Alone with his scoop, Sam writes his how-the-election-was-won book, selling millions of copies -- then discovers that his story was all wrong: much more sinister forces were actually at work. Meanwhile, beautiful Laura Prestini, the campaign worker most responsible for the mix-up, has evolved from national laughingstock into A-list icon! Sam attempts to rewrite history -- but will anyone listen?
Poignant, comic, and tragic, its plot turning on one clue after another, Mockery describes the elastic condition of truth in a world where media companies control the public narrative, and the Internet, by its free-for-all nature, can churn truth and falsehood into the same stew.
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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite At this time of political ups and downs, "Mockery" deserves a starring role as a book people who care about politics should read. The narrator is Sam Walker who was just a struggling writer as he began looking into the miraculous election of Third Party presidential candidate Mitch Taylor. Sam interviews those who worked for the major candidates who lost the election and finds that two party workers are deeply involved. He writes a book about the election and it becomes a best seller, making him wealthy. What happened? Laura Prestini and Terry Letizzle may have switched secret video tapes inadvertently, thus causing both of their presidential candidates to lose the election. One video tape shows Terry's candidate, Gotchell, having sex in a closet with an unknown woman, obviously not his wife. The other tape records presidential candidate Frakes making highly derogatory comments about senior citizens. Woops! Terry commits suicide while Laura climbs to the top politically. Sadly, he finds that Laura ruined Terry on purpose while she rigged an American election for her own benefit. Sam knows that he is being followed and even torn apart by malicious, baseless rumors. Can he survive all this intrigue or will Laura triumph again? "Mockery" is a well-written, well-edited story with a plot that flows believably to its shocking conclusion. The games that people like Laura play do occur in our country's politics, although hopefully not at the Presidential level. Readers will be drawn into the story with plenty of good guy characters as well as bad guys or just weak and corruptible characters. Someone like Sam who fight against the system are not likely to win but the reader knows this already. Laura Prestini has made a mockery of U.S. elections and I am sure readers will be drawn to this book as to a magnet.
Here's my hundred-words-or-less, copied from my website, www.philipkraske.com: Mockery, though it has an espionage angle, is basically a political whodunit: who arranged the two scandals that sank the two major-party presidential candidates? (The Independent candidate ended up winning.) Sam Walker, a dirt-poor writer of scholarly history books, receives an anonymous tip on the election, and through his own backbreaking research, figures out the truth behind the Miracle Election. He writes a book, makes millions - and then discovers that his story was all wrong. Even his villain turns out a national heroine. But his attempts to rewrite the story are doomed. Sara Palin, who follows on the path of chutzpah blazed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, stepped onto the national stage after I finished this book, but I am amazed at how she resembles one of this story's main characters. I wish people who think she's God's gift to American politics would read Mockery.