From the inside dust jacket cover: "Ever since John Calvin Batchelor prophesied the Falklands War in THE BIRTH OF THE PROPLE'S REPUBLIC OF ANTARCTICA, there has been no explanation of how he works with the shape of things to come. Now, in FATHER'S DAY, his chilling new political thriller, Batchelor demonstrates that what's going to happen is far scarier than anythng we've seen in the morning's headlines.
A Constitutional crisis. The president under attack. The vice president in the wings, scheming. And the military waiting like a great swooping bird. The year is 2003, and not since SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, the prophetic best-seller of the Kennedy years, has anyone taken on contemporary Washington melodrama with the clear-eyed murderousness of history in the making.
The reference is the Twenty-fifth Amerdment: Presidential Vacancy, Disability, and Inability. The time bomb is section four: when and if a disabled president seeks to return to the Oval Office, there is a ruthless provision for the vice president, as acting president, to block him with a palace coup.
The facts are bare. The Twenty-fifth Amendment will happen. And the Twenty-fifth Amerdment will crack America in Two. Two presidents. Not since the first Bull Run has America had two presidents, and there can only be one end."