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About Second Term

A lame duck president's desperate power grab threatens democracy in the United States—can former intelligence operative and single mother Cora Walker prevent catastrophe?

September 2012. Cora Walker, a DIA defense operative, learns of a terrorist plot in Benghazi and rushes to a secret installation to stop it. When her superiors ignore her dire warnings, she’s forced to mount an unsanctioned attempt to thwart the attack. Her team barely repels the large force of invaders determined to kill Americans.

Sixteen years after her heroic actions in Benghazi, Cora is the press secretary for the Speaker of the House. As a single mom, she’s struggling to balance her demanding job and her home life. Soon, things get more complicated at work as the lame duck president suspends habeas corpus and begins arresting members of Congress in a desperate attempt to retain power.

Cora springs into action to save the Speake rand prevent catastrophe. She’ll have to work strategically to keep everyone safe—alliances turn sour, and her trust in others begins to falter. It’s an uphill battle for Cora until an explosive finale exposes what can really happen to democracy when political extremism reaches new heights.

Perfect for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor


Second Term is second to none when it comes to high stakes action and nonstop thrills. J. M. Adams has fashioned a ticking time bomb of a political thriller that evokes the best of classics from Seven Days in May to Six Days of the Condor.” —Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author

“A battle of wits that heats up the pages, this one will hold you tight until all is revealed.” —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author

“In his debut novel, Second Term, J. M. Adams keeps the pages of his political thriller turning at a blistering pace, led by a character you’re going to root for aloud. If only she were real!” —Jerome Preisler, New York Times best-selling author

“I sat down with Second Term and didn't stop reading until I finished it. Breakneck pace and an all-too-plausible scenario, with a vivid and memorable protagonist. I hope we see more of Cora Walker.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author

“Journalist and correspondent Adams knows the inner workings of DC and vividly portrays the Capitol’s underside. He writes Cora as a dystopic, flawed hero who is larger than life in this near-future narrative that’s frighteningly like the present.” —Library Journal

“Adams brings 15 years of television journalism experience to his political action thriller debut . . . With a heart-stopping conclusion, [Second Term] is ideal for fans of the ‘ticking time bomb’ scenario.” —Booklist

“Adams effectively harnesses the headlines to create suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

“With a strong narrative, Adams weaves together a thriller that pushes what the world knows about American democracy and takes it even further.” —Mystery and Suspense

“[Second Term is] a must-read for anyone who craves a gripping, thought-provoking, and engrossing thriller.” —Readers’ Favorite