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Star Spangled Villains is a work of suspenseful mystery fiction penned by author Gina Star Pollack. Taking a contemporary look at politics in the United States of America, along with allegories of greed, avarice, hubris, and wrath, we begin our tale with an overconfident and victorious president-elect as he makes his triumphant return to his supporters. But when the newly appointed Paul Bulgrando moves the inauguration ceremony to Hearst Castle in California, this sparks off a disastrous chain of events that sends Paul and his surrounding aides into a hailstorm of deceit. As murder and blackmail rise to the top of the political storm, Paul must attempt to keep hold of what he’s been granted, else let it be destroyed before it’s even begun.
Author Gina Star Pollack has created an intelligent, ironic and satirical look at politics and the effect it has on those who are seduced by it. From the opening pages, we have intrigue and violence, juxtaposed with the beautiful imagery of nature which Paul then uses to reflect his own pride. As a central character, the would-be President is often highly unlikeable, but brilliantly so, and it is excellent to watch the disastrous events which unfold around him. Darkly humorous for its sharp wit, but also dangerous and genuinely thrilling in parts, the construction of the plot leaves plenty of room for surprise, and a fantastic mystery that spills out at just the right pace. Overall, Star Spangled Villains is a highly recommended read for fans of satire and tangled webs of lies.