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The First Lady Escapes: Flotus Flees the White House

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President Rex Funck is a loutish, lying old bully whose affairs have deeply hurt his stunning wife Natalia, a former model from Slovakia. Now he wants to get her pregnant so voters will see him as a macho stud and re-elect him in a landslide. Natalia despises Funck too much to go through with it. With the help of Angel, her gay Mexican hairdresser and BFF, she secretly fle ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Roundfire Books
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Louise Wilson
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
President Rex Funck is a loutish, lying old bully whose affairs have deeply hurt his stunning wife Natalia, a former model from Slovakia. Now he wants her to get pregnant so voters will see him as a macho stud and re-elect him in a landslide.

Natalia, the First Lady, despises her husband. He wants her to get pregnant in AIDS to boost her popularity in the up coming elections. But Natalia has other plans. She wants to escape. Angel, her gay Mexican hairdresser and best friend, they come up with a
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Anne
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book as it is a satire about the current state of affairs in Washington, focussing on the President and First Lady. Yes, there were some funny moments but overall the language and situations were crude--and although they mirror much of what we see on the news--having those images in my head was just too much for me. And I can't call them "fake images"! Really there were so few redeeming qualities--and yes, I'm sure that was the author's intent--that I got bored in th ...more
Paula
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The First Lady Escapes is obviously a satire of the current political atmosphere, but it is also an enjoyable, well thought-out story with a wonderful cast of characters. As I was reading the story, I found myself falling in love with several of them, especially Angel, the gay Mexican hairdresser, and Moon, a FLOTUS impersonator, and I was eagerly anticipating what would happen as each new chapter began. The short chapters are titled with a location and time to add to the fun so the reader can f ...more
Sharon Boorstin
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love our current President, read no further. If you loathe him as this author does, then you will love her book as much as I did! I see that some of the other reviewers don't get that this novel is pure satire, meant to skewer the people running our country and make them look even worse than they already are!

The story is fantastical, and very funny, and I especially loved the transgender character, Moon, who gets to "play" the First Lady after the real one escapes. Hilarity ensues when
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Critterbee❇
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, f
The first lady of the United States is unhappy with her 'captivity' and wants to escape. Her only real friend, the aptly names Angel, concocts a plan to allow her to flee and be replaced by a Flotus-impersonator. This is the story of how she escapes, and what happens after.

Ridiculous, farcical, biting, ribald, satirical comedy that is exactly as the title suggests. This is a light read, and is very much in the style of Carl Hiaasen's crazy stories about Florida.

*eARC Netgalley
Barbara
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved the satire! The character development was good as well as the action-packed plot that kept me wanting to pick it up even though I had other things I should have been doing. And, about the ending . . . well, one can only hope.
Susan Graves
I am a lover of the written word. I love how you can put strings of letters together to expand the imagination. With that being said, I find it very hard to give negative ratings when it comes to books. When it came to this one however, I just cannot seem to enjoy it. This book is very clearly written based on current events and leaders and I felt very disturbed by the language and scenarios in this book. I regret that I was unable to finish reading. it.
Erica
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book. I've tried reading this with an open-mind. Yet, all I could do was envision the current political climate in the United States and cringe!

Well-written and quite evocative.

Not recommended for staunch supporters of the current POTUS.
Barb
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I tried to read a novel called “The First Lady Escapes” by Verity Speeks. I didn’t get a fourth of the way through the book when I disgustedly quit reading. This book was quite obviously a satire on the private lives of President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, the First Lady.

