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The Publicist by [Wright, Veronica C.]
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From the Author

This is a work of fiction. Veronica C. Wright is the pen name of #1 international best-selling author J.G. Sandom.

About the Author

This is a work of fiction. Veronica C. Wright is the pen name of #1 international best-selling author J.G. Sandom.

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  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Cornucopia Press (July 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ERPE7S
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By Boha on November 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
The first thing that occurred to me while reading The Publicist is how much it lends itself to a today Father and Daughter action flick. Think Wag the Dog! Bonnie Brooks
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What is going on here? Is this a hoax? This author, in her bio, says her father, Benjamin Stannard Wright, is the former "press secretary of Omo of Amhara, current Prime Minister of the North African nation of Kush". Whoops! There is no modern North African nation of Kush. There was an ancient nation of Kush which flowered more than 2,000 years ago in what is today the Republic of Sudan. Has the ancient kingdom of Kush been resurrected? A website called KushRelief.org. (with links to Miss Wright's book and blog) says Kush is in the "midst of famine and civil war against the oppressive regime of Prime Minister and dictator for life Ali Khalif." KushRelief supports "the pro-Democracy movement led by Omo Amhara, Avenger of the Innocents and Lion of the Mountains of the Moon." Hmmm. The internet has no trace of a modern nation named Kush nor any mention of a famine or civil war in such a place nor any trace of a prime minister/dictator named Ali Khalif or Omo the Avenger, Lion of the Mountains of the Moon. Is all of this made up? KushRelief's Facebook page says "all donations to this site will be directed to the support and welfare of the Kushan people and the pro-Decocracy movement" and says "Click HERE to support KushRelief.org through your purchase of THE PUBLICIST." Wait a minute! It's fine to write a book of fiction about an imaginary modern nation of Kush but it's not okay to put up a real-life website and Facebook page to raise money for a fictitious nation and claim that it is real.
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The Publicist is a highly entertaining and well-written coming-of-age story about a teenage girl named Veronica Wright who goes to Europe with her father and who ends up falling madly in love with, and following a North African diplomat back to his country, the fictional nation of Kush. When Ben Wright, who happens to be a PR expert, travels to Kush to retrieve her, he ends up being mistaken for a CIA spy and is hunted by the authorities who claim he's working with the pro-Western guerrillas led by the colorful Omo of Amhara. This mistaken identity, a Hitchcockian twist, drives Wright into the arms of the guerrilla leader who persuades the rather hapless American father to use his PR skills to bring attention to his political movement.

While on the surface the story is about Veronica and Ben Wright's relationship, it's really about how the press can be (and is) manipulated every day by PR experts, and how ordinary citizens, the so-called Fifth Estate, are having an ever greater impact on the digital "truth" we read about on the Net every day.

Beautifully written from the perspective of the 17 year old Nicki (Veronica), this haunting novel will linger in your memory long after you've put it down. It's so effective in spinning an artificial truth that some (like fellow reviewer LadyE) will be fooled into thinking the story is real, which is precisely the point of the story, I believe. (In fact, LadyE's critique focuses exclusively on how the book was promoted by the publisher rather than on the book itself!)

Perhaps most surprising is that this novel predicted recent political events in north African long before Tuareg Islamists (Al Qaeda in north Africa) staged their takeover of Mali, and long before the Arab Spring tore apart Tunisia and Egypt. For that alone, this book deserves to be noticed.
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