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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439184305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439184301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (874 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Glenn Beck has just shattered the fiction barrier. The Overton Window is the perfect all-American thriller."

—Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A novel ripped from today's headlines and destined to be as controversial as it is eye-opening. No matter your politics, this Hitchcockian thriller will have you turning pages well into the night."

—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

"A visionary work of fiction. One of the best thrillers I've read in years."

—Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author

"Glenn Beck never fails to amaze. The Overton Window, a rip-roaring read of the first order, is as good a political thriller as you're going to find this year."

—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a twelve-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Conform, Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.

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Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of eleven #1 bestselling books: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window, Broke, The 7, The Original Argument, Cowards and Control. His other bestselling books include Miracles and Massacres, Agenda 21, The Real America, The Snow Angel and Being George Washington. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint (www.mercuryink.com) that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

Glenn can be found on the web at www.glennbeck.com and www.theblaze.com.

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Customer Reviews

Faction is a fictional story based on facts.
Lexington
This book by Glenn Beck "The Overton Window" gives what could happen in this nation if the wrong people are in power.
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I read half the book in one sitting and finished it in three days.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

186 of 203 people found the following review helpful By L. Hicken on July 8, 2010
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I am conservative, but not a major Glenn Beck fan. I figured the book would have a lot of conservative political doctrine in it, and it did. For about the first half of the book, I would have given it 2-3 stars. The attraction between Molly and Noah seemed a bit contrived and the plot seemed to be kind of meandering. I was worried it was going to be a weak book that was just written as a vehicle to preach politics.

However, about half way through (and I will not give away any spoilers) Beck starts to put the first half of the book together in a way that made me understand what he was doing. It really starts to get good. The last half was a complete page turner for me.

Also, make sure to read the afterward at the end of the book. It was interesting to know how much fact was in the book. He also discusses how facts can be twisted (even by conservatives). IE, not all the conservative spiels in the book are what Glenn himself believes.

Overall, I was very happy I read it.
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887 of 1,092 people found the following review helpful By Kim Albert on June 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am writing this review, because every review on here seems to be about the author and his biases and not about the BOOK itself. Let me first say that I am an avid reader. I read everything from Stephenie Meyer to Bertrand Russell, Chuck Palahniuk to Freakonomics. I read 3-5 books per week, fiction and non-fiction alike.

I knew very little about Glenn Beck before I purchased this book. Of course I had heard his name, and that he was a radio personality, but that's about it. I read a little about him before beginning the book, learning that he is a "conservative libertarian." With that being said, it didn't really matter to me, a good book is a good book, no matter the political implications or insinuations.

About the book: The plot was weak, it could have used a lot less quoting and preaching and a lot more character development and background. I found myself being thrown into a whole lot of speeches and little narrative or story development.

The original character descriptions were good, but I found myself wanting to know more about them, who they were really, where they came from, and what they were thinking. The protagonist of this story was the only character that was explored deeper than a name, physical description, and a little about their backgrounds. I wanted to know more about them ESPECIALLY what they were thinking.

The writing was a little below average. Mr. Beck just isn't that good of a story teller, I found myself drifting through the quotes and preaching, wanting them to be over so the story could continue...which it never really did. There was never a climax in the story, and the ending left a lot to be desired.

You would have expected to learn a lot more of the elder Mr.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By C. Paul on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not particularly liking or disliking Mr. Beck, I took a copy of this book from a co-worker with some reluctance, and it sat on my desk for several days before a trip caused me to pick it up for airplane reading. About 25 pages into the book I was hooked and finished it in a few short days. It is a great story. It is very well written. It is thought provoking. It is full of interesting facts and observations. And contrary to expectations, it is not a bashing of Democrats or a celebration of Republicans. Yes, there are political overtones but these can be dismissed, or considered, as the reader desires since this is just a great story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on August 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
THE OVERTON WINDOW by conservative star Glenn Beck is horrible. While it makes some valid political, social and economic points, it fails to deliver the thrills promised on the book jacket.

I read 60-70 thrillers a year, I always vote conservative, and I'm an agented, but unpublished novelist. I say this because I'm not a Beck hater, I just feel this novel has serious issues, and want readers of this review to take it seriously.

The plot summary in the book jacket mentions PR man Noah Ross and his meeting with Molly Ross, a politcally active young woman involved in patriot groups. "AND THEN THE WORLD CHANGES" from at attack on US soil. That's the plot I'm expecting, only it never shows up. The attack promised in the book summary occurs very, very late in the book.

The extremely misleading summary is only part of the problem. Because of what is mentioned above, the book only has a beginning. The conclusion of the novel should be the opening conflict that drives the rest of the novel.

Basically, in this novel. Nothing happens. The action that occurs could happen in 60 well-written pages. But Beck drags it out forever. Part of this occurs because of the several long political rants that appear every other chapter. These are informative and at times entertaining, but do not belong in a novel.

People looking to have their beliefs reinforced will like this novel, as will ardent back fans. But true thriller writers will find the quotes on the back of the book "perfect All-American thriller," "Best thrillers I've read in years," and "turning pages well into the night," quite comical.

Bottom line, judging Beck's book by the standards other novels are judged, it fails.
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