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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
American Fascist by Malcom James is a political thriller about a young marketing technology genius named Eli Green who was hired by a company named Paragon Analytics to target advertising for the election of Harold P. Franks as the 45th president of the United States of America. Sound familiar? It did to me also. Following a monumental and surprising victory, Green is hired by the Franks' administration to continue working his magic in the White House with the hope of a reelection that sweeps not only the electoral college, but the popular vote as well. As Green becomes entrenched in the cover up of a deluge of presidential scandals, illegal dealings, criminal conduct, and the potential for a constitutional crisis, he changes gears and goes rogue, siphoning information in a risky spy game where the stakes are at the highest levels both politically and personally...and where a charge of espionage or treason isn't the worst that can happen.
Malcom James delivers a debut novel that will undoubtedly shock as much as it will entertain, the two emotions intentionally driven hand in hand with American Fascist. Thinly veiled parallels are underlined with direct quotes from 45 and his real-life administration, making James' use of “faction” that much more dynamic to the story's plot. The writing is clean and concise and Eli Green feels veritably authentic as an antihero turned mole. Clearly James understands DC politics and the mechanisms that fuel it. When all of these traits are woven together we get a stunning thriller like American Fascist, a book I'd recommend to those who enjoy the likes of Sam Bourne, David Baldacci, Robert Harris, and Michael Dobbs.