What I liked: Joe DeMarco is a troubleshooter for the Speaker of the House of Representatives and he's not exactly a bada*s. A hero who's not a super extraordinary individual. I thought I had the main character wrong when I first started reading The Inside Ring.
I'm used to reading about how tough and intelligent the main character is, that's not exactly what I got when I read this first in the series. You know what? I was okay with it. DeMarco is smart but certainly not well connected. The reason, his family had mafia connections and when he graduated law school, not one firm would touch him.
DeMarco is the Speaker's private whip. He solves problems and when loaned out by the Speaker, the recipient then owes the Speaker a favor. Sounds like typical politics to me.The Speaker expects DeMarco to always get the job done and in order to do that, DeMarco has made some unusual friends. The friends are what make it interesting to me. Emma is my favorite character. She's described as somewhere between fifty and sixty and admitted to working for the government but doesn't say which branch. All Joe DeMarco knows is she gets things done and is bored enough to help him out when he's in over his head.
This isn't an action packed novel but it was just enough intrigue to keep me going. I enjoyed Joe not knowing what to do and who to turn to. I enjoyed the way Mr Lawson plotted the story and began the character development.
What I didn't like: So it wasn't an action packed Vince Flynn novel but...it was a good story and very well written. I did figure out part of the plot but not all of it and why.
There's just enough of everything in The Inside Ring to make me want to read the next in the series just to see what the Speaker gets Joe into next.
Recommended for thriller/suspense readers.