A Planet for the President

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This is a story written over a decade ago.

Before Fake News, or Alternative Facts, or even social media.

It told the story of a not-too-distant future, which really was not too distant.


The President of the United States is facing a global catastrophe.

The environment is in meltdown. People are dying. Americans are dying.

Even he can't ignore it.

There's hardly a corner of the world that isn't in crisis.

And that's when he's persuaded of a truth his advisers hold to be self-evident:

That it's time to think the unthinkable.

The problem isn't power, or politics, or the planet, or the President.

It's the People.


Hilarious and horrifying - this enormously entertaining satire has never been more razor-sharp, revelatory or relevant. What readers are saying about this hilarious, critically acclaimed novel:

'For anyone who likes laughs and thrills in one package and who's been following recent developments in the White House this is an absolute must.' Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars

'This political and satirical novel manages to be both thrilling and funny. And, given its prescience, scary too. The characters, the setting and the plot are fantastic and believable. A real page turner.' Amazon Reviewer,5 stars

'A frighteningly plausible thriller, which imagines what might happen if the White House were finally to believe that something had to be done about global warming ... clever, funny and a really good read.' Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars

'This thriller is packed with good jokes and tells a tale that is utterly credible. Parts were jaw-droppingly frightening and I wished I could have put it down but thesharp humour and pacey plot made me keep reading. It's a laugh and a chiller in one book.' Amazon Reviewer,5 stars

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About the author

Alistair Beaton is one of the country's leading satirical writers, and makes frequent appearances on Radio 4. His hit comedy Feelgood won the Evening Standard Award in 2001
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Feb 22, 2018
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Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & Heads of State
Fiction / Political
Fiction / Satire
Fiction / Thrillers / Political
Fiction / Thrillers / Technological
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--Winner "Cross Genre" Category 2018 American Fiction Awards--
[Audiobook narrated by Grammy-winning Stefan Rudnicki and award-winning Gabrielle De Cuir.]
Part action comedy, part political thriller, this unconventional story will keep you guessing.

"One of the most original and creative stories I have read in a very long time." --Goodreads reader with over 1,500 ratings!

James Wong built a billion-dollar software company with childhood friend Maria Cortez, but a shady investor stole their company. In a video game, James would defeat the villain with a power-up. Maria tells him there aren't power-ups in real life, but James finds the ultimate power-up watching TV in a bar: become president. Making important life decisions in a bar, what could go wrong?

Could the most viral videos ever get a non-politician elected president? When James and Maria land their own reality TV show, they try to answer that question. They must uncover secrets about their company and themselves, as the world falls apart around them. It will take every ounce of Maria's strength and every crazy idea James can muster to get their company back. Can they survive the chaos of reality TV, the corruption of Washington, and the dark forces aligned against them?

What readers are saying:
"More funny moments than last 20 books I've read before this book."

"A thriller in every meaning of the word. If you enjoy action books at all, or if you just want some form of fictional closure on the baffling mess that was the 2016 election, I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
-- Official Review, Online Book Club (4 out of 4 stars rating)

"The story keeps you guessing and in the third act the intrigue and politics give way to a conclusion full of heart-pounding action."

"There's a surprise around every corner--be prepared to laugh, cry and for your heart to race."

"Thrilling pacing and breakthrough concepts leaves the reader seared in thought."

When I began writing the book in 2014, I was afraid that many of my ridiculous subplots, like a presidential candidate with his own reality TV show, were too hard to believe. Then Trump ran for president, and the book became more plausible by the day. When events similar to my book began to happen during the 2016 election cycle, it got so weird that I stopped reading the news. When I went back later to research the "Fact Versus Fiction" section after the ending, I found even more events similar to the book had happened.

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