Ugh. Ugh. UGH. This book was TERRIBLE. I bought it at the 2006 book sale because of the title (naturally!) and because the description presented it as a tongue-in-cheek political thriller. I sort of hoped it might be like those light, somewhat cheesy TNT movies starring Noah Wyle as a librarian. Alas, no.
Written by Larry Beinhart, the author of the book that became the dark comedy Wag the Dog, the plot seems promising. It’s the story of a university librarian who moonlights as an archivist for an extremely wealthy, somewhat questionable, eccentric old man. In the course of this work, the librarian becomes embroiled in and must stop a, well, vast, right-wing conspiracy whose purpose is to help the current, idiotic, spoiled, wealthy Republican President defeat the woman running as the Democratic candidate and win re-election. Sound familiar?
Beinhart’s politics really show in the book: Conservatives believe in their superiority and are prepared to allow terrorist attacks to happen, stoke racial tensions and buy votes to get their way. Beinhart’s beef with the current administration is obvious and though I am most definitely liberal, I was annoyed at his transparent agenda. The plot is too over-to-top and unbelievalbe (yes, even for someone who believes SCOTUS robbed Al Gore in 2000 and thoroughly enjoyed Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11). And the book is unnecessarily crude and violent in parts. In short, the book is a mess.
It’s kind of a shame because there were parts of the book that actually drew me in and held my interest. Most of it, though, was just awful.