Book Review: Hanging by the Thread by Donald B. Anderson

For ten years, a secret society has risen to power. They have infiltrated every facet of the federal government. They are powerful. They have extraordinary access to public funds and government technologies.  The Constitution stands in their way.

They have sought to destroy economic freedom, amass power to the federal government, and create mass dependency. They call themselves THE THREAD. And now, they are poised to rise to power.

But, on the eve of their burst into power, a copy of their plan falls into the hands of a young man in the Utah State Capitol building.  And now, the race is on. Time is short and the group must struggle to preserve their lives, their nation, and freedom itself.
I liked this book.  It reminded me of David Baldacci's Camel Club featuring Oliver Stone, but in a new twist.  The Thread is a secret society that has inflitrated all levels of our government.  Three college-age friends, an uncle, and a professor uncover the truth behind The Thread and seek to stop their rise to power. 

The writing is good and the book moves at a fast pace.  There's a good amount of action interspersed with some education on economic principles.  At the end of the story, we have a series of ten lectures delivered by an economics professor which are very enlightening.  Political science and economics were never my favorite classes in college but Hanging by the Thread educates the reader in such a way that you won't feel "talked down" to. 

Just One Gripe:
Where are the women?  This book features an all-male cast of characters.

The Best Thing About This Book:
It is a work of fiction, but is very timely to our society.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  3/5
Plot:  3/5
Setting/Imagery:  3/5
Originality:  4/5
Ending:  3/5
Total Score:  16/25

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an impartial review.


  1. Good review - I like how you mentioned that the book was short on women. I tend to notice things like that too.

  2. Thank you! The fact that there were no women in this book was a drawback to me---and once I noticed it, the more it bugged me. It was still a good book, though---very original and nicely executed.


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