He's winning the hearts and minds of unsuspecting Americans.
Can she stop him?

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The Next President

Robert Livingstone

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Published by Moore House

Miami                                                       Toronto
 

You say it can’t happen here.
Some say it has already begun.

Fascism
. The simple definition: collusion between government and industry to create economic stability. In contemporary terms, think bailouts, General Motors. Well intentioned. Perhaps necessary. But dangerous.

And then there’s grave danger: a charismatic leader who combines extreme ideology with power.

About the Author

Robert Livingstone is a former writer/ editor/ publisher turned screenwriter. With The Next President, he did a reverse adaptation: making a screenplay into a novel. He's lived back and forth between Canada and the U.S. Currently he lives in North Miami Beach, Florida. See screenplays.

Book Description

May 24, 2012

An investigative journalist in a career crisis puts her estranged father’s life at risk when she tries to prove that the leading presidential candidate is plotting to subvert democracy.

The Next President has as its central theme the possibility that a charismatic candidate who embraces fascism may be elected president of the United States. The novel is set in the near future in a context where many European governments have banded together with a shared ideology that has boosted their economies and made their progress the envy of Americans.

The author, Robert Livingstone, adapted the novel from his screenplay of the same name.

“The fascism premise,” Livingstone said, “is not so far-fetched. I don’t see it happening; I see it as speculative fiction based on possibilities.”

Could it happen? “A popular leader with an extreme political bent who amasses power based on severe economic problems. . . Think about it,” Livingstone said.

The Next President is also a love story, with complications. Catherine Cortez, the protagonist, is in a relationship with a U.S. senator. He’s asked her to marry him. She’s resisting because she sees marriage to him as a career-killer—which is part of her motivation to get out from behind the news anchor desk and go after one last big story. She thinks she’s found it in Cuba, where a revolution is imminent, which brings her back in contact with former lover Carlos Perez, the leader of the revolution.

The novel was published on May 24 by Moore House, a publishing entity started by Livingstone, who is a former magazine publisher. He is a Canadian who lives in North Miami Beach, Florida.

Cortez is fundamentally an investigative journalist, once she gets away from the news desk. She struggles to expose the man poised to become the next president before he destroys the one thing Americans have always cherished: their freedom. She follows one story—a revolution in post-Castros Cuba—and discovers a bigger one in the candidate, who as senate majority leader, with ties to the military and the CIA, has been behind the supply of illegal arms to the corrupt fascist government in Cuba. In her pursuit, she inadvertently puts her father’s life at risk—the father she didn’t know was still alive, the father she rediscovers in Cuba.

The Next President is available in both paperback and digital form.

“What if the man really is power hungry? What if we find ourselves headed for a form of government this country has never known?”
Senator David Stone

“Define fascism for me. One man’s fascism is another man’s safe, productive society. We could use a little of that in America.”
Senate Majority Leader (and Presidential Candidate)
Francis Ellsworth

“He’s playing to a very large constituency when it comes to the issue of law and order.”
Senator Samuel Wakefield

“Let the record of this country show that we value our democracy, however imperfect it may be, over anything else, however compelling it may be.”
President Walter Graham
 

From the pages of The Next President. . .

Ellsworth responded with an edge in his voice. “Oh, please. Define fascism for me. One man’s fascism is another man’s safe, productive society. We could use a little of that in America.”

“So I’ve come to understand,” said Stone. “What I wonder about is how far you’re prepared to go.”

Ellsworth retrieved a fresh drink from a passing waiter. He took a swallow, locked eyes with Stone.

“I plead for law and order and economic stability. I fail to see how that is equated with fascism. I’m not even sure what fascism is.”

§

The students broke through, swinging baseball bats, throwing rocks. The police fought back with clubs.

There are visible signs, Rodriguez said, of positive response.

Further back, on the edge of the crowd, cops on horses looked panicked as their horses shifted uneasily. One of the cops clicked off his cell phone and hurriedly returned it to its case on the side of the saddle and reached for a rifle. He shouldered the rifle, aimed carefully and fired. One of the students suddenly froze. For a brief moment, he remained motionless. Then he fell. Screams rang out. Another shot. Another student fell. The students retreated in terror, screaming, trampling over one another to get away.

§

Ramon Escobar, by rumor, had always been climbing a somewhat slippery slope. Local gossip in Havana hinted at ties to organized crime in America. In truth, Escobars presence in Havana kept the mob out, but in a twisted sort of way. To the mob, he was untouchable. If you asked why, no one really knew, but there was a reason: they knew that much. Someone, somewhere, a long time ago, in a very high place, had made it so. Escobar saw an advantage in not denying the rumors. It gave him an aura that kept legitimate competition out as well.

§

I love you, he said.

I love you, too, even if you are a United States Senator.

He pretended to be slighted. And what, may I ask, is wrong with that?

Im a fiercely independent journalist.

So?

I shouldnt be caught dead in your bed. She laughed. She was mocking him. She kissed him softly, tenderly. She felt good about him, about their relationship and in particular about the turn of events in her career.

Stone turned to her. Lets get married, he said, matter-of-factly.

She rolled over and looked at him. She chose her words carefully. You know I cant. Not now. If I marry you, my career is over.
 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
     
  • Publisher: Moore House (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615645984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615645988
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
 
 

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.’”
                     Harriet Klausner

All in all, an eye-opening read. . .
                     Charlene, Literary R&R Review

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