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Absurd and satirical adventures in political extremism: AMERICAN ZEROES

By John DiFelice

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A timely, satirical look at the American Far Right and extreme xenophobia, AMERICAN ZEROES is a post-9/11 Candide that took LSD from an American flag stamp.
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AMERICAN ZEROES is a Libertarian satire of American political extremism and an absurdist adventure in a typical suburb.

Jeremiah Stumpf, the Prophet of Doom, has read all the books and stockpiled all the weapons and gold necessary to execute his plan: to literally execute his next-door neighbors. Jeremiah is convinced they are part of an ISIS terrorist cell and he is just the patriot to make sure they don’t repeat 9/11. The only problems are one drunken Englishman, one beautiful woman, a change of plans, and the whole issue of not really having any proof of his neighbors being Saudi Arabian terrorists.

The book is purposefully over-the-top and delights in it’s own pyrotechnics. There are humorous one-liners, hallucinations, absurd situations and even more absurd actions.  Georgie, the aforementioned drunken Englishman, is a humorous straight man to Jeremiah’s racist, apocalyptic ramblings, and functions to poke holes into and poke fun at Jeremiah’s plan. Jeremiah, the Ayn Rand devotee, is the kind of guy who never wears sunglasses because “I hate them. I don’t like anything put between my eyes and my surroundings that will prevent me from seeing the world as it really is.”

The satire is not always on pitch, and as the latter half of the book veers farther into absurdism the plot loses its focus and comprehensibility. AMERICAN ZEROES is written for a certain political sensibility to appreciate, as well, so while politically central-to-right readers may cringe appreciatively at the buffoonery and misinterpretation of the Far Right, the frequent use of racial slurs and graphic terrorist depictions, although used for humor, might be triggering for people of color and those politically leaning much farther to the left.

A timely, satirical look at the American Far Right and extreme xenophobia, AMERICAN ZEROES is a post-9/11 Candide that took LSD from an American flag stamp.

~IndieReader

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