Fiction - Thriller - Political
300 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2024
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Melissa Harding, the president of the United States, was close to the end of her first term when all hell broke loose. Thanks to a filibuster in the Senate, and a Supreme Court hostile to her administration, Republicans took shots at her because she was not aggressive enough for office. They riled up voters, creating a divided nation. Heavy rains and an incoming level 4 Hurricane threatening to bury coastal cities under water only up the pressure on Melissa’s administration. A professor from India attending a conference in Chicago unknowingly lets loose a deadly virus on American soil. As a catastrophic climate change, a health crisis, and a steeply polarized voter base bring America to the brink of collapse, President Harding has to race against time and navigate personal and political turmoil in a fight for survival. Find out more in Edward Correia’s Self-Inflicted.

This novel will have you hooked and turning page after page. If you are looking for a gripping political thriller, Edward Correia’s Self-Inflicted is just what you should be looking for. Teasing the idea of a pandemic more deadly than COVID-19, climate change showing its worst side, and the escalation of polarized politics in the US, Correia weaves an ingenious plot, featuring an exciting, dynamic, and diverse cast. The tone of the storyline and the sharp conversations had me on the edge of my seat, hanging onto Correia’s words. The evocative depictions colorfully brought the scenes to life, plunging me into a world of American politics, family drama, media speculation, and so much more. Correia has a knack for making the scenes tremendously dramatic, highlighting the robust sense of wit accompanying the narration. The cast’s traits and emotions enabled me to connect with them. I loved this ace piece of work and look forward to reading more of Correia’s work.