Readers Are Really Giving King Of The Jungle High Marks, You Know

I’ll apologize for the gratuitous plug of my new novel here, but hey – if I can’t use The Hayride, which costs you nothing to read every day, as a platform to push things I’m selling, including the best book I’ve written, then what’s this site good for?

Besides, this thing has a crazy-good 4.9 stars out of five at Amazon.

Not too shabby.

Including these pretty killer reviews…

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Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2024

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Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2024

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Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2024

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Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2024

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Those are just the last few.

The book was serialized at The American Spectator earlier this year, and it got some very positive feedback then as well.

What people seem to really like about it is how on the nose it is as a satire of real people and real events. It’s set up to be that way, though Pierce Polk, the main protagonist, doesn’t quite conform to anybody specifically. He’s a little bit Elon Musk, a little bit John MacAfee, maybe a little bit Erik Prince…sort of a billionaire Everyman who just wants the old America back and begins to despair the possibility. So he heads off to the jungles of Guyana to build a Shangri-La away from the corruption and decline back home.

And I didn’t think about it much at the time when I was writing it, but one friend who read King of the Jungle noted the symmetry of Polk bringing his corporate employees and contractors with him to Liberty Point, his rain-forest redoubt at the confluence of the Potaro and Essequibo rivers, and Jim Jones’ Guyana hideaway at Jonestown. Both ultimately have to deal with the incursions of the outside world. It was pointed out to me that the differing reactions to those incursions are pretty reflective of the two frames of mind.

Jones, after all, was a communist who dressed up his political radicalism under the cloak of Christianity, though his People’s Temple was about as heretical a church as it’s possible to have. When the U.S. government, in the person of California congressman Leo Ryan, came down to have a look-see at Jonestown, Jones’ reaction was to send assassins to kill Ryan and then orchestrate a mass murder-suicide of the 900-odd followers of his.

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Because life is cheap for utopian communists.

But Polk? When the outside world comes calling, in the form of a Venezuelan invasion of Guyana (which is a real possibility and has been one for months), he and his people don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Nor do they leave. They hang in and fight, because after having fled to idiocy, incompetence and corruption of modern-day America they realize there is literally no escape from those things.

It’s a highly political book, I guess, but it isn’t particularly partisan. It’s about tyranny and freedom. It’s about good people standing up for themselves and the people and things they love. Hopefully it’s inspiring. I’ve had some readers tell me they’re inspired.

Hey, read it and let me know if it inspires you, too.

King of the Jungle is available at Amazon. The Kindle version goes for the low price of $9.99, while the paperback version is $24.95 and the hard-cover version is $29.95. If we have a successful print run, we might release an audiobook version in a couple of months.

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