Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Glenn Beck's The Overton Window


Glenn Beck’s first Fiction Thriller, The Overton Window hit bookstores two weeks ago and is already #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.   As a listener of Beck’s off and on for the last 10 years and a consumer of his previous non-fiction books, the book's description intrigued me enough to purchase a copy. 

Political thrillers are among my favorite books to read, so this one seemed right up my alley.  I was not disappointed with the ripped from the headlines storyline.  Beck has done an amazing job weaving real life events, political theory, controversy and great fiction together to create an exciting page-turner.  He leads the reader down a path that some believe our country is already headed down with chilling results.  Even if you can see what is coming, the development of the story does not disappoint.

Set around present day happenings in the United States, the story follows characters caught up in a plan to destroy America using a powerful technique called the Overton Window.  “It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.”   

Beck did a great job developing believable determined characters who may resemble real Americans, the good and bad.  His immense research woven into the storyline inspires the reader to discover which portrayed events are based on real life and where he took literary license.  Prepared for that reaction, Beck has provided a detailed Afterword with references and links in the book. 

If you like a political thriller that not only entertains you, but also causes you to think – this is the book for you!  

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