Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daily Kindle Bargain - Dick Cheney Saves Paris by Ryan Forsythe

Dick Cheney Saves Paris by Ryan Forsythe is available on Kindle for just $2.99.

You can read half of the book for free here.


With insight, humor, and a bit of "I don't know what," Ryan Forsythe turns the modern political satire on its head in this alternative history exploring why Dick Cheney has done the things he’s done--released the same day as Cheney's own novel--er, memoir.

We first meet a young Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney in the year 2791 as he endures another of his Dad’s lectures on the terrible no good Gore presidency—the source of all suffering in the world after a series of freak time travel accidents vaporized our dearest celebrities. Soon Cheney is on a joyride through time with his buddy Kimo. Unfortunately, their time machine stalls out on the Interyear and Dick finds he is stuck in the Nixon administration.

Recalling his father’s rants, Cheney realizes he has the opportunity to change history. If he can ensure Gore loses the 2000 election, perhaps 800 years later he could finally make his old man proud. Will the assistance of alien pinochle player Donald Rumsfeld be enough? Or will he have to enlist both foul-mouthed mob boss Ralph Nader and the secretly Republication robot Joseph Lieberman? And what does the Iran-Contra scandal have to with any of this?

Forsythe skewers the conventions of modern books and DVDs, with numerous "bonus features." Included are an obviously not deleted "Deleted Epilogue"; a faux Author Commentary in which Forsythe and Cheney discuss Cheney’s actions in the book; and a Reading Group Guide, featuring discussion questions and an author interview.

Dick Cheney Saves Paris heralds a new voice in the genre of personal and political madcap sci-fi meta- anti- novels. Read the book about which Brian K. Vaughan says, "There is no way in hell I'm gonna read this, much less blurb it."

From the Reviewers:

"The book that I kept being put in the mind of was Dave Eggers' Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, I guess in the way that the book moves around from time to place etc, from first person to author's own inter-woven notes to scripts, and on and on. The fluidity of the changes in story-telling makes it fun but also keeps you on your toes.

"The research seems genuine (dates and events that are real, though perhaps didn't come about the way they do in this story, haha). The timeliness of the book's coming out on the same day as Cheney's own book certainly increases the humor, and this is even addressed IN the story itself.

"Buy this book, I promise if you were interested enough to look it up/over, it's worth your time and money. (Oh, and hunt down the soundtrack, as every song on it is actually mentioned -- or blatantly suggested to be played -- at points in the book.

"The oddness of the mesh of techniques makes this fun, just be prepared for a variety of points of view and storytelling ideas. The story itself, the novel/plot part of the book, moves forward (well, it moves in time, so sometimes backward and forward, haha) in a clear path...but then you find the author discussing the actual writing of the story, from first ideas, thru attempts, and so on, mixed right in amongst the story.

"Once again, please do yourself a favor and get this book! It is truly put together with a precision that will impress you, regardless of whose politics you are in line with. (Even if you LOVE Cheney politically, you can still enjoy this book. Ha, maybe especially if you do."

Anonymous, BN.com review

About the Author:

Ryan Forsythe is a writer from Cleveland, now living in Southern California.

He studied creative writing at The Ohio State University, completed a Masters degree in Teaching Writing at Humboldt State University, and is currently working on his MFA in Creative Writing at San Diego State. Ryan writes travel stories, novels, short fiction, personal essays, family history, children's books (for adults), and the occasional poem.

Ryan's short story "Virgo Moon" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the Heat City Literary Review. In addition, his writing has appeared in Bananafish, Escaping Elsewhere, NFG magazine, and several travel anthologies, including Rite of Passage: Tales of Backpacking 'Round Europe (from Lonely Planet), Italy from a Backpack, and Travelers Tales Turkey. His art has appeared in Mandala Journal, Porter Gulch Review, and Toyon.

Through his travels, Ryan has found himself saving sea turtles in Mexico, volunteering at a school for street kids in Tanzania, picking up a certificate in Teaching English while on a beach in Thailand, and circling the globe as a staff member aboard a ship.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanAForsythe

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