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This book has been known as 2012 and Madam President. It was my first book release. I wrote it while the 2012 Campaign was taking place, and became too attached to the subject matter. Liberals tend to love the book, and some conservatives have recently declared it a 1 star book worthy of a good burning. My personal opinion is it was a tremendous, but flawed effort. I know how much work went into it, and also ...
This book has been known as 2012 and Madam President. It was my first book release. I wrote it while the 2012 Campaign was taking place, and became too attached to the subject matter. Liberals tend to love the book, and some conservatives have recently declared it a 1 star book worthy of a good burning. My personal opinion is it was a tremendous, but flawed effort. I know how much work went into it, and also that it was not the book I intended to write. I did my best to create a huge story on the fly, but was too inexperienced to produce the intended book. My intent was to make people think, not incite one side or the other.
While I am socially progressive, I am independent and abhor partisan two-party poltics perpetual gridlock. There is often a better solution than either political party provides, and I hope to better represent some of these alternatives in the next edition. My goal is to write a book that thinkers on the left, right and middle can embrace, or at least give credit for tackling some difficult issues honestly. My values, issue positions and philosophy remain the same, but I no longer wish to contribute or condone reckless politics of division and partisanship. I hope to provide a better written, more balanced presentation that helps steer the political debate to a more objective, factual, civilized place where any honest and serious person can voice their opinion without ridicule. The next edition is intented to strike a positive chord with open-minded and honest people from all political spectrums.
Posted March 17, 2013
This novel looks at the presidency of America's first black, female President.
In 2012, things are not going well for Kalinda Resbo. She can't get anything through Congress, mostly because Congressional Republicans have decided to say No to anything she advocates. Congressional Democrats are not much better, being too cowardly to stand with her. Her CIA and FBI Directors, along with her Vice President (they were forced on her by the Democratic leadership), are neo-cons who really want to start a war with Iran over their nuclear program. Because Resbo does not agree, they are actively hostile to her, undermining her whenever possible. In the eyes of some, as an unmarried black woman, she is automatically an America-hating lesbian socialist. With election season here, her poll numbers are not good, mostly due to her abrasive campaign manager.
There are some good people in her administration. Among them is J.B. Wellers, her Chief of Staff, who also ran her first presidential campaign. He is one of those who is not afraid to tell the unvarnished truth, even to her, which is why she values his advice so strongly. She asks him to take over her campaign again, and things start to improve. Resbo makes a bold move by announcing that she is running for re-election as an Independent, and with a new running mate. Unconstrained by party requirements, she makes a series of gutsy proposals for her second term. Among the things she advocates are: replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax; geting rid of the two-party system; term limits for the Congress and President; campaign finance reform, filibuster reform and closing all foreign military bases. her two opponents, Mitt Romney and Leroy Skittles (her current VP) can't keep up with her and have to rely on the usual political nonsense. Resbo is ahead in the polls, but not enough to keep the election out of the House of Representatives. Meantime, a secret plan is brought forward to make sure that Resbo is a one-term President, using a method that was last used successfully in 1963 in Dallas.
This is not a liberal or conservative story, but it is a really good story. Both parties share the blame for America's current condition, and, if both parties can somehow put America ahead of Party, maybe some of it can get fixed. This is well worth the reader's time.
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Posted March 17, 2013
“Madam President” is a weighty but entertaining political novel covering the presidency of America’s first black and first female president, Kalinda Resbo. Though she’s up against fierce criticism from competitors and detractors, and doesn’t even have complete support within her own party (the bloodthirsty Vice President Leroy Skittles would be only too happy to take her spot on the Democratic ticket).
While in office and campaigning for a second term, she faces obstacles such as constant questioning from the press as to whether she’s a lesbian (since she’s unmarried); a struggle within her own party to assassinate Iranian scientists developing nuclear technology, or to try to use diplomacy; and a developing romance with her own chief of staff.
This novel is complex with a wide-ranging cast of characters, but they author handles the story threads deftly and they do not become tangled; in fact, they all neatly tie back into Kalinda and her presidency. And despite the fact that the author is juggling so many different characters, they all have distinct personalities and drive the story forward, rather than bogging it down. Kalinda is also a strong, capable protagonist who should appeal to both male and female readers—she handles even uncomfortable or volatile situations with grace and determination, but at the same time she’s very human, as the author demonstrates through Kalinda’s romance with JB and with her relationship with her mother.
I’m not sure if I would classify this purely as a political thriller, as other reviewers have—while there are some of those elements, the book is more character-driven than most political thrillers, and the way the book weaves in current political events and figures is fresh and unique.
I’d recommend this novel to fans of political-themed novels and those who enjoy a good character-driven story with a strong heroine.