Silenced: Chapters 13-14: Our New Hero

So some of us have been saying all along that if Ranold was really the super-agent that he’s supposed to be, and if the NPO was really the super-organization it’s supposed to be, they would’ve had Paul figured out long ago.


Aw yeah, baby, it is time for Ranold to be Teh Awesome.

Of course, we’re not supposed to think he’s being awesome here.  We’re not supposed to be on his side.  And we know he’s going to lose.

But GORRAMITALL, I so want to see Paul get his at the hands of Ranold and Jae.  Just let me dream for awhile, okay?

Jae arrives in Washington.  Presumably, she took a route much like this one, and since Jenkins halves all travel times in Atheistopia, we can assume it took just over five hours to get there, plus eating and potty stops.  Then again, the kids are still friggin’ asleep, so maybe Jae blew right through.  I can tell you from experience that much of that drive is incredibly boring, so it’s a good thing Jae had something to listen to, even if it was the New Testament.

Ranold is in a late meeting (ONE GUESS WHAT IT’S ABOUT!!!) and Jae’s mother greets her.

Once the luggage was inside, Jae’s mother asked her if she was hungry or thirsty.

“No,” she said.  “I need to get to bed and so do you.  Thanks for everything.”

Her mother tried to express how thrilled she was to have Jae and the kids, but Jae shushed her and nudged her toward her bedroom.

Jae, it is like nine or ten at night.  I think you can take twenty minutes and have a cuppa tea with your mother who loves you.  Damn, girl, but that is cold.

We can see that Jae’s Stepfordization progresses ever smoothly—she would rather listen to the Bible than talk with her mother.  She takes the discs to her room with her for bedtime listening…and then some.

Oh, and Jae apparently listens to the discs slooooooowly.  She was in Romans when she left Chicago, and five hours later, she is into Ephesians.  Even counting all of Romans, that is not even 27 pages in my Bible.

But here’s the spooky part:

Jae didn’t intend to memorize [Ephesians 2:4-9], but she wanted to hear it again and again.  So she set the coordinates and programmed the player to repeat, and she listened to the passage all night, six or eight times before she drifted off.

So creepy.  Jae is basically brainwashing herself through repetition.


Next morning, Jae’s mom takes the kids out for breakfast and then to the zoo, and Ranold sits Jae down for a breakfast that he prepared himself, while revealing to her…dun dun DUN…her real job with the NPO.

“I’m going to let you in on some highly classified information, and I need to know you can handle it.  You’re smart, you’re patriotic, and I’ve always known you to be a loyal citizen.  Does that still apply?”

In spite of herself, even knowing that her father was flattering her for his own purposes, Jae lived and died for positive input from him.

Jenkins leaves out the logical rest of this thought.  Jae lived and died for positive input from her father…because she damn sure didn’t get positive input from anyone else, least of all her husband.

Jenkins tries to paint Ranold in the worst possible light—flattering his daughter, lumbering around like a doofus in the kitchen (even though Ranold turns out to be a good cook), talking with his mouth full (quelle horreur!), but he can’t fool me!  Ranold is about to do what we have all been hoping and dreaming he would do for two books now…ATTEMPT TO NAIL PAUL FOR TREASON.

“Jae, are you familiar with Stockholm syndrome?”

“Where a hostage becomes sympathetic to the kidnapper?”

“In a nutshell.  Being as generous as possible, that’s what we think happened with Paul.”

It’s happening, you guys.  I can hardly believe it, and I know it won’t end well, but Ranold is ON to Paul’s stupid games.  He has facts and inside information.  He has been wise to Paul for MONTHS now.

And we get to see it all!  Goooooooo, Ranold!

And on that awesome note, we will leave Ranold to celebrate his glorious, treason-hunting Wintermas in peace.

Godspeed in your quest, Ranold.  Godspeed.

Posted on November 27, 2013, in Books, Silenced. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Ranold is on to Paul? Well it’s about time, considering how poorly Paul has hidden his new RTC beliefs. I’d love to see Ranold nail Paul and make it stick, but I’m sure Jenkins isn’t going to let that happen to the “hero” of these books.

