In 'Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy', Lundy weaves an intricate tale of political satire, espionage parody and genuine intrigue as he follows the story of an unlikely secret agent caught up in a xenophobic government conspiracy.
"My goal with this work was to have fun with a topic that may not always present itself as rife with the potential for laughs. What I love most about some of the best spy novels is their ability to truly take the reader on a journey and bring them into a world seldom seen. Satirical novels provide an opportunity to explore a subject that may otherwise intimidate or frighten, in a way that allows us to enjoy ourselves and escape into the story," said author J.T. Lundy (http://www.jtlundy.com/
In the book, the novel's protagonist Chris Thompson thought his youthful dreams of being a secret agent had long ago been put to rest. He has a wife and child, a stable job with the U.S. Customs Department, and no real worries. This all changes when Chris receives a phone call from the president of the United States, Oscar I. Wright, regarding a secret invasion of America from Canada and Mexico — an invasion somehow tied to a cultish political party that worships the legacy of the notorious Communist-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy. Soon, Chris is equipped with firearms, designer suits, and government helicopters and sent on a mission to infiltrate the mysterious "Emergence" program founded by McCarthy within the shadowy halls of the US government. Ultimately, Chris must save democracy from the xenophobic demons of America's past.
At its core, the novel explores what Lundy believes to be the greatest threat for government power abuse today: presidential executive orders.
"Espionage books run the gamut of topical influences, but executive orders present one of the most tenuous and, I believe, fascinating constructs of modern government. While, with a few exceptions, most presidents have been judicious when applying their executive order privileges, this story imagines an instance where that isn't necessarily the case," Lundy said.
Pam Bunch, of WNCW Radio said of 'Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy, "J.T. Lundy has written a book that is humorous and scary, contains enough truth in it to keep you wondering if it might not all be true, and is a really fun read."
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