Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Evil Characters and Politicians in Fiction

My guest poster today, Declan Finn, will tell us about his novel Codename: Winterborn, available in paperback and for Kindle.

Here's the blurb:

After a small nuclear war in 2090, a third of the world is in ruins, along with the Western half of the United States. Three years later, spy Kevin Anderson and his team are sent to find the nuclear arsenal of the Islamic Republic of France. When his team is betrayed by the politicians who sent them, Kevin is out for blood. Hunted by an army, Kevin must kill the Senators before the next team is sent to their deaths. Without resources, or support, it's almost certainly a suicide mission. But Kevin will gladly make this sacrifice, for his codename is Winterborn.

And now I give you over to Declan Finn!

Shooting politicians can be fun.
How many people have wondered what would happen if there were a hunting season on politicians? As a Catholic New Yorker, I think about it more often than most probably do. Then again, we have so many politicians who inspire such contemplation, it’s not funny.

However, killing politicians in fiction has been quite popular for the last few  years. Take, for example, any John Ringo science fiction war epic, where politicians are almost as big a threat as his enemies – which include cannibalistic Mongol hordes from space, alien Taliban, and even the actual Taliban. Vince Flynn has been killing off one politician a novel for the past fourteen novels.

In America, you’d think that politicians would be more popular, considering they’re all elected by popular vote.  With certain notable exceptions, voting seems to be more about voting for the least of all possible evils. Perhaps there is still an innate distrust of authority that’s an American cultural holdover from the dawn of the republic –  looking at the combination of both money and political power in Washington DC, one can easily confuse them for royalty, and we still have a few Kennedy family members kicking around.

It also helps that politicians have a fairly lousy track record for honesty. Or obeying the law. Or applying any laws to themselves. And tend to have interesting criminal records that would keep average citizens from employment.

It’s from this proud lineage of creative term limits that I wrote my own novel, Codename: Winterborn.  Originally an origin story for a character from a different novel, the book had grown out of one line of background – that the character had been screwed over by a group of politicians on a classified mission, and had his team blown out from under him, and that he responded in kind.

The funniest thing about the novel is that I had complaints that the senators I created were “too evil.”  Especially when I had one who had his sister lobotomized so she wouldn’t act out at public functions. Or when another one had driven a car over a bridge and let the passenger drown. If this sounds familiar, it might be because it came out of the history of the Kennedy family.

And these were the “too evil” characters.  And how many have venerated the Kennedys over the decades?

So, next July 4th, celebrate the age old tradition of killing politicians, and grab a copy of Codename: Winterborn.


The fine print:
All shootings in this post are fictitious, or as we at Fortnight of Mustard like to say, "Only in our minds." ;)


nissa_loves_cats said...

Wow, makes me wonder whether one can create an evil character that ISN'T a politician. ;)

Amanda Borenstadt said...

LOL Nissa, I know what you mean. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I don't think they can help themselves. Politicians simply make great villians. Especially those that come across as so noble in the beginning.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

So true!

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