Peter David's Knight Life, the revised and expanded version of his 1987 debut novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, put a new, witty spin on the Arthurian legend. A charismatic politician named Arthur Penn (the immortal King himself) runs for the office of mayor of New York, backed by a boy genius named Merlin, a reincarnated Guinevere, and a trustworthy accountant named Percival. But as with many politicians, Arthur has to keep his scandalous past out of the papers -- and that means keeping his half sister Morgan and her bastard son, Moe, at bay until the election is over!
In David's newest, One Knight Only, Arthur Penn is now president of the United States. With an approval rating over 90 percent and a healthy economy, the only thing worrying the president is Arnim Sandoval, a mastermind terrorist committed to destroying America. Then tragedy strikes. After a State of the Union address, the first lady is shot. While his wife is lying in a coma, barely alive, Arthur vows to not only save her but to seek vengeance for the brutal act. Fans of Arthurian legend should definitely give this series a try. While the premise seems a little campy at first, David manages to pull it off by creating engaging characters and interesting plotlines. After finishing the book, I couldn't help but wonder how our real-life presidents would fare if they wielded a magical sword and had immortal demons at their beck and call… Paul Goat Allen