Travis Banks is quickly drawn into the political arena because this is a presidential election year. With an uproar of growing popular support, Travis becomes a candidate. One can only begin to imagine the obstacles he faces as a third party candidate.
The hurdles he leaps in are monumental. He refuses to be shoved aside. With Akanke by his side for inspiration, Travis' popularity continues to grow as the candidate for the common man who promises to go to Washington and “throw out the bums” or at least expose them.
National Contender moves an extremely fast pace. Travis becomes entrapped by plots to end his career and his life. He becomes involved in foreign intrigue in which he tries to stop a nuclear attack on Vatican City.
The words spoken to Travis by God in his dream, “You will rise high,” are evident in almost every page of this tale. The man never looks back with regret or wallows in minor defeats. He seems to welcome their challenge.
I would recommend National Contender to any reader seeking an extremely fast paced thriller. Written in first person, the author uses words and expressions which seem to venerate a machismo attitude toward life, the world, and its problems — a Clint Eastwood approach. I’m certain the author intended to portray that attitude.
The story is easy to follow in a rather straightforward chronological order. It does not leap back and forth with interrupting flashbacks like so many books and movies. Each chapter begins where the last one ended.
Travis Banks’ has a realistic grasp of the problems facing our nation today. More fascinating are his suggested down-to-earth solutions to these issues. During our last national election, both John McCain and Barack Obama seemed to dance around certain issues, afraid to alienate voters. Travis Banks dances for no one.
The alarming, unexpected ending to National Contender will shock you. It comes as a nightmarish warning! Beware Americans, of public officials who do not have America’s best interest at heart. One never knows from whence the next demon of terror springs.