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Section 132 [Kindle Edition]

Helga Zeiner
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Book Description

Imprisoned In A Polygamous Sect
- Thrilling, fact-based page-turner -

Lillian grows up in an American fundamentalist Mormon sect which still practices polygamy. At thirteen she becomes the child-bride of a Canadian Bishop. His compound is located deep in the wilderness of British Columbia, totally isolated from the rest of the world.
When the land developer Richard Bergman buys the property next to the Bishop’s compound, he gets involuntarily drawn into the sect’s secret …

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: POW WOW Books, Canada (7 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Helga Zeiner is a German born Canadian author. She left her home town Augsburg at the tender age of 18 to explore the world. In the following 14 years she has lived and worked in Australia and Asia. Her amazing experiences in those foreign countries are woven into her thrilling novels.
Since 2004 she lives with her husband on a country estate in the wilderness of British Columbia, devoting all her time to writing.
Helga Zeiner has published five novels in German and two in English. She is currently writing her third English thriller.

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some review comments:
"Best book I've read in years!"
"Great Read - a page turner!"
"Deserves a five star rating!!"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 13 Feb. 2013
By Lauren
Wow, this book is definitely very different to my usual reads so different that I'm going to have to discuss a few subjects that you may find sensitive. I decided to give myself a week to read this book thinking I could do that easily, but boy was I wrong, in fact I think this book needs to come with a warning cause it really effected me and was super heavy to read. For most books about religion I tend to steer clear because I don't find it that interesting nor do I follow any religion, but I decided to give this book a chance because I wanted to know what the mystery was that surrounded Lillian. The book for the most part is from two characters points of view Lillian the thirteen year old child bride to the "Bishop" and Richard who is in short a big time redeveloper, the main trouble I had with his chapters were that he'd go into so much into the business side of things that it went over my head and I had no idea what was going on but I soon learned to skim parts of what he was saying so that I wouldn't be so confused which helped moved the story on a lot quicker but I appreciated them all the same because I realised the author was using her own knowledge within his chapters, as for Lillian's chapters I initially struggled with them for a completely different reason, they were interesting but I had such a hard time coping with the idea of a thirteen year old being sold into a marriage to a 40 year old man who already had over 10 wives, not to mention the chapters where he forced himself on her to the point she threw up in his face, *shudder*. So you're probably sat here thinking wow she didn't think much of this book but quiet the opposite, whilst what happened in the book tormented me I enjoyed how powerful the writing was to make me feel such a way and also want to throw up, but I couldn't put it down because I had to know what happened not just with her but with the other wives and children and whether the Gatekeepers could actually be of any help, it was all very tense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story that leaves none indifferent! 9 Sept. 2012
By IngaKS
Format:Kindle Edition
My review:

Helga Zeiner's book Section 132 took me by surprise. Even though I have read the summary of the book and few reviews prior reading, I was still awed. Section 132 is book which horrified me in a good way. It was captivating and seemed so real that I had difficulties with separating the reality and the fiction. Section 132 is based on facts and the author did an excellent job to add the fiction to the reality. The plot was interesting and the characters fascinating. Section 132 is definitely a page turner!


Meet Lilian who is raised in American Fundamentalist Mormon sect. When she turns 13, she has reached the age of being a women and her parents marry her off to Bishop who practices polygamy. Even Lilian has been familiar with fundamentalist Mormon ways, she is still terrified by what she sees around her in the sect, especially the submissiveness of the wives and the justification of abuse and violence.

Lilian is scared, but not scared enough to start asking questions from herself and as the times goes, the defiance against Bishop and his way of living grows. Lilian is well aware of what the consequences of her defiance can be, but when the land developer Richard Bergman buys a neighbouring piece of land. Lilian sees a hope.

I was truly captivated by Lilian's story. I liked that the author did not preach about what is right and what is wrong, but raised the awareness and gave the reader the option to decide. I have to admit, that I have never understood religion used for taking away your freedom and especially freedom of choice. I understand that Lilian was born to the sect, but no religion justifies abuse and violence.

I also enjoyed Richard's and Daisy's story line which was wonderfully woven into Lilian's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a trips down imagination road review 24 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The story follows a 13 year old girl called Martha who is sold into marriage in one of the extremist Mormon compounds practising polygamy, and follows her life as a Mormon wife. It also follows Richard and his company that buys the land next door and seems to get drawn into the abusive world of the Bishop's family.

Before I even start WARNING this book contains distressing descriptions and adult situations. This includes one fairly thorough description of a rape, as well as violence and other sexual scenes. I think that it is especially important to note that the rape scene is involving the 13 year old Martha.

Though I feel that people should be warned about the above issues, I think it is also important to note that they are necessary. The author could not successfully create an extremist Mormon environment without taking into account that young girls are sold into marriage and effectively raped, and that some of the men doing this must enjoy it. What adds to this disturbing image is the fact that even the 'good guy extreme Mormons' (i.e. the ones that don't like Brother Jacob/the Bishop) think about their young wives and what they are required to do, the one instance that jumps to my mind is Brother Lucas and his young twins, who he has threesomes with regularly.

Saying this it did seem at times that I was reading two different books, particularly near the beginning, before Adam became involved in the story and Richard and Brother Jake started interacting. Richard's story, including his ever so blatant love interest and assistant, Daisy, where very real and modern, exactly what you would expect a property developer to be like ultimately, and then you do have the compound, where putting it mildly, things are backwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the matter of fact style of writing that didn't ...
Could not put this down. Enjoyed the matter of fact style of writing that didn't try to sensationalise the shocking story being told, it just told the story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject but far too predictable to be real
This was an interesting concept and story line that caught my eye so i had to read it.

The actual subject matter was good but was spoilt by the predictable story and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bunny lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Not my usual genre but an engaging read that was horrific at times yet I was unable to put it down.
Lillian is barely a teenager when she is sold into another Fundamentalist... Read more
Published 22 months ago by F Keegan
4.0 out of 5 stars Based on 'true story'
From wider reading (non fiction) on the subject I am sure that the author has indeed gathered her material from survivors of similar polygamy situations but somehow the book... Read more
Published 24 months ago by eanrut
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten world
Really though provoking I found myself getting really caught up in the story and really caring what happened to the main characters and even the more ancillary characters by end. Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by Ireadanybooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
Sad story of poor misguided people - based on reality ? Well written, keeping the reader wanting to know the conclusion and justice for all !
Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by FAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
I really enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't wait to go to bed each night so I could carry on reading.
Published on 28 May 2013 by supersonic
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read.
I have always found this subject interesting, maybe because it horrifies me, the thought that there are women in this world who are brainwashed into thinking that a life of slavish... Read more
Published on 22 May 2013 by Kate from Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Caring About the Characters
We've all heard about polygamy, but if it isn't happening to us, most of us don't give it a second thought. Read more
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Anneli
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling book with mormon fundamentalist twist
This is one of greatest mormon fundamentalist fiction books I've read. Lots of these FLDS fictions have the "mandatory" part where the history of mormonism is explained. Read more
Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by P.Camden
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