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Deep in the Utah desert, the small polygamous community of Blister Creek has a history of protecting its own. Even when a young woman is brutally murdered just blocks from her home, the residents of the conservative enclave close ranks. But just because they don’t want outside law enforcement in their business doesn’t mean the murder will go unpunished. More than a thousand miles away, Jacob Christianson, a medical student and son of a devout church elder, learns of his cousin Amanda’s murder. Though Jacob is skeptical of many of the community’s fundamentalist beliefs, his sharply analytical mind and family connection to the victim earns him the assignment of investigator into Amanda’s death. Jacob heads to Blister Creek, accompanied by his inquisitive younger sister, Eliza, to probe the bizarre circumstances of their cousin’s violent death. It doesn’t take long for the pair to realize that Amanda’s murder was no random act; rather, it is part of a covert plot to overthrow the church’s leaders. Chilling and engrossing, The Righteous has been hailed as a “first rate suspense thriller,” a tightly plotted novel about the dark secrets hiding behind the veil of religion. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in New England. An experienced world traveler, he has trekked through the Andes, ventured into the Sahara on a camel, and traveled through Thailand by elephant. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he previously worked as a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor, programming simulators for nuclear submarines.

The Righteous Series will continue from Thomas & Mercer in Fall 2012. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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I bought this book for two reasons.

One I did not mind knowing a bit more about Mormons. Secondly it was supposed to be a kind of detective story. So 2 for the price of 1. No?

Alas, I could not finish the book. Halfway through I got a sickening feeling because the author gives you more than a very good look into the fundamentalist Mormon culture. This way of living, of thinking, of hypocrisy, of bigotry is not mine and hard to understand in the 21st century. I had to stop.

Even though I did not finish the book I am going to give it a 4-star-rating because it fulfilled its promises. You get to know the Mormons within a promising murder story.
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HASH(0x9b67639c) étoiles sur 5 Engrossing and Gripping! 4 février 2011
Par Elaine Cecetka - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mr. Wallace has hit a home run with his latest novel. I was hooked from the first sentence, "Amanda Kimball drugged her three year old daughter before putting her to bed." You certainly can't stop reading at that point and this story never lets up.

It is hard to write a synopsis without giving away too much so this will be vague. A woman who is a member of a breakaway Mormon fundamentalist group still practicing polygamy in Blister Creek, Utah is murdered. Another part of the same group has settled in Canada. Not wanting publicity, for obvious reasons, one of the 12 ruling elders sends his son, Jacob, a med student, to investigate the group's claims that Mexican laborers had committed the crime. Jacob receives permission to take his sister, Eliza,age 17, with him so she can meet 2 of 3 prospective husbands.

This is where things become sinister and bigger than just one murder. You are thrown into a religious world filled with deceit, hunger for power and acceptance, and the will to do anything to achieve them. Add jealousy, arranged marriages, a shrinking gene pool, and you have a reading ride.

This is more than a mystery; more than an action-adventure story. This book is an in depth look at a small religious polygamous group and the problems they have and those they might cause. It is an excellent study in how far people will go to protect what they hold dear or to get what they want. Skillfully woven into the plot are questions of morality, honesty and the vast repercussions when these are lacking.

Fast paced, great characters, amazing knowledge of the subject and a book I highly recommend.
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HASH(0x9b6765f4) étoiles sur 5 The Righteous, well done and definitely worth the price 1 mars 2011
Par Robert J. Ziner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Full disclosure: The author sent me a free copy of this book. Although he did not ask me to write a review, I feel a certain obligation because, after reading Devil's Deep, another of his books, I love the quality of his work. Also, unlike many independently published works today, I noticed few formatting, typographical, grammatical, or contextual errors in this one.

I rarely write reviews, leaving that task to others to fulfill, but at the same time I've always believed that the very good and the very bad need to be recognized for the benefit of both the source and other prospective consumers of the product. In this case, my discovery of Michael Wallace's writing skills has modified my reading habits because after reading The Righteous I purchased his other books and will read those before returning to the 400 or so by other authors that are waiting to be read on my Kindle. I have come to like many self-published authors mainly because their prices are so attractive and I've found that there are so many jems out there waiting to be discovered.