  2. I’m as happy as anyone that Ranold has drawn the obvious conclusion. But I’m still baffled by the fact that Ranold, one of the founders of the Atheistapo, thinks he needs more proof. In any real dictatorship that brutally persecutes dissidents, Ranold would just have made Paul dissappear when he began to suspect his loyalties. Or even when his daughter left him because he was cheating on her. Once again we see that Atheisopia rocks, even as a brutal dictatorship: They always make very certain that the person they are punishing for being an enemy of the state is really an enemy of the state.

    Not sure where the Stockholm Syndrome idea comes from. Paul was never captured by the RTCs. It’d be more of a “Battle not with monsters lest you become a monster”-deal. Though Stockholm Syndrome does describe Jae’s relationship with Paul (“He’s still dismissive yet controling, but he occasionally carries my luggage now. He must love me after all). Or any RTCs relationship with god (“God thinks I’m a horrible sinful creature deserving of everlasting torment, but if I blindly obey and worship him he’ll forgive me. He must love us after all.”)

    • I’m sure that Jenkins’ only problem with Atheistopia is its chosen target of suppression. After all, he looks forward to Turbojesus returning to establish essentially the same sort of dictatorship, only with the persecution reversed. If the NPO were depicted throwing atheists under the bus to get to RTCs, that would dilute the RTCs’ martyrdom.

    • At the end of Left Behind, TurboJesus establishes his millenial kingdom where no one dies… except for any non-Christians. They die at once they reach 100 years (dunno how it works if you deconvert after reaching 100 years, but I don’t think Jenkins really believes that can happen. RTCianity is permanent. If you lose your faith, you never really had faith to begin with).

      So basically, yes, under TurboJesus’ rule the penalty for having the wrong religion is also death, followed by Hell. TurboJesus just has a more efficient system that doesn’t require any deathsquads or spies to hunt the unbelievers down.

  3. Jae lived and died for positive input from him.

    A: Since when? She’s never seemed particularly eager to win his praise before. We’ve never seen her say or do anything to get his approval.

    B: Unlike the healthy, respectiful relationship Josh Jordan has with his son.

  4. And if only Ranold had done this a few weeks earlier, Jae might have been saved rather than Saved.

    As for timing, reports on lengths of audiobook versions of the bible seem to vary a lot — I’ve found mention of a 60-hour New Testament, and 75, 85 or 148 hours of OT+NT.

    Romans + 1Cor + 2Cor + Galatians is 29440 words in my KJV, the whole NT is 188920 words, and the whole bible is 823359 words (this is including verse numbers and things), suggesting that the five hours would scale up to 32 hours for the whole NT or 140 hours for the whole bible. Which might be in the right general area. Hmmm. We need a better basis for comparison.

    The unabridged World War Z is 12:19:17 long, and the book is 118,189 words. (Again, rough count including extranea.) That suggests around 2.67 words/second is a reasonable reading pace. That suggests that Jae’s listening should have taken somewhere around three hours. Slow it down a bit for a ponderous “respectful” reading and five hours feels more or less plausible.

  5. I listen to audio books in bed and sometimes drift off to sleep while listening to them. I never get more than about an hour’s shallow sleep, having lots of vivid dreams prompted by what I’m hearing, before I wake up enough to switch the damm thing off. So how did Jae get a restful night’s sleep?
    Oh, wait, it was the Word of God she was listening to….

  6. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

    RTCs certainly like to emphasize the first half of that sentence while ignoring the second half.

    • If Buck and Rayford are any indication (and they are, since they are author avatars), they love to boast about how they no longer feel the need to boast.

      “Think you’re really righteous? Think you’re pure in heart?
      Well, I know I’m a million times as humble as thou art
      I’m the pious guy the little Amlettes wanna be like
      On my knees day and night scorin’ points for the afterlife
      So don’t be vain and don’t be whiny
      Or else, my brother, I might have to get medieval on your heinie”

  7. Is there no bullet train from Chicago to D.C.? Atheistopia, you’ve disappointed me just a little bit.

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