The thriller genre is a great canvas on which to bring your ideas to life. Recently I’ve been reading some with a conservative angle. Gregg Hurwitz springs to mind, whose latest series features wisdom from the great Jordan B. Peterson himself. Another book I’ve read recently is The Boy Who Saw, which features Nazi conspiracies and right-wing nationalism in France. But there is one thriller that is outright reactionary.
The Silent Corner is not only a rip-roaring thriller, it’s thoroughly dripping with traditionalist sentimentality. On the surface, not so much. The protagonist is a female FBI agent on the run. The technology is super high tech. But dig a little deeper and this is reactionary to the core. Take the front pages:
Can’t get more reactionary than that!
The book touches on a number of ‘Alt Right’ talking points, including:
The state of current year students:
Who the real bigots are:
The role of nature plays prominently throughout the book, particularly with a brooding storm that seems to only break in the final climactic scene. It’s almost as if old Koontz has read up about Gnon itself.
A central plot point of the book is the way in which a powerful group of men are trying to control the world. As powerful men tend to do they also set up their own sex club. It’s a little bit Pizzagate-esque, especially in the sense of the use of NGOs and underground networks:
Reminds you a little of Hillary and Haiti.
I think Koontz would have caught too much flak had he made the sex slaves children, but the gist is similar. In this scene in particular the full extent of the brainwashing is evident.
Stepping outside of time? The horror of the outside world? This feels very much a reactionary take on modernity, and how evil aims to control via coercion and submission.
Indeed, there is an undercurrent of evil in the whole book, and Jane Hawk has a duty to thwart it. It isn’t her job (she goes specifically rogue on the FBI) but it is her responsibility.
Overall though the book feels like a massive black pill. The message is that technology is more often used to control us than it is used to free us. Despite the advancement of humanity, we still find ways to enslave ourselves and others.
The book looks intently at the human nature, at how we can be easily controlled and manipulated, even without the use of brain-altering nanotech. Wealth corrupts, opportunity corrupts, and no one is innocent. The world is so bleak, why not just kill yourself? For Jane Hawk, there are plenty of reasons to go on living:
Jane has to stop this clique of unknown power-players from pushing society is a certain direction. We, as reactionaries, have our own ideas about which direction history should head, and whether the current trajectory is beneficial in the long run. Does that mean we should enforce our ideas? No, but it does mean we should talk to others and work on ourselves first, so that the correct ideals are the ones that push humanity forward. If not, civilisation will end up where it has always gone:
Right now we as a society suffer both in the mind and heart, body and spirit. And Dean Koontz is an author who knows it.