This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy by J.T. Lundy is a witty, satiric cautionary tale about a ‘James Bond wannabe’ U.S. Customs Officer named Chris Thompson, who is summoned from his mundane job by the President of the United States to serve as a special agent during a state of emergency. Apparently, Mexico and Canada are invading the U.S. with the alleged help of the President’s Chief of Staff, in concert with a clandestine McCarthyesque movement determined to scuttle democracy as we know it, thereby righting unspeakable and innumerable evils born of foreign infiltration. The principal characters in this delightful farce - Thompson, his ever-complaining wife, the President, his Chief of Staff and a host of other two-dimensional denizens of J.T. Lundy’s dystopian world - display a spot-on, collective quirky shallowness worthy of Moliére. Both the dialogue and the action are fast-paced, full of reversals and zingers, and sure to please even the most discriminating, jaded readers of political satire.
One of the most delightful aspects of this crazy ride is that the key players seem to be winking at us from the pages, keenly aware of their own incompetence. Early in the game, a chemically compromised President Wright, refusing to relinquish Las Vegas to invaders from Mexico, reveals his misplaced priorities when he declares: “The showgirls at the Flamingo and the buffet at the Bellagio are the only things that keep me going sometimes.” Later, Chris Thompson displays his darkly comic meta-cognitive flair by revealing (after being arrested by campus cops for agitating at a college protest): “We don’t stand a chance. I’m an amateur relying on James Bond movies for inspiration and tactics.” The entire text is peppered with inane Joseph McCarthy quotes (to begin most chapters) and sidesplitting, deadpan neo-Shakespeare asides. This raucous romp truly has something for everyone. At 189 pages, it is also a brisk and entertaining read - perfect bedside fare.
J.T. Lundy’s Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy is a delectable confection of political satire with a healthy dose of prescient real-time insight - a must-read for those who have rationalized the rampant xenophobia that daily threatens to extinguish the American Dream.