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In the hard-hitting works of Harold Robbins, even the sacred isn't sacred. He takes aim at the world of religious revivalism. They're all over the airwaves-the televangelists-promising eternal salvation for an earthly price. The biggest of them all simply calls himself "Preacher." He begins his career in the foxholes of Vietnam, with a noble goal: spread the word of peace,...more
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Published February 3rd 1985 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1982)
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A surprise and 1/2 -- this is not a book I would have chosen for myself, but what a fascinating read. It is about Preacher (a pastor in the Vietnam era, he was a medic in the war and was injured..sent home, he finds his calling in preaching to the masses) This was possibly quite the controversial book back in its day, as it does not say nice things about the preaching for money concept (Oral Roberts, the Bakers, Jerry Falwell and the like) A quick read and quite enjoyable.
I picked this book from the floor of a classmate's room in the university out of boredom; oh, was I surprised! I was totally blindsided. It was freaking fantastic. The mixture of the divine and the dirty served as the perfect motif on which the story, about how greed can denigrate and ultimately stop what is pure, thrives. I never finished a book so fast.
Sharang Limaye
I wish Spellbinder wasn't my first Harold Robbins book. I had heard a lot about how racy and gripping his novels are. Well, this one's nothing of that sort. Its boring, almost totally devoid of drama and too steeped in American church politics to appeal to an outsider.

Another problem with Spellbinder is that it spends no time in character development. For a book that is entirely about the life of one person, its strange how it sheds such little light on the man's motivations and what led to his...more
Victoria Murata
a dated novel about TV evangelists. Interestsing and funny sometimes, but really stereotyped and overdone for the most part.
John Samuel
Great read. lots of flouting of political correctness laws.
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Born as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.

His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never...more
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