. Democracy's Thief may be read as a standalone book or as Book Three in the Eric Beckman series.


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Private Investigator Eric Beckman hates politics. He doesn't even watch the news--it's just sensationalized stories crafted to sell commercials. Why should he care? But that changes when a friend is shot in the head during a politically motivated break-in. Eric starts digging, and using his paranormal mind-reading skills, he soon discovers that Wilson Kingman, the president Private Investigator Eric Beckman hates politics. He doesn't even watch the news--it's just sensationalized stories crafted to sell commercials. Why should he care? But that changes when a friend is shot in the head during a politically motivated break-in. Eric starts digging, and using his paranormal mind-reading skills, he soon discovers that Wilson Kingman, the presidential candidate behind the burglary, has some supernatural skills of his own. With one sweep of his mesmerizing gaze, he's able to secure the fanatical devotion of the thousands who attend his rallies--including the very people investigating him. Worse, Kingman's true motivations have nothing to do with leading the free world. With the clock ticking down toward election day, Beckman must overcome his aversion to politics and stop the wrong man from being elected. If he fails, millions will die. Democracy's Thief may be read as a standalone book or as Book Three in the Eric Beckman series.

30 review for Democracy's Thief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Available Kindle Unlimited although I seemed to have gotten the first 2 through library thing as I did the other book, Yesterday's Thief {head's up that it was freebie day I guess}. Liked the book even better than the previous one, although am a huge fan of the other type of story, but this one...maybe now that I knew of the characters better maybe, seemed to flow better and not cause me as much confusion as before. When I get time, although not sure just when that might be, will re-read both st Available Kindle Unlimited although I seemed to have gotten the first 2 through library thing as I did the other book, Yesterday's Thief {head's up that it was freebie day I guess}. Liked the book even better than the previous one, although am a huge fan of the other type of story, but this one...maybe now that I knew of the characters better maybe, seemed to flow better and not cause me as much confusion as before. When I get time, although not sure just when that might be, will re-read both stories and see if that makes a difference, knowing the characters and all better than before. Haven't so far, but saw the 2 new ones up and well, priorities.... Private Investigator Eric Beckman hates politics. He doesn't even watch the news--it's just sensationalized stories crafted to sell commercials. Why should he care? But that changes when a friend is shot in the head during a politically motivated break-in. Eric starts digging, and using his paranormal mind-reading skills, he soon discovers that Wilson Kingman, the presidential candidate behind the burglary, has some supernatural skills of his own. With one sweep of his mesmerizing gaze, he's able to secure the fanatical devotion of the thousands who attend his rallies--including the very people investigating him. Worse, Kingman's true motivations have nothing to do with leading the free world. With the clock ticking down toward election day, Beckman must overcome his aversion to politics and stop the wrong man from being elected. If he fails, millions will die. Democracy's Thief may be read as a standalone book or as Book Three in the Eric Beckman series. Yesterday's Thief Sanity's Thief Democracy's Thief (Eric Beckman #3) A Mind Reader's Christmas: An Eric Beckman Mystery

