The provocative rants of world-famous radio luminary Chris Kodiak are changing America's political climate. But San Francisco is immune-at least that's what long-time City By the Bay resident and die-hard hippie Benny Taylor thinks. Then his former lover-a prominent feminist-is attacked; the first in a series of assaults leveled (according to notes left pinned to the victim's clothing) against all "deviants." In San Francisco, that doesn't leave many people out. Benny's fury to discover who is behind the attacks pulls him into a world where fury is the stock-in-trade for announcers and listeners alike; a world dominated by Chris Kodiak. Radio Rage is a gripping, funny and often surreal journey into the superheated precincts of talk radio. From the elegant recording studios of the Excellence in Broadcasting Network in Manhattan, where Kodiak delivers his daily harangues, to the back alleys and strip clubs of San Francisco's Tenderloin District, where Kodiak's most devoted follower hunts for his latest "deviant," Radio Rage is a rare thriller that stands up for non-conformists and rejects the wisdom of media "experts."
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Benny Taylor is a 40-year unemployed, aging, liberal, ex hippy, working temp jobs in San Francisco. He had broken up with the only girl he loved, Janet Stewart, over fifteen years ago. And now lived alone in an apartment, with his cat. Most of Benny's time is taken up with riding his bicycle through the streets of San Francisco, and listening to talk radio. Benny has become quite interested in the rantings of a certain right wing, extremist, radio personality Chris Kodiak, and his radical ideas. Meanwhile on the streets of San Francisco a follower of Kodiak has taken it upon himself to rid the city of all 'deviants', according to notes left on the bodies. Anyone who doesn't fit into the conservative, right wing ideals of Kodiak is a target of this deranged, obsessed fan. And Benny's ex girlfriend becomes one of these people because she is an outspoken feminist. Benny reads about Janet's encounter with this radical, and her subsequent brush with death, and comes to her aid. Soon to find that he too, is now a target of the man's obsession to rid the world of what he terms deviants. His life in danger, Benny intends to meet, head on, this fanatic and stop him from killing, only to find there are larger forces in the movement. All inspired, and fed hatred, by the words of Kodiak being spewn over the airwaves. RADIO RAGE is a very disturbing account of what can happen when intolerance gets out of control. Most of us, including myself, have heard these people on the radio, television, or read them in newspapers. Most of us laugh, get angry, or just turn the station. But there are some out there that take the words that they say, as a signal to do harm to those who they feel don't fit in the mold that they should. They feel it is their 'right', or 'calling' to rid the world of the 'deviant's' who do not conform to their way of thinking. Ron Danklefs, first time author of RADIO RAGE, has done an excellent job in showing what can happen, what is happening, when a strong personality gets in the position to be able to preach his hatred to people, some of which have emotional problems to begin with. He does this using the very colorful scenery of the San Francisco life, and an intriguing story line. I very much enjoyed reading RADIO RAGE. And the next time I come across one of these radio personalities spouting hate, I won't laugh, or just turn the channel. I will wonder who else might just be listening to it, and making plans to follow their lead.