William Burton McCormick, following success with his novel “Lenin’s Harem” published in English and Latvian, has moved out of Latvia and announced a new novel. He is writing “KGB Banker” inspired by the true exile experience of John Christmas. Christmas is the whistleblower against the “Latvian Proxy Network,” a group of KGB-linked bankers involved in the disappearance of assets from banks in Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Moldova. Christmas has faced an unlikely adversary which is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As more and more banks in the region have been cleaned out by Kremlin-linked gangsters, corrupt local officials have received assistance from the EBRD to falsely blame the bank failures on the United States and Sweden. McCormick will do the writing, however Christmas will be recognized as co-author because he is assisting with history, themes, and structuring.
Seems my fictional character Ivan Ivanov has a real-life equivalent. Who says my novel is satire?
BTW – I still intend to complete “Democracy Society II” which is already outlined with new controversial themes.
Democracy Society has been included in the Amazon.com “Listmania!” list of novels by authors inspired by Ayn Rand:
In certain ways, the novel is consistent with Objectivist ideas. For example, the “good” characters follow reason and the “bad” characters follow mysticism.
In other ways, the novel is opposite. The “good” characters have enlightened self interest inclusive of profit motivation. The ones who have businesses believe in making profits by satisfying customer demand, unlike the hero of Rand’s Fountainhead who refused to do what customers wanted:)
And, the most important difference? Rand believed it was possible to convince all humans to use their brains and abandon mysticism/socialism. In the world of Democracy Society, it is clear that most people cannot be educated and therefore should be banned from voting.
Alexander Butziger has long distinguished himself as a purveyor of “reason” over “mysticism” as a way of interpreting events, as demonstrated by his blogs “Reason and Liberty Central” and “Bermuda Triangle Central.”
He has already written three full-length novels and a short story where his hero, Kevin Traynor, uses reason to fight the forces of mysticism. The novels are “Torch in the Night,” “Phantom Train,” and “Mysterious Boat.” The short story, included with “Mysterious Boat,” is “The Secret of the Lost Tribe.”
We have heard that Alexander is working on the next Kevin Traynor novel, “Mystic Triangle,” which will be the Magnum Opus of the series. We are excited to read it as soon as it is published!
The website www.democracysociety.com begins! I will do my best to keep visitors up-to-date with developments regarding Democracy Society and future projects.