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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Publishing; 1st Edition edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903582849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903582848
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book, well written.
T. Price
His story is an accurate portrayal of the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.
Wild Bill
Celebrities who support this cult should read this book so they will know the truth.
MT

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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful By J. Z. on November 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
The above title refers to a phrase uttered in the movie "Serenity." It refers to the fact that the dictatorial government can't squelch information once it is out in the public domain.

Apparently scientology is trying to get this book shut down by claiming defamation, blah, blah, blah...business at usual. This review may be removed..if that's the case so be it. Since Amazon is too chicken to carry this book, my recommendation is to go to Eason books online and search for the author by name and order the book.

And to scientology....You can't stop the wave.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By T. Price on November 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great book, well written. Thanks to Eason for carrying this book.
This is a must read for any Scientology critic or if you are considering joining Scientology.

Scientology crimes are being exposed!
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Wild Bill on December 2, 2008
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This personal account of the author's involvement in the cult (Church of Scientology) is captivating and chilling. His story is an accurate portrayal of the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Many ex-scientologists have had the courage to speak out and all of the stories were filled with tragedies and bone chilling personal accounts. This true story of John Duignan and his escape from the cult is sure to have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

This book "hit home" for me because the way the author got sucked into the cult is exactly the way it happened to me as well. I was one of the lucky ones. I got out of the cult early on. I did not suffer like so many other scientologists do, though I did get harassed by the cult.

People sometimes ask me, "Why do famous actors stay in Scientology if it is so horrible?" I have an answer for that. It is because actors are high profile, rich, and they are a public relations boon for the Church of Scientology. Actors do not have trouble paying for scientology courses and the cult wants to keep them as happy as possible to avoid a PR disaster should the high profile actor speak out publicly against the cult. Furthermore, being a member of the Church of Scientology has become a Hollywood "fad." One actor (Jason Beghe) has quit the cult and is now speaking out. You can see the video at:

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By MT on December 9, 2008
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I ordered this book from Easons since Amazon was not taking orders at the time. I found this book both riveting and very sad. It is hard to believe that these atrocities are happening in the US and world wide today. I never heard of the Sea Org (Scienotlogy's own navy) until this past January. Slave labor camps,coerced abortions,mind control,family disconnection,cruel punishments are ALL mentioned in this book. Celebrities who support this cult should read this book so they will know the truth. They are kept in the dark about the crimes of Scientology, and they don't realize they are being fleeced. John Duignan explains just how the money is taken in and where it goes. He mentions how members will stop at nothing to "keep their stats" up. Lies, betrayals, and more. John endured a living hell. And to think he had to ESCAPE his own "church"! A must read. Everyone should get educated about Scientology and how it's a dangerous orginzation, not a church, and ask why Scientology is still TAX FREE when they are nothing more than a BUSINESS that harms it's members in every way shape and form.
BUY THIS BOOK, you won't be disapointed.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Denise Brennan on December 9, 2008
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The book was a wonderful and informative read. I almost felt that I was right there with John as he described his actions and views year after year while working within organized scientology.

In reading through the chapters I got a strong feeling of the conflicts John must have gone through as a decent human being trying to help others while caught up inside an abusive organization where horrible truths are hidden behind religious cloaking and corporate veils.

It was like going on an emotional roller coaster ride with the author. I could see John trying hard to believe the lies that form the bedrock of organized scientology, trying his best to still be a decent person while somehow trying to function in an organization run by a horribly abusive person.

After reading the book it is my belief that John was like many others who joined organized scientology because they truly wanted to help people and because they were fooled that Hubbard and scientology were more than they really were. But once in they are caught in a web of lies where staff are abused on a huge worldwide scale, families destroyed, human rights violations are the order of the day, children are horribly abused and neglected and much more combines to form the inner workings of a highly abusive cult.

I think this is an important read for anyone who may wish to have anything whatsoever to do with organized scientology. I believe this book can go a long way towards answering questions about how can otherwise decent and intelligent people get caught up on staff in organized scientology while enduring all those abuses.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Burrowing Owl on December 25, 2008
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For the past 13 years I have been studying Scientology and I thought I would never find another book about the sinister organization that would surprise me: this one did. The heart-wrenching tale of depravity and abuse suffered by the author at the hands of the malignant business brought tears to my eyes.

There is much in this book that is cheerful: the knowledge that human rights activists and civil rights activists, who have protested in defense of the human and civil rights of Scientology customers, has been and are liberating Scientology victims' bodies and minds; the knowledge that Anonymous, protesting in defense of the human and civil rights of Scientology customers, is helping Scientology customers flee the criminal organization and regain their lives. That is the cheerful part.

There is also the sad, horrifying, and cautionary side to the book: the crimes and human rights abuses that are ignored by law enforcement, but of which Scientology salespeople, staff, management, and customers are inflicted with on a daily basis by the vile organization.

The book clearly explains how life as a Scientology customer, salesperson, or staff member is much like life as a battered wife who feels there is no escape, no hope, no family or friends to turn to. Anyone who has been affected by domestic violence will see the parallels and find hope in this book.

While reading the book I could not help but compare the author's narration of life "in Scientology" with that of life among cancer victims. Family members of Scientology victims are like family members of cancer victims: just one person, afflicted with either cancer of Scientology, adversely, malignantly effects one's entire family and friends.

The best part of the book is about blame.
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