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The Assassination of Spiro Agnew a novel [Kindle Edition]

Steven Janiszewski
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Book Description

Orrin Porter Rockwell Christianson's genealogy is illustrious and suspicious; his birth is murderous; his survival, miraculous. He grows up with a well-known Mormon Hymn playing constantly in his head, changing lyrics to suit the situation, to guide him, and to encourage him. When he is just seventeen, an angel rescues him from sure death in the desert, and after that, the lyrics of the Hymn focus on his assassinating Spiro Agnew. Orrin struggles to take control of his life--to make his own movie, as we used to say in the Seventies. He does not want to kill Agnew. He wants to marry his Gentile high school sweetheart, Laura.

Editorial Reviews


With a clarity of language and vision unsurpassed in contemporary American prose, Steven Janiszewski's Assassination of Spiro Agnew takes us into a U.S. mazed with madness and Mormonism and all things Utah, a U.S. that was then and still is. Do we need a novel, even as brilliant as this one, about a young man on a divine mission to assassinate the Vice President because he is too liberal? Yes, now more than ever. Readers, welcome to a masterpiece.

Tom Whalen

From the Author

Mitt Romney would not like this book.
It is literary and subtle, and Mitt Romney would not grok its subtlety, but he would not like it on the surface, either.
On the surface, it shows the similarities between Islam and Mormonism, and it tells too much about the secrets of Mormon mind control.

Product Details

  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Los Mortales De Publicacion (May 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083EGJXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not keep my attention. January 11, 2013
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I muddled through about 1/4 of the book and quit. I am a "read anything" kind of reader, I found no redeeming qualities about this book..
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret this purchase May 28, 2012
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* Just so you know.... Author Steven Janiszewski's Assassination of Spiro Agnew is a work of metafiction. Metafiction blurs the line between fiction and reality. The author gets involved. He addresses the reader. He's in the novel (look for the grizzly-bear-like hippie thief). Janiszewski births (there are a lot of births in this novel) a lean, dark and handsome assassin named Orrin Porter Rockwell Christianson. He is commanding, all-seeing, awesome in his wrath. A Mormon Hymn plays in his head. Such are the skills of author Janiszewski, the Hymn plays in the reader's head as well. Janiszewski takes us on a hard, dark journey. Men and women are maimed and slaughtered. Birth is bloody. The reader won't soon forget Orrin's grisly birth. Janiszewski, however, can soften, as he meditates on the nature of men and women and love. The Assassination of Spiro Agnew was a gamble. Because of his considerable skills, author Janiszewski brings it off, and brings us a novel as engrossing as it is terrifying.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassination of Spiro Agnew September 21, 2012
By Happy
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I enjoy the novel. It was different then any novel I have read before. I am looking forward to the next novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassination of Spiro Agnew is rich, deep literature. September 15, 2012
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The Assassination of Spiro Agnew is the best novel I have read in a long time. I was stunned the first time I read it. It is not just a novel in form. It is a genuinely novel experience, a more visceral experience than most, even though it calls attention to its being a novel on every screen. Its meta nature reminded me of Slaughter House Five, Gravity's Rainbow, and Giles Goat-Boy. But the metafictional, intellectual experience was overpowered by hatred and fear.

I thought the hot-button racial slurs, the violence, the Mormons, the supernatural, the present tense had accomplished that. Little did I know. I read it again right away. The second reading was a different experience. Intellectually, I noticed and appreciated even more meta attributes, but when I finished the book, I felt sympathy and admiration.

The Assassination of Spiro Agnew is rich, deep literature.

My sympathy and admiration were for the assassin, Orrin, who tries to write his own story. Can I become as aware of my true nature as Orrin becomes of his? I think not. I think I am like the characters Orrin confronts with his revelation that they are all characters in a novel. They know that they are not characters in a novel. Huck Finn announces in the first sentence of his book that he is a character in a novel. But that is first-person narration. It is not a revelation to Huck that he is a character in a novel. And Huck is in charge from the beginning. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is metafiction, but it is meta in a different, gentler way.

I waited a week, then I read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew again. The third reading convinced me that the media is the message. E-book, indeed. It was as though I held a bare high-voltage wire instead of a Kindle Fire in my hands.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bunch of Fiction July 23, 2012
By Disco
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This book is a bunch of garbage and the reader should be aware of the fiction nature of this book. It is really a full on bigoted book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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More About the Author

Shortly after he was born in 1947, Steven Janiszewski knew that he was a writer. He wrote picture chap books and skits before kindergarten. He wrote short stories and school plays in elementary school. He bought a typewriter in Jr. High so that he could submit his short stories for publication in the real world. In High School, he wrestled and published stories and poems in the school literary zine. He knew that writers didn't have to go to college, citing Hemingway, and he would not have gone, but he graduated high school in 1965, at the peak of the Vietnam Draft.

He graduated the University of Utah, in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, under the guidance of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Quaker poet, Henry Taylor. He published four short stories, a one-act play, and a poem in college literary magazines, and made his first trip to Boulder in 1969 on a Harcourt, Brace Fellowship to the University of Colorado Writers' Conference. He won the Book-of-the-Month Club Fellowship Competition in 1969 and was recruited by major MFA writing programs. Henry Taylor steered him to Hollins College, where he studied with Richard Dillard and Virginia's Poet Laureate, George Garrett.

Four Excepts of his Master's Thesis,"Guacamole Tostada," were published in literary magazines, including "The Transatlantic Review," #51, April, 1975, London. An excerpt of another novel, "Naked Dream," was published in "Lowlands Review," #4, 1977, New Orleans. (Italics not available)

He moved to Boulder in June, 1976, to practice Buddhism with Chogyam Trungpa,Rinpoche, and after a couple thousand hours of meditation, he lost interest in fiction. He graduated D.U. Law School in December, 1984, and he has practiced law in Denver since May, 1985, specializing in litigation and appeals. From 1986 to 1994, Janiszewski was the Criminal Law Section Editor of "Trial Talk," the monthly publication of the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, to which he regularly contributed articles.

On October 1, 1996, Janiszewski was surprised by the Holy Ghost, who wrote, "Jesus is real," among other things. The liberating influence of Christ has allowed Janiszewski to resurrect "The Assassination Of Spiro Agnew," a novel he wrote back in 1970-1972, to fulfill its purpose today, because he feels like he owes it to someone.

The more contemporary "People v. Leiby: A Documentary--Jury Verdict Reversed With Directions To Acquit--Insufficient Evidence Of Child Abuse" is strictly legal and only available as an e-book, because it utilizes hyperlinks extensively.

"Stop Smoking and Lose Weight: The Buddhadharmically Enhanced Alchemical Transmutation Process," by Tharpa Lodro, was written in 1980, in Boulder, and it is also e-book only.

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