Rude Awakenings Gives New Meaning to the Words “Political Thriller”

On his first day in office, Centrist Party President Mike Macdonald is awakened by the words, “Sir, there’s been a nuclear explosion.” Amidst the launch of renewed hope and great potential, the country is flipped upside down in a nanosecond.
Rude Awakenings, a political thriller by Keith M. Donaldson
Rude Awakenings, a political thriller by Keith M. Donaldson
WASHINGTON - July 31, 2013 - PRLog -- Rude Awakenings, a political thriller by Keith M. Donaldson, is about what it would be like to see the election of a Centrist presidential ticket.

Centrist Party President Mike Macdonald is awakened by the words, “Sir, there’s been a nuclear explosion.” Before he can blink, his agenda revolving around a carefully crafted financial, economic, and social renewal program for America has gone up in smoke. Millions of American citizens have been slaughtered and displaced. His vice president, former Independent Governor Bryanna Dudley, was immediately flown away from DC on Air Force Two and would organize a massive mobilization operation from 40,000 feet.

Macdonald must hold the government together, but in the midst of dealing with untold aspects of the bombing’saftermath and searching for terrorists responsible, a global currency manipulation begins devaluing the US dollar. As the country’s plight rapidly deteriorates, Macdonald creates an international financial scam that must work.


Donaldson penned this work of fiction in late 2009, placing the story in 2013.  Declared “prescient and clairvoyant,” Donaldson says, “unfortunately many of the disastrous social, financial, governmental events, and life elements that made up the premise for Rude Awakenings have mostly come true over these past four years. I am certainly glad that a nuking as portrayed in Rude did not occur, but terrorism has grown: spread around the world and diminished America’s world stature. I took the position that radical change was necessary for the United States to ever regain its senses and greatness.”

Donaldson’s books, Death of an Intern (, Senate Cloakroom Cabal (, and Rude Awakenings ( are available through BQB’s online store, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or your favorite independent bookseller. They can also be downloaded as eBooks through Kobo, Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and OverDrive.

About the Author          

Keith M. Donaldson started writing fiction in 2003, the year following retirement from a successful career in broadcasting, advertising, and marketing. Five years later, he had self-published Death of an Intern and The Hill People, since retitled Senate Coatroom Cabal. They are the first two books in the award-winning Laura Wolfe thriller series. Death of an Intern won finalist in the “Mystery” category at the 2007 and 2012 (republished version) Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and the previous version of Senate Cloakroom Cabal won finalist awards in “Politics” and “Multicultural Fiction” at the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. To learn more about Donaldson and his books, visit,, or

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