*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Ros March, disabled lesbian mum and former Royal Marine, has just moved to Turnberry on Scotland’s west coast. Her cottage overlooks one of the world’s most famous golf courses – Trump Turnberry – as well as the scenic bird sanctuary Ailsa Craig. But idylls deceive. In truth Ailsa was once overrun by rats, who were exterminated at the end of the twentieth century, and Ros’s landlord turns out to be a delusional Islamophobic misogynist who calls himself ‘Potus Two’. When Potus Two announces that both he and Ros will have the chance to meet the President on Turnberry’s hallowed grounds, Ros hatches a plan. Even a slim chance to do something about one of the biggest rats in the world is not something she will pass by.
The Rats is a quick, easy read that skewers Trump and his supporters gleefully.
Set in Scotland, we see one-legged war veteran Ros struggling to deal with the quirks and irritations of her landlord, dubbed POTUS Two for his similarities to and adulation of the real POTUS 45.
World collide when the delusional fan insists that Trump is heading to Turnberry and will meet with them both in person, and Ros has to decide what she should do on the slim chance his ravings are true.
We also get a brief glimpse into the White House, at both 45 himself and a cabal of his advisers, which eviscerates said incumbent more brutally than any WMD could ever manage.
My only gripe here is that I felt that this was a small part of a bigger story; that the author was just getting into his stride, setting up the characters and laying the groundwork then BOOM, it was all over bar the Twitter comments! I would really have liked more… which is lucky because I have reviews of Douglas Board’s other political novels coming up for you over the next few days! Watch this space (force)…! 😉
Ros knew of no Warfarin that could wipe the Earth clean of human rats: self-obsessed, rapacious and alarmingly dangerous predators for whom the precious meant nothing. But if one day such a remedy did come about, she wondered what chewsticks society should use to monitor progress or sound alarms. In the meantime, just in case POTUS Two’s imaginings about a visit by his hero proved to be real, Ros would make herself ready.
– Douglas Board, The Rats
The Rats is available on Amazon right now!
Don’t forget to check out the other blog stops on the tour (poster below) for more great content and reviews, and pop back here on 4th and 5th June to find out my thoughts on Books 2 & 3 in this series!