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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