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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (December 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380787717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380787715
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,963,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Richardson (Dark Horse, LJ 1/97) revisits the insidious side of politics and throws in the machinations of a charismatic cult leader for good measure. Young senator Will Sullivan and his wife, Gwen, are the ultimate 1990s coupleAsuccessful, stunning workaholics. Only one component is missing from their American Dream: a baby. Enter Dr. Harvey Bertrand, a fatherly fertility expert with a private clinic. But it quickly becomes apparent that someone is toying with the Sullivans at a national, very public levelAand the stakes include the very life Gwen carries. An imprisoned serial killer, already noted in the history books for "resurrecting" 12 chosen followers after giving them cyanide Jell-O cocktails, is claiming fatherhood of Gwen's fetus. Does Gwen carry the spawn of a demonic messiah? Richardson has a flair for taking on the challenge of a somewhat outlandish premiseAand delivering. Recommended for popular fiction collections.ASusan A. Zappia, Maricopa Cty. Lib. Dist., Phoenix
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A bizarro thriller featuring messianic cultists, power-hungry politicos, and nonstop dirty tricks from both groups. Senator Will Sullivan has his eye on the White House. His wife Gwen has hers on motherhood and doesn't care much what house she lives in as long as it has a functioning nursery. But in terms of ambition both are out-vaunted by one Wesley Dean Theroux. He wants to be the Messiah. Never mind that W.D. is in jail awaiting imminent execution for mass murder. For reasons best understood by the author, this psychos been provided with a laptop, which he uses to connect with his loyal (read: fanatical) band of ``True Believers.'' At the click of the mouse, the disciplesnumbering 12 (surprise! surprise!)will kill whoever, whenever, wherever. Or kidnap, for that matter, which is what they do to poor Gwen. But not before they arrange a little artificial insemination caper: after all, somebody's got to carry on the great work when W.D. is gone. Once Messiah Junior is born, the plan is to off Gwen and let the disciples groom the child for its high calling. Meanwhile, Will, desperate to retrieve his stolen wife, has trouble enlisting the help of the Beltway establishment. It's all cynical wheeling-dealing, you see, and honest (read: relatively) Will has earned himself a passel of enemies through the years. So (surprise! surprise!) he's left on his lonesome. Not to worry, though. Help is on hand from an author entirely undeterred by considerations of plausibility. Once again, Richardson demonstrates uncommon political savvy (Dark Horse, 1997); his Beltway stuff is both convincing and darkly funny. As for rest, if you liked Die Hard II, a film for which he provided the screenplay, you'll probably go along. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then- Governor Ronald Reagan's office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.
Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California's School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.
After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug's first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS and, most recently, HOSTAGE. To date, Doug's features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide.
In 1997, Doug's debut novel, DARK HORSE, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, TRUE BELIEVERS.
Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television.
He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.
You can email Doug at bydougrich@dougrichardson.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Eric Johnson on March 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"True Believers" is neatly woven and compelling with a fabric populated by real people caught up in lives and a political arena that is all too real...
As an avid reader and a (screen/t.v.) writer for over twenty years "True Belivers" captured my attention totally. I couldn't put it down until I finished the last page.
It is a taut, suspenseful rollercoaster ride, filled with people and a political arena that are so well etched you're hooked from page one; pulled into lives that smack with such reality you forget that you're reading a book and become a voyeur watching characters grow and change as they reveal intimate moments.
It was like peeling a grape. Each layered chapter brought forth the bitter-sweetness of life and left you with an aftertaste for more long after the book is finished.
Filled with such subtlety and foreshadowing, the book demands a second read, so that one can catch the almost visceral nuances missed in the first enthralling pass.
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By A Customer on May 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
To most observers, Senator Will Sullivan and his spouse Gwen seem to have it all. However, both still have life goals to accomplish. Will wants to become the president, while Gwen wants to become a mother. Will has stepped closer to attaining his ambition. Gwen has failed, not appearing to get any closer to her desire.
Wesley Dean Theroux resides in prison where he runs his disciples via a computer. Wesley believes he is the messiah. His crew arrange for his semen to be artificially planted inside Gwen. The disciples kidnap Gwen and Wes' plan to impregnate her goes off without a hitch. Unable to obtain any help in rescuing his spouse from his so-called political friends, Will mounts his own rescue mission though it will cost him a vice presidential nomination and perhaps his life.
To be a TRUE BELIEVERS in this plot, readers will have to suspend all logic. First, one must accept the premise of a senator turning into a vigilante lone ranger. Second, one must ignore a death row inmate using a personal computer that has unlimited access. After those leaps and a few minor hops, the audience will enjoy an exciting thriller that will remind readers of The Omen (part 1). Doug Richardson provides a tension-packed thriller that fans who take pleasure in non-stop action will enjoy, but first they must learn to do the triple jump.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
Doug Richardson's True Believers puts forth a very readable page turner that wickedly pellets beltway politics, the penal system, and motherhood with a hardy and interesting "What If" scenario. The premise may stretch plausibility a little, but then again, news events of the last decade wouldn't have seemed possible in the not so distant past. The writing gives us an insiders view of the machinations of high politics and the wacked out world of a messianic cult. The idea of politics and terror isn't new but I don't recall it being delivered with such edgy forthrightness and humor. If you like a good,juicy, blood-rare slice of thriller, I recommend this one with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
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By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Forget the beach. I bought this book for my vacation and wound up consuming it before I left my house. I'd read the author's last book, "Dark Horse," and thought it was a great political-thriller-in-a-small town sort of read. But this one made a "true believer" out of me (pun definitely intended). W.D. Theroux is a villain on par with Hannibal Lecter. From page one, this book makes promises and then it delivers over and over again. I especially liked the recovering alcoholic senator as a hero and the very obvious, Drudge-like cyber-sleaze of a journalist who acts as Theroux's unwitting accomplice in crime. Don't leave town without this book!
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By don bass on February 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved "Dark Horse" so I had to read Doug Richardson's latest and I wasn't disappointed. It was a long story but it kept me turning pages furiously to see what would come next. For the most part the characters were good, but lacked full development. The plot was a little wild, but having said that; I loved the way the book flowed and kept me rapt. The ending was a little soft for this intense of a plot--but I enjoyed it anyway.
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By Captain Mike on December 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It combined the excellent read of a Grisham or Patterson with a higher level plot. The ending in this book is among the most satisfying I've ever read. Too often, an author will keep me excited until the last 50 or so pages, but then plod toward a predictable ending. This one, however, brings things to a close with some very well thought out plot twists. Outstanding.
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