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The Sun King Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is one of the most highly regarded writers in the capital, an influential journalist and acclaimed novelist with a keen eye for the subtleties of power and politics In The Sun King, Ignatius has written a love story for our time, a spellbinding portrait of the collision of ambition and sexual desireSandy Galvin is a billionaire with a rare talent for taking risks and making people happy Galvin arrives in a Washington suffering under a cloud of righteous misery and proceeds to turn the place upside down He buys the city s most powerful newspaper, The Washington Sun and Tribune, and wields it like a sword, but in his path stands his old Harvard flame, Candace Ridgway, a beautiful and icy journalist known to her colleagues as the Mistress of Fact Their fateful encounter, tangled in the mysteries of their past, is narrated by David Cantor, an acid tongued reporter and Jerry Springer devotee who is drawn inexorably into the Sun King s orbit and is transformed by this unpredictable manIn this wise and poignant novel, love is the final frontier for a generation of baby boomers at midlife still young enough to reach for their dreams but old enough to glimpse the prospect of loss The Sun King can light up a room, but can he melt the worldly bonds that constrain the Mistress of Fact In The Sun King, David Ignatius proves with perceptive wit and haunting power that the phrase Washington love story isn t an oxymoron

About the Author: David Ignatius

David Ignatius, a prize winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA forthan twenty five years His novels include Agents of Innocence, Body of Lies, and The Increment, now in development for a major motion picture by Jerry Bruckheimer He lives in Washington, DC.

10 thoughts on “The Sun King

  1. Linda Linda says:

    A retelling of The Great Gatsby A bold task to modernize the greatest American novel, but Ignatius does a nice job At times his words really touched me Overall I really enjoyed this book and have even re read it one or twice a rarity for me Love the DC setting.

  2. Nate Hendrix Nate Hendrix says:

    I couldn t finish it Something about love and betrayal and buying a newspaper I read Ignatius for spies and action Not a fan of this book I hope his next islike what he has written in the past.

  3. Cheryl Simmons Cheryl Simmons says:

    I can t say that I liked this book I found it hard to finish as I didn t like or sympathize with any of the characters I think the book, in the end, was a love story, but none of the characters actions made much sense.

  4. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Endearing CharactersOver the years I ve read the author s articles and have followed him on news shows I ve thought him to be a serious, learned man who gets to the crux of the matter I am delighted at Mr Ignatius humor The spy books that he s written are very good and I ve enjoyed them But there is something about the character of David Cantor, a newspaperman who was witness to and tells this tale in such a

  5. Alex Alex says:

    David Ignatius, perhaps best known as a foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post, usually writes spy fiction in his spare time This novel, _The Sun King_, breaks from that pattern by telling the story of one Sandy Galvin Galvin, something of a cross between Jay Gatsby and unanticipated at the time of publication Jeff Bezos, comes to D.C., makes a big splash, and, well, things go from there.Ignatius s

  6. Stacy Bearse Stacy Bearse says:

    Love, business and journalism form a toxic mix in this classic novel from the 1990s The author s rich experience with newspaper publishing and the DC political scene enhance the credibility of a cracking good story Ignatius has become one of my favorite storytellers Find a copy of this oldie and you ll understand why.

  7. Pam Pam says:

    It was a fun read, not taxing I love the knowledge that Ignatius brings to his books.

  8. Joe Joe says:

    It s a love story totally not what I expected but complicated and well written, nonetheless.

  9. Chris Chris says:

    Every year I participate in an Author A Z challenge, which means I read 26 books each read by an author whose last name begins with a different letter of the alphabet I don t know what I d do without the wonderful books by Xinran The letter I can also be a bit tricky, so I headed to my local library to look through the stacks There, tucked between Ibsen and Iles was Ignatius The Sun King, a Gatsby esque novel set in a

  10. Judith Judith says:

    This is a book begging to be made into a movie Good story and the characters send you searching in your mind as to who could play them There are shades of Gatsby in this story Won t go into the details but for a good read, this is it.

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