A cowboy governor finds himself the accidental leader of Texas's right-wing revolution in this irreverent, entertaining debut novel.
Written with the comedic mastery of Christopher Buckley, Don't Mess with Travis tells the story of Ben Travis, a no-name Texas senator who becomes governor after a late-night accident takes the lives of the men ahead of him in the chain of command.
Before the paint has even dried on his parking spot, the recently divorced Travis uncovers the latest Washington power grab and decides there's only one solution: secession. The stunt pits Travis (and Texas) against the president, a golf-obsessed, progressive egomaniac with spotty leadership skills. The liberal elites are behind the president, and they will try every dirty trick to derail the new governor and hold on to the most prosperous state in the Union. Despite the doomsday threats from D.C., Travis forges ahead in a thrilling and hysterical quest to fight big-government tyranny and restore sanity to the nation.
Can Travis avoid a second Civil War without bending his knee to Washington? Will his own daughter and ex-wife come to his aid or sell him out? Most important, can they get all this settled before the beginning of high school football season?
In the tradition of Advise and Consent and Primary Colors, Don't Mess with Travis brilliantly lampoons all that's wrong with present-day politics while waving the flag behind everything that's right.
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With this lively and charming debut, readers on both sides of the aisle will hope that Smiley’s novel won’t be his last.Read Full Review of Don't Mess with Travis
What follows is a laugh out loud, thrilling page turner that pits Ben Travis and a memorable cast of allies against the president...Read Full Review of Don't Mess with Travis
However, the novel is full of digressions and digs that seem designed to appeal to small-government conservatives more than to advance the plot or develop characters.Read Full Review of Don't Mess with Travis
Although Smiley makes his right-leaning values obvious, the political humor and witty dialogue will appeal to readers on each end of the spectrum.Read Full Review of Don't Mess with Travis
The book is an entertaining read for anyone with an interest in politics, no matter where in the political spectrum that they fall.Read Full Review of Don't Mess with Travis
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