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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.à 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: #278,748 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
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3.0 out of 5 stars the prophet motive 10 Feb 2013
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Ok. I read it. Thats about all I can say. Its not really my kind of book. I didn,t find it very realistic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars better than I thought, but still... 28 Dec 2012
By Ioannis Glinavos VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This book tells the story of a police officer (former cult member as a kid) and a psychologist who infiltrate a cult in order to discover whether they are involved in a murder. The book is interesting and I read it till the end, but it felt in places unbelievable and amateurish. It is rather full of cliches about the police, cults, cult leaders etc. Nonetheless it is enjoyable, and not much worse than the average crime/mystery offering in hard copy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 8 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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