The Next President-Robert Livingstone

The Next President

Robert Livingstone

Moore House, May 22 2012, $8.99

145 Fifth St, Toronto, Ontario, M8V 2Z5

ISBN: 9780615645988

 

International TV Systems News Division anchor Catherine Cortez is bored as she misses her field days.  However, she is bringing in high ratings so her boss Hanson keeps her from doing any investigating.  Catherine finally persuades her boss that she will quickly lose credibility with the public and ratings.  He finally allows her to cover Presidential front runner Senator Francis Ellsworth, who is favored to defeat incumbent President Walter Graham in the upcoming election, as he visits post-Castro Cuba where President Eduardo Rodriguez leads a fledgling democracy.

 

In Cuba, Catherine and her camera man cover the local cops attacking anti Rodriguez protesters.  Cuban Security Chef Fernandez talks away their footage.  During her interview of Rodriguez, her camera crew film violent incidents in the Havana streets.  Soon Catherine and her team find evidence that the Cuban democracy modeled after the American is a sham for a dictatorial fascist rule that has ties to Ellsworth.

 

This strong timely thriller affirms Benjamin Franklin’s warning that “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”  Fast-paced from the moment the intrepid reporter and her cameraman arrive in Post-Castro Cuba, fans will relish this exciting cautionary with a great final twist that laments the media-industrial-government complex as freedom of the press means unbiased reporting regardless of economic and ideological beliefs if democracy is too thrive.

 

Harriet Klausner

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