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Joe Rothstein has Created a Brilliant First Novel-- and Given us a Great Escapist Gem, that the MSNBC Generation Has to Read!
August 16, 2016
For better or for worse, most of those who deign to admit being my friends are political creatures. Foremost among them is a brilliant and frequent collaborator, the amazing Joe Rothstein. We share a profound love for the West, and a decided Democratic twist, and I thought after many battles fought together for noble candidates, and epic causes, that I knew him pretty well. I surely love him. What I didn't know is how talented Joe is and what a fertile inner creativity he possesses as a writer of great fiction. With the publication of The Latina President and the Conspiracy to Destroy Her, we can all have a chance to enjoy this talent by reading a totally fun political thriller about the first woman president.
Isabel Aragon "Tenny" Tennyson can now be added to the pantheon of rich characters in American fiction. She is compelling, revolutionary, and unforgettable. The book starts out with a startling terrorist cataclysm in SouthWest Washington, DC. It wends from LA to Alaska and back again.
Joe has populated his tome with many fine main characters. From the irrepressible, funny, witty, wise and quirky Ben Sage, to the president's best friend, "Carmie" Sandoval, to the Colorado lawyer and Supreme Court Chief Justice, who would rather be skiing or enjoying his Porsche back home, or sharing fresh lobster and corn at his refuge in Camden, Maine, to the stilted and pernicious "Blue Dog" VP, Roderick Rusher, these folks will inhabit your daydreams during the slow, enjoyable and very literary ride through the taut, yet familiar world of historical fiction they inhabit.
This is an highly intelligent book, written by an outside-insider, that provokes highly personal questions about our broken body politic. A few typos and a sometimes too sexy sensibility can be forgiven as the quality of the work gets better and better to its wild and breathtaking conclusion. Don't skip ahead, and don't miss this great summer read, perfect for summers last beachy rays, as we endure and await our all too real November 2016.