Publisher: Mirth Publishing
Publish Date: December 1, 2011
Origins: From Author for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Royal Flush asks the question, can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon succeed romantically? A recipient of the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize, Royal Flush is a novel about a man known only as the King, and as his Kingdom careens toward catastrophe, he cruises seedy taverns looking for likely maidens. He is particularly bad at this. His incompetence and his weakness for beautiful women drag him deeper and deeper into trouble. He is portrayed as a cross dresser by the Kingdom Crier, the Kingdom's most popular tabloid. Shortly after, he must defend his castle against a siege with only his royal fiddler--while attempting to steal his royal fiddler's girlfriend.
Review: ‘Royal Flush’ is one of those books I could read over and over again. It reminded me greatly of ‘Kids in the Hall’ and ‘Monty Python’ with its satirical wit and outlandish characters. While it can be slow going in the first two parts, the story really picks up and the craziness increases. I liked ‘Royal Flush’ even though this was an event driven book rather than character driven, even though you can see character growth throughout the novel. If you need a fun and laugh-out-loud book, ‘Royal Flush’ is the book for you! A great look at society, love, and responsibility while demonstrating absurdity with absurdity. Great job, Mr. Bartlett!