New Fiction Pits Four People Against Each Other In A Country Plunged Into A Socialist Revolution

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Joel D. Hirst pens new novel, “The Lieutenant of San Porfirio”

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Joel D. Hirst’s new novel, “The Lieutenant of San Porfirio” (published by iUniverse), complete with power struggles and magical realism, is the story of four people attempting to live in the new Revolutionary Socialist Republic of Venezuela.

In the Revolutionary Socialist Republic of Venezuela, food shortages, blackouts and acts of violence continue as the iron grip of El Comandante holds on firmly. Lieutenant Juan Marco Machado is El Comandante’s most faithful servant. As the newly decorated Lieutenant heads to his new life in San Porfirio de la Guacharaca, he lovingly caresses his shiny AK-103; he is more than ready to carry out his duty to protect and advance the revolution.

Doña Esmeralda is dismayed when the government orders her to demonstrate her solidarity for the revolution and share her colonial mansion with the dreaded barrio dwellers. She has no choice but to plot a counterrevolution. Meanwhile, an American high school senior named Freddy is intrigued when a Venezuelan emissary visits his classroom. After Freddy decides to attend a socialist youth summit in Venezuela, a fellow student angrily confronts him. It turns out that he is Pancho Randelli, a political exile from Venezuela and leader of the struggling student movement who thinks all Americans are the same. The fates of four people with vastly different ideals are about to intertwine within a country in turmoil.

“The Lieutenant of San Porfirio” tells the compelling story about revolutionary strongmen, their lackeys and the misguided revolutionaries who follow them. In a country where a radical and bizarre revolution has consumed public and private life, this story – sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring, sometimes tragic and always entertaining, is the conflict that ensues in a country where there is only one way; El Comandate’s way.

About the Author
Joel D. Hirst is a political analyst and activist who lived in Venezuela for seven years. He holds a master’s degree from Brandeis University and is the cofounder of a consulting firm in Washington. Hirst has worked with USAID and World Vision in several countries, including Pakistan, Chad, Kosovo, Honduras, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. He lives with his wife in Alexandria, Va.

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