FOTUS, Kevin Kunundrum’s long-awaited novel, is here—the first book of his American President Trilogy.
FOTUS is being published by Bancroft Press: ”Books That Enlighten.”
Books Two & Three, Buy This Book or You’re a Dick and I Punch Angels, are well underway!
In the very near future, an American fetus named Alexander Jackson Rett becomes self-aware. He sees that the world out there is where everything bad happens, but inside, in the womb, it’s safe. It’s the safest place to be. So he decides to never come out.
And because he’s self-aware, and because he’s smart and reasonably witty, his Mom and Ernie the next door neighbor make a video. They ask Little Alex questions and he answers from within the womb. And he gets most of them right (although he’s not that good at math). And the next day, Ernie posts the video on YouTube and it goes viral. And before ya know it, Little Alex, the world’s first and only “Amazing Talking Fetus”, is interviewed on Dr. Phyllis…
“What’s it like in there?” she asks.
“It’s dark,” he replies.
“Who’s your favorite President?”
“Get a load of this kid!” Dr. Phyllis says. “So what’s the thing you’d most like to do, Alex?”
“I want to run for President!”
And the world is amazed. Including an ultra-secret group of billionaire king-makers known as “The Florists”. To keep their party in office, they need someone who’s bullet-proof to run against Mallory Blitzen. And who better than Little Alex? He’s already world-famous. He’s scandal-proof. He’s the ultimate single-issue candidate! And according to the latest poll, Americans will vote for a white male fetus over a woman for President seven out of ten times, and those odds are pretty good.
So Alexander Jackson Rett becomes the President of the United States. But he discovers that life on the inside may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
FOTUS is unique. The main character is the young, upstart President of the United States, Alexander Jackson Rett. Handsome (in the right light), intelligent, well-dressed, dynamic. Oh yeah, I should also mention that he’s a self-aware fetus in the womb who's at times petulant, petty, and downright vindictive. But there’s always sumthin’. And besides, he looks remarkably like a Hollywood leading man*, yet in miniature! And yes, he does come out and take charge (sans umbilical cord), and then things get interesting. And outside of a coup d’état, a terrorist attack, and an assassination attempt or two, not to mention a kinky affair with an Amazon blonde bombshell, he somehow keeps himself and the American Dream 2.0 alive, at least until the sequel.
*Yeah, I'm shamelessly sucking up to Hollywood to get that Netflix Original Series or big-budget tinsel-town blockbuster. As Alex Rett maintains, even if you're a fetus, it's never too early to start thinking about your retirement. Besides, the world out there is a mess, a nightmare, a disaster. (Which is why he tried his best to stay inside.)