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Length: 236 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eric Christopherson; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eric Christopherson has more than 150,000 copies of his books in circulation worldwide.

He is a former police officer and federal government consultant.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he also has a graduate degree from Duke University.

He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, and their toddlers, Keith and Annabel.

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After serious contemplation, my opinion is that sensitive readers may want to take a pass on this uneven and, in places, somewhat unpleasant book.

Part of the problem is the subject matter, part is the uneven writing, and part is the character of Homicide Inspector John Richetti, a highly-stressed hard-drinking policeman who was caught up in the Jonestown cult as a child in the `70s -- the one where 900 people drank the Kool-Aid.

At times, Richetti is so dimwitted and irresponsible that even his undercover partner calls him a "stupid bastard." Here's one example: He gives seven sleeping pills -- seven! -- to a cult member not used to taking them (this isn't a bad guy) and the person almost doesn't wake up. Here's another: Despite being specifically warned not to tell the truth because admitting personal weaknesses lets the cult get their hooks into you, he openly admits his involvement at Jamestown. He always knows best and he's always wrong.

In fact, neither of the investigators, Richetti or Marilyn Michaelsen, the police department psychologist who accompanies him under cover, is up to the task -- the supremely dangerous job of infiltrating the Earthbound cult and bringing two suspected murderers to justice. But at least Michaelsen has some brains and self control. Richetti is a fool.

But here's the crux of it.

If you're touchy about abusive situations involving children or violent rape or coercive acts involving feces (I'm sorry, there's just no oblique way to say it), you should really consider giving this book a wide berth. At the part about forced coprophagia about two-thirds of the way in -- hey, you're going to have to look it up, I'm not defining it -- I almost put the book down in disgust. And at the end, I'm not so sure I shouldn't have stopped there. Your tolerance for this kind of writing may vary, of course.
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Ok, this is not a slap at the writer's skill or plotting. I just found all the graphic violence against women disturbing. I got the book because I was interested in how the author would describe cults (it was informative) and found the idea that a cult leader might have "special" powers to be a twist on the story that might be interesting. However, I could not finish the book, it was just too creepy - instead of looking forward to the next plot development I just felt dread at what awful thing was going to happen, probably to some woman, next. So - for those of you looking for light entertainment, or with a distaste, like mine, for repeated detailed description of sexual exploitation and violence - this is not a book for you. Just saying.... Those with stronger stomachs, enjoy.
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Note: This review was originally published at Red Adept Reviews on June 23, 2011.

Overall: 5 stars

Plot/Storyline: 5 stars

Having devoured two earlier novels by Eric Christopherson, I knew he could crank out superb suspense thrillers, so I downloaded The Prophet Motive, expecting another good one. The Prophet Motive did not have quite the heart-pounding suspense of Frame-Up or the intense mystery of Crack-Up, but it was very close.

The story involved a cult called "Earthbound," which was one of those "save the earth" groups. The leader, L. Rob Piper, was known to his followers as "The Wizard," due to his apparently supernatural powers. After the suicide death of a former Earthbound member, San Francisco cop John Richetti and police psychologist Marilyn Michaelsen infiltrated the cult to find out what was going on.

The first couple of pages hooked me, as a good crime story should. From there, the suspense ratcheted up as Richetti and Michaelsen gradually learned about the cult and its operations, and built a criminal case against its leader. They were in danger of being found out, but the bigger danger was being brainwashed by the cult's very effective indoctrination and mind control methods.

The story had some fascinating enactments of the mind control techniques that many cults use to recruit members and gain their unconditional loyalty to the cult and its leader. In addition, The Wizard used neural implants to control members' behavior. Some of the neuro-technology sounded like science fiction, but I looked it up, and it's based on fact. Scary stuff, since it can be used for both good and evil purposes.

Characters: 5 stars

John Richetti and Marilyn Michaelsen were good characters.
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I had hard time keeping myself away from reading this book. Once I started, I couldn't stop. The character development was very well done. I became interested in reading this book for a couple of reasons. One was geographic setting and the author did not disappoint. As a frequent visitor to the San Francisco Bay Area, I was impressed with Christopherson's descriptions of various locations which made the story a pleasant read for myself as I was able to visualize key areas during the plot development. I'm also somewhat curious about cults or religious leaders in general. Since I use kindle on my PC, I checked a few wiki's while reading 'The Prophet Motive'. Without too much spoilers, I did a search on Jonestown as well as some surprises such as the names of real professors and scientists who have researched mind control. Christopherson worked these real facts and figures into his thriller which gives me a bit of cold chill in of itself!

I'm an occasional reader, barely read more than a handful of novels per year, but I wouldn't hesitate to read another from this author.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for this review.
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