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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
From anonymous one-star reader review on Barnes and Noble: No. Just...no.
From Nigerian author George Shadow: Get ready to laugh, and cry for America...Prepare to see the real American society through the eyes of a satirical author whose political comedy is a swipe at everyone trying to make today's America very ungovernable...The hilarious edge of the narrative helped in making the read a lot more enjoyable than it would have been had there just been a doomsday undertone spewing forth from McCord's pen. Assuredly, he got many things right in his book.
It's fun and funny. It's clever. It's satire. It's prophetic. It's scary. Michael McCord has a really sharp eye and pen. You giggle early on into your read. Suddenly, you recognize these characters and you start to squirm a little...We are flown to an alternate universe where there is little left of what a few of us can still remember as responsive and responsible American government...McCord gets it. And in giving it to the reader in his very entertaining manner, we are uncomfortably reminded of how fatal the cost of our apathy can be. -- Carol Selsberg, Maine
What if John Oliver of the Daily Show wrote the next five years or so of American history?...The role of the satire is to make you laugh (which The Execution Channel does on every page) as well as distill the notion that many of us have after overdosing on recent news: You don't know whether to laugh, cry, or move to Latin America or Australia. -- Bruce W. Perry, Vermont author of "Ascent" and "Barbarous Coasts."
As a madhatter teapartying conservative it was a rough ride in some places. But the overall story should be looked at in context as a satire. Sometimes I would flip characters in my head and recognize progressive heavyweights as the characters. It was ultimately a fun read and if you are a progressive, liberal, or whatever brand you want then it will have you rolling on the floor in laughter. If you're a conservative do like I did, enjoy it as a fun read and bite your tongue in the appropriate places. “LONG LIVE JOHN GALT”! -- Michael Carr, New Hampshire
I enjoyed reading The Execution Channel. It's a real wake-up call, because it's not far fetched in today's world. Mike McCord has created a scenario that is at times funny and at other times chilling. Being a political junkie, I liked it a lot and recommend to other political junkies. -- Joan Jacobs, New Hampshire
What a wild ride! I found this parable scary and hilarious by turn. The scary part is when you listen to the news and hear it reflected in the book, or maybe it is the other way around. Hilarious at some of the contemporary parallels to what is being said on TV today, that are actually being said by characters in the book. Great satire, even if it does cut to the bone a bit too often and makes the reader squirm.-- Cyndy Chase, New Hampshire
The book is laugh out loud funny in places. At other times it seems to be an eerie predictor of what is just about to happen. It's so well done that political junkies from every state will be able to identify which members of their legislatures might make up the Imbecile Caucus of the Mad Hatter Republicans in Real America, on both a state and national level. -- Susan Bruce, New Hampshire
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On Oct. 22, the book cracked the Top 20 in the Kindle Store political humor category (#8 for a brief time) right up there with Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Dave Barry, P. J. O'Rourke and Glenn Beck (Glenn Beck and humor? Who Knew?).
SEE my recent television interview on "Off the Shelf" with Veronica Andrews. Produced at Danvers (MA) Community Television and syndicated to more than 150 community access stations across the country, think of it as "Wayne's World" for books.
BRICK & MORTAR: For those who want to support their local independent bookstores in the New Hampshire Seacoast region, Water Street Bookstore in Exeter and RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth have the book in stock.
"A Dose of absurdity" See The Wire article on The Execution Channel: A Political Fable, the joys and G-Force perils of being an author/publisher, and the real world roots of the book's alternative universe funhouse.
Podcast: Listen to the expansive and laugh-filled interview on the Wake Up America talk show on Portsmouth Community Radio. Get the low down on The Execution Channel: A Politcal Fable. Click on this link and it starts automatically.
Decipher: Who is Jason Bravtart? Find out more about some of the character inspirations for The Execution Channel: A Political Fable in a revealing Daily Kos post.
Read All About It: Check out the national press release about The Execution Channel: A Political Fable ("New Satirical Novel Asks: Are you Ready for Real America?").
FAQs: By popular demand, I answer questions from curious readers who have asked about the RA on the flag or pondered the mystery of the Galtian Imperatives. Go to this page to find out more.
Kickstarter: Go to this page and meet the great folks who helped support the book with their generous donations through a Kickstarter crowdfunding project.
FACEBOOK: Find out about upcoming appearances, interviews and stories, media spots and bookstore signing events here or on The Execution Channel: A Political Fable Facebook page below.
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Watch this space for a Chapter One preview of End Times: Further Adventures in Real America which will be released to an unsuspecting reading public later this year. Read the synopsis here.
A debut novel of “fierce intelligence...a pointed and very funny mockery of our current cynical age."
