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Spellbinder Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1993

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With more than 750 million copies of his books sold, Harold Robbins is the best-selling American fiction author of all time. Born in New York in 1916, Robbins created twenty-four of the most popular novels in literary history, stories that have been translated into movies and miniseries, and into thirty-two languages worldwide. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket; First Pocket Books Printing edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671874950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671874957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,031,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Spellbinder is one of the best written works by Robbins. Written in 1984, the book wears a typical style of writing which only Robbins can deliver. The story is about the "Preacher", a medical vet who took retirement after the Vietnam War, and starts the Church, where sex and drugs are common among the young disciples and him. He in fact grows marijuana to raise funds for the Church. All this remains low profile until a multi-millionaire businessman of Texas notices him and offer him his land and other resources. In return he takes the broadcasting rights of his services. The "Preacher" fights to maintain balance between money and God. This novel touches a very delicate subject, which some people may find totally unacceptable, but it's not hard to relate many religious groups of today with the story. With your open mind and eyes, you might agree with Harold Robbins.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Spellbinder is one of Robbins' most explosive and powerful novels if not the most eplosive one. It's hero is "Preacher" - a Vietnam vet, California hippie young man who preaches the word of God in a small commune. His faith becomes a tangible asset when he is chosen by a Texas billionaire to lead a new campaign of religious revivalism that uses money, TV and the best media money can buy to spread the word of God (and make a lot of money).
The book is like a backstage pass to corporate-driven TV evangelism, the "other" major money-making entertainment industry in US. Its ending is exquisite (and a valid parabole on Jesus), but its biggest strength lies in the details. Robbins did a lot of research on American TV evangelism, and paints here such a realistic picture with all those details, that one really wonders: wasn't this, by any chace... a true story ?
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is an unexpected masterpiece from the master, himself. Starting in Vietnam, "Preacher", a medic who has a calming effect on injured personnel, returns to find his country very different from when he left. He plunges headlong into the world of hippie culture embracing sex & drugs, but travels California to spread his form of gospel. Ultimately, he meets up with an unscrupulous Texas businessman who has a vision to create a mega-church, complete with its own television network - so that Preacher's charism can be carried to the masses, far & wide...and the Texan can roll in the dough! When Preacher comes to grips with the fact that his talent is being used for questionable ends, he finds redemption by making the ultimate sacrifice.

Though this story may sound familiar, at the time of its writing the world of televangelism was in its infancy. Which is part of what makes this potboiler so powerful.

Yet again, Robbins does NOT disappoint!!
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Spellbinder is my favorite of Harold Robbins' later novels. This time he takes on the world of Televangelism through the story of Preacher Talbot, a young, devout minister who starts his mission in the hippie peace and love era of the late 60s, only to find that for his ministry to prosper, he must clean up his act for more conservative Christians and go on the road as a travelling evangelist. While in Texas he comes to the attention of a right wing Billionaire looking for an unknown minister that he can turn into a religious tv star so that he can use the ministry to gain power to advance a right wing agenda. Robbins did a lot of research examining such ministers as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson before writing this book. It's obviously he was alarmed by what these men were advocating and how they were exploiting their audience/flock for money to gain power at the expense of everyday working people. Robbins writes with great passion, especially the last 50 pages of the book when we learn how evil and power hungry Preacher's backer really is and how Preacher must decide if he wants to bring Jesus for Love and use Jesus for Power and Money.
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I read this book many years ago, and wanted to reread a Harold Robbins book when I got my Kindle. Mr. Robbins was my favorite author for many many years. However, I think this novel was not equal to his usual writing. It just didn't do it for me.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Spellbinder" is the story of a preacher who grows from being the leader of a small commune of followers to becoming the leader of a big mega-church and a televangelism empire after getting funding from a Texas millionaire.

The story is straightforward and very readable but not always very interesting. Not a bad book by any means, but it just didn't get me very involved. In fact I found it more interesting as a product of its time than as a novel (it was published in the eighties, at the time of several televangelist scandals).
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Interesting look at hype and fraud associated with modern religious cults. Tackles morality issues well and has a satisfying ending.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Spellbinder is an exciting tale of greed, deception, and erotic sex. The novel, which is classic Robbins in both prose and style, takes a close look at the corruption present in the world of televangelism. The main character, Preacher, is one of the most interesting characters I've ever read. This book is definitely one of my favorite Harold Robbins novels!
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