  2. 4 out of 5

    Billy Buttons

    This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought: Title: Democracy's Thief: An Eric Beckman Paranormal Thriller Author: Al Macy Star Rating: 5 Stars Number of Readers: 27 Stats Editing: 9/10 Writing Style: 9/10 Content: 10/10 Cover: 8/10 Of the 27 readers: 27 would read another book by this author. 24 thought the cover was good or excellent. 27 felt it was easy to follow. 27 would recommend this story to another reader to try. 21 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘p This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought: Title: Democracy's Thief: An Eric Beckman Paranormal Thriller Author: Al Macy Star Rating: 5 Stars Number of Readers: 27 Stats Editing: 9/10 Writing Style: 9/10 Content: 10/10 Cover: 8/10 Of the 27 readers: 27 would read another book by this author. 24 thought the cover was good or excellent. 27 felt it was easy to follow. 27 would recommend this story to another reader to try. 21 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’. 6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’. 27 felt the pacing was good or excellent. 27 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted. Readers’ Comments ‘A clever thriller this. It reminded me a little of the Dead Zone by Stephen King which was made into a film with Christopher Walken. Anyway, this is pretty good. It’s a little slow to getting going, then it’s much better – approx. a third of the way through. The cover didn’t work for me, but I know many liked it.’ Male reader, aged 55 ‘A light detective story. Enjoyed it. The paranormal angle is excellent. Writing style, like the story, is pretty light. And the pacing is good.’ Female reader, aged 61 ‘Good, solid character work and a well-plotted storyline.’ Male reader, aged 46 ‘I wonder if Trump has a paranormal skill and that’s why he won! Interesting thought. God, I hope he’s not an X-Man.’ Male reader, aged 48 To Sum It Up: ‘An exciting paranormal thriller with a political edge. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    Imagine a presidential candidate with the power to brainwash all the attendees at his rallies. He could make them love him and vigorously campaign for him. In their eyes, he could do no wrong. That is precisely what the book Democracy’s Thief is about. The book is a thriller that includes the main character, Eric Beckman Ph.D., going up against a professional killer in the candidate’s employ. The police department has been brainwashed so Beckman has nowhere to turn. He calls on friends for help b Imagine a presidential candidate with the power to brainwash all the attendees at his rallies. He could make them love him and vigorously campaign for him. In their eyes, he could do no wrong. That is precisely what the book Democracy’s Thief is about. The book is a thriller that includes the main character, Eric Beckman Ph.D., going up against a professional killer in the candidate’s employ. The police department has been brainwashed so Beckman has nowhere to turn. He calls on friends for help but they are limited in what they can do. The candidate is bent on humanity’s destruction and it is up to Beckman to stop him. Fortunately, Beckman also has mental powers. He can read minds and, with his heart rate up, can influence individuals. The elevated heart rate proviso makes for some amusing twists in the story. Al Macy knows how to keep his reader entertained with thrilling, close call events and amusement. The book took me only two evenings to read. Part of the reason is that I kept reading just one more chapter before I turned off the lights for the evening until I had no choice in the matter if I was to be of any use the following day. Democracy's Thief is a thrilling and fun read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teri Miller

    Can I say Best Evah? No? Okay, Viv smack him! Best book evah!! LOL. Eric and Vivian don't play dat! Eric and Vivian now have a child, and their lives are complicated. The child can read Eric's thoughts, and is otherwise precocious. Viv had surgery and seems to have lost a bit of her personality. Eric' case involves a teenage girl who gets shot, another teenage girl who gets strangled. He's being stalked by an assassin who's been brainwashed by a man running for president....who is a great man... W Can I say Best Evah? No? Okay, Viv smack him! Best book evah!! LOL. Eric and Vivian don't play dat! Eric and Vivian now have a child, and their lives are complicated. The child can read Eric's thoughts, and is otherwise precocious. Viv had surgery and seems to have lost a bit of her personality. Eric' case involves a teenage girl who gets shot, another teenage girl who gets strangled. He's being stalked by an assassin who's been brainwashed by a man running for president....who is a great man... Wait wait, no! It's complicated! I can't brainwash anyone into reading this book, but I can promise you this: you will regret it if you don't. If you haven't read the other books in this series I think you should, now don't you think you should? Now I have a headache, it's hard brainwashing all you guys. Let me know when you've finished, I'll be looking for your reviews!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rigby Taylor

    Democracy’s Thief is a well-written, insightful, page-turning fun read, set in a near future of driverless cars and astonishing medical advances. It’s also a gentle farce about American democracy. The usual candidates with indistinguishable platforms are blindsided when their devoted voters switch allegiance to an independent, whose rallies, despite the usual mind bogglingly banal promises about solving every human problem, turn his audience into fanatics prepared to stop at nothing to get him e Democracy’s Thief is a well-written, insightful, page-turning fun read, set in a near future of driverless cars and astonishing medical advances. It’s also a gentle farce about American democracy. The usual candidates with indistinguishable platforms are blindsided when their devoted voters switch allegiance to an independent, whose rallies, despite the usual mind bogglingly banal promises about solving every human problem, turn his audience into fanatics prepared to stop at nothing to get him elected. A fit and healthy brain surgeon PI with a difficult wife and the ability to read other people’s thoughts, discovers an unsettling truth about the intentions of the new candidate, and sets out to stop him. But despite his fit intelligence he is foiled at every turn and all seems to be lost... the election is held and…

