Review: The Wizard and the White House by Mike Maggio

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Publisher: Little Feather Books
Publishing Date: November 2014
ISBN: 9780991332977
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1.0/5

Publisher Description: President Gerald Wellington Thorne, a bumbling, ineffective leader, wakes up one morning to discover that his mouth has disappeared. On the very same day, Larry White, a porter at Union Station, wakes up from a long night of drinking and realizes that he now has two mouths. His wife decides that this is actually a blessing in disguise, one that offers her a chance to save her husband from drink and eternal damnation. She enlists the help of her pastor, who in turn recognizes this as his once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform his run-down storefront mission into a lucrative mega-church.

Review: This novel tried a little too hard to be funny. There is a lot of tongue n’ cheek-i-ness in the form of personal motivations that paled in depth. The Presidents wife is presented with thin morals and a shallow machinating personality. Most of the story-line is spent going back and forth between the Wellington camp and the saga of Larry White. The plot doesn’t transport you anywhere other than to the inner fumbling relationships of Larry, Gerald and Choudry.

The dialogue is seemingly endless and the characters are really boring with the exception of the crazy wizard, Sharir. His acolyte, Akram is fairly interesting but plays a minor role. I found myself speed flipping through pages and pages of dialogue, which is my bad as I have no patience for this form of writing. I was looking forward to this work as the publisher pumped it up with this novel being “A clash of cultures in contemporary American society…..full of humor and imagination”. There really was no “clash” of cultures and it definitely was only half-full of humor.

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