Most Americans are feeling frustrated by the daily barrage of rhetoric inflicted upon them about healthcare,
corporate greed and religion. This fact, combined with his own feelings of dissatisfaction with government, became the
inspiration for Alan Beck, a doctor, to write a totally over-the-top satirical novel written in the tradition of such greats as
Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore and Jonathon Swift.
Online PR News – 27-February-2010 – – Faithful Proposal (IGI Publishing) by Alan Beck provides much-needed mirth for the soul. It covers the
gamut with its manic ride through the irritable bowels of our health care system, taking a darkly funny descent into the
sclerotic heart of contemporary religions (both mainstream and fringe), and a Prozac-induced mock homage to corporate
and individual greed.
In a story where just the characters names will induce smiles, the tale begins with the resignation of Brooks McRump,
CEO of Bonanza insurance companies. Undaunted, he goes out to conquer other worlds and sets his sight on religions as
his prime takeover targets. He joins forces with Steven Kopflopper, retired psychiatrist and his former COO, and
together they use the internet to revolutionize religions in their quest to acquire them all!
Things get very interesting when they add dining and entertainment to their mix-and-match versions of religion, leading
up to Religious Idol Contests, and advertising prayer numbers on glowing white arches of a sports stadium. After guests
get an education at Faith Mountain that includes a ‘virtual tour’ of the history of religion, participants are parachuted
down the mountain where they meet the founders of all religions, visit Heaven and Hell and their inhabitants, and
witness crusades, inquisitions, and magic moments in religious history. Running a for-profit organization makes it easy
to enlist high profile religious leaders who are eager to enjoy the perks, and as religious zeal spreads so does the
number of new centers popping up around the country. The buzz spreads to network television where founder, Brooks
McRump, gets interviewed by Larry King.
Rifle Rae Virgin becomes a leader in the organization and succeeds in uniting the newer faith counselors in testing the
souls of the founding fathers of Faith America. When the counselors are wined and dined in Florida to placate their envy
of the leaders’ enormous success, an Indian chief meets the leadership and shares surprising visions with them. Fate
ultimately descends to tame the ambitions and greed of the leaders who undergo a revival, with true faith and family
values returning at the end to save the day. A Faithful Proposal has many great messages in its text; written expertly
and with just the right amount of dark humor, it makes it possible to laugh at ourselves.