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth Gibson

    I enjoy this series about a neuroscientist who cam read minds. He finds himself as something of a detective and sometimes helps the San Francisco police department. He has a dual mission this time. Find out the amnesiac "Matt" is and where did the $40,000 he had on him come from. Second, try to stop a presidential candidate with mind control, from killing everyone on the planet. I found the story highly entertaining. The timing of the story made me wonder if the writer had our current president I enjoy this series about a neuroscientist who cam read minds. He finds himself as something of a detective and sometimes helps the San Francisco police department. He has a dual mission this time. Find out the amnesiac "Matt" is and where did the $40,000 he had on him come from. Second, try to stop a presidential candidate with mind control, from killing everyone on the planet. I found the story highly entertaining. The timing of the story made me wonder if the writer had our current president in mind. Because the character and what would have been the president elect at the time, definitely share some characteristics. And both in fiction and in real life, the supporters have blind loyalty without being able to point to a single policy that they agree with. I hope real life has the same ending.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clinton Sites

    A wild ride into a "Manchurian Candidate" world This was an excellent foray into a world of international politics mixed with a healthy dose of American politics (and who says the media isn't manipulating our minds?) with a jolt of special powers. The characters development was such that I was able to jump into the background storyline without feeling like I was lost at sea. The world setting felt like it was lifted from the headlines of the past few years which made it all the more believable! Dis A wild ride into a "Manchurian Candidate" world This was an excellent foray into a world of international politics mixed with a healthy dose of American politics (and who says the media isn't manipulating our minds?) with a jolt of special powers. The characters development was such that I was able to jump into the background storyline without feeling like I was lost at sea. The world setting felt like it was lifted from the headlines of the past few years which made it all the more believable! Disclosure - I picked up a copy in a giveaway.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keysman Keith Cannon

    A paranormal President nightmare averted Eric Beckman discovers that a Presidential candidate has paranormal powers and intends to use them to destroy the world. So Eric must use his mind control to suggest the President stop his maniacal plot on inauguration day. Except Eric falls asleep! Often funny and always creative, Mr. Macy weaves a tale that makes us cheer for Mr. Beckman to foil the President's maniacal plot of destruction. Believable, no. Entertaining, YES! A paranormal President nightmare averted Eric Beckman discovers that a Presidential candidate has paranormal powers and intends to use them to destroy the world. So Eric must use his mind control to suggest the President stop his maniacal plot on inauguration day. Except Eric falls asleep! Often funny and always creative, Mr. Macy weaves a tale that makes us cheer for Mr. Beckman to foil the President's maniacal plot of destruction. Believable, no. Entertaining, YES!

  9. 4 out of 5

    beverly a bright

    Oh well,I guess I have run into another liberal idiot The plot of this book is a little crazy but what really got to me,was the fact that he sounds like the democrats that are running for President now.I thought I was reading a smart,humorous author,but oh well I guess not.Please prove me wrong

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bkunkle

    Don't judge this book by its cover I held off reading this book because of the cover picture. But I really enjoyed it and it was truly hard to put down, especially toward the end. Which is not to say there weren't lots of exciting moments throughout. I would not consider myself a fan of paranormal fiction but this book, and others in the series, could change my mind. Don't judge this book by its cover I held off reading this book because of the cover picture. But I really enjoyed it and it was truly hard to put down, especially toward the end. Which is not to say there weren't lots of exciting moments throughout. I would not consider myself a fan of paranormal fiction but this book, and others in the series, could change my mind.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Montgomery-Nolan

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this third book in the Eric Beckman series! He must interfere with a presidential election and save the future for everyone!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yafania T.

    If you thought Sanity's Thief was great, Democracy's Thief will blow your mind. Eric and the gang are back and things are about to get good. If you thought Sanity's Thief was great, Democracy's Thief will blow your mind. Eric and the gang are back and things are about to get good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leon

    This book sure did remind me of tRump and his incompetent regime. Luckily he is defeated and maybe will do no more harm to America

