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Review & Giveaway: The Republic of Jack by Jeffrey Kerr

THE REPUBLIC OF JACK
by

Jeffrey Kerr

Political Satire / Texas Humor / Texas Fiction

Publisher: Independently published
Date of Publication: April 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 253

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Jack Cowherd will do anything to win the Texas governorship, even flirt with twenty-first-century secessionists in the Texas Patriot Party. Victory is achieved, but only at the cost of Texas being tossed out of the United States. The Republic of Texas lives again! And Jack is president. 
 
Friend and political advisor Tasha Longoria has long warned Jack of the dangers of his demagoguery. Now when he tries to halt the madness, the worst comes to pass: he is impeached, arrested, and charged with treason, the penalty for which is death.
 
Jack has but one chance to save his beloved Texas, not to mention his life. But success depends upon help from the one person least likely to give it . . . Tasha.


PRAISE for The Republic of Jack:

“Jeff Kerr’s Republic of Jack is a ribald, raucous farce of Texas politics that often exposes the self-serving cynicism boiling beneath the surface of public debate.”

—Texas political reporter R.G. Ratcliffe 


“Jeffrey Kerr’s ideal Texas politician—a man truly for these bitter times—bites off more than any enabler could ever chew in this romp of a new novel, The Republic of Jack! It’s time for readers to discover this writer’s range, intelligence, humor, and, ultimately, compassion. Or maybe you should just go and see his movie or read his catalog of nonfiction titles! In any case, it’s Jeff Kerr’s time.”

David Marion Wilkinson, author of Not Between Brothers and co-author of One Ranger
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Review

I think that with the chaos going on within my beloved country and especially within the great state of Texas, The Republic of Jack by Jeffrey Kerr could not have come at a better time. It pokes fun at the misguided and misunderstood ideas that allow terrible things like misogyny and racism to run rampant. And it is my fervent hope that even just one person whose hatred for our country, a particular race or nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or gender will read this book and realize how ridiculous their hate is. Surprisingly, this book opened my eyes to the outlandish things that politicians will say just to garner favor with a large group of voters. It gives me a little bit of hope that a particularly uncouth political figure is just trying to keep a group happy… but I’m not holding my breath.

Kerr has a clear picture of each main player in this story and paints each one so well. I particularly liked the different varieties of politicians: super driven and handsome men, the super ugly, overweight or nearly dead men, and then the few women who were usually old or not good-looking, but usually both. Behind the flurry of assistants who help these people reach their political aspirations, you have the languid trophy wives who consume whole bottles of expensive booze and play amorous musical chairs.

Jack is the prize lion in the middle of this circus. The desire to be a winner is the ringmaster cracking the whip, urging him to do things he doesn’t want to do just to win the crowd over. But unlike the lion, Jack has the ability to free himself from the situation without mauling everyone in sight. His journey is comical at times but I could feel the gravity behind certain situations. This is fiction but I still feel for the human that could truly go through something similar.

If you are looking for an outrageous read, you came to the right place. Don’t let my touchy feely analysis put you off. I found myself smirking and guffawing throughout most of this book. There were a few tried and true jokes, but there were plenty that I had never heard before that I found hilarious. I found this whole book to be a delightful look at what could be if everyone took everything too far. I don’t know if it was the author’s intent, but I found it to be a great balance between comedy and a cautionary tale.

Who should read this book? Anyone old enough to handle some sexually explicit situations and crude language. Who would get the biggest kick? Texans, of course, followed by other citizens of the U. S. of A. But I think that the other countries around the world who are watching Texas and the U.S. with wide eyes right now would probably get a kick out of it as well.

Jeffrey Kerr is the author of three nonfiction books on Texas history, a historical novel, and, most recently, The Republic of Jack, a satirical novel that imagines Texas as an independent country in the twenty-first century. His history of Austin’s founding, Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas, was named one of sixty essential books about Texas by Michael Barnes of the Austin American-Statesman. Kerr also co-wrote and co-produced the documentary film, The Last of the Moonlight Towers, and a feature film, the psychological thriller Writer’s Block. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two dogs.
 

