It is safe to say that I’m a very voracious reader. My primary passions, when it comes to fiction, are science fiction, horror, fantasy, and political thrillers. I never discriminate when it comes to the political views of authors, even when their political views color their work. Being a Libertarian, I much more closely identify with libertarian and conservative authors. When I read books by liberal authors who infuse their views into their work I find myself debating with the author and the characters in my head as I read. This can be distracting, which is why I enjoy reading books by those on the right more. Here are my favorite fiction authors that also happen to be on the political right:
Over the years I’ve read over thirty of his novels. There is no author whose work I enjoy more and there is no fiction author who I agree with more when it comes to political views. Dean Koontz is very much a libertarian and those views permeate just about every one of his novels. The heroes pretty much all expose libertarian views while the villains are most often progressives. The central theme of most of the novels that I’ve read is– individual freedom will triumph over the forces of collectivism.
Here is how Wikipedia describes Dean Koontz:
Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.
I completely agree with that description. His books are thrillers and horror stories. He uses his political views to color his novels. They are not works of political fiction. Dean Koontz is a very vocal Catholic. His Catholic faith also permeates his novels. Good versus evil is very often a central theme.
If you are thinking about checking out Dean Koontz, I would very much recommend “Watchers” and “Strangers.” Those are the two novels that first got me hooked. His “Odd Thomas” series and his “Frankenstein” series are also fantastic, along with so many of his stand alone novels.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread his Jack Ryan series. It is probably north of a dozen times. Tom Clancy novels are political and military thrillers. The main character in the Jack Ryan series starts off as an analyst for the CIA. Tom Clancy was very much a Reagan Conservative and he lets that shine thru very clearly in all of his novels. In the novel “Executive Orders” President Jack Ryan discusses his political views in great detail. They are a mixture of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan. Tom Clancy was a Catholic and so was his main character, Jack Ryan.
Tom Clancy was a very prolific author who wrote many different series of novels. I’ve only read the Jack Ryan series. The first ten novels in the series were all fantastic. After the novel “The Bear and the Dragon” this series was nowhere as good. If you’re interested in starting the series then “Patriot Games” is the perfect novel to start with. His standalone novel “Red Storm Rising” is one of my all time favorite novels. This book is about a nonnuclear world war between the US and the USSR, which takes place in the mid 1980s.
A few months ago I came across an article listing libertarian works of fiction. Featured in this article was the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Before that article I had not given those books much thought. I heard the name of the books but considered them to be just for young adults. After reading the article I decided to give that series a whirl. I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the series so much that I read it three times and have watched all of the movies.
The author of the article was correct about this series having a libertarian message. The series is set in the future where the part of the world that used to be the United States is now part of a country called Panem. This country is made up of twelve districts which are oppressed by an extremely tyrannical central government. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, accidently ignites a rebellion then becomes a central figure in the rebellion. Overthrowing an oppressive government and restoring individual freedom is the central theme. During the third book Katniss overhears a discussion between two central characters about who should lead the government after the oppressive capitol is defeated. Here is the answer
“Everyone,” Plutarch tells him. “We’re going to form a republic where the people of each district and the Capitol can elect their own representatives to be their voice in a centralized government. Don’t look so suspicious; it’s worked before.”
There is one line in the book that has a slight pro global warming message but no book is perfect. The line mentions that a lot of the land has been flooded by rising seas. There are no details. Man made global warming is never mentioned. The series takes place in the distant future after many wars have been fought so this rise in the seas could have been caused by anything. .
The political nature of the Hunger Games has been hotly debated by all sides. Usually a few lines are pulled out from here and there to claim victory by a liberal or a conservative blog author. After reading the entire series this libertarian stands firmly behind the conclusion that this series has a strong libertarian message.
There are so many other right leaning fiction authors I’ve read. I may make this into a regular series of articles if there is enough interest. If anyone would like to recommend an author please do so in the comments section.