Blog Tour: The Republic of Jack by Jeffrey Kerr with Lone Star Book Blog Tours

THE REPUBLIC OF JACK
by
Jeffrey Kerr Political Satire / Texas Humor / Texas Fiction
Publisher: Independently published Date of Publication: April 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 253
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Jack Cowherd will do anything to win the Texas governorship, even flirt with twenty-first-century secessionists in the Texas Patriot Party. Victory is achieved, but only at the cost of Texas being tossed out of the United States. The Republic of Texas lives again! And Jack is president. 
Friend and political advisor Tasha Longoria has long warned Jack of the dangers of his demagoguery. Now when he tries to halt the madness, the worst comes to pass: he is impeached, arrested, and charged with treason, the penalty for which is death.
Jack has but one chance to save his beloved Texas, not to mention his life. But success depends upon help from the one person least likely to give it . . . Tasha.
PRAISE for The Republic of Jack: “Jeff Kerr’s Republic of Jack is a ribald, raucous farce of Texas politics that often exposes the self-serving cynicism boiling beneath the surface of public debate.”
—Texas political reporter R.G. Ratcliffe 
“Jeffrey Kerr’s ideal Texas politician—a man truly for these bitter times—bites off more than any enabler could ever chew in this romp of a new novel, The Republic of Jack! It’s time for readers to discover this writer’s range, intelligence, humor, and, ultimately, compassion. Or maybe you should just go and see his movie or read his catalog of nonfiction titles! In any case, it’s Jeff Kerr’s time.”
David Marion Wilkinson, author of Not Between Brothers and co-author of One Ranger
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Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Texas seceded when George W. Bush became governor or Rick Perry?  This is the book that tells us what happened!  Not exactly, but it is a well-crafted and witty political satire with jokes that hit so close to home that you just have to laugh in spite of wanting to cry!  The Republic of Jack follows Jack Cowherd, the Attorney General of Texas and a charismatic leader.  Jack runs for governor and wins, which is great!  But, Jack has made some promises that will be very hard to keep!  Texas ends up being booted out of the Union after some very pro-Texas demonstrations, which is an incredibly interesting premise for a book!

Being a lifelong resident of Texas and lover of all things politics, this book was a really fun read!  Author Jeffrey Kerr masterfully weaves a political narrative with creative metaphors and imaginative writing to give the reader a satisfying adult novel revolving around Governor/President Jack Cowherd.  Antics and hijinks aren’t quite the right words, but some really interesting situations result from Texas’ secession from the Union!  There’s just something to the ring of: “The first joint session of the first second Republic of Texas Congress will now begin.”  It’s a ridiculous notion, but gosh wouldn’t it be grand?  Of course, this is a satirical book which draws some of it’s humor from parallels with our real-life political situation. 

This book has several strengths including very well-written dialogue and scenes that made me laugh out loud!  The plot was fast-paced, wholly original, and authentically Texan.  I really believe that I loved this book so much for the reasons preceding this sentence, but also because it was so dang Texan.  There are so many references to the peculiar way that Texas’ legislative and governmental structure is composed, which differ slightly from other states.  And goodness, can you imagine not being able to play a football game because you’ve been detained by immigration for traveling without the proper documents?  The Houston Texans certainly found out in this book! 

This is all around a great book and one I would recommend to any of my friends who enjoy a good satire about Texas politics!  Jack Cowherd and his staff are witty and full of fun!  You can be that I’ll be looking for more books by Jeffrey Kerr to add to my shelves!  Thank you so much to author Jeffrey Kerr and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book!  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Jeffrey Kerr is the author of three nonfiction books on Texas history, a historical novel, and, most recently, The Republic of Jack, a satirical novel that imagines Texas as an independent country in the twenty-first century. His history of Austin’s founding, Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas, was named one of sixty essential books about Texas by Michael Barnes of the Austin American-Statesman. Kerr also co-wrote and co-produced the documentary film, The Last of the Moonlight Towers, and a feature film, the psychological thriller Writer’s Block. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two dogs.
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