The Ship of State: Book One
Meanwhile, his trusted assistant, Nicole, grows concerned by the president’s fascination with an international film star.
Can the president, a conservative ex-business executive with no political experience, navigate the shark-infested waters of Washington, DC?
President Donald Burlington’s party doesn’t support him, his wife of 23 years has just filed for divorce, and his country is falling apart from within. Both parties and the entire political establishment are eager to take him down because he is trying to eliminate the way the Federal government caters to special interests and emboldens entrenched career politicians to gain and maintain their political power.
Meanwhile, his trusted assistant, Nicole, grows concerned by the president’s fascination with an international film star. Little does he know that the love of his life might be closer than he imagines.
While trying to lead the nation and the free world, President Burlington must deal with contentious policy issues, foreign crises, terrorism, political enemies, and his own personal issues. He’s dedicated to keeping his campaign promises, and he’s not going to go down without a fight, but the water is murky and sharks bite.
Featuring interesting characters and providing conservative solutions to real issues facing us today, this believable political fiction is what the world needs right now. If you enjoyed the movie, The American President or the hit TV series, The West Wing, you’ll love The Ship of State.
*Note: The original title, Escape from Serfdom, was published in 2014, well before Donald Trump hit the national political stage, and has been “bigly” revised and expanded into books one and two of The Ship of State series.
About the Author: Richard P. Ley
Richard Ley has long been interested in defining innovative solutions to the nation’s economic, political and societal challenges. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in economics from The Pennsylvania State University.
Following graduation, Mr. Ley worked for a financial institution and at one point, as a young banker, provided an informational report to his congressman, who arranged for an appearance before the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee studying ways to increase the nation’s savings rate.
It took a number of years for his first novel, Escape from Serfdom to be completed and some of the credit goes to his fellow members of the North Hills Toastmasters Club, whom listen and provided valuable feedback to many of the concepts and ideas contained in the novel. Unfortunately, soon after publication, the publisher went out of business.
Recently, Escape from Serfdom has been expanded into The Ship of State Series of four and possibly more novels. Additional novels include: FATE; Love My MB; and GIMPY and Dr. B. will be out soon. Mr. Ley is also writing screenplay and hopefully FATE will be made into a motion picture in the near future.
In October 2014, Mr. Ley was awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster designation for his individual efforts, along with the support he provided to his club and Toastmasters District 13.
Mr. Ley resides in suburban Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Barbara and two cats, Woody & Arlo.
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