PJV Quickie: Curiosity led me to pick up Glenn Beck’s THE EYE OF MOLOCH, the second book in his OVERTURN WINDOW series. With a name like Glenn Beck, I knew what was in store for me, I just wanted to see how he delivered his message. So prepared, I dug in, luckily having the audiobook to make it a bit easier to digest, because the delivery was rather dry and hard to follow at times, the book carried by “ideas” instead of the characters or the plot. Overall it was a competent book and I think Beck achieved his goal of delivering his ideas. But, I think if you are looking for a fun fiction read, this one isn’t for you. It is what it is, a political novel, written to follow today’s rocky political climate, told through the perspective of a conservative libertarian view-point as the worst-fears are realized and the nefarious far-left agendas come into effect.
The novel follows the heroine Molly Ross, a woman on the run from the elitist rulers of the “new world order.” The order is run by an old-as-dirt trillionaire, who’s influence trickles down to every part of the American government. Their goal is to control the American population by subjugation and dependency, leaving the power in the elitist upper-class select few.
Molly Ross and her merry band of “Founder’s Keepers” are set on exposing this group within the government and shining a light on their nefarious intentions of controlling the world. But, endless resources are at Aaron Doyle’s fingertips and Molly Ross has only her loyal supporters to help. Doyle hunts her every move, but Ross still manages to collect supporters, their ultimate goal, to restore America to it’s former glory and eradicate the rot that has seeped into the government.
Again I mention, I know the aim of this book, to fictionalize Glenn Beck’s fears, so he can deliver them in a fiction setting for more impact. There is nothing wrong with this, many authors do this with their dystopian novels, creating worlds based on their political leanings of how the “world-will-end” whether it is Global Warming, war, famine…etc. Glenn Beck, just being the conservative voice of doom, has a more political background and this novel seems more targeted then most. I usually like these types of deliveries actually, because it lets me learn about a certain thought process, while enjoying a fiction story. They just have to do the fiction part of the story right. Unfortunately in that regard, Beck’s THE EYE OF MOLOCH floundered. His thoughts and beliefs were delivered in clear clarity, but the story just wasn’t there. We jumped from one character to another and never really stayed long enough with one particular person to become vested in their problems and care for their plight. It felt as if parts of the story were wonderful and actual telling of a story, but then it would slip and become disjointed. I read another review of this book that stated it felt as if it was written by a few authors and I can agree with this. It is probably true, I doubt Beck, with his television network, his radio program and all his speaking engagements had time to sit down and pen a series. This was probably handled by a few ghost writers and it had that feel. A novel written by a think tank. It makes writing this review a little more unemotional then my usual delivers.
As far as the overall thoughts and feelings of the book, I get it, Beck believes there is a group of very wealthy people that are trying to control the government and he believes that naively patriotic people can wrestle back the reigns of the country if they just believe in God and our founding principles hard enough and evangelize the “truth” loud enough (I am really simplifying this – I do like Beck’s message of Truth beyond all things – even though I translate that truth a little differently). Did it translate into a book well though? Not really. Molly Ross seemed like a stylized character and Aaron Doyle just an a-typical antagonist, the big-bad-evil. I felt almost detached from this novel and never came close to really caring about he characters in the novel, which is the reason I read.
What I liked most about the novel was actually in the political parts. I don’t like to get political on the social networks, but my beliefs are usually very libertarian, left-leaning libertarian (not the right-leaning of Beck’s), meaning get the government out of my bedroom, pharmacy, bank-account etc. But, the far-right side of my little political ticket tend to be represented by anarchist, militia-types…and Beck brought that up in the story, introducing a very racist, anarchist group that was trying to aid Molly. I just liked how he tried to show all parts of the right side of the political schema. You can flip this around though, because while he was showing all the grey parts of the right, he left the left as very black and white, which in my mind is the problem with most of big-name conservative heads. To get into it more, might turn this review into a political debate and I am not in anyway qualified to do that. So, I’ll stop there.
Do I know more about Glenn Beck’s fears? Yes. So, in essence the novel did its job. Do I believe this outcome is inevitable, no? But, if Beck’s intention was getting the truth out there, I actually feel like the portrayal in this novel trivialized his fears, because the antagonist representing the “evil left” was so stereotypical to be straight fiction. Will I read on in the series? Probably not.
The narration was handled by Jeremy Lowell who’s voice is the gravelly, deep purr of awesome that is reminiscent of Clint Eastwood at his finest. It set a tone of chilling upheaval and fear, but the narration, like the book was dry at times. I would like to listen to more of Lowell’s narrations, maybe a different book will do his great voice credit.
Recommendations: For fans of Beck, you’ll probably like this novel, but you’ll probably read it no matter what my review says. Fans of political thrillers should enjoy or if you just want to know what people like Beck fear, it is a good novel to read. Easier then listening to his radio program, or his television network.