So, my newest book, ZERO, is now available on Amazon here. Lots of people have asked me if the novel is about Trump. The short answer is “no.” For starters, I don’t actually think Trump is capable of starting a dynasty that will rule the USA for the next 150 years. I certainly don’t think that he will be able to completely destroy democracy in America. His penchant for blatant lying has turned the majority of Americans against him. The truth is that Trump and his antics have resulted in one constructive outcome: he has managed to unite a majority of Americans from both political parties against him. The bottom line is that American democracy is still intact for now, and Trump just isn’t strong enough or capable enough to take it down.
But let’s be clear. His disregard for traditional norms and institutions, including the Constitution itself, has damaged American democracy. The Ship of State has taken a few major hits and isn’t exactly functioning as well as it should be. It’s still afloat, but needs repairs. Let’s just hope that a major international crisis doesn’t come along like a tsunami and slam into the side.
Back to my book, ZERO. It’s not about Trump, at least not Donald J. It’s about the next demagogue that comes along after we’ve forgotten about the current one. Someone smarter, more capable, and, let’s face it, more evil. The damage that’s already been done to our democracy may never be healed. And the next time the checks and balances are called into question, the internal damage may be just enough to bring the whole structure crashing down. That’s what ZERO is about.