Monday, June 03, 2013

Local John Killian Writes Political Satire About Middletown: Downtown Drive-Thru

Local Realistic Balance Party co-founder John Killian has released a new E-Book written as a satire of local Middletown politics. Previously Killian blogged on his personal blog site : . The site features musings on national politics, local phenomenon, poetry, and links to performances by the author and friends. Currently on his blog space Killian has posted a history of Middletown timeline which is very helpful in reading his novel.

John Killian emailed the Insider: ".....I am asking local news outlets to expedite a review of a novel, , published this Saturday that addresses this matter in depth. On the website where the e-book is available for download, Killian writes : "I thought I was writing a book about Middletown politics, but somehow it ended having more to do with the Catholic Church and Climate Change. The most accurate descriptive phrase for it is “A book about everything.”

The book  downtown Drive Thru certainly is about "everything." The time line of Middletown's history, as expressed by Killian in his novel,is woven together with what seems to be the intention of expressing just how confusing it really it to explain to a non native born. His prose in this manner fully expresses the passion with which lifers regard this history. While character names are a bit confusing, the winding story will leave you laughing and rolling on the floor, while probably peeing on yourself. And if you are only peeing, at least you are in better shape than many of the characters in this "fictional" satire. When it comes to being critical of Middletown in order to grow as a community, if even via biting humor, certainly we share the same genre and passion for the First Amendment as Killian; we welcome him to our niche. A good read. 

What do you think of "Downtown Drive-Thru?" Readers are welcome to send commentary to the Insider or leave reviews below.


  1. How did I forget these dates?
    They will be in the paperback version

  2. Another date key to understanding Middletown's political drama:

    5/18/10 After hastily adjourning a special meeting of the Board of Education in executive session, Board Chairman Ted Raczka walks down the hall to confront a Middletown police officer, assigned to guard the Board of Ed offices against evidence tampering in a case between the City and the Board of Ed. Eventually, eight officers are called to the scene, including the Chief of Police. At the same time, MPD is investigating two homicide cases.


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