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The Prophet Motive

The Prophet Motive [Kindle Edition]

Eric Christopherson
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San Francisco Homicide detective John Richetti spent part of his childhood living inside an infamous cult known as the People’s Temple. As a boy he’d lost his parents to cult-instigated mass suicide. The memories come flooding back when he investigates the bizarre suicide of a former member of Earthbound, a New Age cult—and suspects murder instead. To uncover the truth he infiltrates the group, along with police psychologist Marilyn Michaelsen.

The new recruits find themselves pushed to their physical and mental limits by a series of sophisticated brainwashing techniques as well as by a cult leader, known only as The Wizard, who appears to possess psychic and paranormal powers. Even the psychologist's expert knowledge of cults can't explain The Wizard’s feats, and it isn’t long before John, like his parents before him, surrenders his independence to another . . .

This ebook contains a bonus excerpt:

Chapter 1 of CRACK-UP by Eric Christopherson
Best Mystery, Red Adept's Annual Indie Awards, 2010

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eric Christopherson; 1 edition (29 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eric is a former police officer and federal government consultant with a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a graduate degree from Duke University. He is represented by Frank Weimann at The Literary Group International, New York City.

He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, a toddler son, Keith, and an infant daughter, Annabel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Prophet Motive 15 Aug 2011
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Previously I read Christopherson's novel "Crack Up," and loved it. "The Prophet Motive" is at least as good, if not better. Since the main character is a homicide detective, the book has many of the qualities of a police procedural in the beginning and of a murder mystery throughout. However, what elevates the book beyond just another okay murder mystery are the story threads that make the book as a whole more of a psychological thriller.

The People's Temple is an infamous cult, best known for the "Jonestown Massacre" in Guyana and subsequent mass suicide by many of the members. Those who are too young to remember this (it happened in 1978) might have heard the expression, "don't drink the Kool-Aid," which is a pop-culture reference to that mass suicide.

John Richetti, the protagonist of "The Prophet Motive," was a member of The People's Temple as a child and his parents both died in Guyana. As he investigates Earthbound, the cult in this book, the similarities between the two cults provide additional motivation for John. At times, he seems to view uncovering the truth behind the suspected murders of Earthbound members as revenge for his parent's deaths, possibly causing him to become too personally involved with the case. The memories of his time with The People's Temple and the obvious parallels with Earthbound serve to ratchet up the tension. What could easily have been a predictable resolution takes a sinister twist when John uncovers something unexpected, "The Prophet Motive."

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 8 July 2012
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This is a story about an American religious cult and two individuals, John (a police officer) and Marilyn (a psychologist) who infiltrate it to find those people who have caused the death of a young woman who jumped from the roof of an office block.

It is fascinating reading and includes lots of information about how a cult might engage its members and then brainwash them. I was reminded of The Program (Tim Rackley Novels) which is similar and also compelling reading.

On reflection, there might have been too much plot, and the book might have been a bit hurried but whilst I was reading it I was swept along by the story and completely engaged in it.

A really good, compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cult thriller 13 Mar 2013
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A young woman jumps from the top of an office building and before the police even arrive her body is snatched by two men in a van. When her parents tell the police that she recently left a cult and was terrified of them tracking her down they decide to check out this cult for themselves. Detective John Richetti and police psychologist Marilyn Michaelson volunteer but what their bosses don't know is that John has an ulterior motive. When he was a small child his parents joined the infamous Jonestown cult and died during their mass suicide. Will John be able to cope or will his past come back to haunt him?

This book is so much more than just an undercover police story. The writer gives us an in depth insight into the characters of John and Marilyn and how their immersion in the cult affects them. At the same time we discover that there is a lot more to this enigmatic cult leader and his motives than first seems apparent. I read the book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, exciting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Prophet Motive 24 Feb 2013
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I liked this book least of Eric Christopherson's books, but that's because I adored the other two.
I am a great fan of his writing and found this to be a good read and even though I thought the characters were making stupid moves and choices, if they did everything the obvious way, it would be a very short book.

Looking forward to your next book, Eric :)
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