GLENN: 888 727 BECK, 888 727 BECK. I don't know if you know this, but my company is called Mercury, and one of the things that we do is we publish books. It's a joint venture with Simon and Schuster, and I'm working on several different things that don't involve necessarily any titles from me. One of them is the freedom library that I have talked about for so long that everybody needs to have a freedom library, that you have to have these books that are quintessential to the American experience. Not just, you know, the founding fathers' words and, you know, biography of Benjamin Franklin and the, what do you call them, the letters.
PAT: The Federalist Papers?
GLENN: Federalist Papers. Not just those things but also like Huck Finn, good decent books. You know, I wrote in a journal, I don't know, about a month ago we have got to teach our children how to be decent to each other. We have to teach our children the things that have been lost. We have to teach our children the value of things, the value of you know, and the state can't do it. The value of just being decent and good and honorable and the values that have been so lost. And I actually thought of a book that I read and I remember that Ted Bell, he's a friend of mine, I wrote him and I said it is a book out of time. And I don't know how many young men I have given this book to so they can read. I cannot wait until Raphe and Cheyenne are old enough to read this book with me. It's called Nick of Time. And Ted is on with me. Ted, are you there?
BELL: Hi, Glenn, how are you?
GLENN: I want everybody to know first of all, full disclosure, I have nothing to gain with Ted Bell and this book. Ted, do I make a dime on this book?
BELL: Not a penny.
GLENN: Not a penny. This is describe the book.
BELL: I tell you, you pretty much did a great job up front on the kind of books that we need. The only thing I would add to that is this notion of heroism and self reliance and independence. And I think if we're going to preserve this country, we're going to need heroes and lots of them, especially now more than ever. And that's one of the central themes in this book is the notion that you can be a hero in your own life. And that's the key element, in addition to love of country, patriotism and taking care of your little sister and taking care of your little brother and all those things.
GLENN: Just being you know, I haven't read you know, I wrote this in a notepad also the other day. Our heroes are gone.
GLENN: Have you noticed that every single hero has either been destroyed or every single hero our kids now has a dark side.
GLENN: Enough with the dark side. They are going to see the dark side
BELL: Soon enough.
GLENN: Soon enough. Let's fill them with light while we can.
BELL: Exactly. I mean, I'm sure you'll remember us getting lost in Treasure Island and Huck Finn and all those books and it just created a world that you wanted to live in and where you knew how to operate. But I knew that if I was going to write a book like this for modern kids, you know, I wanted a book that all kids would love and so the three things that I know kids love are pirates and battling evil Nazis and time travel. And so I wrapped all these notions inside that kind of an adventure.
BELL: Just so it's fun for them to read. Not just as you said, the Federalist Papers.
GLENN: The setting is England in 1939 on the eve of war. Nick and his sister Kate beginning gathering vital information. But the Nazis become the least of Nick's problem after he discovers a time machine hidden in a cove. Unfortunately an evil pirate captain Billy Blood who travels through time capturing little children and holding them for ransom will stop at nothing to possess the priceless machine. With the help of Lord Hawke who is children have been taken by Blood, Nick must fight the ruthless pirate on land and sea in two different centuries in a desperate attempt to save his home and his family from utterly being destroyed. It is a fantastic book and I can't recommend Nick of Time. When does it come out in paperback?
BELL: Today. Today is the pub date.
GLENN: It is in bookstores everywhere. I told you when this book came out, this is one that when my son is old enough and my daughter is old enough what is the recommended reading age?
BELL: Well, it's 9 to 1 but kids much older than that
GLENN: I've given it to a guys that are 15, 16 and they loved it.
BELL: And they loved it. The truth is it's an all family book. It's a book that you can read to your kids, or grownups like it, too. You and I like it.
GLENN: I loved it. There is nothing in it this is like, and I think I told you this at the time, Ted, this is like reading an old book. I mean, it feels, it is classic. And there is nothing in it that you go, oh, jeez, why would you put that in there. And it's just, it's tremendous.
BELL: Well, I just want to make one point.
BELL: And that is, I mean, I was tremendously excited in hard cover but now in paperback it's at a price kids can afford to just go out and buy themselves.
GLENN: What is it?
BELL: They don't have to wait for somebody to give it to somebody, you know?
GLENN: $7.99, that's an outrage.
BELL: I don't set these prices.
GLENN: No, I know. It's a great book. Nick of Time by Ted Bell. You'll find it in bookstores everywhere. Ted, God bless you, my friend.
BELL: God bless you, buddy.