The Outlandish and the Ego is the first in a new genre of literature: political erotica. This wild and comical satire follows two parallel stories that ultimately converge and blend into a new American reality. One side of The Outlandish and the Ego plays out with the Aide, who relentlessly seeks to maintain his power as he maneuvers his president for reelection. The Aide's ruthless appetite for victory comes to life in the form of wife swapping, partnering with a corporation hungry for war, endless slandering, and so much more. But in order to win, the Aide must survive an evil secret society-the Brethren. The other half of The Outlandish and the Ego finds Samuel and Roger: two wild derelicts who are running from demon gnomes that nobody else can see or understand. In order to satisfy the gnomes' demands, Samuel and Roger must solve the riddle of "the signal." The two twisting plotlines crash into each other as the fate of the Aide, Samuel, Roger, and the Brethren come to an unexpected and hilarious close.
"This is an eccentric book: cartoonish, vulgar and rife with lewd humor. But the lampoon also crackles with an edgy energy that recalls similarly unorthodox novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or A Confederacy of Dunces. Almost all the characters are unhinged of course, but Hussain's smirking censure of the political struggle for power is particularly caustic. Through Samuel's altered worldview, the novel suggests that we all must be a little mad to accept the outlandishness of the world around us. As both a condemnation of our current political divide and a quest for true freedom from the vagaries of our own minds, this is a wild and largely satisfying ride."
"While entirely unique in its crafting, Hussain's story invokes classics of twentieth-century social satire, including Catch-22 and Dr. Strangelove. It produces endearing characters alongside vicious caricatures that are uncomfortably familiar. Samuel and Roger, two men who are delusional but also warm and charming, are set against the nameless characters of the President, the Campaign Manager, and the Aide--crude, vile men who are avatars for politicians who hide their true ambitions behind well-crafted masks of electable personas. Within this able satire are clear-eyed depictions of politics when the cameras are turned off."
"A tongue-in-cheek takedown of the modern political system. The novel is a timely and much-needed release of tension, but also a stark warning. Hussain's hyperbolic style makes the plot feel comical, but much of the extreme events are merely exaggerations of the political process in our very real world. This novel hums with a smirking energy that makes it difficult to put down. With the sharp tongue of Vonnegut and the surreal hilarity of Christopher Moore, Hussain delivers a highly amusing uppercut to authority."
"The Outlandish and the Ego is a dark comedy that takes readers on an absurd and delightful trip, culminating with an unexpected climax."
Popular indie books website, IndieView, sits down with the author of The Outlandish and the Ego, O. Ryan Hussain.