The reality of the chaos in the current White House becomes wearisome after a while, and an escape into fiction is like a breath of fresh air. But the situation that faces our country is too important to ignore, and a recently published novel titled Remote Access shows us what it might be like behind the scenes. The link to the book is: http://a.co/4PkTXXh.

This international thriller, by Barry Finlay, creates a U.S. president who, in most respects, is a mirror image of President Trump. Craig Logan, the chief of staff, and Jim Prentice, a congressional subcommittee chairman, discuss President Hughes:

“I honestly don’t thing he ever thought he would get this job,” says Logan. “Now that he has it, he’s going to be unconventional, to say the least.”

Then there’s this shot across the bow by Prentice: “He’s surrounded by neophytes when it comes to foreign relations.”

There’s more: “The Chinese are going to be furious if we impose a tariff, let alone do it surreptitiously, and the increased cost of their products will put them completely out of reach for American consumers … I’m not sure tariffs have ever worked. They’re just a form of tax.”

Pretty transparent stuff. You start nodding your head and muttering “uh-huh” in recognition. The book came out just two months ago, and Finlay was either prescient in talking about Chinese tariffs or he wrote like a madman to incorporate that fairly recent policy issue into his book.

The writing reflects that proficiency in the pace with which it moves. Remote Access is a thriller that pulls you in, providing insights into the ways our government works. In highly entertaining fashion, it creates interest in politics, so necessary to our accumulation of knowledge needed for educated voting.