I had not known there was a name for the media manipulation we have all sufferd under since the 50's and pretty much identified as "media bias" in the 80's and 90's. If you have never listened to Glenn Beck, or Alex Jones, et al, you may find this book eye-opening. Otherwise its an interesting fable illustrating what we already know.
The Overton Window bounds between moments of great insight to moments of complete disbelief. From the start of the book Beck plays his hand by shows his favor for the underground “tea party” type movement; although the protagonist views them with some skepticism he ends up caving into the movement’s anti-establishment nature without much of a philosophical fight. This is a direct result of the books lack of believable characters. Every character described in the book is overly aware of their situation and comes to conclusions that one can only feel an omniscient narrator can come to. I understand that in many cases this is done to allow Beck to directly speak to the reader as to the philosophy of a given situation however it occurs too often in what is supposed to be a thriller where grandiose philosophical revelations are meant to occur a few times throughout the narrative not on every other page. Which leads to another issue with Beck’s Thriller which is that it isn’t particularly thrilling because the overly optimistic tone of the book and the inability for the bad guys to gain any ground philosophically or physically leads one to the obvious conclusion that everything is going to be ok. That along with frequent nerd references makes it hard for the reader to suspend his/her disbelief when following the narrative leading to frequent “really, did that just really happen moments”(not in the good way mind you). The faction element of this book however redeems many of the fictional shortcomings. The ability to find out what is actually fact however is limited by the nature of audiobooks as the references are not listed and are only briefly covered in a writers note at the end of the audiobook. Overall I would recommend this book to any fan of Glenn Beck, but if your looking for something with a little more substance then I would suggest Glenn Beck's other political books or his show. I love Glenn Beck, I just found this book not to be of the Atlas Shrugged Calibur.
Is this fiction? When comparing this book to the days news, fiction becomes waiting for the other shoe to drop! This reads more like a documentary before the event.
As a long time listener to the author's radio and TV program, this was nothing new to me. I hope that the group represented by Molly do exist. They're the last hope of freedom in America & the World. I know that America is awake... but how wide awake are we??? Just like what the author has said, this book is a good introduction to those who are just starting to see what is really going on in America. Nice work!
This is an excellent story!! Well worth read for everyone!! Glen has certainly delivered his best in this story! It would be worth it for everyone to read and educate themselves on!
I love the story line and all the real sceniro to what is happening in these times.. Hope theres another one coming! James Daniels did a wonderful job and kepted my attention all the way through.
Glenn has really hit the nail on the head! Set in a fictional environment, it teems with the realities of today's troubles. The events of 9/11/2001 made us forget about THE event of Sept 10th! Rumsfeld's announcement of "Losing" 2.37 TRILLION Dollars!!
I highly recommend this book for the story, the possibilities / probabilities, plus not ONE Foul word! Refreshing! Great Intrigue, drama, and enlightenment!
I found this book implementatons of what he has talked about on his show (not unexpectedly), but a little cheesy in some places. It gets four stars for creativity and artisitic manipulation of real word incidents, but looses one for the narrator (who I thought got in the way of the story). Good love story, but obviously written by a man, and thankfully no smut. Great action, decent character development, fabulous use of literary devices (avid readers make great writers). Again, more of a man's book, but women who follow politics will enjoy it. The best part of this book is the epiloge where he tells you to go back and Google some of the topics discussed. Do it if you dare. It is very interesting, as you would expect from Glenn. Good book, worth a listen.
I needed to make a long road trip with my mother, so I downloaded the audio book for us to enjoy. I wasn't sure if she would, but since it was fiction why not. However, we found that there was so much truth mixed in, that I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction. This story has everything. A love story of people, country & beliefs on both sides of good & evil along with action and ideas to get you thinking. Almost too much to think about! It has either given me better perception of the things around me or made me more paranoid. Many thanks to Glenn & all the contributors of this book.