- 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
- ASIN: B003UBTWDM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. Not only a great read as a detective novel,but very educational an correctly so, I checked. I loved the detectives would love to read about them again! Soon!Published 5 months ago by Susan S
The Prophet Motive is a book that I would read again. This book had you guessing what would come next and how the leader was making the connection with his followers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by silverfox
I thoroughly enjoyed this... for the most part it was a fast paced action adventure novel! I loved how he so thoroughly blended science fact with this cult fiction novel.Published 12 months ago by Tess
Hilarious first chapter, has this author ever been around actual women? Reads like an episode of CSI Miami. Lame. Couldn't make it through.Published 13 months ago by LeGreta
I could not put the book down. However, I wanted to because I
was afraid for the characters. You know when at a scary movie
and you say 'don't do it', don't go down... Read more
I was intrigued with the cult references in this book. The John character kept me interested from start to finish.Published 15 months ago by Dove473
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