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God Wants You to Roll!: The $21 Million Miracle Car Scam--How Two Teenagers Fleeced America's Churchgoers

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Nineteen-year-old security guards Robert Gomez and James Nichols played Americans' love for cars against their faith in God in one of the greatest frauds in U.S. history: The $21 Million "Miracle Cars" Scam. In the most astounding story of precocious criminal genius since CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, John Phillips III takes readers inside the "Miracle Cars" scam begun in 1994 by d ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Running Press (first published January 18th 2005)
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The title sums up this true story. It's a fascinating tale of greed and faith and the intersection of good and evil in America. The journalist who covered the story and the subsequent trial is a terrific writer. However, I would have given this book a higher rating if it just answered two questions:
1. Which one of the boys came up with the master plan for the scam?
2. Were there other people involved?
Not knowing the answers to these questions (especially question #1) made the ending really unsati
The author does an excellent job of unraveling and laying out the threads of this very complex scam. I'm still shaking my head at how many people were taken in so easily by this con and how they carelessly ignored red flags and gut feelings. The biggest negative to this story (and this is no fault of the author) is that there is still no clear indication of which boy actually started the scam.
Really cool story but the writing was just fair, in my opinion. This is the true story about how two teenage kids from South Central L.A. concocted a scam aimed at churches across the U.S.A. and pulled in $21 million before it was done. It's probably worth reading if you're into reading about scams and cons.
Feb 15, 2008 Trissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Trissa by: Entertainment Weekly
This book is written by a sport writer so the writing can be a little dry but the subject matter is just baffling - how could two teenagers "fleece" churchgoers! You never really found out who thought it was real or who thought it was scam.
Kathleen Meyer
Excellent book
very well written and informative
The writer really takes you inside the story

Caroline Bibeault
Great story; not crazy about Phillips writing style.
Julie Gothrup
Apr 07, 2008 Julie Gothrup rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Excellent true crime book!
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