With colorful characters so ludicrous they could only be real, McCord’s satire of profit, politics, and capital punishment should be required reading.
Sometime in the not-so-distant future...the birth of Real America is not without complications.
In case you missed the memo, former political reporter Michael McCord's satirical tale of American political dystopia remains ahead of its time. Set in an eerily familiar alternative universe, The Execution Channel: A Political Fable anticipates the spectacle of a Trump-like political armageddon.
(See my Daily Kos essay: Satire, Trumpism & Real America)
Readers travel to the new Real America in 2018 where citizens celebrate the mysterious economic religion of the Galtian Imperatives (inspired by Ayn Rand, the goddess of Real American liberty). Tax cuts for the rich and austerity starvation for moochers define a new era of prosperity for all who matter.
The Real America parade is led by Texas Gov. Lawrence C. "Demon Seed" Bowie, a former used car salesman and legendary founder of the Congressional Imbecile Caucus. Bowie, hailed as one of the most incoherent political geniuses of Real America, is adored for leading the popular 'War on the Poor' campaign of economic destruction and creating a government really worth hating. When Bowie stumbles into a reality TV scheme of public executions, a masterstroke of public sector plunder for private profit glory, his legend as the true founding father of Real America is assured.
This imaginative, subversive & prophetic book aspires, as Lewis Carroll in Alice In Wonderland so eloquently put it, to believe six impossible things at once: if not before breakfast then certainly by supper.
Laugh & be amazed. Hysteria is optional.
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A debut novel of fierce intelligence...a pointed and very funny mockery of our current cynical age. Kirkus Review
Political satire fiction at its best…The Execution Channel succeeds in dancing between science fiction, political commentary, and social satire.
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. Michael McCord offers fictional reportage with a provocative twist and more than a few punch lines with roots in the dysfunctional political headlines of today.
What will readers encounter when exploring the subversive, satirical universe of The Execution Channel: A Political Fable? First, they will travel to a magical future and discover the breakaway 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.
A brave new read...Satire is scant these days, but Michael McCord’s 'The Execution Channel' is pulling up the slack.
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.
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 a 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, 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 Chapter One exerpts here.
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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
See my recent essay in Daily Kos on Satire, Trumpism and Real America.
GOOD COMPANY: Thanks to readers, the book cracked the Top 20 in the Kindle Store political humor category (#8 briefly) right up there with Stepehen Colbert, Bill Maher, Dave Barry, P. J. O'Rourke and Glenn Beck (Glenn Beck and humor. Who knew?)
FAQs: By popular demand, I answer questions from curious readers about the RA on the flag, the power of the Imbecile Caucus or deciphering the mystery of the Galtian Imperatives. Go to this page to find out more.
Readers speak out
From anonymous one-star reader review on Barnes and Noble: No. Just...no.
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 -- Nigerian author George Shadow.
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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READ: New Hampshire Business Review interview with your humble author about The Execution Channel: A Political Fable. Click here to read all about it.
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?").
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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.