2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2000
In Radio Rage, radio talk show host Chris Kodiak and his followers are obsessed with the moral decline of America, and they are trying to change America's political climate by getting rid of all "deviants". This suspense novel takes you to the back alleys and clubs of San Francisco's Tenderloin District where a devoted follower of Kodiak is hunting for his latest "deviant", the Education Commissioner for the San Francisco school system. Hippie-at-heart Benny Taylor is pulled into the search for the attacker when he learns that his former lover, a prominent feminist, has been attacked by the same fanatic follower of Kodiak.
This book is well written and good, light reading - perfect for a rainy day curled up in your favorite comfortable spot. You can't wait to turn the next page and find out what happens next!
Ron Danklefs, first time author of Radio Rage, has done a great job. Can't wait for his next book to come out!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2000
then he just might be Ron Danklefs. This adventure yarn by Danklefs doesn't spare you some behind the curtain looks at the inner complexities of our hero, Benny, nor, for that matter, Danklefs himself. While the tongue and cheek exterior of Radio Rage will keep you turning the pages, it's the authors efforts to reduce the main characters perceptions of his surroundings back to his constituent past experiences that adds a deeper appeal to this, ostensibly, first novel. I read it in two nights and enjoyed the experience a great deal. You may also find yourself flipping on some afternoon, right-wing talk radio....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2002
Benny Taylor is a 40-year unemployed, aging, liberal, ex hippy, working temp jobs in San Francisco. He had broken up with the only girl he loved, Janet Stewart, over fifteen years ago. And now lived alone in an apartment, with his cat. Most of Benny's time is taken up with riding his bicycle through the streets of San Francisco, and listening to talk radio. Benny has become quite interested in the rantings of a certain right wing, extremist, radio personality Chris Kodiak, and his radical ideas.
Meanwhile on the streets of San Francisco a follower of Kodiak has taken it upon himself to rid the city of all "deviants", according to notes left on the bodies. Anyone who doesn't fit into the conservative, right wing ideals of Kodiak is a target of this deranged, obsessed fan. And Benny's ex girlfriend becomes one of these people because she is an outspoken feminist.
Benny reads about Janet's encounter with this radical, and her subsequent brush with death, and comes to her aid. Soon to find that he too, is now a target of the man's obsession to rid the world of what he terms deviants. His life in danger, Benny intends to meet, head on, this fanatic and stop him from killing, only to find there are larger forces in the movement. All inspired, and fed hatred, by the words of Kodiak being spewn over the airwaves.
RADIO RAGE is a very disturbing account of what can happen when intolerance gets out of control.
Most of us, including myself, have heard these people on the radio, television, or read them in newspapers. Most of us laugh, get angry, or just turn the station. But there are some out there that take the words that they say, as a signal to do harm to those who they feel don't fit in the mold that they should. They feel it is their "right", or "calling" to rid the world of the "deviant's" who do not conform to their way of thinking.
Ron Danklefs, first time author of RADIO RAGE, has done an excellent job in showing what can happen, what is happening, when a strong personality gets in the position to be able to preach his hatred to people, some of which have emotional problems to begin with. He does this using the very colorful scenery of the San Francisco life, and an intriguing story line. I very much enjoyed reading RADIO RAGE. And the next time I come across one of these radio personalities spouting hate, I won't laugh, or just turn the channel. I will wonder who else might just be listening to it, and making plans to follow their lead.
on September 5, 2000
A very engaging plot surrounding the life of a self-defined hippie named Benny, living in contemporary San Francisco with his cat and bicycle. He joyfully rides up and down the hills of San Francisco as he gets pulled into another roller coaster ride of sorts when an ex-girlfriend returns into his life. He becomes the lonely crusader of a cause to fight, what he comes to realize are, the larger forces of a radical right movement that has a milita following. The passions of these followers are being fed by the brilliant and inspiring words of a popular radio talk show personality, Chris Kodiak.
This is an engaging yet disturbing story of what can happen when the extreme intolerance of a radical right movement can get out of control, and even be fomented by an apparently socially accepted, mainstream personality. It also shows us how left unchecked, these forces can evolve into destructive forces that threaten our very democratic values and even physical safety of our society (the Oklahoma bombing being one example!)
An enjoyable and thought provoking book. I look forward to the next by this author.