The Day of the Ferret


Fiction - Humor/Comedy
214 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2022
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Author Biography

Michael Woodman was a thriller-writing sensation in his teens, signing multi-book deals with major publishers straight out of high school. His spy novels ended up on bestseller shelves on both sides of the Atlantic. But their young author was oddly troubled. His hero went on dangerous missions to exotic locations, but Michael had never been anywhere or done anything, and he wanted a thriller-writer’s bio like the authors who inspired him. So he quit writing imaginary adventures and took off looking for real ones. Since then, he has traveled in over 50 countries and had extraordinary careers and adventures on four continents. Michael’s Amazon chart-topping CJ Brink stories wrap twisty mysteries around vigilante action, taking the genre to a new level. His new title, The Day of the Ferret, has all the breathless pace, action and suspense readers expect from Michael, with scathing satire and laughter page after page. Michael lives in Spain with his wife, Elizabeth. You can visit him at michaelwoodman.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Here’s the surprising thing about The Day of the Ferret by Michael Woodman: It’s good, intelligent, and funny because it resonates with parallels to the life of an American president that it lampoons. Here you will meet U.S. President John Thomas Rump who is beginning to fall from grace. In order to sway voters back to his side, he plots a fake assassination on himself. Ronald Reagan had the lowest approval ratings of any first-term US President until John Hinckley shot him. Following that failed assassination attempt, Reagan’s ratings soared and he went on to win a second term. Rump’s attorney, Benny Capone, thinks of a workaround for Rump’s fake assassination. Enter Gatlin Fry, a former MI6 agent chosen to do the fake hit. But what the president doesn’t know is that his plot is about to get real.

The Day of the Ferret is a lot more than the life it tries to spoof. If adapted into a film, it would be equally funny and insightful in its absurd perspective on political life. Michael Woodman has put an astonishing amount of chutzpah and information into the pages and blends subplots and details into a coherent storyline that holds it together. It provides a balanced focus on the president, the fall guy, and everyone in between to make this absurd political tale a brilliant flight of the imagination. Much of the novel’s ethical content revolves around how the most powerful man in the United States plots a scheme to maintain his position and its ramifications when it doesn’t go according to plan. As a political lampoon, The Day of the Ferret handles its theme with insight and wry humor, an entertaining story for grownups that you want to read for its inventiveness.

Pikasho Deka

The Day of the Ferret is a hilarious satirical thriller by Michael Woodman. When an old jilted lover plans the assassination of the President of the United States, John Thomas Rump, the "very stable genius" comes up with the brilliant idea of faking his own assassination attempt and having his nemesis arrested to give a boost to his bottom of the barrel approval ratings. He orders his loyal lackey, attorney Benny Capone, to carry out his plans. Little does he know that Benny is having an extra-marital affair with the First Lady, Ina. A former MI6 has-been bag man, his CIA handler, also known as the "Witch of Langley", and a Turkish oil wrestler-turned bodyguard fall over themselves trying to double-cross each other and create a mess no one could've foreseen. Some heads are bound to roll. But whose?

An action-packed, laugh-out-loud satire that offers fun galore, The Day of the Ferret is an absolute blast to read. Author Michael Woodland lampoons some well-known personalities from the US political sphere and hits the nail dead on the head with the portrayals of their real-life personas. The characters are selfish, colorful, vibrant, and pure box office entertainment. Every single one of them pops out of the pages, keeping you hooked from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between Gatlin, Felicity, and Zaza. Apart from the quick-witted dialogue and sarcastic humor, the plot is completely unpredictable and keeps you guessing until the last few pages. If you're a fan of political satire or comedy in general, I can't recommend The Day of the Ferret enough.

Joshua Olokodana

When an old flame of the American President pops up on the trail of the Ferret, an unbelievably skilled assassin, President John Rump knew he had to be proactive, otherwise, said flame would burn him with her grudge and he’d end up being a testament to the Ferret’s creativity. When his enforcer Benny Capone mentioned a fake assassination in passing, John Rump instantly buys the idea, but to pull it off, they’ll need a crucial piece - the perfect fall guy. Somewhere in Spain, Gatlin was living up to his reputation as a consummate loser when a pheromone-oozing woman known as the Witch of Langley hires him to be the Ferret’s money man. In other words, the fall guy. The plan was going smoothly until Benny received a combined incentive and threat to make the assassination real. However, with Gatlin’s involvement, everyone, including the loser himself, is sure to get anything other than the desired result. How will things turn out? Grab a copy of The Day of The Ferret by Michael Woodman and find out!

The Day of The Ferret is an intriguing satire that smacks of mystery and political undercurrents, culminating in a thrilling battle of wits between the bad guys and the not so bad guys. There are zero dull moments in this action-packed blockbuster, and I certainly won’t hesitate to endorse it. The narration is simple and believable yet suspenseful and amusing. It is a great example of simplicity being the best form of sophistication. I also loved Michael Woodman’s depiction of Zaza. He stood out as a symbol of rationality in a sea of crazy and complex people. With an uncanny ability to transmit the characters’ feelings to the reader and flawlessly portray comic personas, his talent shines in this book like a gold piece that catches a ray of sunlight. The plot was so vivid that it took on a life of its own, like a movie. The book is written with a crisp and light-hearted tone, which makes its combination of action and humor so refreshing. This book will thoroughly entertain you as long as you like action and don’t mind a huge dose of humor.