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    Democracy's Thief, Eric Beckman, Book #3 by Al Macy It will be difficult to review this book without making what, to me at least, are obvious comparisons to the IRL 2016 Presidential campaign. Sorry guys. But you'll see what I mean. BTW, especially the final portion of this review contains at least one major Spoiler. Okay, in this episode lots is happening. A man with a briefcase that contains $40,000 in cash walks into Beckman's office, wanting help finding out who he is. At this particular time i Democracy's Thief, Eric Beckman, Book #3 by Al Macy It will be difficult to review this book without making what, to me at least, are obvious comparisons to the IRL 2016 Presidential campaign. Sorry guys. But you'll see what I mean. BTW, especially the final portion of this review contains at least one major Spoiler. Okay, in this episode lots is happening. A man with a briefcase that contains $40,000 in cash walks into Beckman's office, wanting help finding out who he is. At this particular time in the U.S. (near future -- no more than 10 years into the future), there is an epidemic of amnesia sweeping the country and the man in Beckman's office is just one of the latest cases. Eric has already been asked to find someone -- the father of Jessica, a woman he dated briefly at about the same time he met his wife, Viviana. But the firm could use the money, so he takes the case, turning the investigating and handling of it over to his assistant, Peggy, and Viviana, who needs something to re-ignite that pre-tumor removal spark in her life. Both cases wind up having some connection. The case Eric is pursuing leads him to a conspiracy theorist, who is currently gathering dirt on one of the presidential candidates, Wilson Kingman. In the meantime, Viviana is struggling with the differences in her since her brain tumor was removed. She is offered a chance to undergo surgery to implant stem cells which could reverse those changes, maybe. She also enters a climbing competition. And Cosmina is 2 years old, but advanced for her age in speech and thought processes. Yes, things are popping in this novel. The story begins 28 days before the election, and culminates on inauguration day. Either Macy is making his own political statement in this novel, or he just didn't realize how close to real life his art might seem. That comes later in this review. The book is excellently plotted and paced. The characterizations are wonderfully fleshed out, with each character staying true to his/her characterization, but still having room and opportunity to grow with the series. Perfect proofreading. Good editing, except for one grievous error (and, yeah, it cost the novel a star.). At 1870 on my Kindle, there is a section where the speaker is referencing mass shootings: "It's the ultimate mass shooting. Like Columbine, Newtown, or Bowling Green, but on a grand scale." Bowling Green? Well, Hello, Kellyanne! Who knew that alternative facts would crop up in a fiction novel. Sorry Al, but there was no mass shooting, no terrorist attack at Bowling Green. Tsk tsk. Shame on you. There were lots of fun references and also future predictions in this book. Between 177 and 195 is a description of driverless cars and how they worked and communicated with each other. At the end of Chapter 1 (at 217) is a mention of the Harry Bosch books (my sister reads the books, I watch the Amazon Prime series). At 244 there is a reference to Gabby Giffords (gun control was an issue in this election, which probably would be the 2024 campaign?) surviving a shot to the head, and a mention of a medical advancement called Hyperfix, which could speed up healing. Hyperfix looms large in this novel. There was even a reference to The Honey Boo Boo Show -- which I hope would not still be running, even in syndication, by then! Okay, let's look at some of the passages where a comparison to the 2016 presidential campaign can't be avoided (or I couldn't avoid comparing). First a great idea, IMHO, at 587 on my Kindle: The electoral college is still around, but by 2019 enough states decided that all their electors would be pledged to the candidate who won the popular vote. The national popular vote. At 891 is another terrific idea: Campaigns are limited to 3 months! At 918, describing the candidate Wilson Kingman's speeches: The speech sounded like that of a fifth grader running for class treasurer. And at 1677, talking about the content of Kingman's speeches: ...Same boring themes -- how he was going to make the world a better place, he'd be a great president. No specifics and ..., but still wouldn't he have hired a good speechwriter. At 2735 through 2756 there is a comparison of the candidates, and of overcoming impossible deficits in poll numbers, plus a scandal for Kingman that doesn't seem to affect his followers. Sound familiar? At 3351 through 3372, there is a section on the futility of debating the issues between non-followers of Kingman and his base followers. And at 3377, the election is decided after the California results are in. Then on inauguration day, there is the crazy speech where Beckman is trying to somehow stop the coming catastrophe with hilarious and unintended results, all ending with a surprise "Who Am I?" This was a great read (aside from the Bowling Green eye-roller). I started this series with book 4, "A Mind Reader's Christmas." Since then, I've read the 3 leading up to that 4th book, which is the last in the series as of this review. I'm hoping there will be more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    PClark

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jefferey Burke

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Melder

  19. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eyal

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Rowe

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pam Grubb

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wayland Quon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angel D Martinez

  25. 4 out of 5

    deb

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Murphy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

  29. 5 out of 5

    DOLORES BOSS

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Ek

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