I read this book about 9/8/2016. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2000. This note was last modified Friday, 16-Sep-2016 20:55:32 PDT.
This is book 5 of the "Will Lee" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
This is the story of Will Lee's run for President.
It happened sort of by accident. At least, it happened years early. He was a senator, but he had friends at various levels, mostly on the Democratic side but not exclusively.
There's a complex of health issues, in which the VP is developing Alzheimer's and then the President dies, shortly before the nominating conventions.
During the campaign itself, there are three attempts on his life, all by the same man. The first two are foiled by pure luck. The third requires a suspicious general and some rapid Secret Service action.
I haven't tracked down the exact order in which characters were introduced and became important, but this goes back to 2000.