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The Dick Cheney Code: A Parodyby Henry Beard
Synopses & Reviews
In this hilarious send-up of Dan Brown's bestseller, no one is safe from Henry Beard's barbs, especially if you the administration's master of opacity and secrecy, Dick Cheney. William Franklin, Professor of American Popular History, Urban Mythology, and Supermarket Tabloid Science and the beautiful but brilliant Sandra Damsel of the CDC attempt to solve the mystery of Sandra's uncle's murder. Hemmings Dumont, a distinguished curator of Historically Significant Odds and Ends at the Smithsonian, is murdered in the museum and because Dumont circled his name in a newspaper advertisement moments before he died, Franklin immediately becomes a suspect. So with the inept members of Homeland Security hot on the couple's heels, they race around Washington, following the simpleminded clues that Dumont conveniently left for them to follow, so they could trace down the cause of his death, a document that is signed by both Dumont's and Franklin's ancestor, Ben Franklin. This document revokes the original terms of the Louisiana Purchase after 200 years, turning over the land to the descendents of the country's African American slaves, thus making President G. W. Bush's re-election nearly impossible. Consequently, the Republican Party is ready with any means to stop it's discovery.
Vice president Dick Cheney is at the receiving end of Beard's barbs in this hilarious send-up of Dan Brown's bestseller.
A bestselling, Harvard-bred humorist plans to knock out a slapdash, quick-buck parody of a wildly successful, head-spinning, clue-laden thriller in a flagrant attempt to cash in on the publishing sensation of the decade, but the tousle-haired satirist's sleazy scheme goes awry when his two heroes — beautiful, brilliant Sandra Damsel and brawny, brainy Professor William Franklin — stumble on an explosive and frankly preposterous centuries-old secret that plunges them into a puzzle-packed, plot-crammed, prose-swollen Washington intrigue whose flabbergasting finale will determine the outcome of the 2004 presidential election.
Cryptic praise for The Dick Cheney Code
"1, 1!" (highest rating) — The Fibonacci Report
"Hysterical! Lacey shirt!" — Anagram Monthly
"I laughed so hard I xxxxxx in my pants!" — Redacter's Digest
"I bend over double! I hold my sides! I tickle my ribs! I slap my thighs!" — Mime Magazine
"Three syllables, sounds like: Upper arm? Broken arm? Broken bone? Radius? Humerus? HUMOROUS!" — Charade Magazine
"Too funny for words!" (9 letters, starting with P, ending in S) — Acrostic Review
About the Author
Henry Beard attended Harvard College and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon during the period when it published nationally noted parodies of Playboy, Life, and Time. He went on to found the National Lampoon with Douglas Kenney (the writer/producer of Animal House and Caddyshack) and served as its editor during the magazine's heyday in the 1970's. He is the author or coauthor of five New York Times bestsellers--Miss Piggy's Guide to Life, Sailing: A Sailor's Dictionary, French for Cats, Leslie Nielsen's Stupid Little Golf Book, and O.J.'s Legal Pad--and more than two dozen other popular humorous works, including Latin for All Occasions, Xtreme Latin, Bill Gates' Super Secret Laptop, The Official Politically Correct Dictionary, Zen for Cats, Mulligan's Laws, and a series of humorous pocket dictionaries, including Golfing, Fishing, Skiing, and Sailing.
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