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ChillOne made "Survivor: The Amazon" one hell of an adventure for the media and the spoiling community. -- Paris Cosby, Reality News Online, October 2, 2003

One of the most important books to come about Survivor since the show's inception. -- Murtz Jaffer,, October 18, 2003

About the Author

The ChillOne is an avid fan of reality television, especially Survivor. He enjoys eco and adventure travel, is a part-time ferryboat Captain, an aspiring USGA rules official, and a health and fitness enthusiast. His professional life has included surveillance-related consulting assignments for the FBI, NSA, RCMP, and Australian Federal Police.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595291783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595291786
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2004
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I thought THE SPOILER would be a more in depth look at the "controversy" over the posts that The ChillOne posted at before and during the viewing of Season: Amazon. The first three chapters were rather interesting as they described how The ChillOne happened to discover the information that he would later post on the SurvivorSucks message board. However, other than the last chapter, the book is basically nothing more than a play by play description on what went on at the message board. It's not very interesting reading and one gets the impression by how the author continually refers back to his quest to be inducted to "Monster Island" (from the book I gather it's a place of honor for spoilers at that he has a very large ego. There aren't very many people around who would believe that because they happened to spoil some major points of a reality show that they deserve better than the rest of us; I mean I'm all for everybody getting their 15 minutes of fame, but this is a little ridiculous.

THE SPOILER is not a book that many people can read and enjoy or even be amused about. In fact, the book doesn't offer much other than wondering about arrogancy and if one could become as inflated as the author if ever presented in the same situation. I would only recommend this book to really hard core SURVIVOR fans. Other than that, I would stay away, unless maybe your looking for a good laugh.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chupack on November 26, 2003
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The story of "The Spoiler" would make some excellent online reading, but unfortunately, there's not even 100 pages of story here.
Let me start by saying that I stopped reading spoilers after Season 1, but I glanced at the spoiler boards a couple weeks before Survivor 6 to get an informed pick on my Survivor Draft at the office. There was lots of talk online at the time about a guy that visited the Araiu Towers Hotel, and using his info, I drafted Matt with the 11th pick. When I saw a blurb about the book, I was curious about the story, since I knew a little about it.
The first part of the book is pretty interesting. The author writes about his accidental trip to Brazil and stumbled upon the Survivor Amazon location. He talks about the care he used to glean information and his dealings with the hotel staff.
Unfortunately, this is where the whole story gets weird. The vast majority of the book is a play-by-play of the SurvivorSucks spoiler board. He writes about his posts, their responses, and his responses to their responses. He gets several conspiracy theorists that are convinced he's a hoax which are humorous to read. But I still can't get past the fact that this is all just the play-by-play of a message thread. As you can imagine, it's not that fascinating.
Beyond that, the author seems convinced that he's a super-spy and every decision he makes has grandiose implications. While he did a pretty good job of being the right type of person in the right place at the right time, I'm not sure that anything more than common sense was used to capture the information that he did. But when it comes to the online part of the book, he makes every posting he did sound like he's contemplating the ultimate in posting strategy. There's just not that much intrigue there.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2003
This book was a real disappointment and written mainly in two parts. The first 29 pages of this book were interesting as they
dealt with the time the author spent in the Amazon. Pages 30-113 were simply a synopsis of the activities recorded on the SurvivorSucks internet bulletin board six months earlier. Not only does the author build his ego up to be larger than
life in the second portion of this book but page after page he compares himself to a real life James Bond character - something he is clearly not. For a self-described "world-traveller" this book reveals nothing more than a typical narrow-minded rich American exploiting third-world people for his own profit.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Owen on July 8, 2004
As a former poster at Survivor Sucks, I advise you to NOT buy this book. The chillone spoiler was hyped up because it correctly spoiled the final two. In spite of this, it failed in properly spoiling the boot order for the season which was its objective. It predicted Christy in the final four: WRONG. It predicted Butch in the final three: WRONG. It was wrong on other accounts as well. In addition, Amazon was a terrible season. Even if this semi-spoiler does impress you, reliving anything having to do with Amazon will be like getting teeth drilled without novacaine. This painstalkingly boring season isn't worth reading about, even if it deals with a "revolutionary" spoiler.
Besides, chillone wasn't the only one to spoil the final two, gambling sites did as well.
Ask yourself, should I buy a book with over a hundred pages written about a message board and some arrogant guy who thinks he's god? I think you'll find the answer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
I read ChillOne's book a few times because I wanted to evaluate it by different standards each time to see if what I thought initially would be true.
On first read, I was engrossed by the story. I liked the way the author told the story from the perspective that he was on an unwilling mission. While he did not go to the Amazon specifically to find out as much as he possibly could about who was on the cast, or the boot order, it became his mission on behalf of spoilers everywhere when he realized the importance of the opportunity he had been afforded.
I felt that the opening chapters were by far the most interesting. ChillOne detailed how his trip to Rio came about and how he decided to visit the Ariau Towers on a whim when he realized that he had some extra time in Brazil. The way he exercised immense control and precision when talking to Enrique and the infamous boat driver is absolutely fascinating as he kept his cool when privy to such valuable information.
The book moves at an incredible pace as we learn the hurdles the writer faced when dealing with a stringent as attempting to spoil a major television show. We learn about how the trip came about and every technique that was employed by the author in order to leave with as much information as possible. Even though he couldn't actually see where the camp sites were because they were located deep in the jungle, ChillOne still made an attempt to see where they landed. Really, he is detailing the spoiler's wet dream. He was at the site right after filming had finished and so for the people who try and figure out who is going each week, this was a way to erase any doubt about the legitimacy of the what he was able to uncover.
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