Brokla is a brilliant satirical look at America’s breakup
Brokla: a story of things that fall apart is the latest satirical book in author Simon Plaster’s series of novels featuring an Oklahoma reporter from a small town known as Henrietta. As with other books in the series written by Plaster, he doesn’t throw punches and uses the actions and comments of his humorous, larger-than-life characters to target various controversial topics that have been in the news in recent months and since the election of President Donald Trump. No subject is sacred or immune to Plaster’s playful blows and satirical barbs, all related to the breakdown of the social fabric and very fabric of the United States. Plaster uses his wide and diverse cast of humorous characters to focus on topics such as the decline in television ratings in the NFL, the resurgence of feminists, the continuing influence of the Antifa movement, the poor watering practices of Oklahoma farmers, the possible secession from California. of the United States, the intense rivalry in college football between Texas and Oklahoma and much, much more.
The author’s female lead, former reporter Henrietta, started out in the series’ first novels with high ambitions, and she still has them in Brokla. He looks forward to the day when he is assigned to write the kind of newsworthy story that could win him a Pulitzer. At the beginning of Brokla, he thinks that maybe he finally came up with a story that is big and important enough to earn him fame, and Pulitzer, feels he deserves it, when his boss at the local weekly newspaper, SCENE, Nigel Fleetwood assigns her to cover a series of town hall conferences where a certain Top Secret Colonel, an expert on foreign government think tanks, with a paper bag over his head, is speaking and prophesying about the future of America. A man Plaster calls “Agent X” sits at the same table with the Top Secret Colonel, helping to interpret the foreign military leader’s dire predictions.
Colonel Top Secret, according to Agent X, believes that many things point to the inevitable disintegration of the United States, including “too much government spending and too much debt.” It points to America’s “inflated national pride” and the country’s government spends three times more on national defense than China and almost ten times more than Russia. However, what worries the audience the most is not that, but what Colonel Top Secret says about football.
Agent X says that the Top Secret Colonel believes America “now faces the worst part of all.” In other words, because African American football players in the NFL refuse to perform for the National Anthem, attendance at games has declined, as has television ratings. Agent X goes on, stating that the Top Secret Colonel also feels that “college football, high school football, and futsal are destined to follow the so-called NFL into the trash of history.”
This comment elicits groans and groans from the audience. The Oklahoma Sooner fans in attendance seem to regard this prophecy as the most puzzling and disturbing of all those recounted by Agent X. College football and the prestige of being at a major football conference and a great football program are of the utmost importance. importance to many of Sooner’s ardent fans at the conference, so they are dismayed by the prospect of college football going the NFL route.
In Brokla, Simon Plaster satirises many more controversial issues and issues than the exaggerated importance of soccer to the United States and Oklahoma and the possibility that the diminishing importance of soccer could lead to the disintegration of the country. One of the other characters Plaster writes about is Jane Burrows, the leader of the Feminists. “Calamity Jane,” as she is nicknamed, gains notoriety across the land by leading an uprising of progressive women who commit acts such as burning thousands of acres of farmland and castrating pigs from pig farmers.
They are protesting the overuse of the limited water left in the Ogallala Aquafer, deep in the Oklahoma Peninsula area, by farmers there, and they want to get rid of the White Man Plains idea of civilization. The Antifas mentioned in Brokla, who are also interested in the goals of Calamity Jane and her band of women, try to join them. They are told they can participate if they sleep far enough away from the women Burrows runs.
Brokla is a fun and thought-provoking read that can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. The other books in the series featuring reporter Henrietta, such as Spot and BOO!They are also great and fun books to read. If you like to read satirical books, I recommend that you consult Brokla and the other novels written by Simon Plaster, one of the leading American authors of the genre.