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Joe Rothstein
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The Moment of Menace
A murderous cabal is determined to seize control of the U.S. government. Blocking their path is a woman the world knows as "Tenny." She's U.S. President Isabel Tennyson, a charismatic Latina-American heiress who has survived impeachment, attempted assassination and political sex scandals. Now the future of humanity hinges on her winning this most consequential fight of all. Can she? Only one thing is certain: Once you meet Tenny you will never forget her.
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Rothstein draws on his experience as a political strategist and media manager to craft a political thriller of epic scale, his third in the series that kicked off with The Latina President: And The Conspiracy to Destroy Her. This entry picks up the story of the charismatic and resilient President of the United States of America—Isabella Tennyson or “Tenny”— as she puts forth a bold “Peace and Security” agenda whose centerpiece is a global disarmament treaty … all as she navigates a formidable group of conspirators who threaten to dismantle American democracy in order to further their own agendas.

What truly makes the narrative compelling are the strong female characters and the general diversity imagined by Rothstein in his fictional representation of American politics. Tenny, now in her third book, is a memorable and inspiring creation, rising again to the occasion even as she faces potential danger: the story begins with a series of high-profile political assassinations meted out by the covert global organization The Salvation Project, whose members argue that the world’s great powers have failed to act against matters such as climate change and environmental degradation. Tenny and her top officials and aides work together to squash a conspiracy that’s targeting them, while bucking conventional political wisdom by drafting a manifesto to change the world for the better—and protect a melting Arctic—through more peaceful means.

Rothstein’s interest in and respect for the Arctic, especially the beliefs and culture of Alaska’s Iñupiat, bring welcome gravity to a story often caught up in complex political matters–a story that ultimately is optimistic about the possibility of effective change emerging from leaders working within the system. The fast pace means that the details of specific issues—and some backstories and motivations—don’t get fully fleshed out. Still, with concise prose, rousing speeches, and extensive geopolitical knowledge, Rothstein weaves a compelling, idealistic thriller.

Takeaway: This sharply written political thriller finds a Latina president leading boldly and facing a conspiracy.

Great for fans of: Tom Rosenstiel’s The Days to Come, Nicolle Wallace’s 18 Acres.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A-

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Hardcover Book Details
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