In a time of collapsing morals, economic hardships,
and assaults on the environment … people are giving up.

But there is one who has hope!

The Contest

In a bold maneuver, a billionaire proposes the most daring social experiment of all time: a sort of political and cultural Olympics. The resulting global media frenzy christens it “The Contest.”

Some see the effort as a beacon of salvation; others are threatened by the disruptive forces that are unleashed. As the competition reaches its final round, the conflict between heavy-handed greed and enlightened creativity results in an explosive climax.

About the Author

Ben Easton, a former math teacher, now works as a software trainer and a freelance writer. When he’s not on the keyboard, he can be found playing golf with his friends, discussing politics and metaphysics with anybody who can stand it, noodling on his guitar, or watching Netflix with a pint of Häagen-Dazs close at hand. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Ben is presently working on his next novel: The Church of the Open Sky. Stay tuned …

Award Winner

The Contest wins the 2016 Texas Association of Authors award for "Best Political Fiction." TAoA showcases books that are winning reads and top-tier selections in their categories. By any measure, the excellent books from this year's winners are of stellar quality.

Reviews of The Contest

“... the tale is big and ambitious—like the contest itself. An imaginative debut with memorable characters and a pleasant dose of idealism.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Mr. Easton does a wonderful job of keeping a fun story, engrossing characters, and an unshakeable faith in humanity together … I highly recommend this book.”
— James M. Black
“... I was impressed with the global scope of the book and the author's ability to create a narrative that spans everything from board rooms in New York to favelas in Brazil, to the future of Kazakhstan, to the one-child policy in China … I found Minerva's determination to include children on the Contest teams truly inspirational … Well done!”
— Elizabeth C. Yerxa
"I found this novel intriguing, with many interesting characters and a unique plot ... It had just the right amount of intrigue, dialogue, and discussion of global issues. Anyone who enjoys a mystery without psychoses, gore, and incomprehensible plot twists should read this highly entertaining novel.”
— Jackie King
"If a good book provides food for thought, The Contest is a banquet! I truly enjoyed the story and the characters, and the building momentum and excitement as I read the book. This is a contest that should happen. Terrific read.”
— Marian Briscoe
“… Easton writes with authentic flair - mixing fact with fiction - making you hopeful that The Contest is just one billionaire away from becoming real … Loved this book. Be a great movie too.”
— Richard Formato
"I loved this book and could not put it down. It warmed my heart that a global philanthropic idea could actually work and bring this world together."
— Heather Naples

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