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Savage Nation drives host's debut novel to top of charts

A special request to his listening audience was all that was necessary to drive Michael Savage‘s upcoming novel, “Abuse of Power,” up the Amazon.com sales charts from more than No. 5,000 to No. 1 in hard-cover books in just one day.

“I told them that I don’t ask for very much, but I need them to send a message to the media moguls that conservatives read books and conservatives go to movies,” Savage told WND today. “More importantly, conservatives read novels. That’s not just a realm of the elite liberal.”

Savage, author of “Trickle Up Poverty” and other nonfiction bestsellers, told his Savage Nation listeners that “unless you buy the book, unless you read the book and talk about the book, you’re going to continue to see this anti-American, anti-family drivel that’s coming out of Hollywood.”

“There’s no other way to reach them than through the marketplace,” he told WND.

Savage said that the response to his request yesterday shocked him, because the book is not published yet and there has been virtually no media promotion.

“It’s very important that America understand the power of the Savage Nation,” he said. “I believe that the Savage Nation is the most unrequited force of political change in this country.”

Savage said he believes the Savage Nation swayed the 2010 elections from Democrats, noting his audience is largely independent.

“Abuse of Power” is scheduled for release Tuesday.

The novel features Jack Hatfield, a freelance TV producer who loses his top-rated opinion show because of a liberal media smear campaign by a group that resembles Media Matters. While filming a piece on the San Francisco Police Department’s bomb squad, he discovers the mayor and the FBI are covering up a possible Arab link to a bomb. Hatfield’s pursuit of the truth takes him to Israel, Paris and London while Islamic agents prepare a major terrorist attack.

“Let’s hope that Jack Hatfield takes America’s imagination by storm, because Jack fights the terrorists to the end in ‘Abuse of Power,'” Savage said. “In the next story, should this go where I want it to go, Jack will be back like Superman to save America from the Islamofascists and their liberal friends.”

Savage, a film lover, hopes the book will be the basis for a movie, as “so few movies show the Islamofascists for who they are and show Americans for the heroes they are.”

“There’s been such a movement in this country to disappear the word Muslim from terrorist that it’s frightening,” he said.

The book challenges the prevailing establishment attitudes toward the threat of radical Islam.

“It’s as though it were 1946, the war with Germany is over, and you’re not allowed to say the word Nazi anymore. Instead you should be just buying strudel and Mercedes Benzes,” he said of the current situation in the U.S. “Well, the war isn’t over. They’ve haven’t stopped trying to kill us, have they?

“An Islamofascist is an Islamofascist, and there’s millions of them, and Jack knows that in the book.”

Savage pointed out to those who think he’s anti-Muslim that there’s a female hero in the book alongside Hatfield who is a Muslim.

“It’s very important that people understand that by reading the book, that I know the difference between Islamofascists and Muslims,” he said.

Commenting on the power of the Savage Nation, Savage said his audience is “emotionally attached to me, and I to them.”

Many listeners, he said, see him as the “uncle that used to be in every family, who used to come to Sunday dinners, when Americans still had them.”

“This uncle was full of opinions, and you’d argue with him over the Sunday dinner table,” Savage said. “And when the dinner was over, you couldn’t wait for him to leave. But as the week went on, you couldn’t wait for Sunday to come around so you could see your favorite uncle again, your Dutch uncle, to argue with him.”