| In the second decade of the 21st Century, the United States has suffered the loss of two Presidents: Brett Campbell, a liberal reformer assassinated in the course of an Islamist suicide bombing at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game that slaughtered two thousand fans, and Charles McConnell, his centrist Republican successor, who barely wins election and commits the nation to a drastic course of anti-terrorist military action abroad and the expansion of the national security state at home even as the American economy staggers under the weight of an ongoing economic depression. |
McConnell dies in office, leaving his estranged and corrupt Vice-President, James Robinson, in office but facing seemingly hopeless odds of retaining the Presidency in the next election. On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Robinson announces that he will nominate Kyle Hunter Jackson, a legendary retired Army Special Forces Colonel and the former CEO of the largest military contractor in the world as his own Vice-President. Jackson, a little known Congressman, appears to bring nothing to the ticket.
Paul Coulter, a former war correspondent and White House reporter who was personal friends with McConnell, is reporting from the Convention when Jackson's selection is announced. He reaches out to a bitter ex-White House lawyer to try to find out why such a strange and controversial man has been selected for a national ticket. Coulter hopes to find some of the truth through the universal political solvent-alcohol-at Arnaud's French 75 Bar in New Orleans' French Quarter.
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