A reasonably enjoyable and quick read, very reminiscent for older readers such as myself of the WWII adventures of Biggles. A few minor inaccuracies with the details of historical accuracy, but overall a fun read, especially for younger teens/older children which is the intended target audience I think. For them, maybe 3 1/2 out of 5.
I won't describe the plot - others have done so and it is in the book description - but like Biggles does stretch the credibility at times, but just go with the flow and you'll enjoy the romp.
Put together an incredibly inept and stupid hero, a brilliant and beautiful female supervillain, a neanderthal-like thug of a policeman in love with his wife Courtney, who is a shotgun, a villain dressed in a blue bunny suit and mix them together with an entire city turned into zombies with only an "intelligent" zombie and ever more expendable henchmen as allies and you get an incredibly silly but fun story. It is a bit violent at times, but it's cartoon violence, in the main tongue in cheek and very humourous.
There are also little jokes and references to other books and movies, which I think many readers might miss, but which I loved. For example when our heroes are confronted by pink dinosaurs, Captain Rescue says as an aside that he should have brought a glass of water as an early warning system, which must I think be a reference to the famous scene in "Jurassic Park".
It does slow down a little in the second half when the story becomes even sillier, with bigfoot, genies, evil dolphins, etc., but these are all presumably leading up to Book 2 in the series.
Overall, just go with the fast paced flow of the story and enjoy the thrills of the rollercoaster.
Written for teens, this book also has a lot to offer oldies like me too, especially if you think you'd like the humour of Compton MacKenzie's Highland novels told in a slapstick manner.
The plot itself is nothing new: heir moves back to ancestral home, finds something amiss - in this case it's falling down and ready to be demolished - but is determined to make it work, but can only overcome the machinations of the local "baddie" if he/she can get family and/or locals to back him/her.
The author here has made it fresh by injecting a lot of humour, much of it slapstick, into all the characters and their interactions. A good read, enhanced by the fact that at only 27,000 words it doesn't overstay its welcome.
Recommended, particularly for younger readers.
If you like conspiracy theories and short fast-moving stories with plenty of action, then this is the book for you.
Having said that, the plot is a little unbelievable - think Dan Brown on a budget - and I would have preferred a lot more detail about the history of the Ameristocracy itself and what it was doing before and since the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy to give them more weight in the story than just as a bunch of faceless "baddies". For example, what exactly is the "Renewed Society" program which is the catalyst for a full-blown assault on the Presidency?
Still, Paul Moxham writes his action scenes well. They are very visual and his style is very reminiscent of Matthew Reilly.
Ameristocracy is an enjoyable, quick read and if you were a younger (teen) reader I'd probably give it a rating of 3 1/2 rather than 3.
This book presents a logical and efficient method to de-clutter your home (and your life). A strong point is the many helpful hints which can be used in isolation for quick fixes to individual storage problems around the house.
Now if only I could find the motivation to start!