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    Feb 2, 2016
    Thomas Cushing knows whereof he writes. “Watchdogs,” a novel based on his own experience as a brigadier general in the Army reserve and a long time senior official in the Pentagon, has an unmistakable ring of truth because it is based upon actual facts. As the novel opens a complaint from a dissatisfied employee, a whistleblower, is directed at General Hamilton, the protagonist. Since the charges are unfounded, Hamilton seems unconcerned at first, but when an investigation is launched, his problems begin to escalate. The investigators assigned to the case are inexperienced almost to the point of incompetence and fail to treat him with the respect to which he is entitled by virtue of his rank and position. The longer the investigation drags on, the more dire the potential results become. Unable to get his hands in a copy of the investigative report, Hamilton finds himself in an increasingly embarrassing situation, one that he is bound to resolve. As the story evolves, the reader is... More > privy to Hamilton’s nightmarish experience. Meetings with officials involved in the investigation are testy and uncomfortable, and even his superiors began to have doubts. It is a cautionary tale, one that rings absolutely true. While protections have been installed in government agencies to protect whistleblowers from retribution, the system uncovered in Cushing's book makes it clear that targets of those investigations ought to be entitled to equally accessible protections. Thomas Cushing writes with authority in crisp, carefully crafted prose. The conversations sound authentic, as they undoubtedly are. Cushing's book is a call for reformative action—someone needs to be watching the watchdogs. The novel is well worth reading by anyone who cares about how our country is managed.< Less
  • By Kenneth E. MacWilliams
    Jan 9, 2016
    This novel deals with some crucial issues: the abuses and perversions of internal, confidential “hotlines”; how people within an organization can become investigative targets on the basis of unidentified persons making unjustified claims based on highly questionable facts; how the rights of the accused can be trampled in these non-criminal investigations; what the consequences of all of this are on the subsequent culture of the organization; and, perhaps most importantly, who watches and polices the watchdog investigators? General Thomas Cushing bases his novel on an actual internal investigation within the Department of Defense. He knows what he is talking about, having spent 33 years as an Army reservist and serving in a senior capacity in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. Of course his characters are fictionalized but they certainly are alive on the page. That is because General Cushing has an extraordinary ability to write dialogue. In addition to the... More > importance of the issues and the highly-informed authority with which he writes, the dialogue carries the story effortlessly and beautifully. You’re not aware you’re reading. Instead you feel you’re really eavesdropping. The superb dialogue carries you along page by page in a fascinating tale of suspense and discovery. And in the process it educates you a great deal and makes you think even more. The book is simply terrific. And I could easily see it as a Broadway live theatre production or as a Hollywood film. From a public service standpoint, I hope that happens. Kenneth E. MacWilliams, Portland, Maine< Less
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First Edition
Cushing Publications
November 15, 2015
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.01 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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