The pong of power is full of quick wit British humor, political satire, conspiracy, and sci-fi. The old lady’s rose to power is just like the surreal 2016 US Presidential Elections where everyone is tired of politics as usual. The old lady’s realization that the job is a lot more than she bargained for comes immediately, making her wonder whom she can trust. I really do not like the sci-fi part. It feels like Mr Hanlon wrote himself into a corner and used sci-fi as an easy out
by Keith Orach
Quick-witted, quirky and downright weird! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this topical satire once I realised what it was and suspended all belief, reading the book for pleasure's sake and not for more.
I rather think that this is a book for the now - it will not age well, and oblique references to current political issues and faux-pas will not, I fear, be understood when water has passed under the bridge of time.
Having said that, this is not to say that you shouldn't read it. There were one or two moments where the story really got me thinking, particularly with some astute observations about our current predicament vis a vis brexit. Observational humour with depth.
I think if I were Mark Hanlon, I might have had a second go at writing without the sci-fi - I think that it detracts from what is actually a good, humorous piece. It almost feels as though the author lacks the confidence to go with his wit alone. Maybe, though, it's just a cleverer piece than I give credit for - a move so bold that the converse seems true?
I'd give this a read, may also give it a second now I think I know how to approach it. Recommended read within the next 12 months - after that, I'm less sure.