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The Fan Club Hardcover – June, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156849355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568493558
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,453,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Imagine you are obsessed with someone like Angelina Jolie. You know everything about her. You think she is humble and nice and tired of living the Hollywood life. Better yet, you think she would fall for someone like you. So, after talking to 3 other guys who would love the chance to get to know the famous actress in an "intimate way", you kidnap her.

That's what happens in The Fan Club, by Irving Wallace. Four guys kidnap a famous movie star named Sharon Fields. The men delude themselves into thinking that once Sharon Fields realizes how "nice" they are, she will willingly submit to their wishes. However, she refuses to even talk to them and that's when things go wrong.

Wallace gives the four obvious reasons to be demented and dissatisfied with there marriages and love lifes. He even portrays the characters in a way that would justify some sort of sexual deviency. But nothing can justify what these men do. Yet that doesn't mean this isn't an enjoyable novel. Adam Malone is obsessed with Sharon Fields. He knows everything about her and thinks she will fall for him if only she got a chance to know him. Kile Shivley, recently home from Viet Nam, is a crude man with no scruples and no respect for women. He doesn't car that their plan involves kidnapping and possible rape. Both of these guys are beleivable. Brunner and Yost are an accountant and insurance salesman. Both are middle-aged men stuck in loveless marriages who jump at the opportunity to meet someone famous like Sharon Fields. The other two seem like normal men who would love to have a chance at someone like Sharon Fields.

The novel opens with 2 members of the fan club about to snatch Sharon Fields from her home.
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I remember reading naughty parts of this fairly "dirty" book as a pre-pubescent kid. My mom had it on her book shelf. I mainly ordered it for nostalgic reasons to revisit some of the passages that intrigued me before I really knew anything about sex. Reading the story as an adult is a different experience. It's a relentless rape story, a male fantasy that grows tiresome and uncomfortable fairly quickly. All of the characters are fairly one-dimensional-- the cast of "fan club" rapists as well as the movie star victim. I thought this 1970s story might have a new interpretation in reading it now, with how super stars' privacy is constantly being invaded by ever-present cameras (not just by paid paparazzi but by random citizens as well) and social media, stolen nude selfies, etc. But it doesn't really.
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I first read The Fan Club in 1980. It was a pass around paperback in my Military unit. I loved it, and have re read it countless times.

Now, I've had the pleasure of listening to the wonderful reading by Mr. Eric Dove. He captures the personalities, voices and inflection of the characters almost exactly as I've envisioned them.
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I just couldn't wait to get to the end of this book. I found myself reading faster and faster because I wanted to know what was going to happen next! I was thoroughly enjoying the story. Until I got to the ending. And even then I thought, no, the author is just playing with us. He will take the huge holes, character flaws and procedure mistakes and twist it around to a great "GOTCHA!" But no, no gotcha. Just a very poorly written ending that destroyed a good story. And there were so many great ways that the story could have been ended but alas. It was like the author got bored or just quit caring. I was so disappointed! I debated even giving this as many as 3 stars.
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Read this book way back when it was first released in the mid 80s. It was pretty good then as it was when I purchased it on Kindle just recently. I don't know why I wanted to read it again after all this time. But I enjoyed the book, maybe even more now because kinky is much more accepted these days. Who knows, I may want to read it again in another few years.
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If this book were cut in half it might have been a great read, but it took 50% of the book just to get into the meat of the story! There was so many unnecessary details that it made the story boring. Plus a lot of philosophical mumbo jumbo that was distracting from the story. If all this were left out it would have been much much better.
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I read this book long long ago when I was young.Suddenly I stumbled on the kindle and lo....I read it again.
This book have spicy plot only Irving Wallace can think of.
I became nostalgic.
Thanks to Amazon to bring back such all time favourite books on kindle.
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A tale of idolization gone terribly gone, this is a graphic account of a group's attempts to gain the attention and affection of their beautiful screen idol. Planning stages go on forever, execution arrives, and time spent in the woods is chaotic, barbaric, and, at times, will take your breath away. A master storyteller I've not read since I was in school, Wallace has sent me online to shop for more of his novels. Another great suggestion by Book Bub.
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