Forget the peace dividend. The new evil empire is Iran, spurred by wealthy Arab businessmen, backed by a crooked Middle Eastern band. Cuba is the prize all covet after Castro’s unexpected death. Once the Arabs get their chemical warheads onto the island, they’ll be ”supreme power of the universe.” ”Allah be praised.” Also Buck Rogers.

Marilyn Quayle, with her sister, Nancy Northcott, in tow, has completed Embrace the Serpent. A transition from politician’s wife to schlock novelist. She reduces liberal Democrats to lechers, cuckolds, pro-Russian spies, or their eager dupes. The conservative Republican hero is a solid family man who single-handedly defends the national interest. Congress and the media are stooges. The only scary side to this Republican-party thriller is its publication in an election year. D