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Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
Raised in the Mormon Church (mainstream LDS), private detective Sam Brower is the investigator who pushed forward the long and hard legal battles against the radical FLDS and Warren Jeffs. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not sure what is more shocking:
* the incredible and totalitarian atrocities that went on right here in the United States in the 21st century;
* the inability and/or unwillingness of government at all levels to put a stop to them;
* the willingness of the victims to submit to so much irrational torment and control;
* the passive indifference of many (not all) of the neighboring communities;
* the fact that the taxpayer subsidized the entire operation in the form of welfare, government subsidies, government contracts, etc. (Known in the community as "bleeding the beast.")
* the total obliviousness of the general population (of which I am a part);
* or the fact that it is STILL going on.
To say that reading this book is a shocking revelation is an understatement. There is so much injustice and cruelty involved that it is revolting. I wouldn't know where to start listing the many ways in which I find this travesty offensive. I am all admiration for Sam Brower for his dogged determination to bring this monster down and expose his hypocrisy and crimes. As the book shows, it wasn't easy, but he persisted. If just reading about it is disturbing, I can't imagine living it.Read more ›
Sam Brower, the author is PI who tracked Jeffs down (because of his own sense of justice in regards to the way children were treated by Jeffs) and uncovered a lot of damning evidence against him. The story is briskly paced, very exciting, and provides a good look into the way Private Investigators carry out their work. There is a fair amount of unsavory detail regarding the FLDS practices, particularly with the multiple child brides and intimidation tactics used by the group leaders, so beware that that's included but it is necessary to explain just why Jeffs deserves to be punished. A fascinating, thrilling true story and a great companion to Krakauer's earlier book.
Having studied the FLDS and Warren Jeffs in depth, I did not find much new material here. But what I loved about Prophet's Prey is how Sam Brower gives a detailed, but easy-to-read background on everything that led up to Jeffs's arrest and conviction for child sexual assault. (As of this writing he has been found guilty and is awaiting a decision on his sentence. Jeffs will be tried later this year for bigamy.)
Even if you have read some of the survivor biographies (my favorites are listed below), you will still enjoy Prophet's Prey as it connects the dots between the various accounts. And if you're completely new to the topic, start with this book -- and be prepared to be shocked by the abuse, crime and fraud being perpetrated in compounds scattered around the USA and even Canada and Mexico.
The book's foreword is written by Jon Krakauer, author of the compelling account of the shocking murders committed by two fundamentalist Mormon brothers, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. Krakauer and Brower became close friends during the Jeffs investigation and I commend them both on the depth of their investigative skills and their ability to communicate horrific abuses in a humane way.Read more ›
It is heartening to learn that Jeffs is finally captured and convicted of sexual abuse of children; and astounding to learn all that happened in order to bring him to justice. There are far too many people involved in the FLDS and willing to do the worst, including offering up their own children, at the order of their "prophet."
A good read if you are interested in the well-kept secrets of polygamy and the horrors that it hides.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is so frustrating to see the open abuse of the fundamental Morman organization. I purposely do not use the term "church." Polygamy, child abuse. Tax evasion. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Cindy Morton
I am only on page 73 and this book is making me physically ill. I can't believe this sort of thing goes on in the United States of America in the 21 'st century. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Doug Reedy
Honestly I believe everyone should read this book! It was extremely well written, shockingly frank yet unbiased. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dr. Von
An insider's view of the fall of Warren Jeffs. Compelling reading.Published 23 days ago by Artemis LRL
Excellent story that sheds light on a difficult subject. This book documents the disturbing practices of the FLDS church, a fundamentalist splinter group. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KK
Well written by the author which is not a surprise since he was one of the frontliners in helping us a aware what was happening inside the FLDS community. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elaine Villanueva
I lived in St George during the trial of Warren Jeffs and have read several survivor stories. I also was a nurse and had many interactions with FLDS womenV who never were alone in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlotte's Web of Everything