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A Mormon Massacre

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  11 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Amazon reviewers have called A Mormon Massacre "high intensity", "riveting and shocking", "an exciting read", "thought-provoking", and "skillfully told", and have said that "all of his characters…are fully fleshed-out people with lives and complex emotions of their own…Rinaldo writes sympathetic characters with flaws that can lead them into despicable behavior". Based on a ...more
Kindle Edition, 499 pages
Published July 29th 2012
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Jenny Hilborne
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book reveals parts of the Mormon faith I find shocking. Having traveled through Salt Lake City and found myself in the company of Mormons, many of whom tried to convert me, I was interested in this story, after the author asked me to read and review it. We meet the protagonist, Jeremiah, in the opening scenes, and understand his desire and reasons to bring down the Mormon Church. As someone unfamiliar with the majority of Mormon religion, I'm not sure how much of the book is fact and how mu ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
I liked the overall, high-level premise of A Mormon Massacre. I’ll summarize that as someone in the present day who had ancestors murdered by a group of Mormons in the Mountain Meadows Massacre (which was a very real event). This character has a hatred of Mormons, passed down through the generations, that is strong enough to view the organization and its members as evil, and to be motivated enough that, given the chance, he would go to great lengths to uncover and expose that evil.

However, once
Jim Whitefield
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sets out to use the infamous Mountain Meadows massacre as a backdrop for a modern day Mormon return to the use of earlier ‘Danites’. The idea of such a plotline has merit but unfortunately, that’s as close as it gets to being a worthwhile read. It becomes almost immediately obvious that the author knows nothing about the Church he portrays and unfortunately, the uninformed reader may conclude that some of the modern day aspects of the Mormon Church as depicted by the author are as true ...more

While the history of the Mountain Meadows Massacre is well-researched, I struggled to fit what I know of modern Mormonism into the framework of Joseph Rinaldo's novel, A Mormon Massacre. The story brings to mind another novel I read (and loved) recently, Section 132 by Helga Zeiner, and I wish Joseph Rinaldo had set this tale in an unknown breakaway sect or a distant future, rather than trying to ground it in present day Utah.

That said, A Mormon Massacre puts believable characters into interesti
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
I was asked to review this book by the author & I was thrilled to agree. I knew a few things about the massacre, but not a lot, and I'm always interested in learning more about other faiths & religions, so I was doubly eager to read.

Unfortunately, almost from the very beginning, this book failed to deliver. Though it's very well written, the book is so incredibly - and badly - biased against Mormons, that it's very distracting, and one can't get into - or enjoy - the story, because you a
Julie Ramsey
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Title - Mormon Massacre

The book opens with one of the main characters, Jeremiah Cameron giving a report on the 1857 massacre of the Fancher-Baker wagon train. There was more than 100 people killed by mormons who painted their faces to look like the local indians. What should have been a restfully stopping period, to trade items and rest ended a blood bath. Men, women and yes some children were killed. The author gives a very disturbing but yet clear picture of what happened and how blood thirst
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Although some of the content is shocking it is very interesting. A young man named Jeremiah has a score to settle, although until later in the book he doesn't really understand why, just accepting his father's views on Mormonism. He gets a chance to make a difference.

The author has skillfully woven a tale of intrigue, danger and deception into true events in the Mormon church and the ultimate experience is riveting. The reader is borne along on the wings of a great st
Brian Bigelow
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quite a good book so far. It shows how someone could get caught up in being like God and I'm finding the conspiracy thread to be interesting. Some of my favorite books of all time intertwine a conspiracy theory as a main element. While there is spousal abuse which I normally wouldn't go for it adds to the story in this case. You really see the characters faults and their good points. Many of them show their faults when they are trying to do good.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent plot but a lot of loose ends. I found the concept of a college age kid going under-cover into the LDS Church to be interesting and the ways that the church government is depicted makes for lots of drama.
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Born in Illinois, I nevertheless spent most of my formative years in Kentucky. I attended The Ohio State University and am an avid Buckeyes fan. I currently work in finance, am married, and am the father of a wonderful young woman with Down syndrome.

I have written four novels that have been published. A Spy At Home, Hazardous Choices, A Mormon Massacre, and my newest release, Valerie's Retreat are
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