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2034: Evangelical secret agents, fast food moguls, the voice of God in computer software, violence in the Bermuda Triangle! George W. Bush’s foreign policy vindicated by a quick victory in Iraq, lucrative invasions of Egypt and Syria followed, bringing unparalleled prosperity to America and setting off thirty years of right-wing rule. But when a war in Iran goes bad—and the resulting cover-up goes worse—the democrats reclaim the presidency. This is the time of Pax Americana and its zealous anti-hero, government agent Tuck Squires.

Reading the ironic silences between the lines of the thriller, and roaring like a jet engine, Pax Americana is a sacrilegious, conspiratorial monster; like a literary dogfight between Martin Amis and Robert Anton Wilson, loaded with prophecy, Baumeister’s debut is an exorcism and an antidote for our era.


Selected as one of the Best Books of 2017 by PANK Magazine

A LitReactor “…Best Book of 2017…So Far”

One of Big Other’s “Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2017…”

An Electric Literature “Great 2017 Indie Press Preview” Book

“crackles with the energy of Vonnegut’s best work”

– Andrew Shaffer, New York Times bestselling author of The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America

“Brilliantly plotted and linguistically nimble…”
Rain Taxi

“Kurt Baumeister has more fun with language than any novelist since Money-era Martin Amis. I haven’t read such marvelously obsessive prose in years.”
– Darin Strauss, bestselling author of Half a Life, Winner National Book Critics Circle Award

“a mad romp”
Electric Literature

“a true triumph”
The Brooklyn Rail

“…bleak yet bubbly…Baumeister succeeds in delivering the deep chill he intends: that of a world in which ‘evil and… good… were justas passé as faith.'”
Volume 1 Brooklyn

“…Fantastic…One of the most unique books I’ve read in avery long time.”
– Matthew Norman, author of Domestic Violets and We’re All Damaged

“…the thriller’s been reinvented, smartened up, and rendered blazingly funny in Kurt Baumeister’s wild, raucous ride of a novel…”
– Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World

“…Deceptive and complex. A dark strain of humor runs throughout, transported by a cast of morally obscure characters. A frenetic, funny, and haunting read.”
– Samuel Sattin, author of League of Somebodies and The Silent End

“Ambitious, fearless, and frequently brilliant, Pax Americana is a speedball of religion and politics delivered in a steel syringe of adrenalin.”
– Chuck Greaves, author of Hard Twisted and Tom & Lucky

“Filled with lush imagery, lyricism, and absurdity, Pax Americana brings into relief the subtext of political power…A daringly imaginative book.”
– Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger’s Glasses and Enchantment

“a brilliantly imagined satire”
Largehearted Boy

“If there is to be an American peace, it’s certainly not going to come on the pages of this lit match of a novel…”
– Sean Beaudoin, author of Welcome Thieves

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