Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Eye of Moloch, by Glenn Beck

Picking up where The Overton Window ends--with a thwarted attempt to frame conservative patriot groups with a bomb attack--Glenn Beck's The Eye of Moloch continues the theme.  Secretive, powerful sources are pulling the strings of government, orchestrating events to force the expansion and centralization of power.  Their fall guy is the Founders' Keepers, a conglomeration of conservative and libertarian groups who have rallied behind Molly Ross, the heroine of The Overton Window.

As readers of The Overton Window will expect, The Eye of Moloch is not a great book.  It's a fast, jumpy story, with lots of opportunities to suspend disbelief and groan at his characterizations and cartoonish action sequences.  The best part of the book, like in The Overton Window, is the Afterword, in which he goes chapter by chapter, giving the historical and factual basis for many of the plot points of the book.  This treatment raises The Eye of Moloch from the level of easy-to-dismiss pulp fiction to a thoughtfully considered, realistic story.

So yeah, it's a passable and forgettable beach read on one level.  But given the research Beck put into the story elements, he leaves the reader with much to consider.  As Philip K. Dick wrote, "Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then."

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