“Death Panel” by Kim Flowers
Reviewed by Joshua Skye
Jimmy has showed up for Death Panel Duty, a requisite for
citizens in this eerily hysterical glimpse into a skewed future America.
Kim Flowers, the author of “No Turning Back,” has created an
interesting parody of conservative paranoia in the surreal, conspiratorial tale,
“Death Panel.” It is at once so over-the-top it’s hysterical, but also
frighteningly indicative of the real-life beliefs of the fringe right-wing types
like Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, and Phyllis Schlafly. It is that truth that renders
the story so disturbing. Yes, there are people out there that actually believe
this kind of Tin Hat absurdity, people that confuse liberal philosophy with
right-wing fascism, conservatives that fail to see the despotism in their
ideology or the inherent hypocrisy and chauvinism of it. And the fact that they
generally misunderstand their political counterparts is utterly lost to them.
Flowers captures the desperate and delusional fears of the
fringe right very well, so well in fact that followers of Beck, Jones, and
Schlafly would mostly likely fail to see the story for the parody it is and
instead latch onto it as a cautionary manifesto forewarning an evil
liberally-dominated future. Like the ideologues it mocks, “Death Panel” is
none-too-subtle but it is ominously acute, competently written, and a must-read
for fans of political satire.
“Death Panel” is offered FREE on the publisher’s website. Be
sure to check out Kim Flowers’ debut novel “No Turning Back” and other
publications from JMS Books.
“No Turning Back” Amazon link:
“Death Panel” JMS link:
Again, thank you Joshua so much! It is such an indescribable feeling to have someone read your work and feel like they really get it.