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Sex as a Political Condition by Carlos Nicolas Flores

SEX AS A POLITICAL CONDITION
by 
Carlos Nicolas Flores
 
TITLE: Sex as a Political Condition
AUTHOR: Carlos Nicolás Flores
GENRE: Literary Fiction: Political Satire
# of pages: 408
 
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Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel is a raucous, hilarious journey through political dangers that come in all shapes, cup sizes, and sexual identities, a trip into the wild, sometimes outrageous world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south.

Honoré del Castillo runs the family curio shop in the backwater border town of Escandón, Texas, and fears dying in front of his TV like some six-pack José in his barrio. Encouraged by his friend Trotsky, he becomes politically active—smuggling refugees, airlifting guns to Mexican revolutionaries, negotiating with radical Chicana lesbians—but the naked truths he faces are more often naked than true and constantly threaten to unman him. When a convoy loaded with humanitarian aid bound for Nicaragua pulls into Escandón, his journey to becoming a true revolutionary hero begins, first on Escandón’s international bridge and then on the highways of Mexico. But not until both the convoy and Honoré’s mortality and manhood are threatened in Guatemala does he finally confront the complications of his love for his wife and daughter, his political principles, the stench of human fear, and ultimately what it means to be a principled man in a screwed-up world.

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I don’t know how to feel about Honoré. On the one hand, he does what he has to do to take care of his family, but on the other hand, piss him off enough and he’ll strangle you until he regains his senses. I have a feeling that he would agree with my assessment since he wants to get out of the barrio criminal life but pretty much just trades it for another kind of illegal activity in the name of activism. While Honoré confuses me, Flores makes me feel like I know him. And really, you have no choice since the speed of this novel crawls with descriptions, dialogue, and asides. Reading this has opened my eyes to a whole other world within the very state I reside. I don’t think many books can accomplish that. Check this one out if you want to explore the dark side of humanity but not get depressed about it.
 

A native of El Paso, Carlos Nicolas Flores is a winner of the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and author of a young adult novel, Our House on Hueco (TTUP, 2006). As a director of the Teatro Chicano de Laredo and a former director of the South Texas Writing Project, he has long been engaged in the promotion of new writers and writing about the Mexican American experience. He teaches English at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas.

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Sex as a Political Condition by Carlos Nicolas Flores

SEX AS A POLITICAL CONDITION
by 
Carlos Nicolas Flores
 
TITLE: Sex as a Political Condition
AUTHOR: Carlos Nicolás Flores
GENRE: Literary Fiction: Political Satire
# of pages: 408
 
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Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel is a raucous, hilarious journey through political dangers that come in all shapes, cup sizes, and sexual identities, a trip into the wild, sometimes outrageous world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south.

Honoré del Castillo runs the family curio shop in the backwater border town of Escandón, Texas, and fears dying in front of his TV like some six-pack José in his barrio. Encouraged by his friend Trotsky, he becomes politically active—smuggling refugees, airlifting guns to Mexican revolutionaries, negotiating with radical Chicana lesbians—but the naked truths he faces are more often naked than true and constantly threaten to unman him. When a convoy loaded with humanitarian aid bound for Nicaragua pulls into Escandón, his journey to becoming a true revolutionary hero begins, first on Escandón’s international bridge and then on the highways of Mexico. But not until both the convoy and Honoré’s mortality and manhood are threatened in Guatemala does he finally confront the complications of his love for his wife and daughter, his political principles, the stench of human fear, and ultimately what it means to be a principled man in a screwed-up world.

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A native of El Paso, Carlos Nicolas Flores is a winner of the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and author of a young adult novel, Our House on Hueco (TTUP, 2006). As a director of the Teatro Chicano de Laredo and a former director of the South Texas Writing Project, he has long been engaged in the promotion of new writers and writing about the Mexican American experience. He teaches English at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas.

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