- “I read a lot and it is DEFINITELY in the top 5 best fiction novels I have read in past 3 years and I’ve read HUNDREDS in that time. Amazing.”
- “More funny moments than last 20 books I’ve read before this book.”
- “Unexpected and twisty. I’m always impressed when an author scares me, makes me think, and gives me hope all at the same time. Sundling is a ninja wordsmith and storyteller.”
- “A page-turner and so, so relevant to current political events.”
- “I will now expect more from books.”
James Wong built a billion-dollar software company with his childhood friend, Maria Cortez. He had everything until an ultra-rich investor stole control of his company with a shady contract. How do you fight the rich and powerful? In a video game, he would use a power-up to defeat the villain. Maria tells him there aren’t power-ups in real life, but James finds the ultimate power-up: become president.
They must uncover secrets about their company, themselves, and the dark forces aligned against them. As the world falls apart around them, it will take every ounce of Maria’s strength and every crazy idea James can muster to get their company back.
When I began writing the book in 2014, I was afraid that many of my ridiculous subplots, like a presidential candidate with his own reality TV show, were too hard to believe. Then Trump ran for president, and the book became more plausible by the day. During the 2016 election cycle, there were so many similarities to pre-existing plot points in the novel, that I’ve added a “Fact Versus Fiction” section after the ending.
This unconventional book weaves elements of a dozen genres into a tapestry of laughs, fast-paced action, and surprises.