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The Newts: A Political Satire of Mythic Proportions [Kindle Edition]

Matt Valenti
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Book Description

A Tea Partier named Ed the Electrician joins forces with the mischievous god Hermes and the wine god Dionysus as they try to Save America by bringing Ronald Reagan back from the dead. But will Franklin Roosevelt and a three-headed lawyer foil their plans?

“One of the funnier pieces of satire I’ve read in a long time . . . written with wit, humor, and heart.” O43

“If Jon Stewart wrote fiction I imagine that it would look something like this. This story was so heavy on satire that I couldn't decide whether laughing or a facepalm was more appropriate. I must say that I did a lot of both while reading this.” Kindle Book Review

“Funny, current and full of jabs at both sides, The Newts is worth the read no matter which side of the aisle your favorite political animal sits on.” Karen Bryant Doering

“Deftly blending mythology and satire the author pays homage to Dickens and Euripides alike, creating a reading experience that feels at once familiar and new.” Sage Kalmus

“If it prompts some readers to take an interest in writers like Aristophanes, probably the greatest comic writer who ever lived, then so much the better, but you don`t need any literary background to enjoy this and you don`t even need to be American. Considering all of that the price is a give-away.” Robert Graham


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  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N17WYA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where We, The Living, Fail, The Dead...Epic Fail! August 28, 2012
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Buckle up your buckskin coats and hold on to your tri-corner hats as you embark on an exhilarating thrill-ride through the American political landscape...by way of the Underworld. Not the gritty criminal underworld of the living but the mythic Underworld of the dead (also gritty and criminal, as we quickly find). That's where our hero Ed the Electrician (an unabashed shot to Joe the Plumber - and not the last, or least, such unabashed shot this loaded weapon fires) journeys to locate a Founding Father willing (and able?) to return to the land of the living in order to offer the people a more Tea Party-friendly alternative to the uninspiring Republican nominee facing the sitting "Socialist" President in the current election.

The names Romney and Obama are not mentioned once in this laugh-out-loud quest, and the reason becomes ever-clearer as our hero progresses toward its inevitable resolution: because the names may change but the faces of politics, the issues debated and, above all, the hypocrisies crippling progress (hypocrisies evident early on in the image of a protestor waving a sign that reads: "Don't steal from my Medicare to support Socialized Medicine") are eternal. In fact, by the time our unlikely (anti-)hero's journey reaches its climactic debate between the Romney and Obama of generations past, it's become clear that long after the 2012 election is history, Ed the Electrician's travails will continue to resonate (and frustrate) well into our future.

Deftly blending mythology and satire the author pays homage to Dickens and Euripides alike, creating a reading experience that feels at once familiar and new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satire May 4, 2013
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As an up-to-date satire on American politics, it's very insightful and funny. Interesting twist on the state of the States.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If Jon Stewart wrote fiction... October 9, 2012
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...I imagine that it would look something like this.

This story was so heavy on satire that I couldn't decide whether laughing or a *facepalm* was more appropriate. I must say that I did a lot of both while reading this.

Proud Tea-Party-loving Ed decides that drastic measures need to be taken when he can't bring himself to endorse the current conservative candidate. So he goes on a mission to bring Ronald Reagan back from the dead. Ed is fully unprepared for the Underworld and all its characters, and watching him try to sort out the crowd around him into molds he could understand was my favorite part of the book.

Mr Valenti paints his cariactures well, throwing in many grains of truth and borrowing from mythology to help paint his landscapes and people the Underworld. This leads to a fairly rich world for Ed to trek through.

Armed with some unlikely allies, Ed is determined to save the nation he loves with his good intentions and bad planning. How you take this mission could depend entirely on your political point of view, so if you're the easily offended type who can't take a political slam without wincing, this probably isn't the story for you.

I am glad I came across this book right now, because it's the perfect time to read it!

-Katherine X, Kindle Book Review
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a RIOT! September 24, 2012
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I saw this book was free for Kindle..but alas, I do not have a Kindle..not till Christmas, anyways...but I wanted to read this book..and AVAST..(it was close to Speak Like A Pirate Day...so I got to say AVAST!)...I discovered there was a Kindle to PC download which would enable me to download this book for FREE...I would have gladly paid for the book....it was ONLY on Kindle that I could determine..so download I did, and I was not disappointed!

I laughed so much it ain't funny!..my only hope is he reads it into audible.com so I can listen and weep tears of laughter as I work at my humdrum job! Sometimes humdrum..payday..not so much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't usually read political books, but... September 8, 2012
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I don't usually read political books, but...something about the description reminded me of Carl Hiaasen's laugh-out-loud writing style. Author Matt Valenti did not disappoint! From the description of the Tea Party Patriot meeting to the trip on the River Styx, Valenti paints an absurd portrait of not just American politics, but of all politicians...past and present. No politician is left unscathed and no party is immune to the scandal-related barbs that litter this book. If you don't like politics, you will love this story. If you do follow politics, then this book will be absolutely HILARIOUS to you! As for me, I'll be watching and waiting to read something else by this author.
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Matt Valenti is a former editor-in-chief of "The Medium," the controversial satire newspaper of Rutgers University.






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