© 2012 Christopher Buckley
Although Buckley's story is comedic, the wretchedness of the characters kept the book from being truly enjoyable to me, at least until the final few chapters when their plans go off the rails. Bird spends most of the novel being dominated by either his unpleasant wife or the Ann Coulter stand-in, seeking relief by drinking whiskey all night and pounding away at a series of cheap thrillers dominated by Manly Men and buxom babes, with all the quality of a Harlequin romance or the Left Behind series. He does have a household of livelier supporting characters, though, including a brother who is a Civil War reennactor ("living history participant") who walks around sporting a magnificent imitation of George Custer's curly locks and mustache.
I'm left with mixed feelings after reading this: I'm almost sure I would have enjoyed it more were my mood different. The tenor of American politics recently made the awful attitude of the Coulter character a depressing reminder of the kinds of attitudes that are most prevalent today.I for one read novels in part to escape such disheartening facts, if only for a while.