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  • Series: Righteous Series (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477809694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477809693
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,000,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Michael Wallace

"Deeply engrossing! Michael Wallace delivers the thinking man's thriller...." —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Live to Tell

"Wallace takes a page from Stephen King, using descriptions of violence strong enough to upset in a way violence should, but leaving enough unsaid to allow imagination to fill in the gaps (or not)." —Laura Compton, AML

"Wallace’s writing is brilliant and engrossing.” —Crimespree Magazine

About the Author

Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in Rhode Island and Vermont. 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 dozen novels.

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The characters continue to grow and evolve.
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The books are well written, the characters are realistic, and the story is captivating.
In fact, I was surprised that I reached the end of the book so quickly.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon D. Werthe on February 22, 2014
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It is 4AM and just finished reading the sixth installment in this riveting series, although with much sadness because it will be a while before Book 7 comes out and I can rejoin my friends in Blister Creek. Other reviewers have covered both Michael Wallace's immense talent as a writer, the story line and character profiles. So, I shall simply say that I strongly recommend reading each of the first six order if possible. The characters, unlike in many other books, are not just bloodless outlines but instead are rich full color portraits that exist in the reader's mind like old friends, people we've known for much of our lives. We care about them and what happens in their lives. Once again, we are eager to see what transpires next and how they continue to live under difficult circumstances,

The story line flows smoothly from on book into the next and each is an adventure in itself. But that is only half of it. Having known VERY little about fundamentalist Mormonism when I began Book 1, I've found the spiritual discoveries in these pages fascinating to say the least. The folks in these books are determined to find a way to continue in what may seem to many readers a very outated religion and lifestyle, while paying a high price to do so. Mr. Wallace is, in no way, preachy or didactic, nor do I believe is he trying to convert anyone to the Mormon faith. What he does is to offer insight and knowledge of a much misunderstood religion as he weaves complex and intriguing stories. I've come away not only entertained, but invested in these characters, most of whom I have great respect for. Thank you, Michael!

Sure wish the last two books were scheduled for release will be difficult to wait for them!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on January 24, 2014
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I started reading this series with the fourth book, so this is the third I've read and wondered while reading it if it would be the final book, but I'm guessing that there will be at least one more.

This installment occurs in what appears to be the last days which Mormons have long been preparing for by storing food supplies. Those who have settled in Bitter Springs find themselves struggling against bandits, a developing war, and a corrupt governor. There are violent scenes, especially towards the end, but not as many as in previous books.

Some reviewers of previous books in this series seemed to think it was time to end the series, but it seems clear to me that Michael Wallace was building up to this and probably a concluding book.

The novel is rich in the elements that made the previous books great. While the action is somewhat tapered down, it's still there along with a little romance, Mormon theology, and political commentary.

I'm not Mormon, but do enjoy learning more of that faith's beliefs, especially as in this book, the end times. The characterization is rich and full bodied. The credibility of previous books has been attacked by some reviewers, but I'm sure most Mormons will find it credible.

In summation, unless you're absolutely intolerant of the Mormon faith, this is very highly recommended...just try to read earlier books in the series before tackling this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Doyle on February 22, 2014
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Wallace manages, not only to keep up the pace and the tension we expect from this enthralling series, but also to point the storyline down a completely unexpected but perfectly logical path and it’s brilliant.

Throughout this six book series, we’ve watched Jacob Christianson, a physician and the eldest son of the spiritual profit of an insular LDS polygamist community, come to terms with his position in the conclave. In each of the five previous books, the deadly power struggle between the Christiansons and the rival Kimballs is the central plot line that takes us deep into a world most of us know little about. It’s a place where loyalties drive people to do unspeakable things, where scripture is welded like a weapon to dole out punishment and retribution and where the ties of family sometimes mean everything and other times, mean nothing at all. Wallace consistently makes us witness to the diabolically brutal and evil lengths some will go to reach their own ends.
But how long can a family feud go on? How long can the same good guys and bad guys battle it out? Turns out smiting your enemy only means you’re left with the burden of cleaning up the mess, but what an interesting mess it is.

What makes this series most successful is Wallace’s ability to show us this radical cult-like lifestyle of polygamy, religious fervor and blind obedience to a spiritual leader in a light which seems not only plausible, but reasonable. Jacob Christianson is a normal guy with his own religious doubts. He seems reluctant and unaware of his charismatic appeal which draws unlikely followers like a couple of ex-FBI agents, local law enforcement and elders in his community who fight against many things but are most threatened by change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2014
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This is the 6th in the Righteous series. Even if you have read the previous books there are places where it is a bit irritating that they bring up instances and people from the past without explanation. It would not take much to remind prior readers with a sentence or two of what had happened. I've read the previous books, yet I could not recall an incident where someone had come into the governor's office and put a gun to his head. That is mentioned and just skipped over - we are left with no idea of the significance or who was responsible.

For someone who has not read the previous books they would have little idea of what and why stolen grain is mentioned and is a major dynamic in the plot. A prologue or introduction would solve this problem, as would a list of the characters in the beginning. There are many and I cannot imagine a reader picking up this book and not being frustrated without having read the earlier novels.

As for the plot, it is captivating with Dr. Jacob Christianson leading a polygamist community in what has become a world of crop failures, war and lawlessness. He is determined to protect his family and those he is responsible for. With dwindling supplies, especially medical he attempts to run through the dangers outside of his community to obtain them.
Some believe it is the end of days, others, that it is just simply nature's catastrophes.
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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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