Presidential Risk by Michael Bronte

Presidential Risk by Michael BronteClick the link to purchase your copy of Presidential Risk

Author: Michael Bronte
Publisher: iUniverse
Copyright Date: 2010
Foundational Characters: Dead U.S. Presidents and Other World Leaders, Pauli Campo, Angel Martinez, Ann-Marie Doherty, Others
Standard Rating: YA
Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars
Available Formats: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440156808
ISBN-13: 978-1440156809
Book Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.8 inches
Page Count: 34
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Politics, War, Metaphysical, Military
Tags: Fiction, Politics, War, Metaphysical, Military


When dead presidents in a supernatural world play the board game of world conquest, their moves are carried out in the human world.

Leaders are born and dictators rise to power as presidents past, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Abe Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and others, plot their moves. One of them makes a move, and invasion takes place on Earth.

In the supernatural world, it’s about strategy, wits, and the will to win. But on Earth, it’s an action and adventure story featuring a psychopathic dictator threatening the United States, and the boy who will grow up to stop him from taking over the world. It might seem impossible, but history is being determined before it actually happens.

In the end, it’s all about leadership, and little Pauli Campo emerges from his meager existence to lead his country in the fight to avert a world war that could lead to the deaths of millions of people. This is the unGame, and the struggle for world domination continues with each roll of the dice in Presidential Risk. (From the author’s website)

The Revelation

Using the spirits of dead presidents of the United States and other world leaders, Michael Bronte creates a war tale that is similar in nature to the board game, Risk. To the dead, the earth is a game board, and all of humanity are the game pieces. The story begins in the world of spirits-a place of stars, universes, and constellations. The players of the game assemble in a room and roll dice to decide which player gets the first move. When the winner is determined and the first moves are made, life on earth will never be the same again.

There are two different settings in this novel. The first is the place where the place where the spirits of dead presidents, etc. gather. The second is present-day earth. The novel started out in the spirit world, and it was a rough start. Instead of naming all of the players as they were named while they were alive, the author gave all of them nicknames. Whether he used the nicknames given to them while they were alive, I don’t know. In a few cases, such as The Lady’s Man, Georgie Boy, and Mister Peanut, I doubt it. In other cases, like Ready Teddy, Ulysses, and Old Hickory, the nicknames are more believable. But in all cases, it would have been better to refer to them as they were named in life so the reader would not be distracted from the story by trying to figure out who the nicknames applied to.

The chapters that were set in the spirit world were written in a very childish tone. Those that were written describing the events on Earth were very good. When the author transitioned from Earth to the spirit world, the story took a turn for the worse and my attention waned. When the story came back to Earth, my attention returned. In keeping with the adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a narrative is also only as strong as its weakest element. In the case of Presidential Risk, Bronte would have been wise to strengthen the obvious weaknesses to create a stronger story line.


Contains adult language and sexual references and war scenes.

Click the link to purchase your copy of Presidential Risk

This entry was posted in Action, Adventure, Book Review, Fiction, Metaphysical, Michael Bronte, Military, Supernatural, United States, War and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.