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The Blessed and the Damned (Righteous Series) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wallace
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As the son of the prophet of Blister Creek, a polygamous enclave in Utah, Dr. Jacob Christianson has struggled for years to reconcile his faith with his skepticism about the fundamentalist practices of his community. Nevertheless, when his family and neighbors were threatened, Jacob stepped up time and again to lead the fight against those who would destroy them. Now Jacob and the residents of Blister Creek face a dangerous new challenge to their quiet existence. Taylor Kimball Jr. wants to take over as prophet of Blister Creek—and he wants Jacob’s sister Eliza by his side when he does it. With no room for personal reservations, Jacob forms a tenuous alliance with his father and the FBI. But Taylor Junior is as crafty as he is brutal, anticipating Jacob’s plan and drawing him out to leave Blister Creek vulnerable to attack. And this time Taylor has come prepared, with a horrific new weapon capable of annihilating Blister Creek. If he has any chance of winning this fight, Jacob will have to decide, once and for all, just how far he is willing to go to protect his community. The fourth in Michael Wallace’s riveting Righteous series, The Blessed and the Damned raises the stakes in Jacob’s world to dizzying new heights.

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Wallace, who grew up in a small-town religious setting, takes readers to the fundamentalist Mormon community of Blister Creek, Utah, where Jacob Christianson, a physician, struggles to reconcile his deep faith with his concerns about his community’s fundamentalist practices. His father, Abraham, is the prophet of a polygamous sect. Abraham has exiled the Kimball family, sending its patriarch to prison. Now the Kimballs want revenge. Taylor Kimball is a brutal man bent on eliminating the Christiansons. As homes are destroyed and people die, Jacob and his family work with the FBI to find the Kimballs and end the violence. Readers will enjoy the stark western setting and the glimpse at life in a little-known community. They will also appreciate the strength of the women living in a patriarchal society. The strong characters and vivid atmosphere provide the appeal in this engrossing mystery.

About the Author

Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in New England. An experienced world traveler, he has trekked through the Andes, ventured into the Sahara on a camel, and traveled through Thailand by elephant. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he previously worked as a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor, programming simulators for nuclear submarines. He is the author of more than a half-dozen novels, including The Righteous, Mighty and Strong, and The Wicked.

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  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007I9QGQS
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one in The Righteous Series #4 October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Welcome to the fictional world of polygamous Mormons. On the whole, the women are cooperative and get along well. But those male hormones! Oh my goodness, the schism between the original patriarch Abraham Christianson and the apostate (according to Christianson) leader Taylor Kimball is nasty and bloody. And Taylor Junior is as nasty a piece of work as you've ever met. Yet this is a real page turner. Especially when the narrative involves stolen chemical weapons which ...well, never mind. Read it and find out what happens. The plot is imaginative. Many of the characters are complex and interesting. By the way, if you've read any of the earlier books about the fictional Mormon encampments, you may expect to meet characters from those books once more. Kudos to Michael Wallace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always leaves me wanting more. October 7, 2012
By Beth
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What an amazing book!!! I love this series so much. I discovered the first 3 last spring. I think the first one was a kindle freebie, then I found a deal of the day on the next 2 and got them for like .99 apiece. I was hooked by then, and have been waiting for this one to come out on October 2, ever since. So, happy day, it was automatically delivered to my Kindle on October 2nd at 12:01 am and I have been avidly reading it since that morning. I can say this much to fans of the series: This book does not disappoint.

"The Righteous" series books are thrillers, and the action is riveting. They are set in polygamist fundamentalist communities in the desert of Utah. For those of you who've watched Big Love, think about "the compound". It really seems to me that this author could have grown up in such a community. He paints such a vivid picture of the people, the beliefs, the way they talk, how they live, with the skill of one who is intimately familiar with this type of life. And his descriptions of the landscape, the desert, are breathtaking. The desert itself is so vital and well portrayed that it is almost a character in the story as well. But the author does not appear to be pushing any certain agenda. There are characters who wholeheartedly believe in their religion, characters who doubt. Characters who want to live in the traditional way, and characters who seem determined to bring change. Plenty of deluded megalomaniac would-be prophets running around the canyons, FBI agents investigating them for welfare fraud, people who left the enclaves for the "lone and dreary world" and outsiders who were inspired by what they found there and stayed. Somehow, the author manages to make every one of them sympathetic and appealing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the ending!! October 2, 2012
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I received an advance Kindle copy of the book from the author.
I have read this series from the beginning and it is one of my favorites. This hooked me from the beginning and I really liked having Eliza in a main role again. I did bog down in so many desert scenes. Hard to understand and keep straight who was doing what where....... :) The words did paint a magnificent desert scene though.
You should read the first in this series The Righteous (Righteous Series #1) to get the full impact of the characters.
If you liked Big Love the Hbo Series you will enjoy this. I had a sister involved in fundamental Mormonism polygamy and it was a nightmare. This really is not to far fetched for fiction.
I read this in a day, hard to put down, it kept pulling me back. I wish Michael Wallace could write as fast as I read.
4 Stars!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving, Much Better Than The Last One September 19, 2012
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I am really enjoying this series. After the last (third) installment, I was a bit disappointed and felt that maybe the author had lost focus. This one is much better, and I found myself enjoying the storyline and the characters with a renewed sense of interest. Granted, some of the plot seems a bit far fetched, but the author manages to bring it together fairly well. I won't go into a lot of detail on the plot, I think the other reviews have probably given enough of the plot. The series is easy to follow, and even if you end up reading them out of order you will be able to follow the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the last one July 22, 2012
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I'm really enjoying this series, although I began reading it out of order. Wallace is not the greatest author, but the story is good, the background is better, and I particularly like the over-arching story arc. This arc appears to be the development of Jacob Christianson, a doctor and skeptic who was raised in a polygamous Mormon sect, into a religious leader who may be facing the End of Days. He's a reluctant leader who doesn't buy into all the tenets of his faith, but seems to be pushed by events outside his control. The background of each book (this is the 4th in the series and it's obvious that more are to follow) is small-town life among fundamentalist polygamists, which is always interesting, though sometimes repellant. The women, though largely portrayed as strong and intelligent, are too often under the thumb of a purely patriarchal society. Another facet of the story arc is an enemy, Taylor Kimball Jr, who is out to destroy the Christiansons and many others. This entry in the series seems more suspenseful to me than previous books, possibly because my favorite character, Fernie (Jacob's wife), is in real peril. Although the author isn't very good at portraying deep emotions, Fernie is very well drawn and I find her the most likeable, followed by Eliza (Jacob's sister, who is trying not to become the third or fourth wife of a much older man), who was the main focus of the previous book. I'm now looking forward to the next book, but I also hope that this series doesn't go on for too long. The basic premise of attacks on small towns may grow stale after a while, so I think it would be best if Jacob Christianson reaches his (unwanted) goal and his enemies get their just desserts.
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I've trekked across the Sahara on a camel, ridden an elephant through a tiger preserve in Southeast Asia, eaten fried guinea pig, and been licked on the head by a skunk. In a previous stage of life I programmed nuclear war simulations, smuggled refugees out of a war zone, and milked cobras for their venom. I speak Spanish and French and grew up in a religious community in the desert.

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