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Spellbinder

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  362 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 25th 2010 by Authorhouse (first published 1982)
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Angela
Aug 09, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oloniniyi
Apr 16, 2012 Oloniniyi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
AndrewP
Many years ago I read quite a few Harold Robbins books and found them pretty decent as each one dealt with a specific industry. Arthur Hailey is another author who popularized this style.

This book deals with the big TV evangelist market and all the greed and corruption that goes along with it. Compared with what I remember about the other books I read, this one does not seem as good. It's also quite a bit shorter I think.

Worth reading if you have read Robins before, but if not then one of his b
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Terry Polston
I am not a fan of evangelist as I believe they are all just in it for the money and are feeding off of other people's sorrow. That said, it is a very well written book.
John Samuel
Nov 21, 2011 John Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. lots of flouting of political correctness laws.
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
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Jake
Jan 22, 2016 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious-books
(3.5) This book could be tedious at times but it's heart was in the right place. I liked the earnestness Robbins gave the Preacher; it always felt like he had God's best interests at heart and succumbing to temptation was more real and palatable than if he was just faking for cash. Says a lot about the Religious Right of the 80s and the many awful millionaires who no doubt bankrolled them.
Victoria Murata
a dated novel about TV evangelists. Interestsing and funny sometimes, but really stereotyped and overdone for the most part.
Dinh
Dec 07, 2008 Dinh is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
meh...
Spike
Jan 28, 2016 Spike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful.
Rkphilip
A different Harold Robins book in a way.
But his idea or the book's idea of a proper Christian life is flawed.
May be it reflects the trend now in vogue in the United States or the West in general.
But nevertheless it is incorrect.
Miguel
Oct 27, 2016 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não será dos melhores de Robbins, mas é um bom thriller, desta vez focando os bastidores da mediatização da religião nos EUA nos anos 70, fenómeno a que ainda hoje assistimos na Europa, por vezes de modo mais discreto...outros tempos, as mesma motivações, contudo
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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
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