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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Your personal reading of Betwixt and Between will reinforce your view of this story as a brilliant flight of fancy. It is satirical and it injects humor in the right places. Though James Huber’s tale is unlikely to happen (perhaps not in our time), the premise that England has lost its line of royalty and the President of the United States is proposed to take over the monarchy is preposterous. Reluctant at first to accept such a warranted mandate, President Charles Logan Norris will have to earn public approval if he is to take over and institute reforms for the people of England. A handful of political wingmen are more than willing to help him and ensure that he will preside over this nation in a time when the English people want to take a break from having a new king. It’s a huge gamble for Norris, as he faces a different set of threats and problems while America contends with its own issues.
This “what if” novel presents a political thesis worthy of deconstruction. Issues addressed are relevant and timely, and it can also evoke feelings of patriotism alongside the sadness. We are presented with James Huber’s satirical vision that leadership can come from any place and that anyone qualified for the task must be given the chance. He presents to the reader a world where political problems escalate and the sense of uncertainty can envelop even the toughest or most brilliant of leaders. Though the themes and problems here may have inured us to most of what’s going on in the real world, in some ways Betwixt and Between serves as a pressing reminder of how politics, diplomacy, and foreign policy are changing, either for the better or for the worse.