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A Tea Party fantasy
on June 5, 2012
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this e-book to review from the publisher.
ADMIT THE HORSE purports to be a fictionalized account of the 2008 Presidential election, in which the charismatic "Congressman Okono" is slipped into the White House as a Manchurian candidate. What it really is, is a paranoid, Glen-Beckian screed against Barack Obama. A fake birth certificate, the teleprompter, Saul Alinsky - it's all in there. This story's guise as a novel is meager. Real people like David Axelrod and Jeremiah Wright are barely fictionalized, but even so, characterization is thin. Large sections of the story are delivered as huge indigestible chunks of exposition, unleavened by action or dialog. The story doesn't hang together well as a novel; much is made of the fake birth certificate in the beginning, even to the point of a murder to cover the evidence, but the reasoning behind it - the alien birth which it supposedly covers -- is never described. Nor does the birth certificate come into play later in the story. The author assumes too much familiarity in the reader with the real events of the 2008 election, and this leads to laziness in the writing.
The best parts were the life story of the fictional congresswoman Miriam Carter, a sharecropper's daughter and opponent of Okono. I would have liked to have read more about her. But she is summarily dispatched about halfway through the book, to no effect. No one is prosecuted for her murder and it has no ongoing repercussions within the story. The novel is full of loose ends like this.
I will say the book was well edited. I only found one typo, and for an e-book, that is outstanding. All in all, this book was a tiresome disappointment. There is definitely room in the world for a taut thriller exposing the corruption and decay of our electoral system, but this book is not that. I would not recommend this book if you are a member of the reality-based community.