In this wildly farcical, speculative tale, a decades-long rivalry between friends results in the expulsion of Texas from the United States. It’s 2027 and Governor Peter Phelt receives some extraordinary news moments before announcing Texas’ glorious secession: The other 49 states have voted Texas out of the union. Puerto Rico is immediately elevated to statehood and takes the Texas name and Phelt is left with no other choice but to rename his territory “the Republic of North Mexico.”
Thirty miles east of Austin, Phelt’s arch rival, Pastor Arlen Bob Yates, founder of the worldwide Church of the P-Free Sabbath, prepares to deliver the final blows of his vendetta to humiliate and ruin Phelt.
From the precarious nexus of Texas politics, modern-day religion and ancient prophesy, the latest techniques in anthropological forensics are deftly employed throughout this scholarly work, rewarding the reader with a deep understanding of all that was, and ever will be, Texas—or something like that.
This is the story of two Texas power brokers, switched at birth and bound together forever in a saga that ends once, and then again, in a possible world.
Photo: Goddess of Liberty during the 1986 restoration of the Texas Capitol. Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation. Alberto G. Rubio/TxDOT.