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Spellbinder Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1993


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671874950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671874957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,611,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Chopra on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Spellbinder is one of the best written works by Robbins. Written in 1984, the book wears a typical style of writing which only Robbins can deliver. The story is about the "Preacher", a medical vet who took retirement after the Vietnam War, and starts the Church, where sex and drugs are common among the young disciples and him. He in fact grows marijuana to raise funds for the Church. All this remains low profile until a multi-millionaire businessman of Texas notices him and offer him his land and other resources. In return he takes the broadcasting rights of his services. The "Preacher" fights to maintain balance between money and God. This novel touches a very delicate subject, which some people may find totally unacceptable, but it's not hard to relate many religious groups of today with the story. With your open mind and eyes, you might agree with Harold Robbins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry C. on November 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Spellbinder is one of Robbins' most explosive and powerful novels if not the most eplosive one. It's hero is "Preacher" - a Vietnam vet, California hippie young man who preaches the word of God in a small commune. His faith becomes a tangible asset when he is chosen by a Texas billionaire to lead a new campaign of religious revivalism that uses money, TV and the best media money can buy to spread the word of God (and make a lot of money).
The book is like a backstage pass to corporate-driven TV evangelism, the "other" major money-making entertainment industry in US. Its ending is exquisite (and a valid parabole on Jesus), but its biggest strength lies in the details. Robbins did a lot of research on American TV evangelism, and paints here such a realistic picture with all those details, that one really wonders: wasn't this, by any chace... a true story ?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NoWireHangers on March 7, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Spellbinder" is the story of a preacher who grows from being the leader of a small commune of followers to becoming the leader of a big mega-church and a televangelism empire after getting funding from a Texas millionaire.

The story is straightforward and very readable but not always very interesting. Not a bad book by any means, but it just didn't get me very involved. In fact I found it more interesting as a product of its time than as a novel (it was published in the eighties, at the time of several televangelist scandals).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Interesting look at hype and fraud associated with modern religious cults. Tackles morality issues well and has a satisfying ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorel A Canaday on April 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Harold Robbins never ceases to amaze me. Writing is his best achievement in this life. I enjoy reading anything he has written because I know it will be a blockbuster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy N. on April 11, 2014
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this author never ceases to amaze me
his stories are always different from each other
I was totally surprised by the story line and subject
hard to put down
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By M.G. Miller on December 10, 2013
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A book that will always be relevant, 'Spellbinder' hits hard and never apologizes. The climax is undeniably inspired and absolutely unforgettable. A shocker in the truest sense of the word.
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