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Don't Mess with Travis: A Novel Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“A political novel, but the laughter should cut across party lines. Like all great humor, Don’t Mess With Travis points to some basic truths ― and the targets among contemporary politicians are ample. . . . With this lively and charming debut, readers on both sides of the aisle will hope that Smiley’s novel won’t be his last.” ―The Dallas Morning News
“One of the year's best, and arguably the most stinging work of political satire since Christopher Buckley's Boomsday.... A laugh out loud, thrilling ... smart, witty, and supremely relevant election year read that will appeal not only to conservatives, but to anyone who is fed up with the current state of the union.” ―Breitbart.com
“Bob Smiley gives us two things we really need: 1) a funny book about politics and 2) a Texas governor we can all get behind. Ben Travis forever!” ―Steve Hely, producer and writer for The Office and author of How I Became a Famous Novelist
“If there were a Nobel Prize for political wit, Bob Smiley's novel Don't Mess With Travis would win it in a landslide. Much needed in this angry political season!” ―Steve Forbes
“Some people might say that Don’t Mess with Travis is a mix of Carl Hiaasen and George Will. But it’s more than just a witty blend of larger-than-life characters and a prescient political narrative: It’s intelligent satire―true on both the human and policy dimensions―that would make a great movie. Bob Smiley is this generation’s Christopher Buckley.” ―Ilya Shapiro, The Cato Institute
“...the political humor and witty dialogue in Don't Mess with Travis should elicit chuckles from readers on both ends of the political spectrum. With shades of ... the novels Advise and Consent, Primary Colors, and State of Rebellion, Smiley's incisive and derisive view of the political process makes this razor-sharp debut novel a timely and entertaining read.” ―Booklist
“In bringing a humane point of view to the pitched election-year conflict between liberals and conservatives, this novel couldn't be timelier. As a bonus, Smiley smoothly mixes in bits of history about Texas politics and culture. A freewheeling political satire that does for politics what Texan Dan Jenkins' antic fictions did for golf and football. Smiley's first novel disproves the notion that conservatives can't be really funny.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A terrific read for the 2012 campaign season-- a political satire funny for folks on either side of the aisle.” ―Jeremy Blachman, author of Anonymous Lawyer
“The world of politics is anything but funny these days. That's why Bob Smiley's new book Don't Mess With Travis is so refreshing. If you need an escape and your politics lean to the right, put away the Wall Street Journal, crack open an ice cold beer, and prepare to laugh and cheer for a not so unlikely political hero.” ―Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots
About the Author
BOB SMILEY began his writing career as a research assistant to the late, great William F. Buckley, Jr. In 2008, he wrote the sports memoir Follow the Roar, chronicling his journey around the globe as he followed Tiger Woods for every hole of an entire season. He continues to work in television and film, having written for network sitcoms as well as for Fox News Channel's Half Hour News Hour. He recently wrote a Goonies-esque pilot for Disney XD and is developing a half-hour political comedy for AMC.
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Top Customer Reviews
First, Bob Smiley has written an engaging, humorous novel that holds its own as far as storytelling goes, but still carries an important message for today's political climate. His characters are colorful and the dialogue reads like the script to a movie, which is not surprising considering Smiley's background. I found it easy to visualize the various characters while reading and look forward to a future movie version.
Second, Smiley has promoted the limited, constitutionalist government position without being overly preachy or without detracting from the story. As we shift towards the 2012 presidential election, Governor Travis' views on the role of the federal government need to be shared with every American voter.
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But what does that tell the rest of us? That's it's a rocking good time, that's what!
Darned good book for a rookie. He hits it out of the park. This is really fun political satire.
I am subtracting one star, because I found the finale to be somewhat unsatisfying. I think the author built up to something he didn't fully deliver. But that's okay; in my rating pantheon, 4 stars are still really good.
VERY worth the read. I could not put it down!