About the Author
Author Piers Anthony (born Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob) is an English-American author of science fiction and fantasy books. He is best known for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth. In addition to the 40 books in the Xanth series (with two more forthcoming), he has written numerous other science fiction and fantasy series, such as Incarnations of Immortality, and dozens of standalone novels.
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In the fourth episode of the life and times of Hope Hubris, our hero, now fully into middle age, is denied the presidency that he and his sister won by popular vote. In response, they orchestrate a takeover of the government and form a tyrancy to rule. Throughout the course of the Tyrancy, Hope is targeted for assassination many times and he's forced to assume an alter ego in order to get out and actually do things. At the end of the volume, however, a nonviolent resistance to the Tyrancy had formed and Hope had to retire and turn the government back over to the people.I found this to be a much more satisfying book than the prior one in the series. Far fewer Piers-isms in this one. Although, I was not a big fan of the whole "Hope Hubris - the man who men want to be and women want to be with" thing. Hope's sexual conquests get a little out of hand. Unfortunately, I kinda saw that Amber was going to end up one of his bedpost notches rather early - although some of their null-gee pin the tail on the donkey games were both funny and intriguing.I enjoyed the Julius Ceasar reference, and through the Big Iron beatdown attempt was interesting and well done. I also caught more than a whiff of the JFK white house in Hope and Spirit's administration. But, I have to admit - the last line were we discover the identity of the leader of the resistance was no surprise at all to me.