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About Rory Harden
I've always been interested in literature and politics. I studied English Literature at Oxford University at a very political time - the early years of the Thatcher era. Later on, living and working in the US for eight years (North Carolina, Boston, Wall Street), I acquired a lasting fascination with American politics. (And a wife, too.)
My books are political thrillers with a comic or satirical edge. They take a skeptical look at what American and British political ideas mean for the world at large.
‘The Régime Change Man’ is slightly futuristic. It’s about ‘régime change’ in an oil-rich African country. But is it really all about oil? Well, maybe not. The hero is a wealthy but ethically-challenged businessman, Alan Michael Vickery. He’s self-made. He’s fought his way up. He’s made enemies. And now he wants to advance his interests by getting into politics.
A big mistake.
You might not like him much when you first meet him. But, by the end, you may just have changed your opinion.
‘The Populist’ is a contemporary political thriller with rather more of a comic and satirical slant. It’s about what happens when an ordinary everyman gets swept up into high politics, and gets a one-time-only chance to make his mark. The hero is John Dolt – and heroes don’t get much more ordinary. Will he be able to resolve the Greater Persian Question? There are sinister forces out there that would like to. And not in the nicest way, either.
Meanwhile, England is wracked by ‘disturbances’, and the Prime Minister is desperate. Can John Dolt bring peace in our time? And at what price?
‘The Plutocrat’ is also a political thriller, largely US-based, and set in the near future. There's also a satirical edge to this book, but it's darker. It's less overtly comic than the ‘The Régime change Man’ or ‘The Populist’.
It’s about what happens when people give up on their familiar political leaders and parties, and put their faith in a third-party candidate for President. In this story, he's called Willard Prince and he runs an exclusive hedge fund. He’s incredibly successful and stupendously rich. Financial insiders believe that he has an ‘edge’.
But do the voters really know what they’d be getting? Who could stop him? The homeless woman who joins his campaign? The slacker-girl who gets mixed up with the Robin Hood Party? The Australian whistle-blower guy, who’s on the run?
And what if - as many people seem to fear - China has ‘surpassed’ America already?
The books all make use of interesting locations around the world - sometimes exotic ones. They're mostly places I've actually visited. The action may take place in Africa, or Central America, or Australia, as well as in London or New York. The books may occasionally make fun of the James Bond-style spy novel, but those exciting locations are one of the things I enjoy in Ian Fleming's books.
Most of all, though, I hope these books deliver solid entertainment value. That was certainly my intention.
Who is John Dolt?
What happens when an ordinary Everyman gets swept up into high politics, and gets a one-time-only chance to make his mark?
Our hero is John Dolt – and heroes don’t get any more ordinary than our John.
It all started when John brushed against the soul of political power down at the Big Builder Warehouse. Was it Destiny that pushed him off that ladder?
And now he’s the Last Great Hope of the nation, with a high-powered political team and a private army at his command.
Will he be able to resolve the Greater Persian Question? There are sinister forces out there that would like to. And not in the nicest way, either…
Meanwhile, England is wracked by disturbances, and the Prime Minister is desperate.
Can John Dolt bring peace in our time? At what price? Is someone manipulating him? To what end? Will he act out the role he’s been given - or will he embrace the Dark Side?
And so the question on everyone’s lips remains:
Who is John Dolt?
A fortuitous encounter in the bathroom section. Menacing objects in the African sky. A secret and luxurious fortress in the Costa Rican jungle. A strike of all the really productive people. A private army on the streets. An honest man thrust into the seat of power.
Will it even be America?
What happens when people give up on their familiar political leaders and put their faith in a third-party candidate for President?
Willard Prince is incredibly successful and stupendously rich. He owns an apartment in the best building on Park Avenue. He runs the New American Century Fund, whose returns are famous - notorious? - for their consistency. (If you want to invest, you’ll need an invitation.)
But do the voters really know what they’d be getting?
And who could stop him?
The homeless woman who joins his campaign? Why can’t she see through him?
The slacker-girl who gets mixed up with the Robin Hood Party? Is she out of her depth?
The Australian whistle-blower guy, who’s on the run?
The Campaign Manager who thinks his last race will shatter the system?
And what about that blue-eyed tech billionaire who wants to disrupt? What’s his take on democracy in America?
And what if China has surpassed America already?
A third-party candidate to be US President. An exclusive hedge fund with consistent returns. Naval conflict in the South China Sea. An underground battle over secrets. Unrest in Hong Kong. A destitute woman with nothing to give but the key to unlimited power.
Why is Africa’s richest country so poor?
Someone thinks it’s time for ‘régime change’ in an oil-rich African country. What could possibly go wrong, after all?
But is it really all about oil? Well, maybe not…
Alan Michael Vickery is a self-confident, wealthy, and yet - let’s be honest here - ethically-challenged businessman. He specializes in international finance (but don’t call him a consultant). He’s self-made. He’s fought his way up from poverty. He’s made enemies. He has a glamorous wife, a house in Chelsea, a beach-side mansion on Barbados, and a talented - if expensive - daughter.
All he needs now is a little respect.
And so he decides to advance his interests by getting into politics.
You may not like him very much when you first meet him.
But, by the end, you might just have changed your opinion…
A deceptive plot to take over the ‘richest country in Africa’ in the name of Democracy. An ethically-challenged businessman on a voyage of self-discovery. A glimpse into the dark heart of the ‘New Democratic Consensus’.