54th State is another unusual, very well written satirical novel from author Ian Thompson which combines three storylines into an entertaining whole. The novel is humorous but thought provoking too. Set in the not too distant future with some very apt contemporary resonances the novel introduces a British Prime Minister, Barnaby Chamberlain, who isn't one bit fazed when asked by his assistant, "what's more important, your principles or your political future?" When he realises that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has bankrupted the country Barnaby comes up with a dramatic and life-changing solution. Meanwhile, a space mission is going dreadfully wrong and looks set for a big disaster not only for the astronauts on board. To write more would risk revealing too much of the fast moving plot. So, suffice to say I really enjoyed reading 54th State and look forward to reading more by this author.