Humour in Pinter’s political thriller

“HAD Remy Stanton known his life would change that night, that the next time he woke up there would be a bullet hole in his chest and the world at his fingertips, he would have chosen a better beer than Miller Lite to drink before it all went down.

“A fine, aged scotch. Or perhaps a craft beer, the kind brewed by men in thick flannel shirts and rumpled overalls, suds dripping from their frizzled beards as they stood approvingly over massive stainless steel vats. But nope. Brand new bullet hole, the world within his grasp. And he chose Miller Lite, a.k.a. the Styrofoam of beers.”

The first few lines in Jason Pinter’s latest book “The Castle”, are solid punch lines that do not only give the reader a hint of what to expect, as the traces of humour in the statements show, but promise of a good read.

This writer really knows how to unpack a story and I was hooked from the first page, especially with the way he introduces the protagonist, making use of wit to great effect.

Remy Stanton, a 28-year-old strategic planner becomes a hero after intervening in an armed robbery that saves the daughter of Rawson Griggs, a billionaire who happens to have an eye for the presidency.

His heroic stunts lend him in hospital with a gunshot wound, but that is the beginning of a new chapter in his life as he ends up being lured into the presidential campaign.

Inspired by the 2016 US presidential elections, the book is filled with controversy and conspiracies similar to those that overshadowed Donald Trump’s road to the helm of the most powerful country in the world.

With the campaign gathering pace, Stanton suspects that there is something fishy going on and after unearthing the truth, he has to make a choice between staying the course or jumping ship and putting his life at risk in the process.

While the issues in the story are of a serious nature, the writer’s humour gives it a refreshing element.

The book is a real page turner, written in such a way that it is difficult to put down once you start reading.

Jason Pinter is the bestselling author of five novels in his Henry Parker thriller series, which have over one million copies in print worldwide and have been published in several countries. He has been nominated for numerous literary awards including the Thriller Award, Strand Critics Award, Barry Award, RT Reviewers Choice Award, Shamus Award and CrimeSpree Award.

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