One of the blogs I link to from time-to-time is that of Warren Meyer, Coyote Blog. Warren has written a novel that I’d characterize it as part political and business intrigue, combined with organized crime (other than the government) and a murder mystery.
Frankly, I wasn’t going to bother with it. The title did nothing to really interest me, and besides, 95% of what I read is non-fiction. I enjoy good fiction, but I just haven’t the time for it. Unless a novel can grab me within about 20 pages, I’ll usually set it aside, never to return. Then I read some of the reviews of others, including the one by my friend Kyle Bennett, and I decided to give it a go. I cracked it open last Saturday afternoon and was finished on Monday. In the interim, it occupied my attention even when I wasn’t actually reading. I always particularly like it when I can "take refuge" in a story for a few days.
Knowing Warren’s blog and his academic and business background (Princeton, Harvard, Executive positions, entrepreneur), I had a pretty good idea what to expect. I just didn’t know whether the story could hold my interest. It certainly did.
Technically? The writing is good, which I found a bit surprising for someone who writes non-fiction political commentary all the time. Now, I have no idea whether this is the "literary way" of doing it, but it struck me that the meat of the book was in the narration, and the dialog was just there to carry the action. I really liked that way of doing it because it paints far more of a picture than one gets from and over-emphasis on dialog. As such, I did not find the dialog to be in any way stretched, as almost always happens when libertarians get anywhere near a pen.
The stark amorality (aside from the murder & all) of the various political, media, legal, and entertainment people was very refreshing, reminiscent of a Vince Flynn novel. Ugly, ugly people; whom everyone wants to believe have ideals beyond their own predatory ambitions. But again, this ugliness was not revealed through preachy narration or dialog. It was just implicit in the story. Neither were the entrepreneurs particularly saintly. They were moral human beings, acting as you would expect any normal human being to act.
I recommend the book, and I do so for only one reason: it’s a really good story, and I’m sure it wouldn’t be a spoiler to tell you that it has a happy ending.
Good work, Warren. …Alright, one criticism: I think you could have done better than ‘BMOC’ as the title, and perhaps also for the name of the company in the book. I had the sense that this acronym was chosen early on and obstinately stuck with even when it didn’t quite fit any more.