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The Overton Window Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010
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"From the moment you open Glenn Beck's The Overton Window, you are looking through his eyes -- and like the best thriller writers out there, Glenn knows that the very best way to scare us is to show us what can really happen. Get ready to sleep with the lights on. This is the one. You'll never look at history the same way again." -#1 NYT bestselling author Brad Meltzer
"A visionary work of fiction. One of the best thrillers I've read in years."
--Vince Flynn, "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
"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
"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
About the Author
Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a thirteen-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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The value of the novel lies entirely in the research it was based on. which in my observation is almost spot-on. The book fictionalizes very well the process of shifting the debate from "We have individual rights" to "What kinds of rights might the Powers That Be permit us?" The speeches of the villain are almost worth the price of the novel in themselves. They were so well-written that I almost felt myself falling under the spell of: "The masses are far too stupid and ignorant to be entrusted with the task of running their own lives!" As a demonstration of this point, please note the chorus of "But liberty is a wingnut idea!" that usually greets claims that we're well on the way to becoming an Orwellian police state here and in America. "Why should we care if we're monitored and controlled 24/7 if we're not doing anything wrong!"
People who say these things are living proof of the book's thesis. And therein lies the value of the book. People may hate its amateurish style and sloppy plot line, but the facts and ideas presented may stick to some degree in readers' heads. Or so I hope.
Based on the striking cover alone, I was expecting it to be about a big-government dystopia. In actuality, it is about the run up to the same. If you're a fan of Glenn's, that sounds like a good story in theory.
In practice, though, I'm sorry to admit that Glenn's (or the author(s) ghosting as Glenn) narrative style fails to engage. Specifically, the mechanics of "show, don't tell" are wontonly discarded. Large portions of this book consist of characters giving speeches. Soliloquies, really. The villain rants about his philosophy at length in his board room to a captive audience. The protagonist and his newfound friends deliver long speeches about their own philosophies at a rally, literally on stage. It's painful to be reading a story while actively cringing at how hamhanded an approach the author is taking in using these cheap shortcuts. It's a political story that wants to have big ideas, true, but it still needs to function foremost as a story.
My other gripe is the romance that develops between the protagonist and the opinionated constituationalist he falls for. While there is a twist to this subplot, the mushiness that the writer employs in describing their relationship is cliche.
The book does have something to recommend it, though. It employs the device of switching between subplots every few chapters, which at least keeps the reader fresh. Ironically, my favorite subplot is the one that takes place on the road and excludes both the main protagonist and his girlfriend.
Being that I barely liked or cared about the main characters, I was doubly frustrated by the end, which sets up a sequel. In itself, it is not a satisfying ending since it doesn't provide much in the way of resolution. So if you weren't gripped by the preceding story, be forewarned: the ending will leave you downright repelled.
I have known that there are things which come to a logical conclusion if a certain route is taken and maybe our country coming to this point is a logical conclusion when values are replaced with unjust social justice for the sake of political correctness. I remember reading a quote from de Touqueville who said, " When American ceases to be good, it will cease to be great." This book did not portray American as good.
It is written well and does hold your attention. I have the sequel just to find out how it ends.
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What's scary is that the scenario portrayed is actually possible.