“Political satire fiction at its best…The Execution Channel succeeds in dancing between science fiction, political commentary, and social satire.” Midwest Book Review
“With colorful characters so ludicrous they could only be real, McCord’s satire of profit, politics, and capital punishment should be required reading.” Clarion Review
“A brave new read...Satire is scant these days, but Michael McCord’s 'The Execution Channel” is pulling up the slack.” The Keene Sentinel
Sometime in the not-so-distant future...
The birth of Real America is not without complications
What will readers encounter when exploring the subversive, satirical universe of Michael McCord's new novel The Execution Channel: A Political Fable? First, they will travel to a magical future and discover the emerging new country of Real America, salute a new flag (see the book cover), and worship the Galtian Imperatives, a faith-based economic religion which promises that extreme austerity and eliminating government will ensure “prosperity for all” though the exact details of the alchemy remain elusive. Next, readers will find that John Galt, the fictional hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, has become the founding father icon of Real America and the Real American Party, the new political force sweeping the land. Local militias do their patriotic duty and lead the privatization craze throughout Real America while employing a creative protection racket plan to fit every business budget.
Finally, readers will behold the majesty of The Execution Channel – a televinet network that promotes a focus-group tested variety of live executions in football stadium settings. As foretold by the Galtian Imperatives, The Execution Channel is hailed as a model of modern economic policy, an entertainment and Ponzi investment scheme bolt of genius that seamlessly merges massive private sector profits and public sector bankruptcy.
"It's unlike any other book I've ever read...It's good. It's scary. It's fantasy. It's reality."
-- Veronica Andrews, Off the Shelf
Set in 2018 in a not-so United States of America, The Execution Channel: A Political Fable is a satire for our times and fantastical in its imaginative scope of American political rhetoric and public policy run amok. McCord, an award-winning journalist and writer who lives in New Hampshire, offers fictional reportage with a provocative twist and more than a few punch lines -- and with roots in the dysfunctional political headlines of today.
"The Execution Channel: A Political Fable gives a warning about where the state of American politics may be heading, as well as a tongue-in-cheek, sometimes irreverent and eyebrow-raising peek at today's extremist headlines."
-- Jessica Handly, Veracity Stew
Readers also will encounter an intriguing, colorful cast of characters that embrace a higher calling of extreme self-interest:
The Execution Channel: A Political Fable is a satire in the tradition of Swift, Heller, Vonnegut, Orwell, Voltaire, and Marx (Groucho, that is). It will leave readers wondering: Just how REAL is Real America?
"A dose of absurdity: In a new novel, Michael McCord makes our
insane political climate seem reasonable." -- The Wire
Michael McCord, the former political editor and columnist for The Portsmouth (NH) Herald, is an award-winning journalist and writer. He covered his first presidential primary campaign in 1980 and has written for more than 40 publications, including the Boston Globe and Globe Magazine, on politics, economics, business, film, books, theatre, music, sports and education. Among many endeavors, McCord interviewed Marilyn Monroe's largely unknown first husband and co-wrote the produced theatrical play “think twice before you think” about the life and writings of e.e. cummnings.The Execution Channel: A Political Fable is his first published novel.
Check out and read all of Chapter One here.
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SEE my recent television interview on "Off the Shelf" with Veronica Andrews. It was produced at Danvers (MA) Community Television and the show is syndicated to more than 150 community television access stations across the country. Think of it as "Wayne's World" for books and without commercials!
Thanks to the enthusiastic readers at the Cheshire Democrats Book Club. They were gracious hosts and perceptive questioners for a discussion about The Execution Channel: A Political Fable at their November gathering in Keene, N.H. A good time was had by all.
WENTWORTH PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB appearance
Thanks to the members of the Wentworth Page Turners Book Club in Rye, N.H. for a lively and fun gathering. These brave readers chose The Execution Channel: A Political Fable for their September book club discussion and I was honored to be their guest.
The Execution Channel: A Political Fable at the beach, Ipswich, Mass. in July just after the paperbound version was published. (Thanks to my wife Anne for the photo and READ graphic inset.)
LAUGH AND BE VERY AFRAID
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MORE LAUGH AND BE VERY AFRAID
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By 2018, Tea Party pioneers rule Real America, an Ayn Randian utopia of government eliminated and moochers vanquished. What could possibly go wrong? "With colorful characters so ludicrous they could only be real" (Clarion Review), this fantastical satire of ideological lunacy run amok delivers a provocative punch.
Recently seen: EC bookmarks at Exeter (NH) Public Library. There have also been alleged sightings at Hoppi's Barber Shop in Kittery, Maine and Brown & Company Design in Portsmouth, NH.