Other reviewers have described the story in The Righteous, so there is no need for my becoming redundant. However, as one who is fairly picky about the quality of what I read, I have to say that this book is not only a nice novel but is also informative in that it spoon feeds some interesting insights into a religious sect by weaving them into a well-written mystery. It holds the reader's interest throughout and enables the reader to relate particularly to a couple of the characters. The author obviously knew what he was doing in creating these characters because he has already published one sequel and has another planned. Michael's works are well worth the price he has placed on them. Those who haven't tested his work are best off buying his books now before one of the major publishing houses picks him up and triples his prices on us. In the two years I've been reading independent authors on a Kindle, I have found three who are particularly noteworthy, and Michael Wallace is one of them. The reason for the four star rating instead of five is that I think Michael softened most of the impact of his scenes by softening the actions that took place throughout the timeline. For those who prefer less violence than what we typically encounter today, this book's especially for you.
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HASH(0x9b6765b8) étoiles sur 5 A work of fiction with a reality twist 15 février 2011
Par DC from WA USA - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second book by Mr. Wallace that I have read and although I enjoyed both very much, The Righteous was a truly different path taken.

A glimpse into the Fundamental Latter Day Saints, which may be different than today's more left-wing swinging Mormon, they do share many similarities in beliefs and origins of those beliefs. To say that the author may have taken creative license in his story is a rather "duh" moment, we ARE reading fiction.

I feel that this story can be a stand alone for any reader that would choose to put a period at this end of this particular book, but I am greatly looking forward to the next installment and am so appreciative to the author for not leaving everything totally up in the air making room for that sequel so that the reader NEEDS to purchase the next books because the story never ends. To me authors that choose to just keep putting out that next installment/sequel is no different than the dealer for the house in a poker game and is surely a sign of an author who does not trust his/her own story, its plot or characters and IMO just lazy.

Thank you Michael, I enjoy your style of character development, dialog and the twists and turns of your plot that can be shocking but make perfect sense. I also admire you not "fixing" everything which truly makes the story more "real" because just like in at least the reality I live in, evil is never totally removed or destroyed. It is always somewhere waiting for the next opportunity to raise his or her ugly head and cause destruction and chaos. Great story!

Good luck to you!
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HASH(0x9b6768ac) étoiles sur 5 Suspension of Belief 5 février 2011
Par NCLady - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I first started reading this book, I was hooked. Polygamist sect with a murder on their hands? Great premise. Then the book took a turn about 1/2 way through in the realm of unbelievability. I can't say much about it since it would give away much of the storyline. The murder, forced marriages, misogynist men; all of them are based on the true nature of the cult of FLDS. (Here I must add that they are not affiliated with the Mormon Church in any way)

But I think the author tried to tie in an offbeat and far-fetched story into his book, perhaps to make it end in a way to make room for a sequel.

Michael Wallace is an excellent writer as far as technical skills but there lacked a cohesiveness to the story in this book.
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HASH(0x9b67690c) étoiles sur 5 Good, Not Great 2 mars 2012
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found the plot and the characters good enough to keep reading despite the issues I had with a few things (which I will go into in a moment). The main characters (Jacob and his sister, Eliza) were such that I really liked them and wanted to see them come out well in the end (not just solve the mystery but escape or at least come to terms with their religion). The plot was what made me pick up the book in the first place. I really enjoyed the book The 19th Wife: A Novel and this pulled on a similar idea (polygamist cult/ murder mystery), so I had high hopes.

I had some issues early on however that made me scratch my head and say "huh?". First off the idea that a 23 year old med school student is somehow a CSI. I never really understood why they called HIM in to investigate this murder. I tried to push the age thing to the back of my mind, but it was brought up again later in reference to Fernie, Jacob's step-sister who left home, 10 years ago, when she was 17. Yet somehow Jacob and Fernie were in love at that point, when he was 14. His age just didn't gel with what was being described. It was almost as if the author forgot how old he'd made Jacob when he went into that part of the story.

I was also really disappointed in the end of the book. I don't know if the author wrote it with the intent of making it a series and therefore left the ending somewhat vague for that reason. However, wanting to know what happened to these characters is really why I kept reading (even though the mystery had been resolved for the readers about halfway through the book). Given that the mystery was resolved for the readers so early, the last half(ish) of the book really dragged on, and it left me at times wondering if the main characters were really that dumb or if the author forgot what he'd written (again). There were points earlier (the same time when the readers were made aware of certain connections) that I was sure that one of the main characters had made that same connection. Evidently, they hadn't since it was made clear that they made that connection at a later time in the story.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend this book. If you find the synopsis of this book intriguing, read The 19th Wife.
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