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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
Hardcover, Large Print, 488 pages
Published June 1982 by Charnwood (first published 1982)
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Aug 09, 2010 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.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
John Samuel
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great read. lots of flouting of political correctness laws.
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
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Terry Polston
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Ruth Santana Valencia
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Me queda claro porque Harold Robbins fue un gran best seller.
Una novela sobre el peregrinar espiritual de un pastor entre la luz y la sombra por más de 20 años de su vida y con un final sorprendente.
Lástima que dejaron de editar sus libros.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My 3rd Harold Robbins of this year, I read. Another good read. Always a good decent story, in my opinion.
Sharang Limaye
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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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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