Sunday, February 5, 2017

The State of Wyoming: Episode 8 -- SHOSHONI by Gillian Will

The State of Wyoming: Episode 8 -- SHOSHONI
by Gillian Will

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The State of Wyoming - Book 8
Publisher: Fifty States Press (July 6, 2016)
Publication Date: July 6, 2016
Genre: Short Serialized Satire
Print Length: 21 pages
It’s Scandal meets Seinfeld. A political comedy set in Washington, D.C.

It’s a book for people who like TV. A serial novel structured like a television show, with individual complete episodes that each also contribute to the ongoing story.

In 2011, the Obama Administration embarrassed itself by mistaking Colorado for Wyoming on the map of a speaking tour in western states. Voila, the Fifty States Program!--fifty new federal patronage jobs, one for each state, all housed in cubicles at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

The millennials in these jobs call each other by the name of their states, and none of them are exactly what you’d call on the ball. Wyoming--that’s our man Elliot Vance-- could qualify for the slacker Olympics. He’s the grand-nephew of former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, but prior to being given a States job by his wealthy father he got kicked out of an English lit Ph.D. program for insisting on doing his dissertation on 1950s pulp author F. Bob Goddard. Elliot used to date Regina Wilshire, a WASP-American princess who was pushing for marriage, and his two best friends are Delaware and Nebraska. He’s never actually met his Director, whose secretary Vivian is a titch on the crabby side. Elliot’s nemesis would be Tara Travis, the slinky blonde Republican aide to Wyoming congressman Bull Wheeler.

If you're this deep in the series, you may as well surrender. You're hooked.

In Episode 8 Elliot is invited to an Indian reservation and participates in a persistence hunt..

 The State of Wyoming: Episode 8 -- SHOSHONI by Gillian Will
The State of Wyoming: Episode 8 -- SHOSHONIWhat is Elliot up to now? Is Wyoming actually becoming a real project to him or has he found a way to have fun while under the auspices of work? Of course, Vivian would say he should go elsewhere and make trouble there and that’s when he hits with his invitation to the Reservation. After sharing some “locker room banter,” with his favorite states, Elliot is off to an eye-opening experience just outside of Shoshoni with only his running shoes to aid him.

Elliot is about to experience the raw and primal persistence hunt, will it be a measure of his manhood or an experience in avoiding stereotypes? This could be my favorite installment yet! More action, more Elliot being real, less Washington! Oh wait, this is political satire…probably shouldn’t have said that!

Gillian Will just keeps on pumping out one entertaining tongue-in-cheek episode after another. THE STATE OF WYOMING: SHOSHONI-Episode 8 is the largest yet, I believe with a whopping 21 pages! I marvel at how she fits an entire tale into so few pages.
I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. Read the series, trust me, you’ll find humor, entertainment and a look at what we imagine the political arena is like!

I received this copy from Gillian Will in exchange for my honest review.

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