I thought I could plow my way through this obvious attempt to vilify our sitting president and make a mockery of his family. I could not continue. Not only was this book suggestively vulgar, almost pornographic in the a
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Francesco
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The First Lady escapes” is a hilarious and biting satire against one of the most controversial figures of our time, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. Rex Funck (Trump) is described as a Narcissus, a god-like figure sitting on his royal throne, a reincarnation of Louis XIV, France’s Sun King. He’s portrayed as a dictator willing to build a dynasty and to crumble American values such as democracy and freedom. Moreover, Verity Speeks gives us a picture of Rex Funck as a man lying on ...more
Laura
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
"Natalia could hear her husband's first State of the Union address blasting from the TV inside his bedroom. President Rex Funck had delivered the speech nearly three years ago, but he could never get enough of it."
Verity Speeks' novel, The First Lady Escapes: FLOTUS Flees The White House, is a highly relevant, and thinly veiled, satire set a few years into the future of America's current political season. The story follows Natalia Funck, the current FLOTUS, as she plots to escape from her narcis
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Janet
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
President Rex Funck is a loutish, lying old bully whose affairs have deeply hurt his stunning wife Natalia, a former model from Slovakia. Now he wants to get her pregnant so voters will see him as a macho stud and re-elect him in a landslide. Natalia despises Funck too much to go through with it. With the help of Angel, her gay Mexican hairdresser and BFF, she secretly f
...more
Tehteh
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book holds many surprises for me, if I'm being honest. The first is that it was publushed ar all - not because it wasn't good but because it portrays very real and conttemporary personalities in an extremely unflattering, satirical way. The second is that I actually finished it - again, not that it wasn«t good, but it did contain many narratives, and it had its good and bad moments.

The First Lady Escapes paints an uncanny parallel to the reality of the current United States First Family, po
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Howard Marc
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pardon my French, but The First Lady Escapes is a roman a clef written under a nom de plume. Faced with a brilliant, tantalizing premise (I can’t help but think of all the “Free Melania” signs that abound at political demonstrations) I was doubtful anyone could succeed in writing to it. I mean how does anyone manage to convincingly satirize the current American regime that almost seems like satire in itself? “Verity Speeks” (whoever she may be) surprised me on this count. The book is fluidly wri ...more
Marie (UK)
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The narrative content of this book very much builds upon the way Trump has created his presidential persona, perhaps things are take a step further to create the humour but imo it is fairly true to life on his side anyway. It has a madcap element to it created by the characterisation of the main characters, Flotus, Angel and Moon. It is kind of weighted very heavily to the LGBT side, I do understand where that comes form but to me this part seems overdone, nearly every character has some element ...more
Terry
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very cleverly written spoof of our current First Lady's anguish at being married to such a narcissistic man and the plot that she and her trusted and adored hairdresser concoct to free her from her circumstances. It's predictably over-the-top, but so much fun, and the writer clearly sees through all the b.s. Inquiring minds want to know: Who is "Verity Speeks"?
D.J.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast paced and far fetched satirical read. If you like the writing styles of Tom Sharpe or Carl Hiaasen then this is sure to please.
Sarah Lahey
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny and relevant!
Sophie Childs
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
If you're American and a Democrat, you'll probably enjoy this. I'm neither, so I felt like I needed a little more to really enjoy this. I would have loved more humour, more originality, more satire rather than revulsion, just... more.

As it was, I didn't laugh once and didn't really find myself connecting with any of the characters. The final third seemed very contrived and while I wouldn't expect a book like this to be particularly realistic, it was simply too over the top to make it relatable.
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Breakaway Reviewers
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Even the First Lady has a breaking point.

Rex Funck, the womanising, bullying and disgusting President of the United States, has a beautiful Slovakian wife named Natalia. He wants her to get pregnant so that the voters will re-elect him because of his virility. Natalia cannot go through with it as she loathes and despises him.

Natalia flees with her gay friend and leaves a transwoman at the White House to impersonate her, the First Lady.

Chaos erupts at the White House, but Natalia is on a persona
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Janice
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a frustrating experience for me. I enjoyed the satirical aspects and humorous tone but at the same time I find the obvious analogies to our present political situation in the WH depressing. I’ve reached the point where I have to protect my state of mind and sanity by deliberately not reading much political news coverage. This however is not the fault of this author so, if able to laugh at the current political reality, this is a fine read.
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Verity Speeks was inspired to write The First Lady Escapes: FLOTUS Flees the White House because of the outrage, frustration and helplessness she has felt since November 8, 2016, when a meteor with a bad comb-over struck the earth and caused devastating consequences that continue to wreak havoc.