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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Road Ahead is a work of contemporary humorous fiction penned by author Willie Handler, and falls into the political satire vein of comedy. The story centers around the haphazard insurance broker Rick Tompkins, a relatively simple man who has no political training or any concept of political correctness. When Rick is offered the chance to run for office in Toronto, he sees it as a good way to promote his business, but the political machine he winds up in has ways of turning even his most outrageous screws-up into perfect spin that whips the supporters into shape. So begins a wild journey with a useless protagonist at its heart.
In the current political age, a work like this manages to say a great deal with fiction that reflects beautifully and ironically on the modern world. Rick Tompkins is a perfect patsy who hits an accidental demographic and lands his party with the duty of representing him, which is a perfect set-up for so much of the comedy that author Willie Handler writes with flair and ease. The dialogue itself is hilarious, accompanied by cringe-worthy settings where Rick constantly puts his over-sized foot in his mouth, and the attention to detail of the process of governmental spin is not to be missed. Even though this is a comedy, Handler’s sharp prose highlights the reality behind the message when it’s appropriate to do so. Overall, The Road Ahead provides plenty of laughs for a situation that we realize we probably shouldn’t be laughing at. A brilliant book for all to read.