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?
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-- 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.
From working in IT at UCLA to coding on billion dollar e-commerce systems for multiple Fortune 500 entertainment companies, P.G. Sundling has been working in technology for almost a quarter century. He was a programmer in a small team that got awarded P.C. Magazine's Editor's Choice for Best Virtual Desktop. He writes novels and codes software in Los Angeles.
The alien survives—and so, it seems, might Dubois’s corrupt reelection campaign, now run by Lara. But Toby vows to put his daughter out of a job. He challenges the two major parties—one conservative, one liberal—and runs for president himself with a third-party moderate challenge. He's a long-shot, but he's determined to fix the problems he created in getting Dubois elected.
Amid rising tensions and chants of “Alien go home!” the campaign crisscrosses every continent as father and daughter battle for electoral votes and clash over the ideas and issues facing the world of 2100 in this bare-knuckle, fight-to-the-finish political campaign. The world is watching. And so is the alien.